Round 10: South Sydney 24 defeated St. George Illawarra 10
After shutting down the competition favourites, we are no longer flying under the radar. We have gone from being an inconsistent mid-table side to one that can give the competition a real shake.
As we approach the halfway stage of the season, there is still a lot of room for improvement but the key thing is that Souths are hungry.
From top to bottom, we are a different outfit. One of the failings Geoff Toovey had when he took the reigns of Manly-Warringah from Des Hasler was that he stuck to the status quo. Anthony Seibold has transformed the club overnight similarly to how his predecessor Michael Maguire did upon his arrival to South Sydney. The players are embracing the change and the coach potatoes who didn’t give Seibold a chance are surely jumping on board now.
The Outsider’s five key areas
Attack – 3.5/5
We only scored tries in the opening and closing seven minutes of the game but we did not panic. We did spend a significant period of the game defending back-to-back sets in our red zone so our time with the ball was limited.One key thing that I noticed about our attack this week was that the right side was firing. It was almost like that Seibold showed Angus Crichton some highlights from 2017 before the game to inspire him. Hands down the best attacking performance that we have seen from Angus in a while. It also helps that Adam Reynolds is finally fit and back to his best.Robert Jennings was always going to be a big loss the same with Richie Kennar as they are both classy backs. In previous seasons our back have struggled and at times the only one that was consistently good was Bryson Goodwin. It has been great to see our outside depth come in and fill these positions. Campbell Graham had another great performance especially under the high ball and some of those returns he made. Not many people know this but he is a school boys champion sprinter so let’s hope he finds some space in the coming weeks and it’ll be great to watch him in full flight.
Defence – 4/5
We are still missing a lot of tackles but our goal line defence is rock solid. St. George Illawarra scored a try against play much similar to the last time we played them, I think they scored two like that? And the other try we let in was merely a lapse in defence.
Completions – 3/5
27/37 = 73% It’s nowhere near the golden 80% but we did throw the ball around a lot more so the room for error is a lot higher. Conditions were also not that great. The main thing is that the unforced errors are down from last year.
Kicking game – 3/5
Our kicking game is still a work in progress. Adam Reynolds had a lot of pressure placed on him and it showed with some of the kicks that he got away.
Discipline – 3/5
Penalties were eight a piece and the game flowed smoothly. Both sides gave penalties away in their red zones but you can’t fault the referees for that as we all know that this is a defence tactic. It was good to see Souths opt for penalty goals as a way of making sure that St. George Illawarra would stop giving them away.
Where to from here?
We knocked off the ladder leaders with a convincing performance. The players have a lot of belief and the bad habits seemed to have been shaken off. A big test next week up at Townsville as we look to win three games in-a-row for the first time this season. The way Seibold prepares the side for this week’s away trip to Townsville and then the week after they are off to Auckland will be interesting. We don’t have a lot of form up at Townsville.
Not much. We did what we had to do to win and never looked like losing control of the game.Until then….