Round 7: South Sydney versus Canberra
This Saturday is a danger game. We seem to struggle against Canberra and some of our worst performances of recent years have been against them.
After a big win against Sydney, I am sure that the players have been treated like royalty this week. I can imagine all the praise and pats on the back they’ve received when at training or having coffee..
Even the Coach Potatoes have been giving John Sutton and Jason Clark props this week. Even though they’ve been busy all season planning their early retirements for them.
Let’s hope all this praise doesn’t get to the players heads as it is only April.
Anyway, the South Sydney nomads are calling West Gosford home again as we head up the F3 to Grahame Park on the Central Coast for the first time since 2014, another omen.
Check out the Rabbitohs team lineup.
The Outsider’s Fearless Five
On Cloud 9
Damien Cook is the man of the moment after running through some very soft Sydney defence last week. He’s been all over the media this week and is being talked up as the hooker for NSW.
Let’s hope that Cook can shut out the media hype and replicate last week’s performance as Canberra’s middle third will be nowhere near as soft as Sydney’s was.
At my signal, unleash hell
We are still struggling to score points early and need to rectify this. We should have been up by 24 after 20 minutes last week. We need to try and go through the middle to get points instead of reciting the same backline plays all the time. Going out wide becomes easy to detect when doing video and it doesn’t leave the opposition guessing.
Team full of Burgess
Sam Burgess is back and he is starting with his brothers in the engine room. Canberra have a large pack so it will be the battle of the big boppers. Two weeks on the sidelines will have Sammy primed for a big one.
Adam Doueihi had the best seat in the house last week as he watched Souths dismantle Sydney from the sideline.
It’ll be interesting to see if Adam gets a start this week and what role he plays in the team. As we saw in the recent World Cup, Adam showed his versatility by playing centre for Lebanon and did not look out of place. He is a tall fella so he may even have a stint playing as a running second rower if needed.
Day time footy
We hear a lot during Channel 9s coverage about the dew factor with autumn and winter night football in Sydney. The surface becomes greasy, the ball becomes slippery and expansive football gets shelved. Why am I writing about atmospheric moisture? Well, Souths play approximately 80% of their matches in Sydney and the majority of those are played at night. We are a side that’s not use to playing day time footy but it’s a lot faster, expansive and the sun can play its part in the contest.
This game is the perfect opportunity to throw the Steeden around and cause some damage through our outside men.
The Outsider’s prediction
If Souths turn up like they did last week then they’ll be troubling Canberra all afternoon. I am expecting a lot of points and whoever kicks on first will get the chocolates.
Souths by 16.
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 Double Trouble
Souths are playing in two games over the weekend. Make sure that you visit our Match Centre for all the venue details, team lineups, late mail and progress scores.