Big games always fall at critical times of the season. That’s what The Rabbits find themselves in against The Sydney Roosters. South Sydney know Sydney City have the minor premiership all wrapped up and now it’s time for them to focus on jumping up the ladder and gain momentum heading into the Finals. This game is being played under lights at Allianz Stadium which will no doubt favour The Roosters at their home ground. Souths last game there was one to forget after getting pummelled by The Brisbane Broncos 47-12 last week.
South Sydney have a lot of issues heading into this match, including lack of form, suspensions or injuries. I can say that this match has a blood bath by The Roosters written all over it, but that’s if the script goes to plan. South Sydney always live up to the expectation when it comes to big rivalry’s and that mind-set has gone on for so many years. In the past Souths never really played for much unless it was to get out of the wooden spoon position. The Roosters match-up was always one game where we put everything into it because that was always our Grand Final so to speak. The last 4 years under “ Madge” has boosted this rivalry to the next level. We’ve always got close to beating The Roosters or, at times, actually beating them. I can recall so many classic matches over the last 4 years that gets me pumped for what’s to come tonight. How can we forget the Minor Premiership and the Preliminary Final from last year? You can’t and that’s what makes this match all the more exciting.
The good news for South Sydney is that there is hardly any pressure. We only need to gain some form. To move up the ladder will give us some motivation, but to turn around a poor performance last week against The Roosters will be a huge ask. I hope that because Sydney have locked up the Minor Premiership there may be a few player omissions from the game tonight. The Roosters will be playing a Storm team in Sydney and that’s never easy. I hate to say it but The Roosters have really impressed me the last few weeks, smashing teams without Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Michael Jennings and most notably Mitchell Pearce. The fact they still beat teams quite comfortably without these players really says a lot about their culture at the moment.
South Sydney has no Greg Inglis again tonight which is a big loss for our team, but in saying that we should have a fitter and stronger Greg for the first week of the Finals. Our team is weakened again without Issac Luke and that really hurts our chances for tonight and next week. The character of the true South Sydney will show again tonight as we don’t usually play as bad two weeks in a row. The toughest ask will be for Souths to win 5 games on the trot for the Premiership. Can Souths do it? Absolutely they can but the+y need to focus and kick start their title aspirations tonight.
I believe South Sydney can win this, but it’s just a matter of how much they want it and what style of football they come up with tonight.
How do you think South Sydney can win this match?
Who needs to fire for us to win tonight?
Can we win 5 straight to win The Premiership?