Trial 2: South Sydney versus St. George Illawarra
“And now that we’re all round the bar!” Oh wait, last week was only a trial. It felt like Grand Final week with the saturation of positive Souths stories that have been popping up.
Another feel good week awaits us. Yes, the Charity Shield is heading to Mudgee. This is the second time that the Charity Shield has been hosted outside of Sydney. If you’re into omens, the first time it was hosted outside of Sydney was in 2014.
Anyway, we finally get to test ourselves against an NRL outfit and we are playing for some silverware. The Coach Potatoes already have their Round 1 line up determined. Anthony Seibold probably has his Round 1 line up penciled in too, but he’s armed with an eraser.
I am expecting a spirited Souths performance with a handful of players still trying to land a starting spot.
Check out the Rabbitohs team lineup.
The Outsider’s Fearless Five
Dane Gagai is having his first hit out this Saturday. The talk all off season has been around which position he will play.
He’s been selected at centre so one should assume that he will be playing that in Round 1. If he was any chance to play fullback then this would have been the opportunity.
Don’t expect Gagai to set the world on fire this Saturday. He will be using this game to get back on his feet and work on developing combinations. Can’t see him playing for more than 50 minutes.
In the Nic of time
Mark Nicholls keeps his starting spot after a solid performance last week. I doubt he’d of been in any of the Coach Potatoes best 17 this offseason.
I can’t see George Burgess troubling him for a starting spot. George is competing with his brother, Thomas, for the starting spot.
I think starting with the twins is more of a feel good thing than a strategic one.
The speed of today’s game has made man mountain forwards a thing of the past.
Starting from the bench isn’t a bad thing. The way the game is played now with only 8 interchanges, your bench players become specialised assets.
The enemy of the Coach Potatoes, John Sutton, is starting in the Second Row. Oh the salt! The Potatoes have been planning his retirement better than he has.
Sutto will provide a bit of direction and a lot of talk on the field, something that was missing last week.
Cody Walker returns from injury and if reports are true then he is our long term pivot.
Cody needs to step up this game as he is the experienced half. For a pass mark, I am expecting a lot more organising and kicking in general play and definitely less flare. Lucky he has Sutto outside of him to steer the ship, if needed.
Burgess versus Graham
Slammin’ Sam is back and is starting lock. It will be a tough day at the office for him with his old sparring partner James Graham running out for the opposition.
I am expecting Sam to play for 30 or so minutes max just to get the cobwebs out. The boys will lift knowing that he is out on the field.
The Outsider’s prediction
St. George Illawarra are no mugs. This will be a tight contest and I wouldn’t be surprised if the result goes against us.
Wherever you’re watching the game, I hope you have a good one. I’ll be back after the game to give you my verdict.
Mighty Souths presents V is for Vendetta
Souths are playing in four big games this Saturday. Make sure that you visit our Match Centre for all the venue details, team lineups, late mail and progress scores.