Round 12: South Sydney versus New Zealand
We’ve won three straight and are looking to win four in a row for the first time since rounds 23-26 of the 2016 season. The difference is that we are starting to find form in the right part of the season which is off the back of the efforts of the Burgess twins.
We are up against a consistent New Zealand side that did a job on us earlier this year. If you thought last week’s game was tough then this will be even tougher.
Check out the Rabbitohs team lineup.
The Outsider’s Fearless Five
Pass the Origin medical and collect $30,000
The game before Origin is always a worry and players in the past have been accused of taking it easy so that they can go into Origin camp unscathed.
This is the kind of game that needs Greg Inglis, Dane Gagai and Damien Cook to stand up in and make their mark. New Zealand’s outside backs are fast, creative and not scared to throw the ball around.
Win it in the middle
New Zealand are a team that you beat through the middle. We need to play very direct and have our big men sucking in defenders. Damien Cook’s try last week is a perfect example of this. Four defenders took down George, a quick play the ball occurred and this allowed Cook to blitz the open gate and score.
Night games in Auckland are always greasy conditions so if you’re playing on the sidelines then you’re running the risk of being put over one.
What’s your Plan B?
You know your team has depth at fullback when Greg Inglis is your Plan B.
Last week Greg showed glimpses of his 2013 and 2014 days at the back. Let’s hope that the Rolls Royce is ready to fire this weekend as he has a point to prove.
Don’t get niggled
Issac Luke is back to his best and has a habit of getting under the skin of the opposition. He is up against his former club and may have a surprise or two for his former team mates.
The battle between Cook and Luke will be one to watch as Cook tries to stake his claim for Origin and Issac tries to remind Souths supporters why they all love him.
Our left side this week is 11. Sutton, 6. Walker, 3. Doueihi – all three players are natural five-eights but playing second row, five-eight and centre respectively. That’s a lot of creativity on one edge, if the stars align then look out!
The Outsider’s prediction
Another danger game and an opportunity to bag our eight win from 12 games before the Origin period begins. If we hold the ball and get quick play the balls then the game is ours.
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.