The Outsider #15 – Round 6 preview

Round 6: South Sydney versus Sydney

The Outsider

We are up against the old enemy this week, the Sydney-whatever you call them. They’ve had more name changes than Endeavour Field.

This game is on a Thursday night which is another masterstroke by the NRL who keep putting games like this on at ridiculous times such as Thursday night and 6pm Friday but they’ll give us a weekend game against a mob like Canberra.

The Thursday time slot will keep fans away but nothing will stop the die hards from attending this one. The outcome of this game matters more for those in stands than those on the field. This is war, a turf war, a class war and the winner gets bragging rights.

Check out the Rabbitohs team lineup.

The Outsider’s Fearless Five

Kennards makes your job easy

Richie Kennar is back after a two week hiatus due to injury. He is quickly becoming a fan favourite and we hope that he delivers another solid performance and bags a try or two. Hymel Hunt misses out this week and Dane Gagai shifts back to the centres.

Our outside men will need to aim up this week as a fella by the name of Campbell Graham has just returned from injury and scored a double and a hatrick.

D is for defence

We defended our hearts out last week and need the same attitude in defence this week. Sydney are a red hot side and their danger man is Luke Keary who takes the line on as easy as he can put someone through a hole. Keary may be small in stature but he is as tough as they come and won’t take a backward step.

A good start

Psychologically Souths need to score points early, if we can get a sniff early on and jag a try or two within the opening 20 then look out.

If we go into the sheds without a try or behind by a few points then I can’t see us bouncing back.

Our defence is solid but we aren’t scoring points.

Expecting a big performance by our spine this week as they need to take ownership of this side. We can’t afford to go through another season with our halves under performing.

Blow that whistle, ref

There’s a lot of referees out there on social media but not many hold a referees ticket. Our players should know by now what they’ll get pinned for so it’s time to play by the rule changes.

Sydney love giving away penalties in their red zone as it allows them to reset their defence line and destroy any momentum. The only way to stop this is to take the penalty goal. If we tap and go then we are letting them slow us down.

Clarky’s 150th

You won’t find anyone more South Sydney than Jason Clark.  A gentleman on the field and off it. Jason is a Souths Junior, a family man and an honest player – he may never win you a game but he will never let you down.

Unfortunately Jason isn’t rated by the Coach Potatoes but after 150 NRL games, with only 14 of them starting, an NRL Premiership and a City Origin appearance it is safe to say that he has achieved more in rugby league than his critics ever will.

It was great to see Jason playing first grade last week, he was full of enthusiasm and is playing every game like it is his last for South Sydney.

Let’s hope that the boys use Jason’s 150th as motivation to get the job done.

Game Day

The Outsider’s prediction

These games are too hard to predict as they are either one sided or a nail biter. Both clubs will be fired up and have a point to prove.

Souths didn’t have much luck against Sydney last year, getting rolled in both games. We are a different team now and need a good start with solid defence and the rest will sort itself out. If Souths win, it will be by 8.

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.

Until then….

Mighty Souths presents Four is War

Souths are playing in four big games over three days. Make sure that you visit our Match Centre for all the venue details, team lineups, late mail and progress scores.

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