A lightning bolt has struck South Sydney and all of a sudden they are in a race against the rounds to make the top 8 to make the finals! If they can make it and carry their current form there is no way of knowing how far they could go. A couple of weeks ago most professionals thought the top 8 would remain as it was, but now the Rabbitohs are just 1 win from sitting equal with the Knights who are currently in 8th. What makes this interesting is the fact that round 26 has the Knights against the Rabbitohs, so if they want to stop them from taking their position they need to win the next 2 and the last will be a dead rubber. Should they fail the Rabbitohs are a massive chance of sneaking through.
The Cowboys have already secured their position in the 8, they need to get back to form if they want to take it to the top 4. The North Queenslanders have been in the top 4 for a lot of the season now, lets hope they can carry this form and not slip off the rails.
This is the fifth time that the Rabbits and Cowboys will play at ANZ stadium. The Bunnies have won 3 of the last 4, so a good record favours South’s and it would be good to see them get up here to shake things up a bit.
The Bunnies have the second best Last 5 record in the competition, with only the Storm getting the better of them. You can’t deny their last 3 have been the best in the comp though; an immaculate come from behind against the Dragons (down 20-6 at half time), 56-6 over the Eels and 47-18 against the Raiders. Sure the opposition was not that great, but I haven’t seen any other team scoring this amount of points against 3 teams in succession throughout the entire season.
The Rabbitohs must all have rabbits feet in their pockets as they have been lucky enough to retain the same 17 that hammered the Raiders last week. The difference for the Rabbitohs in the last few weeks has to be their confidence. They have attacked with all guns blazing, and that sort of attack can’t be achieved without full confidence in your movements.
The Rabbits and Cowboys have both been the best attacking team at some stage throughout the season. They both had their dry spells and have succumbed to the Eagles and Storm in this statistic, one of them could get this back by the end of the season though, and with the way the Rabbitohs are scoring it could easily be them.
Neil Henry’s men have not had the best post-origin run with an injury to Thurston keeping him on the sideline for 5 weeks. In that 5 weeks they managed 3 wins though, and they could not win on Friday night when he returned. They were outplayed by the Bronco’s in a lot of aspects, and this has deterred my belief that that Cowboys could win the Grand Final this year. That’s not to say they don’t have a good team. They can match it with the best of them, but they need to play at 110% to do so, and they can’t play at 110% each week.
So are the Rabbitohs with the best of them? Its hard to tell. The last 2 wins for the Cowboys came against the Titans (a given) and the Panthers (who played poorly). So the Cowboys really have not had to do too much to get their 2 wins from the last 5. It will be a different story come Friday, they really need to pull their socks up and get going.
The Rabbitohs are going way too good for me to ignore. There is only one noteable milestone this week and that is hooker Isaac Luke playing his 100th first grade game for the club. The extra curricular emoions have paid off over the last couple of weeks (Bobcat retiring, Lockyer most games), so by rights ir should also affect this one too. That, as well as the previous record at ANZ will see the Bunnies in contention for the top 8 after Friday.