TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20: Cameron Murray of the Rabbitohs celebrates after scoring a try during the round 18 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at 1300SMILES Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have given themselves cause for concern ahead of the NRL Finals Series, losing back-to-back matches against potential post-season opponents. The Rabbitohs were beaten in the Preliminary Finals in the 2018 campaign by their rivals the Sydney Roosters. Wayne Bennett has enjoyed a solid first term in his bid to take the club back into the Grand Final, although their form since the beginning of June has been up and down.

The Rabbitohs were the early pacesetters in the league and were top of the table after winning 10 out of their 11 opening fixtures of the campaign. However, they’ve lost six out of their last nine games, which has resulted in the club tumbling down the standings into fourth place. They’re a certainty to reach the Finals Series, although their recent struggles are backed at 8/1 in the rugby league betting odds to make a surge all the way to the Grand Final.

Bennett began his reign in the perfect fashion by defeating the Roosters in the opening game of the season by a 26-16 margin. The victory was a catalyst for their dominant run in the first three months of the campaign, which included triumphs over the Brisbane Broncos – the team of former coach Anthony Seibold and coincidentally Bennett’s old team, whom he left in acrimonious circumstances.

The Rabbitohs moved to the top of the table ahead of the Melbourne Storm and seemingly had the opportunity to take control of the number one seed. However, a defeat to the Parramatta Eels began a run of four defeats on the bounce before the bye week. Bennett’s men pulled out a vital one-point win over the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles courtesy of a late score from Adam Reynolds. It stemmed the tide and allowed Sydney to build rhythm, adding the scalps of the North Queensland Cowboys and St George Illawarra Dragons.

The Rabbitohs failed to continue their run with a poor defeat at the hands of the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. Bennett’s men made several errors over the course of the contest, allowing the Sharks to move back into the top eight with a comfortable victory on home soil. It was not the preparation the club needed ahead of a showdown against the Storm, especially without the injured Sam Burgess. Melbourne dominated the early stages of the game and raced into a two-score advantage. A sign of encouragement for Bennett and his team moving forward was the resilience shown to battle back against the league leaders to level the match through Campbell Graham.

Graham’s three-try effort proved to be in vain as Cameron Smith and Brodie Croft took the game away from Sydney to close out the victory. The contest could prove to be a preview of the Grand Final, although Bennett will have concerns about his side’s inconsistencies in the second half of the term. On their day they are capable of defeating any team in the league, but those moments have been few and far between since the end of May. The Rabbitohs have plenty of experience in their squad and their coaching staff and that will be key in the closing stages of the campaign to avoid further disappointment in the NRL Finals Series.

21 COMMENTS

  1. Souffs are in a lot of trouble, full of old, busted, under achieving duds with a coach to match.
    Then you have the Burger Bros. Show pony posers. Grubs that are Duds.
    Forget any success this year, and probably next.

  2. Moving on Sutton hey Wayne.,
    How’s that bunnies supporters, the old man comes to your club for 2 to 3 years at the most before they have enough off his ways and sack him and he treats your legend like that.
    Wayne, a tip you old f..k.
    Give Darius your gimp a call and tell him to move on.

  3. Can see the usual suspect on here (same person with 5 different nics) putting in his 2 cents worth.
    playswithhisballs having a go at a souths grass roots junior who captained his club to gf win hilarious.
    Dont worry about souths, best you focus on your members exodus that is happening this year LOL

  4. Let’s see how Souths go now nearing full strength and shutting up the envious impostors on here who go hiding when the roosters are thumped.

  5. You still dribbling 21mm slog.
    At lest you changed my name to playwithhisballs. Instead off you wanted to have a play with them,.
    Sorry if I offended you 21mm slog but like I said. I don’t bat that way.
    Maybe one day you might grow some off your own to have a play with.
    I will be laughing when the dogs give it to your second game side this week😃😂😃😃😃
    Cookies, Reynolds and walker excluded.

  6. playswithhisballs at least I can look forward to R25 Souths home game knowing I will be able to enjoy a beer because the members bar will be full as usual at Souths home games.
    My apologies if you misunderstood I thought playwithmyballs was what you described yourself.

  7. MR ED do you recall the last time Souths played the roosters without Klein as ref?
    I believe you blamed the weather.
    You said it was cyclonic conditions.
    Your right it was a cyclone that day.
    It was called Souths LOL

  8. I heard at the next roosters home game there will be a collection tray going around in the members bar for Mitch Aubassun’s retirement.
    Don’t hold your breath Mitch 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  9. TwatONE you won’t get to full strength… They are BUSTED.
    you don’t get it. They don’t allow moon boots, Zimmer frames & crutches on Scud Park. If they were fit, they’re DUDS.
    Souffs would love an Aubo or two.
    Why?…. ‘Cause he has TICKER.
    no one has any Ticker at Souffs

  10. chookstirfry (QWERTY) as you are known elsewhere with the same isp, Aubusson will be forgotten 2 weeks after his retirement.
    Fell apart when the pressure was on in R1 and will be given a similar farewell to the one Minestrone and SBW were handed in 2014 finishing his career as a loser.

  11. I hear the roosters are stocking up the members bar with 6 longnecks to celebrate Aubusson’s last home game and increasing the bar staff to a total of 1 just in case someone walks in.

  12. You know TwentyOne, different people can have the same isp address, especially if they live in the same approximate area. Also seems that you are so bothered by peoples remarks that you stalk them on different sites/forums. Hilarious you can’t take one on the chin.
    As for the Rabbidohs ‘slump,’ i predict that especially with a relatively easy draw apart from rd 25, they should pick up some momentum and confidence. However, i think that the bulldogs/souths game this week will be tighter than expected, than Souths will pick up steam.
    Good luck to Sutton in regards to his retirement.

  13. jiorl800 not sure what you are referring to regarding taking one on the chin but regarding your comment Souths easy draw implies that Souths in your opinion are at least better than those teams.
    Regarding the Bulldogs, yes it should be tighter than most think given Pay has the wrestle going well for him but its not by how much if Souths win, its how they go about doing it.

  14. Last time I looked Souths were equal third on points and in the top four. Lets have a good discussion when the regular games are finished instead of beating our chests and bringing up a lot of dribble. I love John Sutton but his body language tells me he has had enough, don’t blame Bennett for his retirement.

  15. chaulky the point is he knows like all greats when its time to call it quits and to do it with dignity instead of hanging around like a bad smell telling the media he’s hoping a deal is nearing for another year.

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