Predicted Finish: 4th
Actual Finish: 6th
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I’m going to claim this as Souths proved in the finals that they’re the third/fourth best team in the NRL. Another year as we have come to expect from the powerhouse in red and green.
A third straight Prelim exit though has to frustrate many.
– Awful start: The Bunnies were expected to be an early pace setter in 2020 but nothing could be further from the truth. They scraped through against the Sharks thanks to a blown pass from an out of position centre, before dropping three straight games to the Broncos, Roosters and Storm. The Broncs (although they were 2-0 after that win) aside, those are hardly embarrassing losses but certainly not what the Rabbitohs expected. They should have been 0-4 if not for the aforementioned pass going forward with the game on the line. They would ultimately turn it around but in a shortened season, starting 1-3 really should have been more of a worry.
– Another Prelim Loss: Another Prelim made, another Prelim lost. At a point there has to be questions asked as to what is going on. They had the players in all three seasons. For the past two they’ve had the man generally accepted as the best coach of the modern era, if not ever. They had a few injuries but nothing season-defining. Could just be that they were outplayed each time? Or it could be that they just can’t get over that hump of expectation? If any coach can turn it around it’s Wayne Bennett. I know most sides would kill to make a Prelim every year, but ultimately you want to win said Prelim. Maybe 2021.