NRL Round 11 – South Sydney v Wests: Bunnies on top of the ladder.

 

 

South Sydney DRLFC v Wests Tigers
Olympic Stadium, Sydney,
Saturday 13 May, 3pm.

 

It’s been a big first eleven weeks of the 2023 season.

We’ve already played the premiers, twice. Likewise, the original wrestlers, the Storm. Add in the Roosters, the Broncos in Brisbane.

That’s a solid draw!

After the Storm continued their dominance over the Broncos on Thursday night, and the Roosters’ shellacking at the hands of the Panthers on Friday night, a Souths win would equal a dream weekend of results.

The Tigers always lift against Souths, as they did yesterday.

Circumstances meant I listened to most of the game while driving, via the ABC Listen app.

Luke Lewis, the 326 gamer, after about thirty minutes of play, commented: ‘the Tigers are all over Souths.’

Lewy had a point!

Finally, fifteen minutes before half time, Taane Milne barged over in the corner. Latrell nonchalantly slotted the conversion from the sideline for Souths to lead 6-0 at the break.

Big Taane epitomises the 2023 South Sydney squad.

Milne had a forgettable game in the infamous ‘sin bin Sunday’ derby clash with the Roosters late last season. After serving a lengthy suspension, Tanne is back in first grade, playing well, and more importantly, playing with composure.

A penalty goal early in the second half stretched the lead to eight, and it remained that way until the seventy-second minute, when Milne scored his second try.

Latrell scored a relatively straight forward try two minutes later.

Suddenly, the score was 20-0.

That margin did not do justice to the Tigers, who were very committed, and as always, gave Souths an almighty scare. The Tigers’ forwards made ground all day. Alex Twal comes off the bench for the black and golds. Opposition forwards are more than likely happy about this puzzling selection. Papali’i was also a handful, and the Tigers have an absolute future prospect at fullback, Jahream Bula.

Junior Tetola was again the work horse for Souths.

The big man had plenty of mates, including Damien Cook, Hame Sele and Campbell Graham.

A gritty win, a patient win, not a game that will be remembered as a classic, however, by Sunday night, this win put us on top of the NRL ladder for the first time in four years.

 

The Tony Rampling-Les Davidson tackle of the match: a great three man tackle from Jai Arrow, Latrell and Alex Johnston held up Tigers centre Starford To’a over the try line. With the score eight-nil, a Tigers try with fourteen minutes left to play could have changed the course of the match. Keeping the Tigers scoreless was a great part of the win.

The Michael Andrews work rate award: Junior Tetola again underlined his value to the team. Luke Lewis gave him three points in the ABC player of the year tally. Junior also got my three points. His running game in this type of slogging contest was vital.

 

The Phil Blake ‘chip n chase’ best attacking moment: Latrell’s ninth try of the season, to seal the game. Not a spectacular effort, but the try sealed the win, Souths’ sixth win on the trot, and put us on top of the ladder.

 

Full time: South Sydney DRLFC 20 d Wests Tigers 0

 

On now to the NRL indigenous round, and a Friday night clash with Parramatta at Allianz Stadium, the Roosters home ground, according to Nick Politis.

It is mid-May, and Souths sit on top of the NRL ladder.

State of Origin game one is only weeks away, at the Adelaide Oval.

Who were all those people in Brisbane who told me there would be no rugby league for me to follow when I moved to the Barossa Valley?

Life is good!

No, life is great!

 

Round 11 R.I.T.V. player of the year points:

3- Junior Tetola

2- Taane Milne

1 – Campbell Graham

 

PROGRESSIVE R.I.T.V. PLAYER OF THE YEAR POINTS – LEADER BOARD:

10: Campbell Graham

8: Latrell Mitchell

6: Lachlan Ilias and Junior Tetola

5: Cody Walker, Keon Kolomatangi and Thomas Burgess

4:  Davvy Moale

3: Hame Sele, Cameron Murray, and Isaiah Tass

2: Damien Cook and Taane Milne

1: Alex Johnston, Jai Arrow and Shaqai Mitchell

 

The Rabbit in the Vineyard, Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley, South Australia

 

 

 

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Russel Hansen

Has worked in schools for over thirty years – as a teacher, coach, coach educator, sports coordinator and in pastoral care roles. Whilst at Brisbane Boys’ College as Director of Athletics, he led teams to six GPS premierships in track and field, and cross country.

He has coached at all levels from school to international, most recently coaching a lad to the Australian U/20 4x100m relay squad for the 2022 world U/20 championships.

He is married to Heidi, a Primary school principal, and is father to two adult daughters.  

 

 

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About Russel Hansen

Russel Hansen Has worked in schools for over thirty years – as a teacher, coach, coach educator, sports coordinator and in pastoral care roles. Whilst at Brisbane Boys’ College as Director of Athletics, he led teams to six GPS premierships in track and field, and cross country. He has coached at all levels from school to international, most recently coaching a lad (100m personal best 10.34secs) to the Australian U/20 4x100m relay squad for the 2022 world U/20 championships. He is married to Heidi, a Primary school principal, and is father to two adult daughters. Twitter: @Russel_Hansen

Comments

  1. roger lowrey says

    Life is good. Rabbitohs rejoice!

    RDL

  2. Russel Hansen says

    Glory Glory, RDL !!

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