South Sydney has a new challenge in front of them tomorrow night. The Brisbane Broncos will be the new opposition in what will be a very tight game. Michael McGuire named his team yesterday and it surely got people thinking.
A few big name changes with Chris McQueen and Cameron McInnes left out of the side and they will play for Norths this weekend. I personally don’t think that they played all that badly last week. It may be that Madge wants them to build in confidence or get more game time under their belt in the lower grades. Our team is actually quite strong considering who is being left out.
The one massive down side to our game this week is that superstar fullback, Greg Inglis is left out due to injury. Greg will find himself on the sideline for at least 1 week after succumbing to a knee injury. It’s big news for the club considering how important these next two games are. The Broncos and The Roosters are about as hard an opposition as you could get at this point of the season. At least one thing is for sure, Greg will be back for the Finals.
Our backline is quite inexperienced without Greg and it really does show on paper. It’s a very young backline. At least many them have proven what they can do on the biggest stage. The only player in our backline that has been around is Joel Reddy and he will hopefully light up whenever he receives the ball.
In good news, Luke Keary and Issac Luke find their spots back in our line-up pulling on the number six and nine jersey. These guys were heavily missed last week, whether it was experience or just speed and creativity. Keary has just started to run the ball more and Issac creates heaps of meters out of dummy half.
Without Greg there needs to be some new options for us. Usually we play through Greg when we’re stuck, but we need to find other options. I believe now that Glenn Stewart is starting we could find ourselves lucky. He brings a ball playing dimension that we didn’t entirely have last week. I really like the fact that Sutton and Stewart find themselves on either side of the ruck. This should open up more play.
Our next two games are big if we want to stay in the top four and it all starts tomorrow against The Broncos. While our team may look like it’s struggling a little bit, we can be quietly confident that we can get up.
How do you think our line-up shapes up?
Can we win without Greg Inglis?
Can Alex Johnston Fill in just fine?