Round 3: South Sydney versus Manly-Warringah
Another week, another game. At least this one is at home after visits to Mudgee, Perth and Penrith.
Manly-Warringah are feeling about 10 foot tall and bulletproof after doing a job on Parramatta last Sunday. I wonder how Anthony Seibold is feeling? He was talked up all off season but the honeymoon period is over and faces being 0 from 3. If he doesn’t deliver then the Coach Potatoes will turn on him.
I am still giving Seibold the benefit of the doubt, it takes a while for a side to gel under a new coach especially after having a coach like Michael Maguire who took the club from being a basket case to premiers.
Check out the Rabbitohs team lineup.
The Outsider’s Fearless Five
Seibold has kept the same 17 minus Tyrell Fuimaono who dislocated his big toe, ouch!
Hymel Hunt replaces Tyrell on the bench after spending a week at Fake Souths. Did anyone see the try Hymel let in for Fake Souths last week? Penrith had a player in the sin bin and with 12 players they had Hymel isloated with a two man overlap to score. I have no idea how that happens but let’s hope Hymel actually gets on this week unlike Round 1 where he sat on the bench and did not play.
Seibold has a top heavy bench with George Burgess, Mark Nicholls and Junior Tatola. He has a starting pack of big minute players such as Sam Burgess, Damien Cook, John Sutton and Angus Crichton. This approach allows him to just rotate his props all game which cuts down their time on the field, limits fatigue and hopefully equals less errors!
Do he or don’t he?
Adam Doueihi will be in the firing line this week with Manly’s big men out for his head on the last tackle. Adam copped some pretty big hits in the World Cup for Lebanon and is from a rugby union background so he won’t take a backward step. He still needs to be careful though as he’ll need plenty of space and time to get his kicks away.
One thing Adam needs to do is get more involved when the ball is in the oppositions red zone. If he can take the line on and use that offload of his then we can cause some damage.
No fuss Gus
Angus Crichton needs to start floating in attack. He has the ability to exploit holes and the vision to reward support players. One of the reasons why fans fell in love with Crichton last season was the way he ran lines and went through holes.
Angus has a crack last week but he’s still nowhere near his 2017 form.
It will be interesting to see what reception he cops from the Coach Potatoes this Saturday. Stay classy.
Murray in a hurry
Our defence in the middle was tightened up last week with the starting debut of Cameron Murray.
If Cam can put the likes of Taupau and Fonua-Blake on their back or secure the ball then we will be able to contain Manly-Warringah.
He also isn’t afraid to take the ball up and offload so our players need to be on their toes as we can gain an extra 10 metres or even a try off his work.
Overtime Cam will eventually become an 80 minute first grader as he has a big motor in him.
Super star centres
Greg Inglis and Dane Gagai showed brief moments of brilliance last week. Greg’s game was cut short due to a HIA and whoever racially abused him should be banned for life.
With an inexperienced backline and halves pairing these two need to step up and stamp their authority. They need to be loud voices in defence and lead the way with attack. Manly-Warringah are a class side who have a Cherry-Evans as their general, we’ve all season what he is capable of.
The Outsider’s prediction
It’s going to be an uphill battle for us without Adam Reynolds but there’s no excuses, look at how North Queensland went last year without Jonathan Thurston. If we complete high and defend well then the rest should sort itself out.
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.
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