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« 2008-Nov-29, 07:36 AM Reply #25 »
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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 30/07/2006 5:50 PM
You were right in regards to Williams Geoff but he had a good game against Canberra earlier this year but the problem is his consistency.
 
I really hope he can prove me wrong but I think Jeremy Smith is playing well for the Eels so it will be interesting next year.
 
Another thing, did we all see Stuart Webb "knuckle" Smith? 

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From: wily Sent: 31/07/2006 7:02 PM
Great comeback by Williams. Geez the coach will look like a goose if he continues that sort of form

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 1/08/2006 10:41 PM
Rabbitohs Teams for Round 22 Against Panthers

The Real Insurance Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the Penrith Panthers in round 22 of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Sunday, 6 August at 3pm at Telstra Stadium.

Shane Walker will play his 150th first grade game this Sunday. Walker will start at hooker in place of the injured Stuart Webb. John Sutton will play his 50th NRL game this weekend. Mark Minichiello returns to the side on the interchange bench.

The Premier League match will kick off at 1:05pm on Sunday at Telstra Stadium. Gates will open at 1pm. The Jersey Flegg match between South Sydney Juniors and the Penrith Panthers will be played at Coogee Oval on Sunday at 11:30am.

The referee for the first grade fixture is Ben Cummins.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. David Peachey
2. Nathan Merritt
3. Todd Polglase
4. Germaine Paulson
5. Paul Mellor
6. Beau Champion
7. Joe Williams
8. Peter Cusack ©
9. Shane Walker
10. Scott Geddes
11. David Fa’alogo
12. Joe Galuvao
13. John Sutton

Interchange:

14. Mark Minichiello
15. Manase Manuokafoa
16. Ben Rogers
17. Kane Cleal

Coach – Shaun McRae

The Rabbitohs Premier League side is:

1. Joven Clarke
2. Troy Boston
3. Fetuli Talanoa
4. Yileen Gordon
5. Balin Cupples
6. Scott Briggs
7. Ben Walker
8. Joe Falemaka
9. Trent Young ©
10. Jaiman Lowe
11. Ricardo Young
12. David Wynyard
13. Rhys Hanbury

Interchange:

14. Dale Newton
15. Beau Falloon
16. Albert Tuara
17. Ryan Dickson
18. Dean Peters
19. Michael Goward

Coach – Scott Murray

Rabbitohs’ Luke Stuart (ruptured ACL in knee - season), Luke MacDougall (fractured thumb – 4-6 weeks), Shannon Hegarty (shoulder arthroscope – 1-2 weeks), Shannan McPherson (groin strain – 2-4 weeks), Shane Rigon (medial ligament strain – 3-5 weeks) and Stuart Webb (shoulder – 2-4 weeks) were not considered for selection due to injury.


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From: ShortHalfHead Sent: 2/08/2006 7:44 AM
I can't find the "Kitchen Utensils" thread so for no reason whatsoever, thought I would post this he


The "Wooden Spoon"

Sean Fagan of RL1908.com

Cambridge University (light blue) - where the Wooden Spoon award originatedThe 'awarding' of the 'wooden spoon' to the last place team in football competitions originated back in the 19th century.

First place winners were given a gold/silver cup/trophy - the last placed team 'received' the opposite, which was nothing more in value than a wooden spoon.

The first known use of 'wooden spoon' in competitions of any sort - not just sport - seems to have been at Cambridge University in the mid-1800s.

In maths competitions, the winners were awarded cups or trophies. It became a custom to hand the last-placed competitor a wooden spoon. Over the years, the spoon became larger and larger, instilling itself as a tradition.

Cambridge was one of the major institutions playing rugby in 1800s, and it was no surprise that it transferred to rugby union and rugby league.

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From: Geoff Sent: 4/08/2006 3:41 PM
Just how fair dinkum are players' injuries these days?
I see these wounded players at matches and to me they look as though they are malingering.
It seems rare they miss one or two matches, they seem more likely to be out for four five and six 
I went back through the record books and came across the Souths side of 1970
Their comp consisted of 24 games. These guys played this many
Walters             22
Sattler              22
Simms             22
Stevens           23
Sait                 24
Pittard              23 
McCarthy         21
Coote              22
Grant              22 
O'Neill             20
Honan             17
R Branighan     22
Goodness, I got warm fuzzy feeling typing those names
The same applied to our horses In the same year, 1970, Baguette did the same as Dance Hero winning
the Slipper, Sires and Champagne. It's lucky for Fil Allotta that Whinger wasn't around forums then
otherwise he'd get the same treatment as her Ladyship.

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From: ShortHalfHead Sent: 4/08/2006 3:47 PM
Didn't you forget that supermodel in that lot.
 
Michael Cleary was around then as well, I thought

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 4/08/2006 4:34 PM
Geoff, the players today are weak as piss. They complain about a long season. Maybe if they played mid week matches and then worked all day we would understand. And even in light of ONLY playing 26 matches the quality is not a patch on the football twenty years ago.

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From: NineMSN NicknameAntitab Sent: 4/08/2006 5:09 PM
The Souths team of this year would beat the premiers of the mid 80's by 30 or 40.
 
The game is immeasurabley faster now and that is the reason for the majority of the injuries. 

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From: Viscount Sent: 4/08/2006 5:16 PM
That's right antitab, the introduction of the ten metres also means the impact of tackles is much greater. What was it in those days 3m? 5m?

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From: NineMSN NicknameMystery-Tramp Sent: 4/08/2006 5:26 PM
That's why, rugby league, a braindead game to start with, is getting dumber by the year. They are creating more and more impact on the same shaky frame- the human body.
 
Unsustainable in the long term. People will look at vision of today's games next century, and be amazed they could find people stupid enough to play it.
 
Don't feel smug union and Aussie Rules fans either. You are just a step or two behind in the evolutionary process.

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From: Geoff Sent: 4/08/2006 5:40 PM
From: Viscount Sent: 4/08/2006 3:16 PM
That's right antitab, the introduction of the ten metres also means the impact of tackles is much greater.
 
 
lol
 
The legal tackles maybe, but by jingo, those stiff arms for which Changa and Kandos were famous and all those other off the ball illegalities would make today's blokes thank God for the ten metres.  

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 6/08/2006 8:01 PM
You know Rugby League is going bad when Souths win two in a row.

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From: NineMSN Nickname_Legal_Agent_ Sent: 6/08/2006 11:37 PM
Very impressive win today. What makes it better is that Penrith weren't bad either! The goal line defense they showed today in the first and last parts of the game were outstanding. Good to see Joey WIlliams excel behind a pack that went forward all game. I'll say it again, we are a different team with Geddes in the front row. Hope he can stay fit next year alongside teh Yak and big Roy.

Bring on the next game against Manly. Souths v Manly at Brookie is always my favourite game to attend. Probably cause I have been a Souths fan all my life, but have always lived within walking distance of Brookvale Oval.

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« 2008-Nov-29, 07:38 AM Reply #26 »
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From: Geoff Sent: 7/08/2006 10:16 AM
Yes it was an impressive win.
A quality game.
The handling by both sides was excellent.
The defence by Souths for the first 20 minutes was as good as their attack for the next 20.
The the second half developed into a see-sawing event, when the old "we're gunna get done in the last few minutes" thoughts crept in. However in the end the better side won. 
Williams had a man of the match performance, probing the line when Penrith tired is something he hasn't done enough of in the past.
Pritchard and Wesser were dangerous every time they touched the ball, however I hope someone hasn't been sneaking anything illegal into Wesser's Farex.    

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 7/08/2006 5:14 PM
Agreed LA, Geddes is playing great!
 
Good to see Joe Williams back up his play from last week and good to see him run with the ball a lot more.

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From: Geoff Sent: 7/08/2006 6:28 PM

I have awful memories of Brookvale Oval.

 

I went there to a night match in the 70s wearing a new jacket for which I'd paid about a half week's pay.

 

Had to watch the match cheek by jowl with other spectators.

 

Souths lost, and when I left the ground I found a burn hole, of approx 3"x2", in my brand new jacket. 

 

I suppose I should have been thankful I hadn't been burnt to death but I was far too distraught about the destruction

 of the key to my entrée into the fashion scene.


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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 13/08/2006 11:11 PM
Souths 6 points in 3 weeks, incredible.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 15/08/2006 6:00 PM
Rabbitohs Teams for Round 24 Against Sea Eagles

The Real Insurance Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in round 24 of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Sunday, 20 August at 3pm at Brookvale Oval.

Paul Mellor will play his 200th NRL game this weekend. Mark Minichiello will start at lock with John Sutton sidelined for the remainder of the season with a medial ligament injury. Trent Young will start at hooker with both Stuart Webb and Shane Walker not considered for selection due to injury. Yileen Gordon and Jaiman Lowe move on to the Rabbitohs’ interchange bench.

The Premier League match will kick off at 12:45pm on Sunday at Brookvale Oval with the Jersey Flegg match between South Sydney Juniors and the Sea Eagles scheduled for 11:15am.

The referee for the first grade fixture is Russell Smith.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. David Peachey
2. Nathan Merritt
3. Todd Polglase
4. Germaine Paulson
5. Paul Mellor
6. Beau Champion
7. Joe Williams
8. Peter Cusack ©
9. Trent Young
10. Scott Geddes
11. David Fa’alogo
12. Joe Galuvao
13. Mark Minichiello

Interchange:

14. Jaiman Lowe
15. Manase Manuokafoa
16. Yileen Gordon
17. Kane Cleal

Coach – Shaun McRae

The Rabbitohs Premier League side is:

1. Joven Clarke
2. Troy Boston
3. Fetuli Talanoa
4. Rhys Hanbury
5. Balin Cupples
6. Scott Briggs
7. Ben Walker
8. Joe Falemaka
9. Beau Falloon
10. Dale Newton
11. Ricardo Young
12. Michael Greenfield
13. David Wynyard

Interchange:

14. Albert Tuara
15. Dean Peters
16. Eddie Paea
17. Luke Roberts
18. Michael Goward
19. Michael Woodlands
20. Aaron Firman

Coach – Scott Murray

Rabbitohs’ Luke Stuart (ruptured ACL in knee - season), Stuart Webb (shoulder – season), Ben Rogers (foot – season), John Sutton (medial ligament strain – season), Luke MacDougall (fractured thumb – 3-5 weeks), Shannon Hegarty (shoulder arthroscope – 1-2 weeks), Shannan McPherson (groin strain – 1-3 weeks), Shane Walker (shoulder – 1-2 weeks) and Shane Rigon (medial ligament strain – 2-4 weeks) were not considered for selection due to injury.


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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 23/08/2006 12:25 AM
Rabbitohs Announce Teams for Round 25 Against Cowboys

The Real Insurance Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the North Queensland Cowboys in round 25 of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Sunday, 27 August at 2:30pm at Telstra Stadium.

David Peachey will return to the side this Sunday at fullback after recovering from a calf injury. Todd Polglase will shift to five-eighth with Beau Champion out with an ankle injury. Shannan McPherson also returns to the side, starting from the interchange bench.

The Premier League match between the Rabbitohs and the Newtown Jets will kick off at 12:35pm on Sunday at Telstra Stadium with the Jersey Flegg match between South Sydney Juniors and the Western Suburbs Magpies scheduled for 1pm on Saturday, 26 August at Erskineville Oval.

The referee for the first grade fixture is Tony De Las Heras.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. David Peachey
2. Nathan Merritt
3. Yileen Gordon
4. Germaine Paulson
5. Paul Mellor
6. Todd Polglase
7. Joe Williams
8. Peter Cusack ©
9. Trent Young
10. Scott Geddes
11. David Fa’alogo
12. Joe Galuvao
13. Mark Minichiello

Interchange:

14. Shannan McPherson
15. Manase Manuokafoa
16. Fetuli Talanoa
17. Kane Cleal

Coach – Shaun McRae

The Rabbitohs Premier League side is:

1. Joven Clarke
2. Troy Boston
3. Balin Cupples
4. Rhys Hanbury
5. Luke Roberts
6. Scott Briggs
7. Eddie Paea
8. Joe Falemaka
9. Beau Falloon
10. Jaiman Lowe
11. Joe Lichaa
12. Dean Peters
13. David Wynyard

Interchange:

14. Albert Tuara
15. Ricardo Young
16. Steve Coleman
17. Adham El-Zbaidieh
18. Michael Goward
19. Michael Woodlands
20. Aaron Firman
21. Trent Trotter

Coach – Scott Murray

Rabbitohs’ Luke Stuart (ruptured ACL in knee - season), Stuart Webb (shoulder – season), Ben Rogers (foot – season), John Sutton (medial ligament strain – season), Luke MacDougall (fractured thumb – 2-4 weeks), Shannon Hegarty (shoulder arthroscope – 1-2 weeks), Shane Walker (shoulder – 1-2 weeks), Ben Walker (knee – 2-3 weeks), Beau Champion (ankle – 2-3 weeks) and Shane Rigon (medial ligament strain – 2-3 weeks) were not considered for selection due to injury.


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From: NineMSN NicknameMystery-Tramp Sent: 28/08/2006 11:20 AM
How is it going to work next year with the assistant coach being much better than the coach?
 
I can see an ego explosion or three by about mid May.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 28/08/2006 11:24 AM
My prediction, by December McRae will step aside into a coaching director or similar role, overseeing something like junior development and recruitment and Taylor will be appointed head coach.

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From: robbo Sent: 30/08/2006 5:00 PM
Not bad Triples - what about by the end of August?
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 30 August 2006

Rabbitohs appoint Jason Taylor as Head Coach for next two seasons

Shaun McRae offered position as Director of Football Operations

McRae requests seven days to decide on his position

The South Sydney Rabbitohs will undertake a change in the Head Coaching role for the 2007

season, with current Parramatta Head Coach Jason Taylor committing to the Rabbitohs for the

next two seasons as Head Coach.

Shaun McRae has been offered the position of Director of Football Operations for the same

period of time, responsible for the management of all football operations for the Club,

answering to the Chief Executive Officer.

Mr McRae has requested that he be given seven days to consider this position and make his

decision, to which the Rabbitohs have agreed.

 


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From: arakaan Sent: 30/08/2006 5:30 PM
Taylor has shown himself to be a very shreud operator. that little statement yesterday I ave no doubt forced souths hand earlier than they perhaps were expecting.
 
now what would be nice is to send bomber off with a loss.

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From: Geoff Sent: 30/08/2006 5:41 PM
Given the same player list and injuries Jesus H Christ couldn't have done much better than McRae this year.
 
In fact, I think coaches get too much praise for success and too may brickbats for losses
 

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From: NineMSN NicknameMystery-Tramp Sent: 31/08/2006 11:15 AM
Come off it. Next thing you'll be telling us you are not happy with the changes, geoff.

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From: Geoff Sent: 31/08/2006 11:28 AM
Taylor doesn't have a magic wand and I'm not impressed by his sourpuss look. I worry that might be a mirror into his soul.
We all seem wonderful when we are successful, the test of his people / man-management skills will come when things don't go so well.
 
Anyway, out with the old, in with the new, we now need to close ranks behind him.
United we stand, divided we fall

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« 2008-Nov-29, 07:39 AM Reply #27 »
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From: arakaan Sent: 31/08/2006 1:40 PM
and the new regime already starting with there half truths(I won't call them lies).
 
mr hyphen came out yesterday and said the issue and appointment had nothing to do with the rumours of the roosters nabbing taylor.
 
strange it seems to do the annoucement exactly 4 days before there last game of the season, exactly 1 day after the roosters rumours emerged, and exactly 12 hours after a urgently arranged meeting with taylors management.
I wonder what purpose it achieved that wouldn't have been achieved next monday.
 
still seems to be a little lack of confidence in the club which you can't blame, but BS isn't the way out is it.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 31/08/2006 1:44 PM
Taylor upbeat on Rabbitohs coaching role
 
Jason Taylor says he is confident of bringing success to the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Taylor had signed to join the Rabbitohs as assistant coach next season, but will now replace Shaun McRae as head coach for the next two National Rugby League seasons.

Taylor has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the ranks this year since taking over from Brian Smith at Parramatta and guiding the Eels into the finals.

He said he was surprised by how quickly it had all happened.

"It's all happened pretty fast," he said.

"I was always pretty confident that I could do a good job if given an opportunity.

"I probably didn't think I was going to get one so quickly but I'm very happy with the way it's going so far."

South Sydney chief executive Shane Richardson said he was confident Taylor was the right man to coach the club's first grade team.

Richardson said giving the current Parramatta caretaker coach the top job at the club was a gamble he was sure would pay off.

"He's coached at SG Ball level, he's coached Premier League, he's done his apprenticeship," he said.

"We've been fortunate that Parramatta have put him through head coaching school for the last four months.

"You couldn't graduate with better honours than he's got so yes, it is a bit of a punt coming forward."

McRae was offered the new role of South's director of football operations, and will have a week to decide whether to accept the position.

But Mr Richardson said he expected McRae to turn it down.

"I'm not confident," he said. "He took it hard, like a sledge hammer, I'd be lying if I said otherwise."

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 1/09/2006 12:23 AM
While it is true that any coach would have struggled with Souths 2006 playing list, surely McRae must have had some say in who was recruited for 2006.  If not he should not be coach.  So he must be somewhat responsible for the 2006 player list
 
I think McRae went OK in 2005 and he is not the worst coach Souths have had.  At the same time Jason Taylor might have been a bit flattered this year by how things worked out at Parra.  But even after all that it was time to change.  McRae did coach not just the wooden spooners but a team getting the spoon by the length of the Randwick straight.  Also if McRae stays on as coach how many big players would want to play under him?  He has no ability to attract stars but Taylor might as he has been written up in the media as a super coach
 
The good thing for Souths is this weekend's game is the end of an era of misery from 1990 to 2006.  The club is going from being amateur to somewhat professional.  If you look at Souths website they are advertising for positions they have never had before because everything has been run on the cheap for decades.  This season's recruitment was the best Souths have had for 20+ years
 
 

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From: NineMSN NicknameMystery-Tramp Sent: 1/09/2006 12:17 PM
"It's like being hit over the head with a sledgehammer," he said. "I am absolutely shellshocked with the decision. I thought it was a matter of preparing for 2007. I am not sure where this has come from.
"Everything seemed to be going well at the club, not brilliant, but I was reminded during the season that my job wasn't under threat." SMH
 
 
 
No wonder McRae never had much of a gameplan. If he could not see this coming, from the moment Parra started stringing wins together, he is clueless.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 1/09/2006 1:34 PM
I'm just not sure how to line McRae up.
 
Can he coach, and has he been dragged down by having just been at South's when anything and everything that could have been unprofessional is and was, and had been for many years, coupled with the key injuries that they have had this yr he should have been given a further 12 mths, on the back of the recruitment, restructure and what appears to be a very professional path forward. 
 
He's assisted with some pretty smart people which wouldn't have hurt, Sheens, Fulton, he then went and did it himself in England and a couple of tough appointments before the glamour gig at St Helens which he then held for quite a number of years and continued on their success, aided by a hefty bank roll. But many that he has coached suggest that he is smart and knows his stuff.
 
I just don't think he's a dud. But he's had the chief's hat for the last few difficult yrs, so he's in the mix of it all somewhere.
 
I also don't subscribe to the common theory these days that many boards clutch at, just add new coach and a winning change occurs. It doesn't.
 
JT certainly has the makings of a good coach. But he's JT, not JC. Anyone with some nous and leadership was going to be able to balance things up at the Eels and move them forward once Smith's dark shadow had moved on. He's done a good job, but he had a playing list that already had some runs on the board as the minor prem's only a few months before, it's not like it was a "loaves and fishes" job. Now he's walking into a player list the likes of which South's haven't seen for many yrs, and some professionalism the likes of which they also haven't seen for many many yrs. I'm sure he'll do a good job, but it won't be easy, it will be very different to what he's been through through the last few months and he's going to be rolling in with his and everyone else's tyres fully pumped up with expectation.

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From: Geoff Sent: 1/09/2006 1:48 PM
Well said, but as I've been saying much the same I would say that wouldn't I?
 
Except for the bit about the impressive new player list.
From what I've seen we've added three decent forwards and an injury or two and we're back to where we are now.
 

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 1/09/2006 1:57 PM
Yes Geoff, you have been saying these sorts of things for quite some time, and I agree with the opinion. I think the list is certainly better, luck with injury is such an issue these days (as opposed to pre cap days where you could stock pile depth in your lower grades). The blooding of some of the talented youth has to be a benefit next yr as well, another plus for Taylor.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 3/09/2006 9:02 PM
Thank God this year is over!!!

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 3/09/2006 9:14 PM
you know what amkes it even worse, it all happens agian next season.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 3/09/2006 9:30 PM
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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 19/09/2006 10:51 AM
I just can't understand why Souths haven't signed a couple of the quality performers from the Dragons who are on match payment contracts and haven't been signed for next yr, and will probably have to play for something similar again.
 
Gorrell is a very handy 9, plenty of skill, reads the game well, clever dummy half and excellent goal kicker. This is a position that Souths have struggled with through the last 2 yrs and would be critical to putting things together next yr on the back of an improved forward line up.
 
Isemonger I think is in a similar situtation. Experienced quality back rower who has held his own in and around the starting line up all yr long. You can never have enough hard quality forwards regardless of their signings, especially when for I'd guess $100k you add additional quality, experience and competition.
 
Both players bring experience and a winning culture which could only help the move going forward.

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From: Viscount Sent: 19/09/2006 12:05 PM
I saw it announced a while ago that Isemonger had signed with the Dragons next year.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 19/09/2006 12:28 PM
Ok, I thought it was Bickerstaff, as I think both of them were on similar match payment contracts. Both are proven, I'd be picking up one of them.

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From: Viscount Sent: 19/09/2006 1:18 PM
I've heard Bickerstaff has signed with the Raiders next year.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 19/09/2006 1:40 PM
Merritt Selected in Prime Minister's XIII Against Papua New Guinea

South Sydney's Nathan Merritt has earned his first representative jersey after being selected in the Prime Minister's XIII team to play the Papua New Guinea Kumuls at Lloyd Robson Oval in Port Moresby on Saturday 30 September at 3pm.

The side is filled with Australian and State of Origin representative players, team mates which Merritt will be able to learn from and gain valuable experience before turning out for the Rabbitohs in the 2007 season. The team will assemble in Cairns on Tuesday 26 September before flying out to Port Moresby on Thursday 28 September.

From everyone associated with the Rabbitohs we congratulate Nathan and wish him the best of luck during the tour.

The Prime Minister's XIII side is:

1. Brett Stewart (Eagles)
2. Jarryd Hayne (Eels)
3. Amos Roberts (Roosters)
4. Kurt Gidley (Knights)
5. Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs)
6. Craig Gower (Panthers)
7. Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)
8. Steve Price (Warriors)
9. Robbie Farah (Tigers)
10. Brent Kite (Eagles)
11. Luke O’Donnell (Cowboys)
12. Paul Gallen (Sharks)
13. Trent Waterhouse (Panthers)

14. Jarrod Mullen (Knights)
15. Anthony Tupou (Roosters)
16. Craig Stapleton (Panthers)
17. Adam Woolnough (Knights)


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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 25/09/2006 10:30 PM
Souths sign Aussie schoolboys halfback
 
South Sydney has signed Australian schoolboys halfback Luke Capewell to a two-year deal with the NRL club.

Capewell represented the Queensland under 17s and Queensland Schoolboys in 2006, and has been selected to play for the Australian Schoolboys on their tour of Europe later this year.

He is also a scholarship holder with the Australian Institute of Sport, and will play with the Brisbane Easts Tigers in the Queensland Cup competition for the first year of his contract with the Rabbitohs in 2007.

"It has been a long time since this club has secured the services of an up-and-coming player, external to our own juniors, with the ability of Luke Capewell and we're pleased to announce that he will be with us for at least the next two seasons," Rabbitohs chief executive Shane Richardson said.

"He is the outstanding player from his age group, with all of the skills, and with more time to develop his game and to work with the team we have here, we're sure he can become a top-level player in the NRL."

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 25/09/2006 10:43 PM
Souths could do well if they use Shane Richardson's old ties to Easts-Brisbane.
 
Easts juniors up here have always been strong and with their East Carina Leagues Club as well as Easts own club at Stones Corner they have a bit of dough to look after their juniors even better than they use to.
 
Shane looked after a few lads that I sent over from Logan when I coached a U18 side here and he really impressed me then with his attitude.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 26/09/2006 8:03 PM
Does anyone know much about this kid?
 
Sounds promising.......

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From: Geoff Sent: 16/10/2006 1:19 PM
That'll teach Mason to tangle with a Rabbitoh player.

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Willie Mason
Willie Mason after the first Tri Nations Rugby League match in Auckland. / The Sunday Telegraph

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 1/11/2006 6:12 PM
Was I right when I heard that Peter Holmes de Court wants a total ban on alcohol?
 
Would it work?   No bloody hope I reckon.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 1/11/2006 6:22 PM
Yes he suggested it. The more I see of HAC the more I think he just loves being in the media. Even out of season every few weeks he has to come up with some story to get his publicity.

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The Daily Telegraph

Poll Results

You have already voted! Here are the results so far:

Who do you rate Australia's greatest sportsperson?

Greg Norman - Golf
0% (11 votes)
Shane Warne -Cricket
0% (31 votes)
Herb Elliot - Athletics
0% (44 votes)
Ian Thorpe - Swimming
0% (43 votes)
Dawn Fraser - Swimming
0% (21 votes)
Cathy Freeman - Athletics
0% (10 votes)
Walter Lindrum - Billiards
0% (10 votes)
Leigh Matthews - Australian Rules
0% (10 votes)
Don Bradman - Cricket
1% (1311 votes)
Heather McKay - Squash
0% (10 votes)
Layne Beachley - Surfing
0% (21 votes)
Jack Brabham - Formula One
0% (10 votes)
Mick Doohan - Moto GP
0% (23 votes)
Jeff Fenech - Boxing
0% (10 votes)
Clive Churchill - Rugby League
98% (100019 votes)
John Eales - Rugby Union
0% (13 votes)
Rod Laver -Tennis
0% (30 votes)
Andrew Johns - Rugby League
0% (36 votes)
Total votes: 101663
This poll started on Tuesday, December 26, 2006
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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 4/01/2007 3:27 PM
Found the reason - from www.souths.com.au
 
Vote for Clive Churchill as Australia's Greatest Sportsperson

The Rabbitohs are calling on all South Sydney fans to vote for the legendary Clive Churchill as Australia's greatest ever sportsperson in the Daily Telegraph's search for this country's best sporting product.

All you need to do is log on to the Daily Telegraph website by clicking here, and then scroll down and vote for Clive Churchill in the voting box on the webpage.

Clive Churchill is recognised as the game's best ever player with few able to match his skills and abilities on the field of play, let alone command the respect he has for many decades away from the paddock.

Mr Churchill was named in the Rabbitohs Dream Team, as well as being named one of Rugby League's Immortals and a Hall of Famer, along with many other recognitions including the naming of a grandstand at the Sydney Cricket Ground where he enjoyed so much success and also having the Clive Churchill Medal named after him, awarded to the man-of-the-match in the Grand Final each year.

His credentials are unsurpassed in Rugby League and all Rabbitohs fans should vote for Mr Churchill in this vote run by the Daily Telegraph. 


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From: arakaan Sent: 4/01/2007 3:50 PM
well they can't win anything fair and square so this is no surprise.

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From: Geoff Sent: 4/01/2007 4:17 PM
Waddya talkin' about?........ Fair and square?
 
This shows Commitment...............with a Capital C.

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From: arakaan Sent: 4/01/2007 4:24 PM
 I thought you and souths wanted nothing to do with rupert and the telegraph?

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From: NineMSN NicknameAntitab Sent: 4/01/2007 4:28 PM
Desperation with a capital "D".

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Shaun McRae quits Souths

By James Phelps
January 09, 2007

AN emotional Shaun McRae yesterday walked out on South Sydney - admitting he had never recovered from being sacked as coach to make way for Jason Taylor.

Five months after being told by his best mate, Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson, that he was no longer the coach, McRae walked into his boss's office and severed all ties with the club.

McRae, known throughout the league world as 'Bomber', said he felt he could not give his all in his new position of Director of Coaching and Football Operations.

Richardson said of McRae's sudden resignation: "Shaun's decision is disappointing but we wish him all the best."

In a revealing interview, McRae told The Daily Telegraph he was still hurting over the sacking.

But he vowed to coach again.

"I could never accept the fact I had been sacked as coach," McRae said.

"No one would ever agree with a decision like that. It hurt, but at the end of the day that is the business we are in.

"We are in a results driven business and I do accept that.

"I didn't see any point in continuing in the role of director of coaching when my heart wasn't in it.

"You have to be committed to the role you are in and I wasn't.

"I love coaching and I will coach again."

In an extraordinary situation, McRae - despite his shock resignation - will still be paid the wage he was receiving as head coach until October this year, when his contract would have expired.

"We will pay him his normal wage for the rest of the year," Richardson admitted.

McRae walked into Richardson's office at 2.30pm yesterday and dropped the bombshell before explaining his to decision to quit to both Richardson and Souths' executive director, Peter Holmes a Court.

"The meeting went for a good hour," McRae said.

"Both Peter and Shane were present. They didn't try to talk me out of it. They realised my mind was made up and they knew I had given the job a go.

"I didn't want to be talked around.

"I was very decisive and I wanted to tender my resignation.

"It was a very cordial meeting."

McRae said his friendship with Richardson was strained at the time of his sacking but said the pair would continue to be mates.

"We will still have a friendship,' McRae said.

"We have been together for a long time and it's a long-standing relationship.

"I have thought about his decision for a long time and I can understand what he did. It must have been hard for him."

McRae is undecided about his future but is adamant he will stay in football.

"Stepping away from the role enables me to sit back and reflect on what the next chapter is," he said.

"I didn't have that opportunity while I was in the new role. I don't know what I am going to do. That is part of the excitement of it."

Richardson wasn't surprised by McRae's decision to quit.

"I sort of expected it and then again I didn't," he said.

"He couldn't get out of his system that he couldn't coach and he thought he wasn't suited to the new role.

"At this stage of his career he still has the coaching bug."

Richardson said he would always be good mates with McRae after bringing him to South Sydney following stints together at clubs in the UK.

"We are good mates, we always have been and we always will be.

"He wouldn't have agreed to the role in the first place if we weren't on good terms.

"We haven't had a cross word or an argument since.

"He wanted to coach and didn't feel comfortable in this role."


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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 17/01/2007 9:05 PM
Firestone - Rise of a man with a magic mystrey pill (Sydney Morning Herald Jan 8th 07)
 
The above (long) article makes interesting reading in general, but some of the Souths supporters who've not seen it might be interested. Looks like plenty of smoke and mirrors leading toward today, and some recent events including a $3 mil sponsorship of Souths and supposed purchase of the Sydney Kings. Tim Johnston (Perth based), Chairman of Firepower is also said to be the money behind the private sponsorship deal done for the Western Force's signature of Giteau.
 
Lets hope for all concerned that the money really is there.
 

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From: Geoff Sent: 17/01/2007 9:44 PM
"Lets hope for all concerned that the money really is there."
 
I'm not sure what your point is here 777, and it's a little too late in the night, and a few drinks past when I could try to figure it out, but hey, rest easy, if there's any shortfall in any sponsorship of Souths, .... :censored:  it, I'll make it good.
 
hic,  hic   Glory  Glory to Souss Sydnee.... 
 
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Souss Sydnee marchers on.....

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 18/01/2007 8:20 AM
My point was Geoff that there has been plenty of snake oil salesman linked with big $ sporting sponsorships over the years that have amounted to nothing, little or no money when it really came to the crunch leaving significant financial holes at the clubs involved. The Watarahs got stung by a travel mob a few years back, Wests Tigers something similar, and there's been aothers.
 
There is one "sponsor" that has been associated with quite a number of sporting clubs through the last 2 yrs, mainly a league sleeve and shorts sponsor who I believe many clubs have had considerable trouble getting the money, if at all in some instances. Same mob have been dragged through numerous court cases through the last few yrs for non payment (and not just to sporting clubs).
 
But it's refreshing to know that if there is any problem at Souths you'll be able to prop up the shortfall.
 

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From: arakaan Sent: 18/01/2007 9:00 AM
yeah triples the tigers on was Radisson Miane who appeared out of nowhere to throw money at everyone and burned many.
 
having a look at firepower's website it ain't the most snazzy thing I've seen for a company throwing around millions and the last updated news was just on 5 months ago. 
 

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From: arakaan Sent: 18/01/2007 9:05 AM
and i've caught the TCE typing disease.  the first "on" is one and "miane" is maine.

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From: vorogue Sent: 3/02/2007 9:51 PM
Manly are now in danger of losing their silvertails tag
 

Bunnies get Armani style

Sydney Confidential

February 03, 2007 12:00

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The South Sydney Rabbitohs will switch their red and green jerseys for the latest fashions from Milan, with Hollywood hero Russell Crowe arranging for his beloved bunnies to be fitted by designer label Armani this week. / The Daily Telegraph
 

THE South Sydney Rabbitohs will switch their red and green jerseys for the latest fashions from Milan, with Hollywood hero Russell Crowe arranging for his beloved bunnies to be fitted by designer label Armani this week.

Forget the chook raffles at Refern headquarters - Rusty plans to have the league heads fit to turn heads at any red carpet event following the style injection to their official team uniform.

Crowe is a long term client and personal friend of world renowned designer Giorgio Armani, and has called in the favour as a part of his ongoing commitment to fashion the team into a sleek and stylish powerhouse of the NRL.

Souths co-owner Peter Holmes a Court yesterday confirmed the team had been measured for their designer threads, but was reluctant to provide further detail of the association with the luxury brand.

"The basis of it is Russell's relationship with Giorgio but beyond that the club is staying tight lipped at this stage,'' Holmes a Court said.

While they were once regarded as paupers of the game, Crowe's black label taste is slowly weeding out the blue singlets formerly favoured by the working class team.

Having perfected playing sheriff of the bunnies wardrobe, the Aussie actor this week signed up for the real deal in Hollywood - taking on the role as the sheriff of Nottingham in the latest Robin Hood blockbuster.

Crowe's Australian mouthpiece yesterday confirmed the actor's starring role in swashbuckling flick Nottingham, which will see him reteam with the creative forces behind A Beautiful Mind, Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures.

The producers are apparently stealing from the rich and giving to the star, with Crowe set to pocket $20 million for his role in the film.

 


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From: Geoff Sent: 3/02/2007 10:01 PM
Fair enough.
 
They're always emotional silvertails in my book.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 12/02/2007 8:16 PM
No news for the Bunnies this week ?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 12/02/2007 8:31 PM
 
 
Put a couple dollars on them e/w.. You never know.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 12/02/2007 10:18 PM
There is always a stack of news on Souths these days with all the people secretly hoping it all goes bad for Russell Crowe.  Looked at NRL site today and 3 of the 11 latest news stories were Souths related
 
Also the story in the weekend papers about the Walker brothers who were blaming Souths' owners for ending their careers
 

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From: wily Sent: 13/02/2007 8:38 AM
The Walkers ended their own careers with their inept performances.
 
Ben was woeful last season.
Shane should be picked up by another club, he goes ok

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 13/02/2007 8:49 AM
Being a Titans fan , I'm a bit worried about us having Chris on the books.

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From: wily Sent: 13/02/2007 9:23 AM
In football terms I would call him a gutless grub with nothing to offer that club grats.
Infact I feel sorrry for you

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 13/02/2007 9:54 AM
3 of the most over rated players to ever have played grade. A swing gate makes a better impersonation of a tackle than either Chris or Ben. Funny how it didn't take Bennett long to work them out (both on and off the field) and move then on. I'm sure there are also plenty across various club managements who remember the little betting sting involving these clowns and a Souths v Manly game a few years ago. Good bye and good riddance.

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From: Geoff Sent: 13/02/2007 10:08 AM
Shane's the adopted one. He's a gutsy, whole-hearted player who leaves Souths with my best wishes, and thanks for his efforts at the club.
 
Ben had his moments, but he made too many stupid mistakes, and his defence was suspect, although I never expect someone of his build to have the defensive capabilities of a more robust player.
 
Chris, well you should know what I think about this show pony. I opened a thread devoted to the pea heart.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 13/02/2007 10:10 AM
Actually their life  stories would make interesting reading.
 
 
While I don't know them personally, I have known off them all their lives as their Dad was a tremendous player for our club ,Norths in Brissy.
  Gary,their dad, was one of the better defenders I've seen in the game and it is obvious he did'nt pass this on. lol
 Not up to me to  write here about their upbringing but according to people close to the family there were some strange housholds rules that did'nt equip the boys for life in the limelight.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 13/02/2007 7:17 PM
From: <NOBR>NineMSN Nicknametriple-7-</NOBR> Sent: 13/02/2007 9:54 AM
3 of the most over rated players to ever have played grade. A swing gate makes a better impersonation of a tackle than either Chris or Ben. Funny how it didn't take Bennett long to work them out (both on and off the field) and move then on. I'm sure there are also plenty across various club managements who remember the little betting sting involving these clowns and a Souths v Manly game a few years ago. Good bye and good riddance.
 
Agree with Triples!

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Dogg chases Bunnies

February 19, 2007 12:00

Article from: The Daily Telegraph

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HE may have axed the Rabbitohs cheerleaders, but Russell Crowe inadvertently managed to recruit a far more controversial mascot in their place - US bad boy rapper Snoop Dogg.

The Dogg hip-hopped his way into the Bunnies brigade on Saturday when he made a surprise performance at the Good Vibrations festival while draped in a South Sydney jersey.

With a rap sheet as long as Crowe's film credits, the Dogg might not fit the new Armani-clad image of the NRL club - especially when he pretended to light a massive joint on stage - but Souths officials were still thrilled by the free, unprompted endorsement.

"He's playing halfback for us this season,'' a chuffed Peter Holmes a Court joked yesterday.

It is understood Crowe presented the jersey to Snoop as a gift at the Australian MTV music awards in April last year.

The notorious rapper was a special guest star at the music shindig, where Crowe was also invited to perform his track Testify.

But as the unlikely duo have not crossed paths or even spoken since the event, Crowe was delighted to hear the Dogg had made the decision to pack his Bunnies jumper and perform in it.

And while Crowe and Holmes a Court were busy receiving text messages from excited mates about Snoop's wardrobe choice, the rapper continued his flirtation with rugby league.

The 35-year-old left the Centennial Park festival and headed straight over to the neighbouring Aussie Stadium to watch the pre-season clash between the Roosters and Wests Tigers.

Confidential understands Snoop and his posse - who were in Australia filming a secret MTV project - flew back to the US yesterday.


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From: Monolith Sent: 28/02/2007 6:36 AM
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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 28/02/2007 2:00 PM
Rabbitohs Team for Charity Shield

The South Sydney Rabbitohs will be in search of their third consecutive Charity Shield title when they take on the St George Illawarra Dragons this Saturday night at Telstra Stadium with kick off scheduled for 8pm.

The Rabbitohs will be fielding all seven of their internationals, with captain David Kidwell, Roy Asotasi, Nigel Vagana, David Fa’alogo, Joe Galuvao, David Peachey and Shannon Hegarty all playing in the match.

The Rabbitohs team for the 24th Charity Shield is:

1) David Peachey
2) Paul Mellor
3) Nigel Vagana
4) Shannon Hegarty
5) Reece Simmonds
6) John Sutton
7) Joe Williams
8) Peter Cusack (c)
9) Stuart Webb
10) Roy Asotasi
11) David Kidwell (c)
12) Luke Stuart
13) David Fa’alogo

Interchange:

14) Daniel Irvine
15) Dean Widders
16) Scott Geddes
17) Manase Manuokafoa
18) Joe Galuvao
19) Jaiman Lowe
20) Shane Rigon
21) Jeremy Smith
22) Germaine Paulson
23) Fetuli Talanoa

Coach – Jason Taylor

The Rabbitohs are keen to bounce back after last Saturday night’s defeat at the hands of the Cronulla Sharks in Gosford, however Head Coach Jason Taylor was pleased with the effort in the opening trial and is looking for improvement in the Charity Shield.

“We’ve been building up to the beginning of the season, as a team, since November last year and Saturday’s game is the final piece of that preparation,” Rabbitohs Head Coach Jason Taylor said.

“Despite the game not having two points on the line, it is still important for us to perform well in our final hit out before we play the Roosters in round one.

“I’m looking forward to seeing our Kiwi contingent playing together, and also assessing how our combinations are developing.”

Rabbitohs co-captains David Kidwell and Peter Cusack are both excited about Saturday night’s match.

“We are looking forward to this game because we know it is always a tough match and it will give us the best guide on our progress leading into the first round, and every other round of the premiership,” Kidwell said.

“I’m looking forward to playing at Telstra Stadium in front of a big Rabbitohs crowd so I hope all of the Members and fans come out to support the team and cheer us on.”

Cusack said: “This will be my third Charity Shield and out of any trial match I have played this is the one that is most like a proper premiership match in terms of intensity and the physical side of the game.”

“We’ll be out there giving it everything we’ve got, not only to win the game, but to prepare ourselves for the season that’s just around the corner.”

The Rabbitohs have won the past two Charity Shield matches, winning 14-12 in last year’s match, the first to be played at Telstra Stadium.

This year, the Rabbitohs’ proceeds from money raised from the match will go towards supporting Souths Cares, the Rabbitohs new community initiative designed to support South Sydney communities.

Three grades of Rugby League will be played on Saturday with the North Sydney Bears taking on the St George Illawarra Dragons in Premier League at 6:05pm, and Shellharbour playing Raymond Terrace in the opening match at 4:35pm. Gates will open at 4:30pm.

Tickets for the match are available from Ticketek by calling 132 849, online at www.ticketek.com.au or visiting any Ticketek outlet.

Ticket prices:
Category 1
Pre-purchase prices:
Adult - $28
Junior/Concession - $18
Family - $70
Walk Up prices:
Adult - $32
Junior/Concession - $22
Family - $80
Category 2
Pre-purchase prices:
Adult - $20
Junior/Concession - $10
Family - $50
Walk Up prices:
Adult - $22
Junior/Concession - $12
Family - $55
Charity Shield Statistics

2006 result:
South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 (Paul Mellor, Shannon Hegarty, David Fa'alogo tries; Ben Walker goal)
defeated
St George Illawarra Dragons 12 (Trent Barrett, Ben Hornby tries; Wes Naiqama 2 goals)
Crowd – 24,566

Match Records:

Played 23, Dragons 13, Rabbitohs 7, Drawn 3.

1982 – Dragons 9-7
1983 – Dragons 28-10
1984 – Rabbitohs 24-6
1985 – Dragons 10-8
1986 – Dragons 12-0
1987 – Dragons 28-14
1988 – Rabbitohs 30-6
1989 – Rabbitohs 20-16
1990 – Drawn 10-10 (Rabbitohs retain)
1991 – Drawn 16-16 (Rabbitohs retain)
1992 – Rabbitohs 21-20
1993 – Dragons 10-8
1994 – Dragons 14-11
1995 – Dragons 18-10
1996 – Dragons 30-6
1997 – Dragons 26-18
1998 – Dragons 14-4
1999 – Rabbitohs 16-14
2002 – Drawn 20-20 (Rabbitohs retain)
2003 – Dragons 28-10
2004 – Dragons 34-8
2005 – Rabbitohs 30-6
2006 – Rabbitohs 14-12


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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 28/02/2007 3:32 PM
Once again Souths have fielded a near full strength side. Wonder if Willy Peters will play the second half in this years match?
 
I will be purchasing my Charity Shield jersey later in the week. Souths to win 36-12.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 28/02/2007 8:11 PM
2004 – Dragons 34-8
 
that was also our last trial win. Can't see it changing this year either. Knowing our luck Gasnier will sustain a season ending injury.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 28/02/2007 10:01 PM
Is Nathan Merritt injured?

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 28/02/2007 10:05 PM
Hope Fox are covering it. Love this game, the false start to the season (being a week before it all starts).

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 28/02/2007 10:18 PM
This is the official start to the season.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 28/02/2007 10:25 PM
8.00pm FOX live broadcast, NRL Trial, Dragons v Rabbitohs

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 1/03/2007 11:18 AM
 
Souths have not been able to sort out their No 7 & No 6 since they came back into the comp and it still sounds a mess

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 1/03/2007 11:18 AM
Rabbitohs Injury Report

From http://www.souths.com.au/

The Rabbitohs injury list as of 28 February 2007


Player: Yileen Gordon

Injury: Ankle

Current Status: Out for three weeks.


Player: Issac Luke

Injury: Back

Current Status: Out for three weeks.


Player: Beau Champion

Injury: Eye

Current Status: Out for two weeks.


Player: Jeremy Smith

Injury: Knee

Current Status: TBC.


Player: Shannan McPherson

Injury: Hip

Current Status: TBC.


Player: Nathan Merritt

Injury: Neck

Current Status: TBC.


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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 3/03/2007 7:09 PM
Illawarra 36 beat Souths 12.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 3/03/2007 8:56 PM
Kidwell...............fair bloody dinkum why didn't he give it straight out the hogg. He had two unmarked players outside him.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 3/03/2007 10:11 PM
The Steelers get up in the nick of time.

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From: Geoff Sent: 3/03/2007 10:32 PM
Too many mistakes, solid defence, not enough flair in attack.
 
Had it been a fight, Souths would have got it on a close points decision.
 
Plenty of work to do, I doubt whether we have enough options.

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From: Puntermatt Sent: 4/03/2007 9:44 AM
Unbelievable tip from you here TCE:
 
From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 28/02/2007 7:11 PM
2004 – Dragons 34-8
 
that was also our last trial win. Can't see it changing this year either.  Knowing our luck Gasnier will sustain a season ending injury.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 4/03/2007 11:42 AM
The sad reality when I opened the paper this morning was that I was half expecting it.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 4/03/2007 11:49 AM
Is it my imagination or have these players bulked up more than ever?
 
If so could this be the reason for more injuries than usual?
 
I'm a big beleiver in over training in some areas.  For instance look at todays players compared to players like Cronin,Ella,and Kenny.  Todays blokes are twice as big and half as good.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 7/03/2007 1:25 PM
Is he worth the money?
 
 

Rabbitohs take the lead

By Bret Harris, Wayne Smith and Brent Read
March 07, 2007

LOTE Tuqiri will spend the weekend weighing up his future, with all offers to be tabled to the New South Wales and Australia wing by the end of the week - and a return to rugby league highly likely.

The Australian Rugby Union will make an offer to Tuqiri today, believed to be close to $2.7million for four years, compared with the $3.5 million deal the union put to him in November.

NRL clubs South Sydney and the Sharks will finalise their offers by the end of the week.

The strong feeling in football circles is that Tuqiri will return to rugby league if the Rabbitohs or Sharks can match the ARU's offer.

The ARU was waiting for the NRL offers to arrive before making its final pitch, but it has lost patience and will bring the matter to a head.

If Tuqiri fails to meet the ARU deadline of Monday, the national governing body will walk away from negotiations, just as it did in the case of rugby league star Mark Gasnier.

All offers, union and league, were meant to be on the table at the end of last month.

But South Sydney and the Sharks are still finalising the third-party agreements they will need to match the money from rugby union.

The Rabbitohs are understood to believe they can go close to matching the ARU offer.

Tuqiri also has a personal connection with Souths part-owner Peter Holmes a Court that could influence his decision.

His wife Rebekka, a children's psychologist, is working with Smart Population Foundation, an Australian charity founded by Holmes a Court's wife, Divonne. The charity's mission statement is to improve childhood environments in Australia.

The Sharks are chasing two sponsorship agreements to help them secure Tuqiri.

The club is believed to have one agreement on board more than $50,000, and it is edging closer to the other one.

"We are obviously working hard, but when you are looking for assistance you have to be patient," Sharks chief executive Greg Pierce said.

If Tuqiri stays in rugby union, third-party agreements will also determine whether he stays with the Waratahs or joins Queensland.

The ARU would have made its offer earlier, but it was waiting for the Queensland Rugby Union to finalise its third-party agreement.

The QRU appealed for corporate support in Queensland through newspaper advertising, and the union is understood to have raised an extra $200,000 for Tuqiri, although Reds rugby manager Alex Pope yesterday denied that.

Whether the Friends of the Waratahs in the corporate sector can beat this figure remains to be seen.

There will be no third-party inducements offered by the ARU.

The ARU made its best offer before Christmas on the condition that Tuqiri did not negotiate with any league clubs.

Tuqiri rejected the original offer, which indicated the strength of his interest in exploring rugby league options, so the ARU withdrew its offer immediately.

The value and length of the ARU's new offer has since been the subject of heavy speculation.

Figures as low as $2.4 million over four years have been bandied around, while there were discussions about offering a five-year contract or a three-year deal with an option.

The ARU finally decided to make Tuqiri an offer that would take him through to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

"We will make him an offer in line with a player of his standing," ARU chief executive Gary Flowers said.

"He is a world-class player, and our offer will reflect that."

The ARU is in a no-win situation where Tuqiri is concerned, with a significant percentage of its support base adamant the national body should not be pandering to a player so openly flirting with a return to rugby league.

Yet the counter-balancing view, that Tuqiri is a marquee player whom rugby must hold onto at all costs, also commands a lot of support within the rugby community.

 


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From: Geoff Sent: 7/03/2007 1:45 PM
Maybe not, but I hope we get him.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 7/03/2007 1:51 PM
From: <NOBR>NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69</NOBR> Sent: 7/03/2007 12:25 PM
Is he worth the money?

No way


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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 7/03/2007 2:05 PM
I agree with both of you.....
 
Would like to have him but he is not worth the money they are throwing at him.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 7/03/2007 3:22 PM
I made a post in the league thread this morning that he is all but a dome deal to Souths. He doesn't want to finish his career playing Union, and just as the Andrew John contract debace was deliberately drawn out and stage managed to get as much money for him to resign so has this been played out to get as much as possible out of league for him to return, which was always his want.
 
The number one key position in the game is your play maker, most are the 7, some can be the 6 like Lockyer or Fittler. IMO that's where your first $ spend priority should be (as Manly did when deciding to embark of their rebuilding plan, etc) and imo it's one of the real weakness that Souths have. That's where I'd be spending the money. Your next list of priority has to be quality across your starting forwards (which Souths have brought very well around), and then be working out from there. Certainly the game has changed in many ways, but the more it might change the more the basics stay the same, you won't ever be a top 4 or title contender with out a quality 7 or 6 and quality up front.
 
Quality centres are important, but not that to this $ degree. With the modern game unlike the 7, 6 or in many cases the pigs in the middle they only play down one half of the park, and only do so on the back of any quality work built of the back of those inside. Dam important, but not worth around 20% of your funds plus locking up your additional third party $'s (that then can't be spent on others) for a number of years.
 
But good luck to Tuqiri, he like those before him (John's and Gasiner) have played everyone off a break and he'll get all that he wanted, a fat cantract, the return to league and remain living in the eastern suburbs.

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From: Bubble Sent: 7/03/2007 3:31 PM
Great post 777.
 
The Wallabies need a half decent prop 20 times more than Lote in terms of player resources but he does bring people through the doors as he will with Souths and he will be on every single piece of merchandise and advertising that they can muster.
 
A very gifted footballer in the right place at the right time.
 
How lucky is Matt Giteau??

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From: Geoff Sent: 7/03/2007 3:45 PM
I agree re the 6 & 777, but just could we get now?
 
I was at the Charity Shield and liked the look of the St George young bloke in the premier league, and said "I wish we had him"
 
Lo and behold, Gasnier then had his problem and now he has a chance at the big time.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 7/03/2007 3:52 PM
Yes Geoff you are right, they are hard to find. But much much harder to find and then buy if you have already locked up the $'s into others. IMO I'd miss this one and spend the next 3 months watching every tape of every game of 1's and 2's here, Qld Cup and England and find the right guy, along the way knowing that if required the $'s were available.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 7/03/2007 4:02 PM
Agree with both posts by Triples.
 
Our priorities should be our halves which we really lack in depth and quality.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 7/03/2007 4:17 PM
I should start another thread on this but I feel the standard of footy is falling due to the costs of kids to play these days. A lot of kids that I talk to just say they cannot afford to join a club these days
 
Wonder how many future champions are missing out because Mum and Dad just cannot afford it?

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From: BurntToast Sent: 7/03/2007 5:00 PM
RL is also losing out to AFL and Soccer in the junior ranks because most parents (myself included) view those sports as less 'brutal'.

I'm sure there are just as many injuries in AFL and Soccer as there are in RL, but the RL marketing in this area has been miles behind those other two sports in getting parents to actually get their kids to play the sport... Reg Reagan and 'Bring back the Biff' is probably a large factor here I reckon... doesn't help at all for the junior level.

The AFL AusKick program on the other hand shows you how it should be done - go to an AFL game and watch all the little kids run around at half-time playing AusKick... the NRL should take notice of how they go about it... much more enticing for parents to signup their kids in the sport.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 9/03/2007 7:38 AM

You can take it as a given that the reason the Sharks put out their media release yesterday to advise that they were withdrawing is because they already know that the deal has been done and that they have missed out, running 2nd. Better to put a positive media spin on it in advance than it look like what really happened after he signs elsewhere.

c/ The Daily Telegraph

Tuqiri set to join Souths

South Sydney are close to snaring Lote Tuqiri on a four-year contract after Cronulla withdrew from the race yesterday.

The Australian Rugby Union and the Rabbitohs are the 27-year-old Tuqiri's only remaining suitors, with sources close to negotiations last night rating highly league's chances of signing him.

An announcement on the Wallaby and former league international is expected as soon as today.

Only a major last-minute hurdle involving third party sponsors stands between Souths and arguably their biggest-ever signing.

While some rated Tuqiri an 80 per cent chance of signing with Souths, club co-owner Peter Holmes a Court was last night refusing to admit it was "a done deal".

"But if what you guys are saying is right, that's great news," he said.

Souths have worked hard behind the scenes to convince Tuqiri's existing personal sponsors, such as Reebok, that it is in their interests for him to return to the 13-man game.

And it has previously been reported the Bunnies need around $150,000 from existing rugby league sponsors to top up their package.

Those talks have also gone into overdrive in recent days.

NRL chief executive David Gallop said last night there were no further developments to report regarding negotiations about Tuqiri with the League's stakeholders.

Tuqiri would also get one of Souths' three allotted marquee player salary cap allowances.

New prop Roy Asotasi was ranked as one of the most significant recruits in the Rabbitohs' 100-year history.

But given his achievements in both rugby codes, Tuqiri would probably eclipse Asotasi, Phil Blake (1987) and even Test flyer Cec Blinkhorn who moved to North Sydney in 1919.

Holmes a Court said of Tuqiri last week: "He would walk into the top 15 rugby union players in the world and he would walk into the top 13 rugby league players."

Tuqiri's agent Les Ross did not return The Daily Telegraph's calls last night.

The Rabbitohs development came after Cronulla had earlier withdrawn from the race for Tuqiri's signature, believing the Wallabies winger wanted to stay in rugby.

Cronulla officials were also determined not to be "pushed around" during negotiations.

The Sharks, however, had secured third-party sponsors and their interest in Tuqiri was genuine.

A Sharks press statement released yesterday afternoon claimed the club withdrew due to "ongoing complications involving the ARU negotiations".

"Respectfully, we explained to Les Ross (Tuqiri's manager) that we would withdraw from the race," Sharks chief executive Greg Pierce said.

"We were getting a clear message that Lote is still very interested in remaining in rugby union and we are not in a position to compete with them financially.

"All the negotiations were professionally handled by Les and Lote, but we have reached a stage where we need to move on.

"We have other players Ricky Stuart is keen to re-sign, plus the season is about to begin so our energies would be better placed elsewhere."

The ARU had earlier given Tuqiri until Monday to decide on a four-year offer tabled at a meeting in Sydney on Wednesday.

Sydney Roosters, Brisbane and Gold Coast were linked to Tuqiri during the early days of the signing saga.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 10/03/2007 7:42 AM

Tuqiri will sign with Souths in the next few days . . . .

 

c/ The Sydney Morning Herald

Sources last night confirmed to the Herald the ARU's second and final offer to Tuqiri, which expires at 5pm on Monday, was $400,000 under the first.

The offer is almost certain to result in Tuqiri's return to rugby league, where the only NRL club in the race for his signature is South Sydney. The Herald also understands that Souths, who are putting together a package, are only about $100,000 shy of matching the ARU/NSW Waratahs offer.

Tuqiri was in negotiations with South Sydney co-owner Peter Holmes a Court last night. The pair was seen entering the offices of a financial services company in Sydney city centre.

Earlier yesterday, Tuqiri, his manager, Les Ross, Holmes a Court and Channel Nine executives met to establish whether Nine were prepared to go ahead with a third-party sponsorship deal of Tuqiri to help the Rabbitohs sign him.

The deal would presumably be similar to the one Nine organised to help keep Dragons star Mark Gasnier in league last year. That involved a Nine advertiser sponsoring Gasnier in return for an concomitant amount of air time.

While Souths are confident of convincing Tuqiri to turn his back on union and sign with them within days, it is widely known the ARU was displeased by Tuqiri's decision to reject its first offer, which was estimated at $3million over four years.

 


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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 12/03/2007 6:45 PM

Looks like the ARU dropped their pants at the last minute . . . . . . $6 mil over 5 yrs, hello

c/ The Sydney Morning Herald

Lote money keeps Tuqiri in Union

Wallabies winger Lote Tuqiri has decided to stay in rugby for the next five years after receiving a massive last-minute contract boost by sponsors.

Tuqiri told South Sydney officials shortly before the 5pm deadline that he had decided to remain with the Waratahs and the Wallabies.

Speculation in football circles was the new Tuqiri deal was worth as much as $6 million over five years.

The deal included several lucrative third-party deals, which are understood not to have been finalised until this afternoon.

Tuqiri, and his wife Rebekka met NSW Rugby Union officials at Aussie Stadium this afternoon, before heading to another discussion with South Sydney league officials.

It is understood that the South Sydney offer got as high as $800,000 a year.

"We were just unable to match the offer that was made by rugby union," Souths chief executive Shane Richardson said.

"We gave it our best shot. We're disappointed about missing out. But we did our best, and took it down to the wire."

"The signing is great news for rugby and we're relieved to have it out of the way so Lote and the team can concentrate on the Stormers this weekend," said Fraser Neill, chief executive officer of NSW Rugby.

Tuqiri will be hold a media conference at 2pm tomorrow, just before a Waratahs' training session at Aussie Stadium.


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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 12/03/2007 6:56 PM
I never did have him in my Fantasy team Triples
 
Not a good ad for union is it when they are that desperate to hang onto a player of his talents.  Very over rated imo.  Did you see him play the other day?

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From: Lucky Sent: 12/03/2007 8:26 PM
agree Gratlog- what has he done. He is never going to win any team a game on his own ar lar Thurston,Johns,Mullins etc and its not as if he is a Marketable personailty like ET or johns ETC
 
What a waste. WOuld be worth $200-250k max imo

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 12/03/2007 8:37 PM
Glad that didn't happen for the price he was asking..........
 
He can stay in union and we can now pursue a No. 6 or 7.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 12/03/2007 9:08 PM
Vedder, you could get a couple of each for that money.
 
Bunnies might win a few early this year.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 12/03/2007 9:20 PM
Geez I hope you are right G.
 
Like to think we can beat last years total of two wins.

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Rabbitohs Announce Team for Round One Against Roosters

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the Sydney Roosters in round one of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Monday, 19 March at 7pm at Aussie Stadium, the first leg of the Ron Coote Cup for the 2007 season.

Six of the Rabbitohs’ new recruits will make their South Sydney debuts against the Roosters in the return to Monday Night Football, with Kiwi internationals David Kidwell, Roy Asotasi and Nigel Vagana joining Dean Widders, Jeremy Smith and Daniel Irvine in the Rabbitohs’ line up for the first time in a competition match.

Smith will accompany Joe Williams in the halves for Monday night’s clash, with the NRL’s leading try scorer in 2006, Nathan Merritt, returning to the Rabbitohs line up on the wing.

Coach Taylor has named a seven-man bench for the match against the Roosters.

The Ron Coote Cup is a perpetual trophy that the Rabbitohs and Roosters will play for each time they meet in the regular season. The first leg will be played on Monday night, with the return match taking place in the final round of the NRL Premiership in 2007.

Rabbitohs’ Reece Simmonds (small fracture through the wrist – 3 weeks) and Stuart Webb (contusion to his ribs - 2 weeks) were not considered for selection due to injury.

The referee for this fixture is Paul Simpkins. The sideline officials are Michael Jones and Matt Cecchin. The video referee is Phil Cooley.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. David Peachey
2. Nathan Merritt
3. Nigel Vagana
4. Shannon Hegarty
5. Paul Mellor
6. Jeremy Smith
7. Joe Williams
8. Peter Cusack (c)
9. Daniel Irvine
10. Roy Asotasi
11. David Kidwell (c)
12. David Fa’alogo
13. John Sutton

Interchange:

14. Shane Rigon
15. Dean Widders
16. Luke Stuart
17. Scott Geddes
18. Manase Manuokafoa
19. Jaiman Lowe
20. Fetuli Talanoa

Coach – Jason Taylor


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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 14/03/2007 11:33 PM
Gee that looks one sizeable group of big boppers to turn out for round 1 for Souths. I think Smith will start off the bench or maybe not at all, Sutton to start at 6 if so Stuart or Geddes to start in the back row. That would give you Cusack, Asotasi, Kidwell, Fa'alogo, Stuart, and Geddes (with some helpful assistance from Widders) to just give to you through the first 40, and then some more, with Williams, Sutton, Widders and Vagana to then run off the back of this with the footy. Ahhh, just my type of footy. Power game for 3 or 4 plays (and the first 20 mins), when the timing's right 2 and 3 pass shifts, smart kicking game from Williams and then just keep accommodating them with the muscle in defence. Control the footy and this gets interesting. Think JT has made his intentions pretty clear for game 1, lol.
 
First 20 minutes of this game will be a cracker in the middle of the ruck with Beattie, Nutley, Tupou, Myles and Tonga not wanting to take a step backwards in typical Anderson fashion. There is going to be some physical clashes here!!!
 
The two club doorman won't need to open the shed doors for either side come 7.30, some of these big guys will be that pumped for round 1 and the awaiting clash they'll just be walking straight through, lol. Monday night footy, bring it on!!!!

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 15/03/2007 12:07 AM
How do you rate Souths' chance's this year Triples?
 
Interesting to see Gulavao didn't make the squad although he was fit to play, for a change.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 15/03/2007 7:43 AM
Think they are top 8 potential Vedder. Have bought well, and looks like the size and power game will be their main suite which if done well will win them a fair share of games. JT looks to have improved the defensive pattern coupled with the signings will also help this (defending), another plus. Key issues for mine are the 7, 6 and left centre. Williams, Smith and or someone needs to step up and make the 7 happen, consistently, if so with that forward pack they will be very competitive. Unless there is major injuries there isn't excuses, playing to their potential now I think they can make the 8. 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 15/03/2007 10:06 AM
Cheers Triples.
 
Always agree regarding our 7. We definately need stability (and consistency) in our halves.
 
Looking forward to Monday night!!!!

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From: Geoff Sent: 15/03/2007 10:10 AM
How the hell did Lowe get a spot and Joe miss out?
 
These days I'm as tough as a skin on a custard tart, even a lumpy pillow hurts me, but Lowe ain't tough enough. Watch the way he goes into tackles, with self preservation at the fore of his thoughts.
 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 15/03/2007 11:58 AM
I'm with you Geoff, he is crap!

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From: wily Sent: 15/03/2007 2:15 PM
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Congratulations on a big effort from the Bunnies to make it into the eight. Full credit must go to the new management along with geoff for his tireless promotion of the club. Hard work certainly pays off.....and they did it without Lote !
 
 
League Ladder National Rugby League
 
NRL
  P W L D B F A Diff Pts
Broncos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cowboys 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dragons 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eels 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Knights 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rabbitohs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Raiders 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Roosters 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sea Eagles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sharks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Storm 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Titans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Warriors 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wests Tigers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 16/03/2007 1:33 PM
Is that the first time in the eight since 1989?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 19/03/2007 11:18 PM
Great to see Souths start the year off on a positive note - a WIN!!
 
Our defence was fantastic and hopefully they can continue this form onto Sunday against the Eels!

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 19/03/2007 11:37 PM

Rabbitohs down arch-rival Roosters 18-6

Monday, March 19, 2007 - 8:18 PM

South Sydney's on-field package proved just as impressive as the one off it with the new look Rabbitohs beating arch-rivals Sydney Roosters 18-6 as Monday night football made a return to the NRL at a wet Aussie Stadium.

Dubbed the new silvertails of the competition following several big-money off-season signings, the Rabbitohs were never headed, racing in three tries to one to totally outclass a Roosters side still on 999 top grade wins.

The new recruits all justified their hefty price-tags by playing key roles in the win, but just as vital was the effect they had on Joe Williams, Shannon Hegarty and Peter Cusack all showing the benefits of playing with some high class teammates.

Playing behind a dominant pack led by Roy Asotasi and David Kidwell, Williams finally showed signs of living up to the hype that greeted his introduction to the NRL three years ago.

His untested halves combination with Jeremy Smith was impressive as they played a leading role in all three of the Rabbitohs tries.

The Roosters played into the hands of the opposition with their controversial one-marker policy proving a dud, hooker Daniel Irvine and Hegarty making easy metres straight up the middle throughout the match.

It didn't take long for the Roosters to be stranded on their own line and Williams made them pay in the 15th minute, the diminutive halfback ducking between Anthony Minichiello and Danny Nutley to score the opening try.

Not content with that he backed it up with a 40-20 two minutes later from where Smith went to work, his grubber allowing Nigel Vagana to score his first of the night with an acrobatic put down.

Even the simple task of bringing the ball out from their own line posed the Roosters problems, a second half penalty against Danny Nutley for an obstruction handing the Rabbitohs a gift two points and a 14-0 lead.A The Rabbitohs were unlucky to be denied what would have been a match-winning try on the hour mark when Dean Widders was ruled to have obstructed a Roosters defender in the lead-up.

It proved a crucial call, the Roosters going 100 meters from the resulting penalty to score under the posts, halfback Josh Lewis cleaning up following a fumble by Nathan Merritt.

It spurred the Roosters and the 24,127 strong crowd to life but Vagana sealed the deal with his second 12 minutes from time, the Rabbitohs winning their first season opener since being re-admitted to the competition in 2002.

Source: AAP

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From: Geoff Sent: 19/03/2007 11:46 PM
Yes, the defence was wonderful, it made Easts' attack look a lot like Souths' of the past few years....frustrated. The high ball was the all they had left, although Mini  caused a few palpitations, but the defence ended up pacifying those.
 
It surprised me that Souths' spun the ball wide early on in the tackle count a number of times.....and they ended with little success.
 
Overall a most comprehensive victory, which given a couple of bombed tries and one disallowed much to my surprise, could easily have been even more impressive on the scoreboard.
 
A good start to the season, now they have to take advantage of it to rack up a few more early season wins to gain respect as a fair dinkum contender, and keep the crowd numbers up.
 
Peachey is a marvel. 
 
 

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From: Geoff Sent: 20/03/2007 12:02 AM
Souths' spun the ball wide early on in the tackle count a number of times
 
Well, that's the impression I had, I'm not sure whether a replay will confirm that, as when you're supporting a team your own tackle count goes twice as quickly as the opposition's

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From: Bubble Sent: 20/03/2007 1:46 AM
Easts only try came from a bomb that should have been taken. Just a wet weather mistake by Merrett. Souths were really positive I thought and I agree, they should have won by more.
 
Cusack's Try was probably rightfully disallowed by the letter of the law but common sense should have prevailed because the interference didn't affect the actual try.
 
Mini was the only danger for Easts , the rest were woeful. Anasta- yuck.

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From: arakaan Sent: 20/03/2007 1:58 AM
I think the no try was the right decision.
 
why. well I think the key that none of the commentators seemed to clue up on is that had Widders not impeded Tupou, then I believe the pass that was released out the back would never have been able to be thrown in the first place.
Tupou would of been 3rd man in wrapping up the ball from that side(which is the side it was released to),  thus the rest of the action that occured is irrelavent.
 
that's my take on it anyway.
 
As for the souths performance I must say, it was quite impressive and more importantly it was a very controlled performance, which I has not been seen from them for several years.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 20/03/2007 7:57 AM
Are those South Sydney jumpers their new strip or a one off for last nights match? They looked great.
 
Gee, the Roosters have a long way to go. Anasta gets worse each year. Their defence was very soft.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 20/03/2007 9:40 AM
First time in a long time I've cheered the bunnies home for a result, but dam happy to do so. Good defence will win you plenty of games, that's what stood out as the big improvement in the Charity Shield game and with less rotations and interchanges coming into a premiership game it was only going to improve, which it did. The old adage that the quality of the cattle makes a considrable difference rings true, you can do all the work you like on structure and technique, but do the same with experienced quality and there becomes a huge improvement. Kidwell, Asotasi, Widders are quality first graders and also quality, experienced defenders, who with some of the other quality around them the inprovement shines. The 7 and 6 played very well on the back of the size, another plus, although that knee does look a short term problem for Smith. Vagana is a class attacker, he was an over paid passenger at the Sharks under a coach who had no idea what to do with him, not now, he will have a super year and score a stack of tries down the right edge.
 
The Bunnies are certainly back as a competitive side, which is good for everyone including the comp. If they stay fit they have a pretty soft run through the next few weeks and could well build some confidence and momenteum. This yrs comp / table will have a big middle and long tail behind the top 3 or 4 which will open it's self up for sides to jump forward and into the 8, an opportunity that Souths could well take advantage of. Might well be the fairtale of 07.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 20/03/2007 11:14 AM
Obviously TCE and Bubble are bandwagon riders Anasta was hardly the problem for the Roosters.
 
Well done Souths.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 20/03/2007 11:16 AM
I hope if Souths keep playing like this some of their old warriors will swallow their pride and comeback into the fold. The George Piggins type i mean.   ???

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 20/03/2007 11:49 AM
What does everyone think of Chris Anderson's one marker policy?
 
Failed IMO.
 
And I agree TCE, the jerseys looked fantastic.

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From: NineMSN Nicknameceedeecee Sent: 20/03/2007 12:34 PM
Kiwi Ownership
 
Kiwi Leadership
 
Kiwi Skills
 
Kiwi Style
 
Kiwi Stamina
 
 
 
How say you Geoffrey?
 

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From: Geoff Sent: 20/03/2007 12:46 PM
Well, I'll have you know that following the national anthem, I did my own personal Haka.

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From: Bubble Sent: 20/03/2007 2:16 PM
I don't know what Bandwagon I am on.
 
I don't support Souths and I hate the Roosters and they are the two teams that are closest to where I live.
 
I was looking forward to this game and was hoping that Anasta might start to show some of what he has promised. I think he could be a fantastic player.
 
It just isn't working for him.

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From: Geoff Sent: 20/03/2007 2:48 PM
I feel sorry for him.
 
He is part of the Stolen Generation caused by Murdoch's desire to rid the league of his spiritual home.
 
He needs to come back there to fulfil his potential.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 20/03/2007 3:13 PM
Matt, have you not been reading up? Most on her know I am a die hard Saints supporter. I just thought the Roosters were terrible last night and Anasta gets worse each season. He was rubbish last night, along with a vast majority of the Roosters. The completion rate and sets of six is enough to prove that.
 
Can anyone tell me if the Souths jersey's were a one off or are they the regular jersey's for the year?

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From: Geoff Sent: 20/03/2007 3:18 PM
It's this year's away strip.

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From: vorogue Sent: 20/03/2007 3:32 PM
maybe the bunnies should get their mascot to join in the haka before the kickoff, would look even more fearsome with a supersized tongue Gene Simmons style 
 


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From: old spice Sent: 20/03/2007 7:25 PM

and now that we're all round the bar,
and the captains declared it a quorum,
and we're drinking our way through the night,
and we're having the time of our lives,

throw the empties away, start again, start again,
for the boys of South Sydney are together,
and we'll drink till the dawn breaks again,
and may the sessions of South Sydney last forever.


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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 20/03/2007 8:23 PM
I thought Anasta was quite good last night and think he has a a good year in front of him.
 
 
 
Not real sure about the one marker ploy.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegintara™ Sent: 20/03/2007 8:32 PM
Very tradesman like performance from Souths last night
 
Just goes to show the difference of playing behind a decent forward pack .......... Joe Williams actually looked like a 1st grade footballer last night, very different to the past
 
Thought Anasta was ok last night but there was little options around him.
 
btw - will be interesting when the Roosters play a game where Fox have the select your view on. Was hard last night to get a gauge on where the markers were standing due to the tight shot of the play the ball. The wide view could tell the tale. Thought the 2nd marker was regulary off side trying to get back to the defensive line.

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From: Geoff Sent: 20/03/2007 10:33 PM
 
That, Gintara, has been my point for ages.
 
I've been watching games live, and on TV for more years than I care to remember, and, fair dinkum, other than the "what really happened in that ruck" or "was he really onside or offside" the only way to get a real appreciation of what is happening in the game, which team is getting the upper hand, are there gaps out wide, who is reaaly putting his heart and soul into the effort, etc etc, is being there at the game
 
This prelidiction for tight shots by the TV directors is making that clearer and clearer as the seasons go by.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamewestie® Sent: 20/03/2007 10:46 PM
Geoff
Unfortunately that's what TV is all about.  Can you get interactive angles on the footy channel ie watch the tight play and also the wide angle at the same time.  I agree being at the game is tops, mind you depends where you are seated. 

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 20/03/2007 11:24 PM
Don't know what they get today, but 10 yrs ago the ARL paid for a company to record all 3 grades from a camera approx centre field, from an elevated view. The camera guy was instructed to say with a wide open view, no close ups (unless going in a little closer to play in a far corner) and the keep the ball centre of picture. Each club was given a copy of the tape of all 3 grades on the day, and a copy of all grades from all games within approx 24 hrs. This coverage provided exactly what you are talking about Geoff, which for a coach was invaluable when reading your own play, and that unfolding ahead little alone the oppositions. I'm sure as you suggest many in the public would like more of such a view than what gets dished up now. 
 
I digress, but Roy Masters when at the Dragons also introduced a club camera man behind the posts, so as to read the play head on, and on occasions used this angle just to follow one particular player for involvement, pattern play, technique, etc. Some clubs actually positioned a member of the coaching staff behind the posts at some grounds where possible with a walkie talkie head set, it's actually quite interesting what read can be made from that angle, especially on defence.

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From: arakaan Sent: 20/03/2007 11:28 PM
"Some clubs actually positioned a member of the coaching staff behind the posts at some grounds where possible with a walkie talkie head set, it's actually quite interesting what read can be made from that angle, especially on defence."
 
Haven't Manly and Easts done exactly this for the last few years with the exception being they do it from 5m behind their own offensive/defensive lines.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 20/03/2007 11:43 PM
roflmao . . . . . . . yes, they have.

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From: wily Sent: 21/03/2007 8:59 AM
I think you can get the different angles on fox by pushing the red button on live games.
 
I often sit behind the posts. It's a great view. You can actually get a better appreciation on whats going on.
You soon pick up which teams are well coached

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegintara™ Sent: 21/03/2007 10:09 AM
You can Wily but it's not every game only a select few each week. It's a bit of fun to play around with, you can turn off the commentary, turn up the ref, what from the grandstand view etc.
 
Unfortunately was available on the Souths game the other night.

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From: Geoff Sent: 21/03/2007 10:34 PM
 
Souths v Eels
$1.80 v $1.95 head to head
 
I'm gunna have the house on them.
 
memo to self
get the missus to order the removalist boxes (just in case)

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 22/03/2007 7:51 AM
 
Triples has me convinced to put my residence on the Tigers and I'm a renter.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 25/03/2007 7:40 PM
Parra in some real trouble this season. Selected the wrong man for the job. Probably one of the worst in the NRL. They should have stuck with Taylor. But then again, we all knew that didn't we?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 25/03/2007 8:16 PM

Souths flog Parramatta 31-6 in NRL

Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 5:56 PM

The South Sydney resurgence shows no sign of abating, the Rabbitohs continuing their perfect start to the NRL season with a 31-6 win over Parramatta at Telstra Stadium.

Souths scored five tries to one to consign the Eels to their second straight loss, a win once again built on rock solid defence which allowed just one four-pointer for the second straight week.

The home side only led 12-6 at the break but a brilliant period just after halftime by prolific winger Nathan Merritt all but secured the win.

Merritt denied opposite Joel Reddy a try with a great cover tackle before again outdoing the Parramatta winger to score his second of the afternoon with a 40 metre chip and chase which hugged the sideline - Souths up 16-6 after 44 minutes.

Halfback Joe Williams continued his brilliant early season form with a penalty goal and try assist for David Fa'alogo to give the home side an unassailable 24-6 advantage on the hour, a Williams field goal and Nigel Vagana try completing the rout to have the Rabbitohs behind only North Queensland on the competition ladder.

The Eels struggled to do the simple things early, Ian Hindmarsh knocking on with no defender within cooee and Tim Smith penalised for a obstruction on the halfway line.

Souths on the other hand started the game full of running, fullback David Peachey chancing his arm with a spectacular round-the-corner pass which sent Merritt hurtling down the touchline, the winger eventually reeled in a by Eels prop Nathan Cayless.

It only served to delay the inevitable with Merritt going in a few tackles later thanks to a great long ball from Williams, the young No.7 backing it up with a 40-20 kick which went nowhere after a Souths fumble.

The Eels held their nerve and, in a bizarre two-minute spell, were twice denied a penalty try.

First hooker PJ Marsh was taken out by opposite number Daniel Irvine as he looked to touch down on a Jarryd Hayne infield kick, video referee Steve Clark ruling there was doubt whether Marsh would have touched down ahead of the retreating Peachey.

Irvine, who had been replaced while the decision was being made, was then called back onto the field by referee Sean Hampstead only to be sent to the sin bin for a professional foul.

Amazingly the Eels were denied in similar circumstances a minute later, Luke Burt the one missing out this time with a line dropout the result.

The visitors finally got on the board when interchange backrower Feleti Mateo passed for Timana Tahu to score.

But the Rabbitohs ensured they took a deserved lead to the break when Paul Mellor showed great control to hold onto a David Kidwell flick pass to score just before the hooter.

Source: AAP

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegintara™ Sent: 25/03/2007 8:54 PM
CE - yes we did  but you support them none the less.
 
Amazing how a game can swing momentum, what Steve Clark was ruling on I'll never know
 
To Souths credit they took the good fortune and ran away with the game.
 
btw - I'm sure we've all watched with interest the refs blowing up penalties for the play the ball in the first two rounds .......... Hampstead obviously decided to ignore this today  Not once did Kidwell play or even attempt to use his feet, some bordered on tunnel ball  F'aalongo (spelling) not much better either  Most of the rest were ok

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From: old spice Sent: 25/03/2007 10:58 PM

Glory, Glory to South Sydney
Glory, Glory to South Sydney
Glory, Glory to South Sydney
South Sydney Marches On

When speaking of the champions
One stands above the rest
Of glories old and records proud
When often put to test
Of fine traditions, history
That others cannot best
They wear the RED & GREEN

REPEAT CHORUS

They mauled the Balmain Tigers
Slew the Dragons from St. George
The Seagulls and the Mounties next
Were crushed with mighty force
They humbled Parramatta
And the Berries in due course
They wear the RED & GREEN

REPEAT CHORUS

They plucked the Western Magpies
Slashed the Newtown bag of blue
The Eastern Suburbs rooster crowed
And then was conquered too
The greatest name in any game
Within South Sydney grew
They wear the RED & GREEN<o:p></o:p>




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From: arakaan Sent: 25/03/2007 11:00 PM
and out of the woodwork they come.
 
 

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From: Geoff Sent: 25/03/2007 11:01 PM
Another good win, one based on defence.
 
We had by far the better of the first 25 minutes, and deserved to withstand all of that stuff late in the first half.
 
As I said  earlier, I had my house on them today, and frankly, was never really worried. Usually, I break out in carbuncles until we're 25 in front with 10 minutes to play as snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is something we excel at.  

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegintara™ Sent: 25/03/2007 11:49 PM
Surely you jest Geoff?
 
We had by far the better of the first 25 minutes, and deserved to withstand all of that stuff late in the first half.
 
So it's ok for the video ref to get it wrong?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 26/03/2007 1:31 AM

Taylor can't control Souths' NRL hype

Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 7:47 PM

South Sydney coach Jason Taylor admits he's powerless to control the hype after the Rabbitohs joined five other sides in making it a perfect two from two to open the NRL season.

The Bunnies backed up their solid opening round win over arch-rivals Sydney Roosters with an even more impressive 31-6 thumping of Parramatta at Telstra Stadium.

The Redfern club is now second on the ladder behind North Queensland and joins the Cowboys, Manly, Melbourne, Newcastle and the New Zealand Warriors in being unbeaten after two rounds.

Cronulla could join them on Monday night when they take on Gold Coast at Carrara, the Titans having received a massive boost ahead of the match with co-captain and chief playmaker Scott Prince cleared to play after overcoming an ankle injury.

The Warriors maintained their good start to the year with a tough 24-14 win over the Broncos, four tries in the space of nine minutes just before halftime propelling the home side to victory.

But it is the Bunnies who are the talk of the NRL after running in five tries to Parramatta's one, Taylor claiming there was little he could do to keep a lid on expectations.

"It's too hard to keep a lid on, there's been too much in the press and that sort of thing," Taylor said.

"If you want to read the paper ... and believe what's in there and worry about what's in there, all it's going to do is affect the way you're performing.

"If you concentrate on your footy your career will take care of itself."

The loss left the Eels languishing near the foot of the ladder as one of six teams yet to taste victory in 2007; Wests Tigers, Brisbane, the Bulldogs, Canberra and the Roosters the others.

 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 26/03/2007 1:34 AM
I agree Gin, definately a penalty try IMO.
 
But, still a great performance by the Bunnies.
 
Their defence has been outstanding so far but there is a very long way to go, unfortunately.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 26/03/2007 2:25 AM

Rabbitohs' drummers a big hit with fans

Sunday Mar 25 19:18 AEST

In common musical parlance, they were "tight as".

The Russell Crowe inspired South Sydney drummers made an impressive debut at Telstra Stadium before Sunday's match against Parramatta.

A controversial innovation at the expense of cheer leaders, their high-energy set, lasting around 10 minutes, received a rapturous response from the Souths fans.

A multicultural group of 16 wearing black vests with white rabbits, their moves were choreographed to include the ride-the-drum-like-a-horse and the kneel-like-a-guitar-hero poses.

Their instruments included 12 long red drums with the white rabbit logo emblazoned on the side.

They lined up just like cheer girls to welcome the players on to the ground and sat on the sideline during play, occasionally building up a chant that went: "bang-thwack-bang-Souths".

It proved a musical afternoon at Telstra, Souths pumping up the volume during the video referee's deliberations - including the 1970s hit "Video Killed the Radio Star".

And at least three of the six new versions of "Glory, Glory to South Sydney" were heard.


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From: BurntToast Sent: 26/03/2007 9:46 AM
Looks like a long season ahead for Bunnies supporters - they've got their two wins for the year already... at least last season they had the decency to space it out a bit ;)

lol, just kidding - looks like they might have turned the corner, another couple of years and they might return to the Rabbitoh's of old, JT could be the new super coach - you certainly can't fault him so far.

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From: Geoff Sent: 31/03/2007 11:38 PM
Another week.............another win...........yawn.........boring.
 
Seriously, are they the real deal?
Or is this a flash in the pan?
 
Given a fair shake with injuries and suspensions they look to be realistic semi contenders, and if they can get there, well, anything can happen.
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From: NineMSN NicknameGerry1953 Sent: 1/04/2007 12:03 AM
Come on Geoff, I usually agree with what you say, sunshine!!! but this is the year of the Rabbits, no ifs, no buts!!! The glory days have returned!!! Well I hope so for my old mate Johnny (74) they have, buys a season ticket year in, year out. 
 
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From: NineMSN NicknameBundynVain Sent: 1/04/2007 12:32 AM
just keep this number in mind when you talk about the mighty bunnies:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20
 
 
and dont forget it!!!!
 
 
 
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From: arakaan Sent: 1/04/2007 12:34 AM
queensland 2 - canberra 0.
 
whats that got to do with souths?

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From: arakaan Sent: 1/04/2007 12:36 AM
or is that the number of years since a finals apperance?
 
I am confused, and a little tipsy I think.

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From: NineMSN NicknameBundynVain Sent: 1/04/2007 12:55 AM
:censored:  me dead Arakaan....get a grip son.
 
ANYONE who knows ANYTHING about league KNOWS  why the number
 
20 and Souths go together like NO other team!!
 
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From: arakaan Sent: 1/04/2007 1:18 AM
$50 note featuring David Unaipon
 
 
 
 
here you are Bundy, go buy yourself a sense of humour. Geez.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 2/04/2007 8:47 PM
I'd say plenty of those were used to sign this bloke -
 
Rabbitohs Re-sign David Fa'alogo

The South Sydney Football Club is pleased to announce that Kiwi second-rower David Fa’alogo has re-signed with the Rabbitohs for the next four seasons.

Fa’alogo has developed into one of Rugby League’s premier second-row forwards, having made his debut for New Zealand in the 2006 Anzac Test. Fa’alogo also represented his country throughout the Tri-Nations series at the end of last season, and was awarded the George Piggins Medal in 2006 as the Rabbitohs’ Player of the Year.

Fa’alogo remains at the Rabbitohs despite substantial offers from other NRL Clubs and from overseas.

Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson said Fa’alogo’s re-signing is a further boost to the Club’s spectacular start to the season. “It’s fantastic to see a player of David’s ability show loyalty to this Club with a view to helping the Club achieve greater successes,” Mr Richardson said. “It’s great to watch a player develop from a fringe first grader through to a respected international at the Rabbitohs and see the hard work begin to pay off for him. He has the ability to become one of the world’s best second-rowers and we’re glad that he will be doing that, alongside some of his countrymen, wearing the red and green.”

Fa’alogo’s manager Gavin Orr said: “David is happy to have re-signed with the Rabbitohs as he wants to be a part of the re-emergence of the Club. He thought long and hard and about his position and he decided that the Rabbitohs were a Club he wanted to be associated with. The Rabbitohs are showing they are a Club players want to be a part of and David wants to achieve success with the Club.”

Fa’alogo made his first grade debut for the Rabbitohs in 2003 and has played 79 NRL matches to date, plus five Tests for New Zealand.


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From: Geoff Sent: 2/04/2007 10:09 PM
Frankly, if this was June last year, I'd  be ambivalent about this news, I didn't think he was putting in as he should have.
 
Now..........well, I'm well pleased.
 
 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegintara™ Sent: 2/04/2007 11:59 PM
There's a lingering doubt I have with your mob this year Geoff.
 
The Bunnies have a large % of players with a Polynesian background ........... they can be world beaters when it's all good (and look that way at the moment) but can go missing at times when under pressure.
 
 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 4/04/2007 2:15 PM
Rabbitohs Team for Round Four

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the Bulldogs in round four of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Friday, 6 April at 7:30pm at Telstra Stadium.

The Rabbitohs have named an unchanged line up to that which has defeated the Sharks, Eels and Roosters in the opening three rounds of the competition. Luke Stuart will play his 100th NRL match for the Rabbitohs this Friday, the first player to do so since the Rabbitohs were re-instated to the competition in 2002.

Rabbitohs’ Reece Simmonds (small fracture through the wrist – 1 week) will be getting reviewed by his specialist this week and the Club is awaiting the outcome of that meeting. Stuart Webb is now engaged in full training and will be assessed following a week of full training to see if he is ready to be made available for selection.

Rugby League fans can enjoy a fantastic ticket offer to celebrate Easter. For just $35 for adults and $25 for concessions you can purchase a ticket for any day of the Sydney Royal Easter Show and a category 2 reserved ticket for the Rabbitohs vs Bulldogs match this Friday night. Tickets are available through Ticketek.

The referee for this fixture is Shayne Hayne. The sideline officials are Steve Carrall and Matt Cecchin. The video referee is Bill Harrigan.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. David Peachey
2. Nathan Merritt
3. Nigel Vagana
4. Shannon Hegarty
5. Paul Mellor
6. Jeremy Smith
7. Joe Williams
8. Peter Cusack (c)
9. Daniel Irvine
10. Roy Asotasi
11. David Kidwell (c)
12. David Fa’alogo
13. John Sutton

Interchange:

14. Shane Rigon
15. Dean Widders
16. Luke Stuart
17. Scott Geddes

Coach – Jason Taylor


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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 6/04/2007 9:34 PM
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From: ShortHalfHead Sent: 6/04/2007 11:36 PM
Entertaining match. Souths are still in for a good year but the Dogs showed more enterprise tonight.

The refereeing was a bit ordinary, I still can't get my head around the call for the video ref in the first half. Went to refs call and he said Souths lost the ball after he called held. Why did he have to refer to to the video then?

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From: Geoff Sent: 7/04/2007 12:15 AM
Too many mistakes in attack and defence, frankly, were muscled out of it.
 
The Berries played too well on the night in all phases of the game, particularly with a great kicking game.
 

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 7/04/2007 1:14 AM
Well he's been getting the raps for a few weeks, I think the young coach had a poor game. There was no reason to change the go forward platform that had already served them well in the weeks before, especially when it woud have put far more consistent pressure up the Bulldogs middle which has not been their strong point of late, rather than give them time and invite their defencive confidence. Souths made 6 errors in the first 21 minutes, something they hadn't done in the previous 3 games. 

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 7/04/2007 1:45 AM
I think it was bit like Federer playing an up and comer who had been playing quite well against lesser opposition.  The up and comer was intimidated by the more proven player and went away from their game plan.  You might blame the coach or the players.  But the truth is the Bulldogs at their best are a better team than Souths at their best.  Souths have come a long way as last season they were miles off even 2nd last.  But there is still a long way to go.  Will take a few years to get to the very top but they are heading in the right direction

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From: arakaan Sent: 9/04/2007 3:38 PM
Kidwell apparently has done his knee at home.
 
could be season ending, scans tommorrow.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 10/04/2007 9:24 PM
Rabbitohs Team Against Knights

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the Newcastle Knights in round five of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Sunday, 15 April at 2pm at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford.

The Rabbitohs have been forced to make a number of changes due to injury. Yileen Gordon will play his first game of first grade for 2007 from the wing, replacing injured winger Paul Mellor (back). Dean Widders will start the match replacing injured captain David Kidwell (knee). Joe Galuvao will move on to the first grade bench, along with prop Jaiman Lowe. Scott Geddes is the 18th man.

The referee for this fixture is Gavin Badger. The sideline officials are Peter Kirby and Steve Lyons. The video referee is P. Reynolds.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. David Peachey
2. Nathan Merritt
3. Nigel Vagana
4. Shannon Hegarty
5. Yileen Gordon
6. Jeremy Smith
7. Joe Williams
8. Peter Cusack (c)
9. Daniel Irvine
10. Roy Asotasi
11. Dean Widders
12. David Fa’alogo
13. John Sutton

Interchange:

14. Shane Rigon
15. Joe Galuvao
16. Luke Stuart
17. Jaiman Lowe
18. Scott Geddes

Coach – Jason Taylor

 

JT, what's doing? JAIMAN LOWE?


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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 10/04/2007 10:35 PM
That is Souths worst team of the season.  Geddes is a better player than Lowe.  Gordon on the wing looks a bit slow to be a winger

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 10/04/2007 10:44 PM
Think Taylor is just playing a few games. I wouldn't have thought Widders would start (don't think he's had much impact this yr either), the 15, 16 or 18 will start. The interesting thing will be what forward game plan he goes with, and how they bounce back.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 10/04/2007 11:01 PM
From what I've seen, David Fa’alogo and Luke Stuart have been playing well along with your two centres.
 
Would that be a  fair assessment?


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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 10/04/2007 11:17 PM
Luke Stuart is always very consistent IMHO and works his back side off.
 
Fa'alogo didn't have a good game last weekend but was very good the previous three IMO.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 11/04/2007 11:53 AM
Yes Taylor said himself that Stuart has been a find in his eyes, playing very well and has a high work rate. Hegarty has done well to date, but there needs to be  more to his role than dummy half runs, imo he is a libality in defence and I'm surprised that he hasn't been targeted more than he has. Mellor has similar problems which the Dogs targeted successfully with two tries last Fri night, but to be fair centre and wing are difficult defensive assignments these days.

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From: NineMSN NicknameManikato1 Sent: 12/04/2007 12:50 AM
Triple7,

I live in Melbourne these days but get back to watch a few games with some of my Family members (we're all supporters). I was at the Parra game two weeks ago, and the highlight of the game was watching Hegarty. Useless in defence and a one trick pony in attack - go to dummy half, sprint out, run accross field when you get to the line and surrender meekly when tackled. Oh, and ignore your players when the offload is on, or throw the ball back wildly when it's not. I am yet to see anything in his game which sugests he should be a regular first grader, and I suspect when our bubble bursts he won't be one of the players who is a standout in a beaten team.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 15/04/2007 6:12 PM
A long way to go yet for the Bunnies........
 
Too many mistakes from both teams but we never capitalised on the Knights mistakes.
 
Every try in the game, from both teams, was scored off an error.
 
Kurt Gidley played tremendous and he deserves a Blue jumper this year IMO.

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From: wily Sent: 15/04/2007 9:19 PM
A true reflective score would have read.
Bunnies 36 Knights 12
 
However a farce eventuated and we got the result that they wanted.
The disallowed try to f'aaarrrrlooongo was a joke and at 18-4 the knights wouldhave crumpled...........actually a fair result at that stage would have been  48-12

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From: Geoff Sent: 15/04/2007 9:41 PM
A terrible game, with more drop balls than you'd see in a a score of visits to nudist colonies
 
When the try was disallowed I slumped back in my seat and thought "I've seen this movie before"
 
I haven't seen the TV replay, but from the replay they showed at the ground, you couldn't tell, one way or another, whether he dopped the ball or had some downward pressure on it. 
 
That was the turning point.
 
If we'd scored then we might not have run out of legs towards the end of the game. 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegintara™ Sent: 16/04/2007 11:00 AM
Geoff, I didn't see yesterdays game but was it any different to the disallowed Luke Burt try on Friday night?
 
There's no doubt the ball bobbled when you watch the slow mo but there in lies the problem, these TV producers  seem to slow these replays down so much that you can nearly find a problem in anything. Watch the damn thing at normal speed and it's a try

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From: wily Sent: 16/04/2007 11:45 AM
Gin, there was no bobble whatsoever. You couldn't even see a gap between hand and ball. In fact the hand never left the ball
On grounding his hand actually rolled off the side through the pressure exerted. These twits must think a ball is flat, not round

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 16/04/2007 12:43 PM
The call on the Fa'alogo try was 50/50 but you would think Souths would get it on benefit of the doubt
 
However Newcastle were making so many mistakes Souths should have been able to win anyway if they were any good.  But Souths just kept making the same mistakes as Newcastle
 
Souths have made far less metres than their opponents in each of the last 3 weeks looking at the stats and I think this is where the real problem lies.  They are losing the battle of the forwards and if the other team does not make more mistakes will struggle for field position

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 16/04/2007 3:35 PM
A (one) poor try decision was the least of the Rabbitohs probelms yesterday. They had enough ball and opportunity (and invitation from a very ordinary opponent) to win two games little alone blow what should have been a comfortable win.
 
The handling error rate for some reason has shot up considerably through the past two weeks. I can accept the Dogs put far more quality defence to the question, but not the Knights. I also agree with King Mug, the forward go forward has not had the same pattern or punch as it had through the first few weeks. It would also certainly read less mtrs as they have dropped their completions by about 20%, with most of these errors happening early in the count by forwards. As an aside, I questioned yesterday whether Asotasi is doing the same quality job that he was for the last 2 yrs at the Bulldogs, to me to date not. It's not crook, but its not the same powerful meterage and punch that he has been.   

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From: Geoff Sent: 16/04/2007 4:08 PM
I was musing yesterday whether there was something different about the balls being used, as the handling
in the Flegg game was even worse than that in the main game.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 16/04/2007 4:43 PM
Props
Cusack SS 7.0 176
Stuart SS 5.0 171
Asotasi SS 8.0 142
Geddes SS 6.0 99
Lowe SS 6.0 38
Hookers
Irvine SS 5.0 120
Rigon SS 6.0 102
Webb SS 5.0 0
Backrows / Secondrows
Fa'alogo SS 7.0 191
Kidwell SS 7.0 164
Widders SS 7.0 161
Galuvao SS 6.0 22
Manuokafoa SS 6.0 0
McPherson SS 4.0 0
Halfbacks
Smith SS 7.0 102
Williams SS 6.0 96
Inside Backs (5/8 and centres)
Vagana SS 7.0 178
Sutton SS 7.0 177
Hegarty SS 6.0 144
Gordon SS 6.0 3
Paulson SS 5.0 0
Rogers SS 5.0 0
Champion SS 5.0 0
Outside Backs (Wings and Fullbacks)
Peachey SS 7.0 164
Merritt SS 8.0 161
Mellor SS 6.0 63
Talanoa SS 5.0 0
 
The numbers on the right are the points that foxsport fantasy comp has given each player.  Not entirely accurate but still gives you a idea on how they are going.

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From: Geoff Sent: 17/04/2007 10:08 AM
It is high time the NRL stepped in and enforced a merger between the unsuccessful Roosters ( 0 wins from 5) and
their more successful neighbours , Souths (3 wins from 5)
As you know the Roosters' former name was Eastern Suburbs, home to some of the greats including The Master, Dally Messenger
the incomparable Dave Brown and the tough as teak Ray Stehr, but for some reason they spurned tradition and took on the name
The Sydney City Roosters.
As a gesture of compromise we should allow them to bring part of this new name into the merged entity………..Sydney.
So the new entity should be called……... South Sydney
As for their colours, the official colours of the team's jockstraps should be red, white and blue.

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From: wily Sent: 17/04/2007 10:36 AM
Geoff, I have a vision for the future growth of the great game 
 
 
it's my belief that we have too many teams in Sydney.
 
The central coast is crying out for a team. The roosters should take the poor form & Macdonalds voucher crowds and head north.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegintara™ Sent: 17/04/2007 10:53 AM
You blokes have had plenty of time to write the material for kicking the Roosters though

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From: wily Sent: 17/04/2007 11:02 AM
You're right
 
100 years

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From: Geoff Sent: 24/04/2007 12:07 AM
Great that we got the two points , but the stand outs to me in this game were the very marginal penalties against both Souths and North Qld..
 
Pathetic.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 24/04/2007 12:34 AM

Rabbitohs pip Cowboys 10-6 in Townsville

Monday, April 23, 2007 - 9:53 PM

The Rabbitohs have climbed to third on the NRL ladder after upsetting the more favoured Cowboys 10-6 in Townsville.

Those watching may have forgotten both sides had eight days to prepare as silly errors stopped the game from getting out of third gear.

Both sides played a style of football befitting the flat atmosphere of a half-filled stadium, with handling errors and wrong options prevalent throughout.

The Rabbitohs' defence shut down the Cowboys attacking raids in the first term to keep the score to 6-4 in North Queensland's favour at half-time and the visitors took the lead midway through the second half.

Nathan Merritt broke the game open, latching onto a perfectly weighted grubber kick from Joe Williams to take the Bunnies out to a four-point lead and ultimately match-winning advantage.

The Cowboys were their own worst enemies, and their forwards were completely outplayed by a pack containing veteran skipper Peter Cusack and star Kiwis prop Roy Asotasi, the man of the match.

The home side were denied a try in the early stages of the second half after reserve hooker David Faiumu found a flying Ben Vaeau.

Video referee Chris Ward ruled the former Bronco grounded the ball short of the tryline and then Jason Smith dropped the pill in the following set of six.

That was as close as the Cowboys looked like getting to the tryline after butchering numerous opportunities and a glutton of possession.

Cowboys utility David Faiumu looked like he could spark a home side resurgence before being carted off on a stretcher with knee ligament damage just before full-time.

The Rabbitohs' win was built on stoic defence and stand-out games from young halves Joe Williams and Jeremy Smith.

Ex-Eel Smith kept the pressure on the Cowboys with a penetrating kicking game, while Williams continued to show the benefits of learning under coach Jason Taylor.

The Cowboys won one contest by being the first NRL club to end South's record of scoring first in matches when Jason Smith and Johnathan Thurston found an unmarked Paul Bowman in the 31st minute.

However, the Rabbitohs replied with a try of their own just before the break through the ball skills of John Sutton and the finishing of Shannon Hegarty to trail by only a conversion at half-time.

The Mackay centre beat four men to score the second of only three tries for the night.

Cowboys coach Graham Murray was left to rue a pathetic effort from his team in his 300th game as a coach in the NRL.

He made a number of selection changes prior to kick-off, Jason Smith dropping back to the bench and Kiwi international Sione Faumuina starting at five-eighth.

The props were also swapped with State of Origin aspirant Shane Tronc demoted to the bench and Ray Cashmere getting a starting role.

Bench forward Scott Bolton was also left out, with former Bronco Ben Vaeau promoted into the squad - no moves forced by injury.

However, a gamble on the fitness of Ashley Graham did not pay dividends for the Cowboys, with the centre suffering a recurrence of a hamstring strain while striding out in the 15th minute.

Referee Ben Cummins continually penalised both sides for not playing the ball with their feet and placed Souths forward Luke Stuart on report for what looked like a deliberate kick to the head of Matt Bowen while he was on the ground.

Predictions of a poor Monday night crowd were accurate with a half-empty Dairy Farmers Stadium.

Source: AAP

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From: NineMSN NicknameEl_Zoro Sent: 24/04/2007 12:40 AM
Geoff,
The ref got a glowing report from the commentators. 

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From: Geoff Sent: 24/04/2007 10:13 AM
I don't care whether he was given a glowing report by Jesus and the twelve apostles, I form my own opinions.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 24/04/2007 10:34 AM
I don't know how anyone could defend the ref. He was bloody hopeless
 
Both sides got bad decisions.
 
eg Thurston play the ball incident.

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From: robbo Sent: 24/04/2007 11:03 AM
The Jaiman Lowe play the ball penalty that led to the Cows only try was one of the worst decisions I have ever seen.  He made every effort to touch the ball with his foot, which is apparently all the refs are looking for.  There are worse examples nearly every set of six. 
 
Woould have been a traversty if the Bunnies lost because of that decision. 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 24/04/2007 11:07 AM
No doubt the Bunnies deserved to win but this ref last night and young Maxwell are just not up to this level and panic under pressure.

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From: Geoff Sent: 24/04/2007 11:55 AM
Spot on, Robbo.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 24/04/2007 1:53 PM
From: <NOBR>NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1</NOBR> Sent: 24/04/2007 9:07 AM
No doubt the Bunnies deserved to win but this ref last night and young Maxwell are just not up to this level and panic under pressure.

 

From: robbo Sent: 24/04/2007 9:03 AM
The Jaiman Lowe play the ball penalty that led to the Cows only try was one of the worst decisions I have ever seen.  He made every effort to touch the ball with his foot, which is apparently all the refs are looking for.  There are worse examples nearly every set of six. 
 
Would have been a traversty if the Bunnies lost because of that decision

 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 24/04/2007 5:00 PM
From the Daily Telegraph back page.
 
 
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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 29/04/2007 8:05 PM
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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 1/05/2007 6:11 PM
Rabbitohs Team for Round Eight

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the Brisbane Broncos in round eight of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Friday, 4 May at 7:30pm at Suncorp Stadium.

The Rabbitohs have named an unchanged line up to that which has played the last two weeks against the North Queensland Cowboys and the New Zealand Warriors. Scott Geddes and Joe Galuvao have been added to the squad as 18th and 19th men.

Rabbitohs hooker Daniel Irvine will play his 50th NRL game on Friday night.

The referee for this fixture is Paul Simpkins. The sideline officials are Russell Turner and Alan Shortall. The video referee is Tim Mander.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. David Peachey
2. Nathan Merritt
3. Nigel Vagana
4. Shannon Hegarty
5. Reece Simmonds
6. Jeremy Smith
7. Joe Williams
8. Peter Cusack (c)
9. Daniel Irvine
10. Roy Asotasi (c)
11. Luke Stuart
12. David Fa’alogo
13. Dean Widders

Interchange:

14. Shane Rigon
15. John Sutton
16. Manase Manuokafoa
17. Jaiman Lowe
18. Scott Geddes
19. Joe Galuvao

Coach – Jason Taylor


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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 1/05/2007 7:59 PM
What is Beau Champion up to these days ?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 1/05/2007 8:47 PM
I wish the Titans would try for Stuart when he comes of contract

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From: wily Sent: 1/05/2007 8:54 PM
He's a top notch player Grats. 
 
Leave him alone he's our best kept secret

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From: Geoff Sent: 1/05/2007 10:20 PM
Coming back from injury, Matt.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 1/05/2007 11:22 PM
According to the Souths website Beau Champion has been playing for the Norths (Souths) Premier League team this season.  Has been appearing in the scores for kicking goals so he is playing but obviously Jason Taylor feels Jeremy Smith is a better option for first grade at the moment

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From: wily Sent: 2/05/2007 10:07 AM
Mug, he has been injured but has started to play in the past few weeks.
I think he's had 2 games back.
Can't see him making the top grade unless injury opens the door

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 2/05/2007 2:09 PM
He was listed as injured in the pre season but he has played in most of the Premier League games
 
Rd 1 was a bye.  Rd 2 I don't know if he played as Norths/Souths only scored 4 points he might have been injured but he seems to have been playing since then
 

Round Three vs Cronulla Sutherland Sharks at Toyota Park, 31 March

North Sydney Bears 28 (Fetuli Talanoa 2, Beau Champion, Issac Luke, Jardine Bobongie tries; Beau Champion 4 goals) defeated Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 12 (two tries; two goals)

Round Four vs Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers at North Sydney Oval, 7 April

North Sydney Bears 13 (Fetuli Talanoa, Jardine Bobongie tries; Beau Champion 2 goals; Beau Champion field goal) defeated Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers 6 (Matt Parata try; Blake Ayshford goal)

Round Five vs Canberra Raiders at Kippax Oval

Canberra Raiders 38 (7 tries; 5 goals) defeated North Sydney Bears 10 (Reece Simmonds, David Wynyard tries; Beau Champion goal)

Round Six vs Newcastle Knights at EnergyAustralia Stadium

North Sydney Bears 20 (Fetuli Talanoa, Ben Rogers, Joe Galuvao, Issac Luke tries; Beau Champion 2 goals) defeated Newcastle Knights 16 (Nathan Hinton 2, Scott Dureau tries; Scott Dureau 2 goals)

 


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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 2/05/2007 2:16 PM
Jeremy Smith is only playing average.  He has not shown a lot in the way of skill yet.  But it is hard to say if Beau Champion is better.  BC has shown a few flashes of ability in first grade but also been a bit disappointing at times.  Had quite a few injuries too

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 2/05/2007 2:53 PM
I heard a radio caller (2sm) yesterday speculating that Champion was looking to play elsewhere next yr and was currently talking to 3 clubs.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 2/05/2007 4:21 PM
From: <NOBR>NineMSN Nicknametriple-7-</NOBR> Sent: 2/05/2007 12:53 PM
I heard a radio caller (2sm) yesterday speculating that Champion was looking to play elsewhere next yr and was currently talking to 3 clubs.
 
I hope not!!!

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From: wily Sent: 2/05/2007 7:13 PM
Thanks for that Mug, I'm a bit lax in watching the Bears.
 
Hope he's not going elsewhere, we'd be nuts to let him go.
 
Personally though, i've been happy with Smith until last weekend when he was quiet.
He'll be fine

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegintara™ Sent: 2/05/2007 8:17 PM
You can only hope Smith will develop under JT.
 
Having watched a fair bit last year for the (mighty) Eels I thought he was only 'just' a solid first grader.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 2/05/2007 11:12 PM
Report Peachy out for Fri, done hamstring, Champion in.

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From: arakaan Sent: 2/05/2007 11:19 PM
I'm so sick of racist hamstrings.

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From: Geoff Sent: 4/05/2007 11:45 PM
Why does God hate us?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 8/05/2007 10:31 PM
Rabbitohs Team for Round Nine
 

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the Canberra Raiders in round nine of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Saturday, 12 May at 7:30pm at Telstra Stadium.

The Rabbitohs have named an unchanged starting line up to that named last week, with Joe Galuvao being added to the bench for the injured John Sutton (shoulder). Scott Geddes has been named as 18th man.

Rabbitohs centre Shannon Hegarty will play his 150th NRL game on Saturday night.

The referee for this fixture is Gavin Badger. The sideline officials are Jason Walsh and Darren Lang. The video referee is Steve Nash.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. David Peachey
2. Nathan Merritt
3. Nigel Vagana
4. Shannon Hegarty
5. Reece Simmonds
6. Jeremy Smith
7. Joe Williams
8. Peter Cusack (c)
9. Daniel Irvine
10. Roy Asotasi (c)
11. Luke Stuart
12. David Fa’alogo
13. Dean Widders

Interchange:

14. Shane Rigon
15. Joe Galuvao
16. Manase Manuokafoa
17. Jaiman Lowe
18. Scott Geddes

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 8/05/2007 10:41 PM
Fair side and the Rabbits to win by 16.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 8/05/2007 10:57 PM
Gratlog, that then suggests that the Rabbitohs will score enough to have a margin of 16.  Mmmm, now that's what worries me.  And one of their best ball playing and line break (and they haven't been makinh many of them) options is out injured in Sutton. A couple of weeks ago JT spent a couple of days on defensive drills, I hope this week he spends a couple of days on attack plays.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 8/05/2007 11:54 PM
Is there no competition for places at Souths or other NRL clubs these days?  Seems you have 25 players, 17 initial players and the other 8 step in gradually as injuries strike
 
Jeremy Smith is very average in attack for a player in his position

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 9/05/2007 8:50 AM
It's a good point King. No, with the cap there is no longer the depth and pressure for positions. I agree on Smith, his style of game is probably best suited to 7, but not in 1st grade. Widders, Williams and Peachey carry considerable responsibility in attack with Sutton out.

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From: Geoff Sent: 9/05/2007 10:17 AM
Frankly, I've been a little disappointed with Sutton for the last nine months.
 
He bulked up considerably over the off season which has given him a bit of ommph in defence, but has slowed down his reaction time in attack.
This of course gives the defence more time to swarm and cut down his opportunities for offloads.
These were one of his most potent weapons. 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 12/05/2007 6:04 PM
Hope the bunnies do us proud tonight.......
 
A game we should win IMHO.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 12/05/2007 8:54 PM
In the proud department i would doubt they have let you down this season have they ?

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 12/05/2007 11:34 PM
Souths have lost the plot.  In the first 5 games this year they averaged over 20 points a game.  In the last 4 games they have averaged just 10 points a game.  Not sure what has gone wrong but they don't look threatening and at the moment they are the most boring team in the comp

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From: Geoff Sent: 13/05/2007 12:47 AM
KingMug
It is far easier to have $100 bets when you have $3000-$4000 in your kick, than when you're down to $300-$400. 
$20 bets then  become the norm.  

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 13/05/2007 11:27 AM
Are the wheels falling off already?
 
Although Taylor did get the Eels on a huge run last season.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 13/05/2007 12:36 PM
I'll bite TCE. They've been rolling on 3 wheels for some weeks now, opened their account with 3 wins but it now reads 1 from their last 5.
 
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the Eels list ok, you know they'd been top table stuff through the previous few yrs so they hadn't lost an arm or leg, more so lost the relationship for what ever reason with the coach. All Taylor had to do when the slate was cleared was put things together on and off the park and balance them up to do what they'd alread shown they had been doing for some yrs. He did a good job of it, but that's hardly super man coaching stuff.
 
I though through the first few weeks we were seeing a mixture of smart back end footy, sound kicking game for field position and a plan for the attacking end that included setting up a set to open a hole with various set play options, use of the ball to move the opposition a little and then shifts to an outside edge or hole, and some solid short kicking options. Looks like the half yr highlights package will have plenty of coverage from those 3 games than much else at the moment.
 
The last 3 to 4 weeks have begun to look a lot more like the Smithball influence from the days at the Eels to my eye. Lot more safety first stuff, including highlights of 1 line break in 80 minutes v's Warriors followed by a repeat performance against the Broncos. But this is not the 80's where good defence and a negative approach to attack could win you footy games.
 
But as JT keeps telling us, it's ok, there a new side, they done very well to date, lets not expect too much.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 13/05/2007 1:32 PM
Interesting that both Souths and Parra have got essentially two halfbacks on the field at once with a halfback playing at No 6 as well as No 7.  Both teams are struggling a bit and I am starting to think this set up of two halfbacks is not working.  Definitely does not work if one of the halves is not inclined to take the line on
 
Across all Souths games I think Williams looks more an attacking threat than Smith so I think maybe Smith should be taken out of the side for awhile to see if Souths do better without him.  Williams will probably do better with a No 6 who takes the defence on and runs at the line more than Smith.  Williams does some of his best work with Peachey when he is running at the line.  When he passes to Smith,  Smith tends to stand around, think what he is going to do and crab sideways.  Nothing seems to come of this
 
Only problem is that when Smith joined Souths I read a story that he owes his career to Taylor etc etc so maybe Taylor won't want to cut him
 
18 months ago Souths released Brett Kearney to the Sharks when he still had a year to run on his contract at Souths.  When Langmack was coach he used to give Kearney a decent go and he looked half promising although he was quite slight in build.  As soon as Bomber McRae got in Kearney stopped getting a game in first grade as Bomber seemed to prefer Ben Walker and Beau Champion.  So obviously Bomber thought Kearney was not up to first grade standard.   Maybe there is someone else in Souths feeder clubs who can do better than Smith.  I just think there is not enough competition for places and too much sticking to the same team every week at Souths

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 13/05/2007 3:40 PM

Agree with your points King. The pairing doesn't look to work, nor have potential. I like Williams, I think he has plenty of talent and promise. Very strong kicking game, most 40/20's of any kicker this yr to date I think. I think he calls the shots well and can play to the line well, I think though it looks like they are short on plays and patterns at the moment for him to use. I hope that changes pretty quickly, and that they might beat the Roosters in the current search for a future 5/8.


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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 13/05/2007 3:55 PM
No Matt, the bunnies have played exceptionally well in comparison to last season.
 
Extremely disappointed last night though...........obviously.

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From: wily Sent: 13/05/2007 8:12 PM
Mug, not going to say your wrong, you raise some interesting points.
 
Personally i think they are playing scared after a few losses.
I thought Williams and Smith were going very well earlier in the season but a few losses and both appear shit scared to try their hand. When Smith finally pinned his ears back last night and had a dash and he made a great bust.
Although he played half for parra in the last few games last year it must be pointed out that he has actually played all his football as a 5/8th
 
kearney has been good at the sharks, McCrae had no idea with a lot of things i'm afraid

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegintara™ Sent: 13/05/2007 8:52 PM
The two number 7s playing at Parra was terrible early but has improved as the weeks go along.
 
To my eye alot had to do with both wanting the ball and the rest of the team not really knowing who was running the show. The last few weeks have seen Finch take more of a back seat (or a supporting role I guess) with Tim Smith running the whole show and the team has played much better for it
 
Looks similar to me at Cronulla when both Dykes and Kimmorley play, both look to have first say and it throws the rest of the team out

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 13/05/2007 9:26 PM
Wily it is true that Jeremy Smith was involved in one good break last night but over the 9 games he has played there has not been enough of it.  9 games is a fair go, time to give someone else a go
 
Another interesting player for Souths is Widders.  He has not had a huge impact watching the games and looking at his stats compared to other years they are way down in everything except tackles.  Particularly worrying is that Widders 2006 was not as good as his 2004 and 2005 form on the stats.  And now his 2007 form is a further drop from his 2006 form.  Maybe Widders is no longer going to be the force he was?  In 2004-05 he was averaging over 90m a game and making a line break every second game, plus being involved in plenty of tries.  In 9 games in 2007 he has averaged only just over 50m a game, has 1 line break in 9 games and 1 try
 
In fact stats wise Widders is making the least metres of any forward at Souths this season

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 23/05/2007 4:56 PM
Rabbitohs Team for Round 11

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the Gold Coast Titans in round 11 of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Saturday, 26 May at 7:30pm at Carrara Stadium.

Reece Simmonds will line up at fullback with Paul Mellor returning to the wing. David Peachey is being rested from this weekend's match. Scott Geddes has been named as 18th man.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. Reece Simmonds
2. Nathan Merritt
3. Nigel Vagana
4. Shannon Hegarty
5. Paul Mellor
6. Jeremy Smith
7. Joe Williams
8. Peter Cusack (c)
9. Daniel Irvine
10. Roy Asotasi (c)
11. Luke Stuart
12. David Fa’alogo
13. Dean Widders

Interchange:

14. Shane Rigon
15. Joe Galuvao
16. Manase Manuokafoa
17. Jaiman Lowe
18. Scott Geddes

Coach – Jason Taylor


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From: wily Sent: 23/05/2007 6:44 PM
Peachy being rested??????
 
He has been down on form. I suspect an injury

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 23/05/2007 6:49 PM
Does Peachy have a attitude problem ?
 
Just appears as if there is something not right.
 
I like watching him play as he does some funny(strange) things sometimes.

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From: wily Sent: 23/05/2007 8:28 PM
You're right grats, he does. That kick on the first tackle with 2 minutes to go last game, WHEN we were BEHIND and attacking their line was moronic in the extreme
 
In saying that he has done some great stuff for us these past 2 season.
 
You just hope the brain explosions are out numbered by the good stuff

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From: Geoff Sent: 23/05/2007 10:56 PM
I have my heart in my mouth with everything he does.
 
Only because I judge what is possible by what most players can do.
 
The bloke's unbelieveable, he does things, even at his now advanced age,which the vast magority of players will never be able to do as long as their  :censored: s point to the ground. 

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 27/05/2007 12:57 AM
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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 27/05/2007 7:33 PM
Well, the one and only positive to come out of it is that JT cannot pick the dope for the next 4-12 weeks.......
 
How long will he get? Looked very nasty and he deserves a lengthy suspension.

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From: arakaan Sent: 27/05/2007 7:35 PM
will be 6-8 weeks. similar to what Webb got last year.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 27/05/2007 10:51 PM
And how much will the filth get who sexually assaulted him ?

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 28/05/2007 10:33 AM
I'll be an interested observer watching how the two owners handle themselves now, and through the weeks and months ahead. They have ego's one couldn't jump over, no experience in managing a sporting or footy club, little alone any experience in managing any major business through a tough period. For mine they read like guys who have always got their own way and been happy to throw their ego and money around to get, "good time saliors".
 
Well how do they handle things now that the honeymoon is over? Losing 6 from 7 will start to test, 4 in a row and some ordinary footy. There were signs there last yr with the take over and then the dumping of Bomber that they can be quick to change tune, and not necessarily the types who stick solid all the time, especially when a little heat is turned up. Well it's starting to get hot in the kitchen, the next few months will tell us much.
 
Getting the gig at Souths this yr was always going to be a double edged sword. Plenty of hype, cashed up, major market buys, improved player roster, every man and his dog added to the support staff and owners who just love seeing themselves in the press or on tv. High expectations. And lets remember this is the coach's first full yr as a 1st grade coach, and only his 3rd yr of coaching. I reckon right now that job would be like being a horse trainer for the Arabs or putting your hand up for the CEO role at Ch 9.
 
The coming weeks reads Storm away, Panthers at home, Sea Eagles away, Sharks at home.
 
A testing period. An interesting time. I hope some level heads and sanity prevails.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 28/05/2007 2:33 PM
JT started his career as a player under Warren Ryan and ended it under Brian Smith.  Then started his coaching career under Brian Smith.  Maybe these guys are the biggest influences on his own coaching?
 
To be fair JT has done a good job with the defence.  But the attack is poor and needs changing.  Souths whole strategy is one built on defence and no mistake football.  It seems their attitude is one that passing the ball increases the risk of dropping the ball so they don't look to pass it.  At the moment Souths just do one out hit ups up a narrow corridor in the middle of the field.  They then seem to have trouble switching out of this mode when up in the opposition's 20.  They certainly have great trouble breaking an opposition line.  Don't even threaten to do so in the last few weeks
 
Interesting that in their last 3 games Souths have looked far more dangerous in attack in the last 10 minutes of play when playing desperation football.  I assume in this desperation mode they are ditching JT's attacking plan and just doing things off the top of their head.  In the first 70 minutes of these last few games they have not looked likely to score many points and I assume they are following their script then.  Based on this I do think Souths need a new approach to attack.  Maybe one or two changes to the team might not hurt either

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 28/05/2007 3:45 PM
Well said Triples and King.
 
Your attack starts with your halves and both have been very average of late....one of them has to go IMHO.
 
I hope they bring Beau Champion into 5/8 as he is contemplating joining the Dragons. He is a talent I hope we don't lose....

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 28/05/2007 4:03 PM
I agree with giving Champion a go at No 6 and replacing Smith.  But the issue with Beau Champion is that he is playing at fullback in Premier League.  When he played at fullback during the Broncos game he dropped two kicks and JT sent him to the wing midgame indicating he was unhappy with Champion's performance at fullback.  Then when Peachey pulled out against the Titans Mellor was called up to the wing and Simmonds played fullback.  So I think JT will mainly consider Champion at fullback and so far is not impressed.  I think Champion will be better suited at No 6 but don't think it is going to happen
 
Ben Rogers is playing No 6 in Premier League.  Unfortunately from what I saw last year he was not great

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 28/05/2007 10:30 PM

Lowe accepts four-game ban after plea

Monday, May 28, 2007 - 5:35 PM

South Sydney prop Jaiman Lowe has wasted little time in a pleading guilty to a striking charge for his knockout blow to Gold Coast centre Brett Delaney.

Lowe accepted a four-match ban after being hit with a grade five striking charge by the NRL match review committee for his punch to the head of Delaney.

The Souths front rower was sent off by referee Tony De Las Heras following a touch judge report three minutes from fulltime in Saturday night's 25-18 win to the Titans at Carrara Stadium.

Lowe claimed he was provoked into lashing out, accusing Delaney of grabbing him on the testicles, but the Titans three-quarter was not charged over the incident.

"I regret the actions that I took on the field on Saturday night and I will accept the suspension," Lowe said in a statement.

"I feel that I have let down the Rabbitohs members, sponsors and fans, and the whole South Sydney family including my coaches, teammates and the club owners.

"I'm looking forward to putting this behind me and working hard to regain my first grade position once the suspension is finished."

Rabbitohs chief executive Shane Richardson said the club was disappointed that the match review committee took no action against Delaney.

Four other players were charged but Cowboys lock Sione Faumuina is the only one facing suspension after being charged with a grade one reckless high tackle.

The former New Zealand Test representative collected Bulldogs backrower Sonny Bill Williams with a swinging arm just before fulltime in Friday night's 26-16 win to the Cowboys.

He is facing a three-game ban with an early guilty plea or four games if he unsuccessfully fights the charge.

Manly's Anthony Watmough (dangerous throw) and Penrith duo Frank Pritchard (careless high tackle) and Michael Gordon (dangerous throw) will all escape suspension with early guilty pleas.

All players have until midday Tuesday to enter a plea.

Source: AAP

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From: Geoff Sent: 28/05/2007 11:11 PM
As I've intimated previously this bloke's a palooka.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 28/05/2007 11:48 PM
I concur Geoff.
 
Never liked the bloke.....

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 29/05/2007 2:50 PM
Did you guys watch that old Sattler bloke on THE BACK PAGE on last night ?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 29/05/2007 8:08 PM

Rabbitohs re-sign trio of local juniors

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - 4:42 PM

South Sydney Rabbitohs have re-signed local juniors Yileen Gordon, Fetuli Talanoa and Eddie Paea to extended NRL contracts.

Gordon has re-signed for a further two seasons while Talanoa and Paea have extended their contracts until the end of 2008.

"We have made a commitment as a club to help develop our own local juniors and bring them through the ranks to the NRL level, and these signings are examples of that," Souths chief executive Shane Richardson said.

"Yileen, Fetuli and Eddie are all outstanding talents, have all played first grade by the age of 18, and it's players like these three that we see as the future of our club."

Gordon, 20, has played 24 games for the Rabbitohs while Talanoa and Paea made their debuts in 2006.

Gordon's 2007 season was cut short after breaking his leg earlier this season.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 29/05/2007 8:49 PM
Rabbitohs Team for Round 12

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the Melbourne Storm in round 12 of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Saturday, 2 June at 7:30pm at Olympic Park.

Head Coach Jason Taylor has made a number of changes to the side which took on the Gold Coast last Saturday night.

Fullback David Peachey returns to the side with Reece Simmonds going back to Premier League. Shannon Hegarty shifts from centre to wing, with Fetuli Talanoa taking a centre position. Paul Mellor returns to Premier League.

Jeremy Smith shifts to halfback with Ben Rogers coming into the five-eighth position. Joe Williams will play Premier League.

Stuart Webb will start the match at hooker with Daniel Irvine going back to Premier League.

Shane Rigon returns to the side from injury and Scott Geddes will start from the interchange bench following Jaiman Lowe’s suspension.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. David Peachey
2. Nathan Merritt
3. Nigel Vagana
4. Fetuli Talanoa
5. Shannon Hegarty
6. Ben Rogers
7. Jeremy Smith
8. Peter Cusack (c)
9. Stuart Webb
10. Roy Asotasi (c)
11. Luke Stuart
12. David Fa’alogo
13. Dean Widders

Interchange:

14. Shane Rigon
15. Joe Galuvao
16. Manase Manuokafoa
17. Scott Geddes

Coach – Jason Taylor

The North Sydney Bears' Premier League side will play St George Illawarra this Friday night 1 June at 5.30pm at OKI Jubilee Stadium.

The team is:

1.  Reece Simmonds
2. Isaac Gordon
3. Germaine Paulson
4. Paul Mellor
5. Troy Boston
6. Beau Champion
7. Joe Williams
8. Conrad Ta’akimoeaka
9. Daniel Irvine
10. Ryan Verlinden
11. Eddy Pettybourne
12. Shannon McPherson
13. Jardine Bobongie

Interchange:

14. Valu Nasio
15. Luke Grant
16. Ramon Filipine
17. Bladen Baird
20. John Kaifoto
22. Arnold Mano

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From: Geoff Sent: 29/05/2007 10:38 PM
Rogers plays like a millionaire.
We don't have enough money in the bank for him to squander our chances.
I hope he proves me wrong, but I doubt it. 
 
There's no way Williams should have been dropped, Smith should have gone before him.
 
I strongly suspect that's it's going to be another long and mournful drive back from Bleak City for me and mine

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 29/05/2007 11:10 PM
Agree Geoff.  Jeremy Smith has got nothing.  Smith has no speed, no acceleration off the mark, no sidestep, no clever passing game, no useful kicking game.  Joe Williams did not play that well last weekend but he does have some skill and on overall form this season is miles ahead of Smith. 
 
You have summed up Rogers very well
 
Having said all that I hope that Smith plays well and proves me wrong but I doubt it.  JT certainly thinks he has got something even if the other 3 clubs he played never put him in first grade
 
 

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 29/05/2007 11:21 PM
Jeremy Smith has got nothing.  Smith has no speed, no acceleration off the mark, no sidestep, no clever passing game, no useful kicking game.
 
Agree completely.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegintara™ Sent: 2/06/2007 7:50 PM

Thought I would put this in here ... where do they think they will put it??? Not like Sydney is flushed with spare space

 

Stars could build own field of dreams

Saturday Jun 2 17:36 AEST
Russell Crowe (AAP)

Hollywood heavyweights Russell Crowe and Anthony LaPaglia are in talks about developing a purpose-built football stadium in Sydney.

The stadium would house both Crowe's South Sydney NRL team and LaPaglia's A-League soccer club Sydney FC.

LaPaglia, who is a director and shareholder at Sydney FC, on Saturday revealed to AAP he had been discussing developing a 25,000-seat venue with Crowe for the past four months.

"He wants a stadium, I want a stadium and we think together there is a possibility we might be able to pull it off," said the star of television series Without A Trace.

"I would say if we could get the right people in the room at the same time, it is something that could happen in two to three years.

"We're still trying to work out how to do it exactly, but there's a bunch of emails flying backwards and forth.

"(Crowe) has done a great job in turning (the Rabbitohs) around.

"I want to be associated with people who are driven and passionate about the game.

"He is as driven and as passionate about the Rabbitohs as I am about Sydney FC. And we both appreciate each other at that level."

Sydney FC currently play home games at Aussie Stadium but have no established training grounds or facilities in Sydney, primarily using a back field at Parramatta Stadium.

South Sydney are in the second year of a four-year agreement to play home matches at Telstra Stadium.

The Rabbitohs also play two games in Gosford this season, while the club's former home at Redfern Oval is being redeveloped as a training facility, with construction on the $19 million project expected to be completed next year.

LaPaglia, who was in Sydney on Saturday to help announce American Express as an official sponsor of Sydney FC, said he had not yet officially raised the stadium talks with the club.

"It's not something I've really discussed with the club yet, so it will come as a bit of a surprise to them as well," he said.

Regardless of how far his discussions with Crowe proceed, LaPaglia said it was vital Sydney FC developed their own home base within the next five to 10 years.

"In order to establish a true culture of football, a kind of feeling that this club belongs to the city, we need that home," LaPaglia said.

"It does breed a different kind of mentality and culture, when you walk into your house and you're not renting.

"Right now Sydney is more or less a gypsy team, we don't have a specific training facility ... Aussie Stadium is a place that we rent amongst others.

"I want there to be a football-specific stadium for Sydney, and that's going to require a lot of support, a lot of work, a lot of sponsorship and a lot of money, but I think it's important that we have it.

"I think it should be about a 25,000-seater, intimate, close."

Sydney FC narrowly missed advancing to the Asian Champions League quarter-finals last month, but LaPaglia believes an Australian club - despite the massive gulf in expenditure between A-League teams and the heavyweights of Asia - could win the competition in three to five years.


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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 2/06/2007 7:57 PM
You couldn't be this silly with just two hands could you? The ego of these guys no's no bounds.  

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 2/06/2007 8:05 PM
 to these guys, i am constantly dreaming, these guys are living their dream.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 3/06/2007 3:08 PM
I agree Matt......

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From: NineMSN Nickname_Legal_Agent_ Sent: 4/06/2007 6:53 PM
This is the first time I have been able to logon to this site in 9 months, so great to see this thread still going!
 
I only saw snippets of the game on Saturday so cannot comment on that, but I really hope we can get some spark happening in attack sooner rather than later. I think we left it behind in the sheds at Shark Park at halftime in round 3. This friday would be nice as it is definately a winnable game.
 
I'd love for the guys to be going to Brookvale in 2 weeks time with another win under their belt.
 
All in all though, I've been happy with the progress this season. The position they are in now looks a little disappointing, but that is just due to the fact they got off to a better than expected start. I've liked what I've seen of Talanoa so far. Asotasi has been playing well, and Fa'alogo has been the stand out for mine.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 4/06/2007 8:53 PM
Speculation elsewhere - Rabbitohs are making room for Craig Wing (said to be signing this week). Joe Williams told he is not wanted next year, Peachey has been told to retire at the end of the season.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 4/06/2007 8:57 PM
Craig Wing - I could welcome him back!!!!

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From: arakaan Sent: 4/06/2007 9:02 PM
don't know about Wing but the Williams thing is on the money.
 
his agent is shopping him around and was doing so more than 2 weeks ago(he met with a polite thanks but no thanks).

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Rabbitohs No.7 Williams unwanted in 2008

Tuesday Jun 5 17:38 AEST

Unwanted South Sydney halfback Joe Williams has vowed to return to first grade and prove his worth to rival NRL clubs.

Williams, who will play in Souths' Premier League side for the second straight week, comes off contract this year and has been told by the club he will not be re-signed in 2008.

It has been a dramatic fall from grace for the 23-year-old, who was a key force in the Rabbitohs' strong start to the season where they won their first three games.

But despite the bleak outlook on his future with the Bunnies, Williams is confident he still has plenty to offer at the top level.

"By no means do I think I'm washed up," Williams said.

"It's disappointing but obviously the club might be going in a new direction and if I'm not a part of that, I'm not a part of that.

"There's not much I can do about it but just play well in Premier League and get back to first grade and hopefully get picked up by somebody else.

"Hopefully there's somebody out there that can see that I can still play footy.

"It wasn't that long ago that I was in first grade playing well, so I know that I can still play at the top grade and whether it be for Souths again this year or someone else next year, we'll just see what happens."

Williams said he didn't hold anything against the club.

"At the end of the day if they're taking a different direction, they're taking a different direction and there's not much I can do about it," Williams said.

"There's a lot of people who chop and change clubs, I wasn't hopefully going to do that, but it turns out now I could be turning out for someone else now.

"Three or four weeks ago I was set to re-sign and then you turn around and this happens and yeah I'm disappointed, but I believe everything happens for a reason."

Williams' manager Wayne Beavis said he would talk to every NRL club and said it was possible a deal could still be struck with Souths.

In the meantime, the halfback said he would concentrate on regaining his form on the field.

"It's not about proving anything to anyone but myself," Williams said.

"At times you have a bit of self doubt and those sort of things can hold you back.

"But I know I can play at the top level, I've proved it and I'll continue to prove it if I get picked in the top level again."



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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 5/06/2007 9:29 PM
Rabbitohs Team for Round 13

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the Penrith Panthers in round 13 of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Friday, 8 June at 7:30pm at Telstra Stadium.

Paul Mellor returns to the side this week with Shannon Hegarty moving back to Premier League. Shane Rigon will take a place on the interchange bench with Joe Galuvao being named as 18th man.

The referee for Friday night’s match is Paul Simpkins. The sideline officials are Paul Holland and Russell Turner. The video referee is Phil Cooley.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. David Peachey
2. Nathan Merritt
3. Nigel Vagana
4. Fetuli Talanoa
5. Paul Mellor
6. Ben Rogers
7. Jeremy Smith
8. Peter Cusack (c)
9. Stuart Webb
10. Roy Asotasi (c)
11. Luke Stuart
12. David Fa’alogo
13. Dean Widders

Interchange:

14. Shane Rigon
15. Issac Luke
16. Manase Manuokafoa
17. Scott Geddes
18. Joe Galuvao

Coach – Jason Taylor


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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 5/06/2007 9:53 PM
What is the story on Issac Luke?
 
Cannot say I know much about him.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 6/06/2007 12:08 AM
 
Bulldogs junior who made his NRL debut last weekend agaunst the Storm.
 
 
ISSAC LUKE
DOB: 29-May-87 Height: 174cm
Nickname: Uncle Bully Weight: 80kg
Born: Havera, Taranaki, NZ

Junior Club
Havera Hawks

Representative Honours
Junior Kiwis 2004-05, New Zealand U16s 2002

Previous Clubs
Bulldogs 2005-06

First Grade Debut
Yet to make first grade debut

Rabbitohs Debut
Yet to play for the Rabbitohs

First Grade Games
0

First Grade Points
0

Personal Passions
Dancing and playing Guitar

Community Activities
Keen to get involved in community based activities with the Rabbitohs

Education
Completed Year 12 at Westfield Sports High School.

 

Biography
Supremely talented youngester formerly of the Bulldogs Club, Luke has all the skills required to make it to the top grade. Comfortable in the halves or at hooker, Luke has joined the Rabbitohs looking for an opportunity to break into the first grade ranks and progress his career.


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From: wily Sent: 9/06/2007 10:43 AM
Glory blooooooodddyyyyy GLORY

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From: Geoff Sent: 15/06/2007 10:12 PM
And now they rob us of a try for a foward pass when his hands indicated the ball was projected backwards.
:censored:  me.

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From: Geoff Sent: 15/06/2007 11:38 PM
Rogers must read this thread.
 
I say he plays like a milionaire and what's he do? Conservatively, takes the tackle rather than pass the ball inside for a try under the post.
 
Anyone got one of those GPS gismos so I can find my way to The Gap?
 

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From: NineMSN Nicknameloveabet Sent: 15/06/2007 11:42 PM
Manly.............TOO CLASSY!

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 16/06/2007 12:03 AM
I have noticed in his 3 games back in first grade Rogers has done well to make a few line breaks but then each time he has squandered the line break through either a poor pass or no pass
 
I still cannot see how Souths can do any good with Jeremy Smith in the team.  Still got nothing.  2 weeks back Jeremy was credited with 3 metres gained on the NRL site.  In tonight's game he has been credited with 0 metres so far although these stats can change slightly the next day.  The guy just passes the ball as soon as he gets it while shuffling sideways.  Did some ordinary kicks too

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From: wily Sent: 19/06/2007 10:22 AM
Welcome back home Wingy

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 19/06/2007 10:31 AM
This is how foxsports has been scoring the Rabbits this year.  Don't take any notice of the 6.0/7.0 and such.
 
Rabbits
Props
Cusack SS 7.0 581
Asotasi SS 8.0 513
Stuart SS 5.0 470
Lowe SS 6.0 200
Geddes SS 6.0 183
Hookers
Irvine SS 5.0 223
Rigon SS 6.0 203
Webb SS 5.0 101
Backrows / Secondrows
Fa'alogo SS 7.0 518
Widders SS 7.0 436
Manuokafoa SS 6.0 211
Kidwell SS 7.0 164
Galuvao SS 6.0 89
Luke SS 4.0 61
McPherson SS 4.0 0
Halfbacks
Smith SS 7.0 282
Williams SS 6.0 174
Inside Backs (5/8 and centres)
Vagana SS 7.0 396
Hegarty SS 6.0 351
Sutton SS 7.0 281
Rogers SS 5.0 89
Champion SS 5.0 25
Gordon SS 6.0 2
Paulson SS 5.0 0
Outside Backs (Wings and Fullbacks)
Merritt SS 8.0 315
Peachey SS 7.0 256
Mellor SS 6.0 123
Talanoa SS 5.0 106
Simmonds SS 6.0 98

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 19/06/2007 4:14 PM
Craig Wing to leave Roosters
 
Monday, June 18, 2007
 

Roosters hooker Craig Wing has advised club Chairman Nick Politis that he will be leaving the Roosters at the end of the season and taking up a 4 year contract with South Sydney.

Craig has been a Rooster for eight (8) years and was the halfback in the 2002 premiership victory and a key player for the club in 4 grand final appearances.

Craig confirmed whilst the Roosters offer was higher, he felt more comfortable accepting the Souths offer, as it was a guaranteed 4 year commitment against the Roosters 2 years with a 2 year option. He also indicated that it would be his last contract in Australia.

Roosters CEO Brian Canavan said the club was disappointed to lose such an outstanding player and clubman but could not commit to a guaranteed 4 year offer when there was so much uncertainty in the game today and salary cap restrictions.

"Whilst wishing Craig all the best, we understand he had to make a business decision and now the Roosters will move forward under our youth policy to further develop players like Mitchell Pearce, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Danny Williams, Mitch Aubusson, Setaimata Sa and many others for 2008 and beyond. It is always hard to lose a player who came to the club as a promising junior and has developed into an international.”

 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 19/06/2007 4:45 PM
Craig Wing was interviewed on Fox Sports denying he had signed with Souths.
 
He said he will definately sign a new contract within the next 2 days but also said he will not be at the Roosters next year.
 
Going off that, I presume Rugby Union is still an option......

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From: arakaan Sent: 19/06/2007 8:27 PM
 at russell's stooges chucking little hissy fits on the news over the roosters annoucing the wing news.
 
I even heard the great phrase "party poopers" used.
 
guess they could give away the ice cream cake and fairy bread they had planned for the party to a homeless shelter.

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From: Geoff Sent: 19/06/2007 10:37 PM
Roosters hooker Craig Wing has advised club Chairman Nick Politis that he will be leaving the Roosters at the end of the season and taking up a 4 year contract with South Sydney
 
 
Craig Wing was interviewed on Fox Sports denying he had signed with Souths.
 
He said he will definately sign a new contract within the next 2 days.
 
So, Easts telling lies. Nah, surely not

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From: arakaan Sent: 20/06/2007 1:20 AM

Geoff think you need your medication. Easts told the truth. He advised them he was going and he is.

all the whiny souths "legends" linked with crowe confirmed it.


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From: NineMSN NicknamePoisonPen7 Sent: 20/06/2007 2:00 AM

Souths push limit with Wing deal

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By Dean Ritchie
June 20, 2007

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THE NRL will monitor South Sydney's salary cap after the club finalised a $1.2 million deal with former Test star Craig Wing last night.

The Daily Telegraph understands Wing will today announce his four-year deal with the Rabbitohs.

Wing's deal pushes Souths to their salary cap ceiling - the club hoping to ease that strain by offloading second rower Joe Galuvao and at least three other players.

The NRL is aware of the situation and salary cap auditor Ian Schubert is already making discreet enquiries in case Galuvao refuses give up his $350,000-a-year contract.

Galuvao has been told by Souths co-owners to consider swapping the paddock for the pulpit and become a religious minister so the club can free up money for Wing. And others are on the outer as well.

The former Panther, though, is digging in and wants to remain at Souths until his contract ends at the end of 2008.

The Rabbitohs are also unlikely to re-sign halfback Joe Williams, fullback David Peachey, prop Luke Stuart and hooker Stuart Webb.

Peachey said yesterday he wanted to play again in 2008.

Galuvao was told by Souths co-owners Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes a Court that he had a limited future at the club. He has been playing reserve grade for most of the season.

The former New Zealand player continues to have close link with the Penrith Christian Life Centre - a fact not lost on Crowe.

"He had a meeting with Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes a Court and they told him he wasn't part of their plans," said Galuvao's manager Allan Gainey.

"Russell suggested that he retire and go into the ministry. Joe was gobsmacked. Joe is very supportive of his church and he involves himself.

"They may have thought Joe's main focus was the church but he's always fitted football and the church together."

Galuvao last night rejected suggestions he should become a minister.

"The church is a big part of my life, being a Christian," he said.

"But being a minister is a bit far-fetched. I was a bit surprised (it was mentioned) but it's something I'm passionate about."

Galuvao has vowed to fight his way back at Souths and is refusing to walk away from the club or his contract.

Asked about his meeting with Crowe and Holmes a Court, he said: "They spoke about the realities of the club and where I stood. I have a contract here and, as for now, I'm here to stay."

Gainey said his client simply cannot be shown the door.

"Joe is young enough and wants to back himself," he said. "He won't be going anywhere.

"I'll do my best to find a club but Joe isn't compelled to go. He can't just be shovelled off.

"The Gold Coast had some interest six weeks ago and now it seems Joe isn't part of Souths' plans.

"I told Peter Holmes a Court that Joe still has a contract."

Holmes a Court denied he and Crowe attempted to push Galuvao into the ministry.

But he did say: "We know he is very serious about his church and he's actively involved in his church.

"We asked Joe what he wanted to do and if he wanted to end up in the ministry.

"We wanted to know if that was part of his life. We ask all our players what they want to achieve in life.

"You don't need wholesale carnage to fit players under the salary cap."

Galuvao has battled injuries in recent times and will play Premier League this weekend for Souths' feeder club, Norths.

Peachey said he would meet Souths chief executive Shane Richardson tomorrow to determine his future.

The former Sharks fullback wants another year at Souths but would also discuss with Richardson a possible career after football.

"I know in my heart what I want so I want to know what they want to do with me," he said.

Asked would he be disappointed if Souths did not re-sign him, Peachey said: "Yeah I would. But Souths have given me a second chance to play in the NRL."

If Souths cannot sign Peachey, the fullback hopes to be employed by the club to help local Aboriginal kids.

Wing said the Roosters could have signed him.

"Here we are in June - I could have been signed before the season started," Wing said.

"It's very hard because I had so many good years at the Roosters."

www.foxsports.com.au

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From: NineMSN NicknamePoisonPen7 Sent: 20/06/2007 2:06 AM
"The NRL is aware of the situation and salary cap auditor Ian Schubert is already making discreet enquiries in case Galuvao refuses give up his $350,000-a-year contract."
 
Sooooo,
 
If Souths are already committed to paying Galuvao $350k for next year, and the Wing deal takes them over the salary cap, how do they get out of that one?
 
Should they have been negotiating in the first place?
 
Good luck to Souths. I hope they get their value out of Craig Wing. IMO, he is not worth (Peachey + Galuavo + Webb + Stuart + Williams).

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From: NineMSN NicknameAntitab Sent: 20/06/2007 12:59 PM
Geoff or anyone else who watches reserve grade.
 
How is Galuvao performing? Is he anywhere near a promotion because at his best he was outstanding.
 
Galuvao firing would be a lot more useful than Wing who has been ordinary for three years.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 20/06/2007 1:12 PM
And isn't Galuvao another example of how these inflated non performance contracts smell? He probably signed on for double his previous deal, having earnt such with some outstanding form. For what ever reason he doesn't seem to have reproduced the same form, yet can kick back and still earn $350k a yr for 3 yrs regardless.
 
I wonder if these guys had to earn anything over $100k based on performance if the motivation might lift some what from week to week?

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From: Geoff Sent: 20/06/2007 1:46 PM
I blame the Samson factor
With Penrith he looked like the wild man from Borneo, now with his hair cut, he looks like just another player

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 20/06/2007 4:49 PM
Rabbitohs Sign Craig Wing for Four Years

One of the leading players in the NRL Craig Wing will return to the Rabbitohs in 2008 on a four season deal.

Wing, 27, came up through the junior representative grades with the Rabbitohs and burst on to the NRL scene in 1998 and 1999 with South Sydney, playing 41 first grade games for the Rabbitohs prior to the Club being omitted from the NRL competition in 2000 and 2001.The NSW and Australian representative has played 217 NRL games in a glittering career which has featured four grand finals including a premiership win in 2002.

A Coogee Randwick junior from the South Sydney Juniors stable, Wing has represented Australia in 16 Tests from 2002 to 2005 including a Kangaroo Tour in 2003 and Tri-nations tournaments in 2004 and 2005. He has also represented NSW on 10 occasions from 2003 to 2006, and City Origin in five matches in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007. Craig was the 933rd first grade player for the Rabbitohs.

“To be able to bring home one of the best players the South Sydney Juniors have ever produced is a testament to where our Club is placed at the moment,” Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson said.

“Craig is one of the most talented players in the game today and can play in a number of the key positions on the field, be it five-eighth, halfback or hooker. He’s even represented in the centres, so he is the ultimate utility player with the experience that we need to guide our side around the field each week.

“It is also a tribute to Craig that he has asked to return to the Rabbitohs after many years of success with his current Club, and we look forward to welcoming him back in to a red and green jersey for the 2008 season.

“The Roosters rushed out an announcement earlier this week that had a number of mistakes in it and claimed that Craig was a promising junior when he joined them. In reality he was already a seasoned first grader with the Rabbitohs when he was forced to leave.”

Wing said he was looking forward to returning to the Rabbitohs.

“I’m very excited about it, actually I’m trying not to get too excited about it,” he said.

“When I was a child the Rabbitohs were always the team I wanted to play for and it is great to be going back. I’ve been to a lot of places all over NSW and Australia doing promotional work and everywhere I go people are always asking me ‘when are you going back to the Rabbitohs?’ so it’s great to be finally able to answer that question. Returning to Souths has always been an option and I can’t wait to start but I have my commitments to the Roosters and my team mates this season first.”

South Sydney Juniors President Keith McCraw said he was elated that Wing had chosen to return to the Rabbitohs.

“I had the pleasure of flying to Auckland to see Craig Wing make his first grade debut in 1998 for the South Sydney Rabbitohs,” Keith McCraw said.

“After two fantastic seasons with the Rabbitohs Craig was one of the few players who remained loyal to the Club until the court decision was handed down. On behalf of the South Sydney Juniors I am delighted to welcome Craig back to the club with open arms.”

 

Craig Wing’s Bio

Age: 27
Junior Club: Coogee Randwick (South Sydney Juniors)
Position: Utility
Height: 180cm
Weight: 88kg
NRL debut: Rabbitohs v Warriors Rd 1, 13 March, 1998, Ericsson Stadium, Auckland
NRL Games for the Rabbitohs: 41
NRL Games: 217
Rep Honours:
16 Tests for Australia 2002-05
10 State of Origins for NSW 2003-06
5 City Origin appearances 2001-03; 2006-07

 

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From: Viscount Sent: 20/06/2007 7:53 PM
Geoff - Galuvao was going downhill fast before he left Penrith, from memory he had one good year they signed him to a big deal then his performance dropped right off. They told him to look around and Souths were the only takers at the ridiculous price he was asking. He was still under contract at Penrith but they couldn't get rid of him fast enough, surely the people running Souths would smell a rat at that point but they signed him up to probably the best contract a reserve grader has ever had.

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From: Geoff Sent: 20/06/2007 10:29 PM
Viscount
At the time we were  (and are) open to any offers.
We were (are are) in stress mode to perform competitively, and therefore had (have) to  contract proven performers.
He really gave his all in a number of games  last year.  
    

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From: Viscount Sent: 21/06/2007 11:51 AM
There has to be some plan though Geoff, you can't just throw big money at anyone who hasn't got a better offer elsewhere. The desperation factor these two owners have shown is being used against them in my opinion. Player managers have cleaned up selling a lot of old blokes for above market rates, some of these old blokes can still contribute but its hardly a long term plan. Now they realise they've made a mistake and don't know how to get out of it. I will be very surprised if they manage to offload Galuvao to any team in Australia for anywhere near his current salary and if he's settled in his life here he has no incentive to go to England (and even the poms are unlikely to offer big dollars).

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From: Geoff Sent: 21/06/2007 11:57 AM
They've been runing the joint for five minutes. Give 'em time.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 21/06/2007 11:04 PM
Bunnies' credibility in tatters

Comment by Ray Chesterton
June 21, 2007

NO one escaped yesterday's tragic farce with credibility.

Certainly not Craig Wing and certainly not Russell Crowe, whose involvement in such tawdriness emphasises his limited understanding of the culture at a foundation club like Souths.

Souths exposition of Wing, while he is still under contract to the Roosters was a shameful, stage-managed exploitation by officials desperate to avert attention from the team's failures this season.

Wing is leaving the Roosters to join Souths on a contract guaranteeing him a $1 million over four years. That is not an issue. A dozen players are swapping clubs. Wing is just another one.

What is unforgivable was Crowe and Souths staging such a public travesty in a desperate attempt at publicity.

By participating in the farce, Wing has become the pin-up boy of raging rugby league commercialism and destabilisation. He was a side-show. Part of a carnival.

In 1996 Brisbane was ridiculed for parading Anthony Mundine as a major signing after he was lured away from St George mid-season.

Mundine, blithely unaware then - as he is now - of what is acceptable sporting behaviour, celebrated his deal as if it was immediate. He let himself be photographed in a Broncos jumper with new teammates.

He saw nothing disloyal in publicly endorsing his joyous future link with Brisbane while still under contract to, and being paid by, St George for the rest of the season.

The subsequent stench from disgruntled St George, Brisbane and impartial rugby league supporters was too much to accept even for Brisbane, a club not renown for conceding mistakes.

No club has paraded a new signing prematurely since 1996 - until Souths did yesterday.

For Souths, whose 99 years of participation in the premiership have generated good times, hard times, controversy and cordiality, it was a milestone.

It was the club's first experience with crass.

Wing did not pull on a Souths jumper yesterday (for which we can be thankful) but his willing involvement stamped his loyalty as transient at best.

Accepted etiquette for signing a player mid-season is for the club to issue a brief statement confirming the signing.

The Roosters did it when they signed Mark O'Meley from the Bulldogs. Wing has now opened fissures at Souths and the Roosters.

He has to explain to his Roosters teammates that he really does have his heart and soul involved in helping them avoid the wooden spoon.

And at Souths, Crowe has managed to dislocate whatever loyalty and goodwill was generated by his takeover.

Four players may not be re-signed to make way for Wing. They leave knowing they were greeted with the same Wing-like acclaim when they signed last year. It just doesn't last.

Wing's play this season has been completely overshadowed by the hubbub of him joining Souths.

That should tell someone something at Souths - if anyone is listening.

It has been a remarkable year for Wing.

He also parted company with his long-time and widely-respected manager Steve 'Chimes' Gillis.

It was Gillis who supervised Wing during his vital formative years as a burgeoning first-grader.

And it was Gillis who took him to the Roosters on top money when Souths were bounced out of the premiership and it was Gillis who lined up the lucrative contracts with pay-TV and fashion designers.

Were they still together, Gillis' experience would surely have stopped Wing's participation yesterday.

Souths have manhandled a situation that required diplomacy and astute delicacy like bouncers at a bloodhouse.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 21/06/2007 11:20 PM
There was nothing wrong with the Wing press conference
 
Gillis the player manager has lost one of his revenue sources.  Who cares
 
I don't know if Souths should have signed Wing or not but all this whingeing about the Wing press conference is just in the papers as Ray had nothing else to put in his column so he felt a Russell Crowe story would suffice

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From: Geoff Sent: 21/06/2007 11:38 PM
Didn't Easts announce the signing, that he was coming home after they rejected him?
 
What's Chesterton after?
 
An invite to James' post wedding buck's night?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 22/06/2007 12:05 AM

Good to see Willie Mason try and question Holmes A Court on the Footy Show.

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From: NineMSN NicknamePoisonPen7 Sent: 22/06/2007 2:15 AM
One wonders if the signing, and subsequent press conference, weren't motivated by a hatred for Easts by Messrs Crowe and Holmes A Court, rather than common sense.
 
Unfortunately, the attempt at publicity has backfired.
 
I have no problem with Craig Wing going back to Souths, good luck to him and the club. But talking to a couple of Souths supporters today, they have some doubts about the value in the deal, considering Wing's age and the players they have to disperse in order to pay for it.
 
IMO, David Peachey was the catalyst for the Souths revival, and he has been discarded very quickly in order to get this deal through, in spite of him publicly saying he wishes to play next year.
 
Yes, agree with you Geoff. Crowe and HAC have a lot to learn........

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 22/06/2007 3:39 PM
Peachey is still playing quite well the only problem is that he is missing quite a few games.  Last time it was due to a death in the family but I would guess the earlier games were due to injury niggles brought on by old age.  This situation won't be any better next year and possibly worse so I can understand Souths wanting to look elsewhere.  According to the SMH yesterday Souths are trying to get Amos Roberts from the Roosters who would be a good replacement for Peachey
 
Souths really need to fix the halfback spot before anything else.  Unfortunately the coach seems to like Jeremy Smith as a player.  Souths did have a few halfbacks playing in the underage Origin games this year so hopefully they have someone coming through the ranks.  Halfback has been a nightmare spot since they came back into the comp.  I think Joe Williams is their best option for this year but I can understand he has weaknesses and why Souths would want to look elsewhere with a longer term view
 
Souths are travelling miles better under Rusty and Pete.  All the people from other clubs who criticize them are just jealous and want some Hollywood magic for themselves
 
Before Rusty and Pete came along Souths were signing backrowers like Joe G from Penrith for 350K a season.  It does not get anymore insane than that.  At least Craig Wing is playing a more important position and getting less money than 350K.  So his signing is proof of Souths heading in the right direction

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 22/06/2007 7:16 PM
Souths Confident on Stuart, Lowe Re-signs

The South Sydney Rabbitohs would like to clarify their position on Luke Stuart following recent newspaper reports that Stuart would not be re-signed by the Club for next season. The Rabbitohs have offered Stuart a new contract with the Club and negotiations are progressing. The Rabbitohs are confident of re-signing him.

The Club has also announced the contract extension of prop Jaiman Lowe.

Lowe has agreed to terms to a two-year extension of his current contract, meaning Lowe will remain a Rabbitoh until the end of the 2009 season.

“I’m really happy where I am and I’m happy with the footy I’m playing,” Lowe said.

“I wanted to stay with the Rabbitohs and I’ve been playing the footy that warranted me staying so I’m glad that I’ve got my career sorted out for the next two years.”

The Rabbitohs have signed Ben Lowe, younger brother of Jaiman, from the North Queensland Cowboys for 2007 and 2008.

Ben, 22, will join the Club immediately, playing for the Rabbitohs feeder Club the North Sydney Bears this weekend.

Ben was selected for the Queensland Country team in 2006 and 2007 and played for the Queensland Residents in 2006. Ben’s junior representative honours include selection in the Queensland and Australian under 15s sides in 2000, Queensland under 16s, under 17s and under 19s in 2001, 2002 and 2004 respectively.

Prop forward Michael Greenfield has also rejoined the Rabbitohs for the remainder of the season after spending the first half of the season at the Cronulla Sharks.

Greenfield played six first grade games for the Rabbitohs in 2006.

“We’re really happy with the signing of Jaiman, Ben and Michael as we continue to strengthen our squad,” Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson said.


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From: wily Sent: 22/06/2007 8:20 PM
Being a supporter I think it's great that we've done this to the rorters. Ths is the mob who wanted us thrown out and this is the mob that was constantly suggesting we should be shunted to Gosford to free up the territory so they could get our juniors.
 
 
SCREW THE BASTARDS
 
 
In saying that, i'd be blowing upi if it happened to us.

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From: Geoff Sent: 22/06/2007 10:45 PM

I’m really happy where I am and I’m happy with the footy I’m playing,” Lowe said.

Really? Where's he playing?


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From: arakaan Sent: 24/06/2007 5:47 PM
Hampstead given Souths players player today. congratulations to him.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 24/06/2007 6:13 PM
Hope he gets a well played from Rusty along with the other players then

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 24/06/2007 6:32 PM
Bloody rabbits.I did'nt see the game but they must have cheated somehow.

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From: arakaan Sent: 24/06/2007 6:44 PM
can anyone also explain what Rogers(no.6) was trying to actually do to Birds shoulder?
 
on viewing it I can think of only one thing and it's not good.

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« 2008-Nov-29, 08:29 AM Reply #47 »
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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 24/06/2007 7:05 PM
I agree Arakaan, he rode that shoulder harder then Jay Ford rode Takeover Target.
 
I agree there could only have been malicious intent with the way he swung down on it, bloody Garry Freeman found something amusing about it.
 
Anyway, I thought it was a good hard defencive game from both sides, the execution left a lot to be desired butthe defence from both sides was quite fierce at times.
 
I enjoyed it.

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From: Geoff Sent: 24/06/2007 10:02 PM
Well, that was probably the finest of defensive efforts by a Souths side I've ever seen.
I went there worried that all this hullabaloo with Wing , and who was to be cut, would have
such a deleterious effect on team morale that the commitment, when the going got tough, wouldn't be there.
However we had commitment in trumps.
Really, once we hit the lead, Cronulla never really had a look in, so great was the defence and commitment.
Also, it seemed the criticism of our attack had an effect.
From where I sat, our attack was so much more expansive and enterprising, and it was only due to Cronulla defending so
well that this wasn't translated into points.
I can go through the efforts of all our blokes, but I doubt that any would get a score of less than 7 from 10 for the match.
A really good win.
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From: wily Sent: 25/06/2007 1:16 PM
 
Amazing what coloured glasses we look through when we see a game.
 
 
Firstly Ara, Bumsted absolutelty refereed one side. Sadly he punished the bunnies and let the sharks get away with blue murder. Those 2 penalties, in succession, early in the 2nd half were a joke. Designed to piggy back the sharks down the field and get the try they were after. He then went about ignoring the same infringement for the next 35 minutes. It was staggering the differance  in time that the sharks were allowed to wallow on the bunnies. He was shown up to make atleast 6 other errors via the video. All against souths.
 
Geoff, Mate, we moved the ball left to right but geez we were disorganised. There was no depth whatsoever. We were way too flat.  Why has this changed after the first 4 games?

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From: Geoff Sent: 25/06/2007 1:47 PM
Yes Wily, those two penalties were out of left-field.
He ignored the offence before then and after.
I thought at the time that they could decide the match.
 
You say our attack was disorganised.......okay, but the intent seemed there and without that there is no attack, organised or otherwise. 
 
PS re Hampstead, you didn't mention our "try" he didn't even bother referring upstairs. If we hadn't scored the next play, the bloke would have been lynched, and deservedly so.

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From: wily Sent: 25/06/2007 1:54 PM
I think it was clear to everyone at the ground that Mellor scored.
What the hell was hamstead doing
 
I must admit I called Rogers a "stupid bastard" when he slotted that kick through on the first tackle
A touch embarrassed when we scored off it but i do recall peach doing that a few weeks ago and it possibly cost us the game

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 25/06/2007 2:13 PM
Souths attack is still pretty poorly organized.  The mode throughout the season has been one out and that is still holding back their play.  Several times yesterday a Souths player might get halfway through the line and have the ball carrying arm half free but when looking there was no support within 10 metres so the play always died
 
If you watch teams like the Wests Tigers play the whole line moves forward when the Wests Tigers have the ball in the oppositions half.  This provides plenty of support for those half chances to turn into something bigger
 
JT has improved the defence immensely this year but I think it is too late to fix the attack this year.  Maybe fixing the attack while keeping the defence up to standard can be JT's project for next season and Souths might even make the 8 next year if he can pull it off.  As it is the defensive improvement has been good this year and Souths supporters can be happy with that
 
At least Jeremy Smith did make a break and set up a try yesterday which was a nice change
 
Young Isaac Luke has been a good find.  He does make me wonder if Souths really needed to get Craig Wing back but I suppose you can play both in rotation

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From: wily Sent: 25/06/2007 2:29 PM
KM, I have no doubt that Wing will play in the halves.
His career has been distroyed by that flop Ricky Stuart who has slaughtered more half backs than any coach in history.
Wing will come home and star under Taylor in the halves, have no doubt

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 25/06/2007 5:13 PM
The bad news for Souths is that Jaiman Lowe's suspension is over and he is available to play this weekend.  Jaiman has been like a curse to Souths these last 2 years.  Souths' win strike rate when he plays is horrible.  This season when Jaiman has played Souths have won 1 from 6.  When he has not played they have won 5 from 8 (losses to the Storm, Manly and Bulldogs)
 
Last season Jaiman played about 17 games or so for only 1 or 2 wins.  So Souths strike rate with Jaiman playing must be around 10%.  I am not sure what it is.  He does give away a vital penalty every game but there has to be more to it than that.  The curse of the Jaiman is strong stuff

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From: arakaan Sent: 25/06/2007 5:33 PM
one might think if message 691 was reversed this thread would be in uproar. strange that, not one comment from the red and green.
I guess it's lucky for Bird he doesn't have Benji like shoulders.

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From: wily Sent: 25/06/2007 5:56 PM
Ara, Bird had hold of Rogers jumper. It's a typical ploy to milk a penalty, Rogers was awake to it and Bird won't try it again
 
Don't forget, he was the bloke who kneed a souths player in the head a couple of years ago...............he got off light

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From: arakaan Sent: 25/06/2007 6:04 PM
yeah it's commonplace to hit the arm away, not to grab the arm with one hand then drive you other arm into the point of the shoulder at the exact spot which would dislocate it and ride it into the ground.
 
I'm sure it will see rogers rewarded with a contract extension.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 26/06/2007 10:22 PM

 

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the Newcastle Knights in round 16 of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Friday 29 June at 7:30pm at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

Head Coach Jason Taylor has named the same starting side that defeated the Sharks on Sunday. The only change to his line up is the return of Jaiman Lowe from suspension. Lowe will come on to the interchange bench replacing Scott Geddes.

The referee for this fixture is Sean Hampstead. The sideline officials are Allen Foster and Matt Cecchin. The video referee is Phil Cooley.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. David Peachey
2. Nathan Merritt
3. Nigel Vagana
4. Shannon Hegarty
5. Paul Mellor
6. Ben Rogers
7. Jeremy Smith
8. Peter Cusack (c)
9. Stuart Webb
10. Roy Asotasi (c)
11. Luke Stuart
12. David Fa’alogo
13. Dean Widders

Interchange:

14. Issac Luke
15. Shane Rigon
16. Manase Manuokafoa
17. Jaiman Lowe

Coach – Jason Taylor


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From: Geoff Sent: 26/06/2007 10:47 PM
I agree Vedder.
 
Lowe has been better this year, but there is no way he should replace Geddes.
 
If you watch him closely he, in my opinion, swivels when he goes into a tackle, not to offload, but as harm minimisation strategy.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 26/06/2007 10:53 PM
Souths will belt Newcastle. Their defence is awesome. When they get their attack together things may begin looking up. However, their run over the next month is tough. Although I think Melbourne are on the ropes at the moment and if Souths can defend as they have been they are a chance to get on a roll, just as Taylor did with the Eels last season. But Souths are in a much better place then the Eels were this time last year.
 
16 AWAY Energy Australia Stadium  
17 HOME Bluetongue Stadium    
18 AWAY Parramatta Stadium

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 26/06/2007 10:57 PM
How did Geddes go last week?   Imo Asotasi was brilliant closely followed by Stuart again.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 27/06/2007 12:25 AM
Geoff, never liked the bloke since he arrived at Souths but I really hope he proves me wrong, which is highly unlikely.
 
Every week, Lowe seems to do something dumb at crucial times in the game whether it be a dropped ball, missed tackle, penalty or punching a bloke whilst in posession of the ball. Just had enough of him but Taylor persists.
 
Taylor's a great coach so if he keeps picking the bloke he must be doing something right which will give him plenty of chances to prove me wrong yet........
 
But, on a positive note, very impressed with Isaac Luke. Not worried about losing Stuart Webb as we have an able replacement with a great upside and he's a great defender! If he keeps playing the way he does, Wing will definately be in the halves next year!

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From: wily Sent: 27/06/2007 10:36 AM
Grats, Sadly Geddes has made zero impact this year. Atleast e made no mistakes last week but he wasn't noticed

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 27/06/2007 10:45 AM
Ricky Stuart a flop?

Hmmm....premiership in his first year then two Grand Finals, successful State of Origin coach. Now Australian coach which is the pinnacle in the game. Moreover, the Sharks are going better this year than last.

Yeah he's a REAL flop. Souths would love to be a flop like that instead of the pretenders and underachievers we have seen this year. Methinks Souths could do with a bit of the Stuart 'winning attitude'.

Craig Wing played great football as half back in 2002 but was even better in 2003 when he became hooker under Stuart - he was awesome in the Origin series that year. He's still playing well but is past his best.

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From: wily Sent: 27/06/2007 11:30 AM
Coins,
 
he was gifted a team by Gus and most first grade coaches would have had success. Ditto for Aust and origin. You and I could have coached the Aussie team.
 
When Stuart had some work to do with the Roosters, after Freddie left etc, he didn't deliver.
 
Mate, he must have tried 15 different combinations in the halves and failed to settle on one or develope any of the players.
Wing was always an exceptiona