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« 2008-Nov-29, 08:33 AM Reply #50 »
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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 8/07/2007 1:58 PM
I agree King on Smith and Lowe. Think Rogers might be more a ball playing back rower than a 6, but with the right 7 and 1 he can play. He's done some good things down the short left through the last 3 wks. Peachy is going to be a huge loss. Personally though I just wonder what the attack pattern plan is, seems continually short on structure and options with catch, pass and hope the standard option.
 
With the amount of ball and dominant field position last night Souths should have led by 3 or 4 ties by half time and be putting the game beyond reach of an under strength and tired opposition.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 8/07/2007 2:48 PM
Yes there are problems with Souths' attack that I think can be traced back to the coach JT.  Souths many times this year have had no structure in attack at all.  I noticed before this season that all JT talked about was defence.  And he has done good work with the defence.  I just hope it is the case of a rookie coach learning on the job.  Maybe he came into this season thinking getting the defence right and eliminating errors was enough.  But I have read some comments from him recently where he is changing his tune a bit and starting to understand that you need to be able to attack.  Hopefully in the off season he can think about the attack and work to fix it for next year while keeping their defence up to standard
 
JT needs to watch some of the better attacking teams like the Wests Tigers play and get an idea how they do things

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From: wily Sent: 8/07/2007 4:37 PM
The stats showed we only had 45% of the ball.
A great effor but once again toooo many brain explosions.
Rogers throwing 2 balls into the crowd coupled with kicking out on the full for the 4th game in a row
Smith dropping a sitter that would have had him under the sticks
Webbs for option to kick dead
AND Peach kicking on the 2nd tackle 5metres out from the line. Through the hands and we score
 
 
DUMB DUMB DUMB

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 8/07/2007 5:00 PM
Full time stats Wily yes 45%, first half was different, 23 sets to the Storms 19, with two periods of 3 or 4 back to back.
 
Can't argue with your other points.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 8/07/2007 5:47 PM
With the Dragons thrashing of Canberra, Souths now are the worst attacking team in the NRL based on points scored

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From: Geoff Sent: 9/07/2007 3:35 PM
Wily it's just come to me.........where I've seen you
 
Waldorf (left) and Statler

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From: Geoff Sent: 9/07/2007 10:47 PM
Mellor deserves a wrap for his game

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 9/07/2007 11:18 PM
Yes Mellor had his best game in ages
 
It looks like Isaac Luke will be out next week due to suspension for a tackle in the Storm game.  This won't help Souths struggling attack as he has been one of the better attacking players in recent weeks

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 10/07/2007 9:37 AM
I wonder if there are any lawyers out there interested in the Galuvao developments at Souths? (And it's not just Souths, it's happening elsewhere more often now). In the work place the "deliberate" management to sell him to an English club or make life as uncomfortable as possible by now pushing him into a Qld cup side could well be argued as constructive dismissal couldn't it? I hope he can stick it out, $350k is a lot of money to walk away from, and the management should have to take some responsibility for their decisions having chased and signed the player. Sure it's a professional business, but the responsibility to the contract and any decision lays on both sides.  

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From: wily Sent: 10/07/2007 10:41 AM
As long as I have you by my side geoff, i'm peachy keen
 
 
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Geez Joe has been playing like a busted. I don't approve of what they're doing to him but he does need to lift his game

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From: Geoff Sent: 10/07/2007 3:20 PM
Wily
You're a bit tough on Rogers.
I had reservations about his promotion to first grade, as my posts indicate, but he hasn't made a bad fist of it.
In this game his mistakes were out-weighed by his neat flick pass for the first try and his A grade pass for the second.
He's the sort of player who is going to make mistakes (a millionaire I called him) and you just hope his good stuff
exceed his blues.
I think they have.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 10/07/2007 4:25 PM
Souths have 5 players to choose from for the halves this season.  Jeremy Smith, Ben Rogers, Joe Williams, Beau Champion and Eddie Paea (Jersey Flegg half who did play one game last year)
 
I reckon Jeremy Smith would be the worst of these 5 but  I get the impression that JT rates Jeremy Smith at No 1.  I read a quote somewhere that Souths bought Wing to play at No 6 outside Jeremy Smith
 
Interesting that Souths average points per game has dropped since Williams got cut and Rogers brought in to No 6 with Smith shifted to No 7.  In this time I agree with Geoff that Rogers has done OK so it all points to Jeremy Smith being the problem.  Williams at No 7 and Rogers at No 6 would definitely strengthen Souths' attack and give Souths a decent goalkicker.  It would also weaken the defence but I think you would still gain more in attack than you lost in defence
 
I don't think either Williams or Rogers are great players but Smith is just awful.  But I am 100% confident he will be first bloke picked by JT for this week's game against Parra

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 10/07/2007 4:32 PM
Couldn't agree with you more. Smith obviously has photo's in his draw of something from the Eels days, cause JT is the only guy who rates him.
 
I though Williams was doing a good job, when they stumbled I though it was far more Smith than Williams. And Williams gives you far more in attack, prior to being dropped he had the most 40/20 kicks, has length with his kicking game, has some speed and skill. And can kick goals. Agree, won't happen but I'd love to see the Williams / Rogers combination given a chance.

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From: wily Sent: 10/07/2007 8:20 PM
Guys,
Williams was playing good footy but all of a sudden we changed our style of play and he stopped running the ball.
The first 3 or 4 games saw us having deep attack in both backs and forwards. the forwards were deep and Williams was doing the plays. The were running off him and quite often he and Smith were on the same side of the field. A rarity in tosdays game.
 
After we go belted by the dogs we reverted to this crap dummy half distribution and flat backline stuff. Joey went down.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 12/07/2007 12:41 PM

Kidwell has staph infection

 

A POTENTIALLY deadly golden staph infection has crushed David Kidwell's bid to return for South Sydney this year.

The devastating news of Kidwell's setback emerged just hours after Rabbitohs coach Jason Taylor had addressed senior players on the club's decision to dump former New Zealandstar Joe Galuvao to the Queensland Cup.

After injuring his left knee in a freak accident while playing with daughter Zali in April, Kidwell
was expected to miss the rest of the season.

But the inspirational Rabbitohs co-captain never lost sight of returning to help break Souths' 18-year finals absence.

Kidwell was on track to begin running again two weeks ago, when doctors noticed unusual "swelling and hardness" in his injured knee.

The condition was quickly diagnosed as a golden staph infection - the ailment that saw St George-Illawarra back rower Dean Young miss the entire off-season's training.

"It was caused by the screw in the knee and the doctors had to operate to take out the screw," Kidwell, 30, said.

"They diagnosed the infection as golden staph and I'm still on antibiotics. It's another setback and there's basically nothing I can do about it.

"I'll just have to keep going and hope to be back in time for next year."

While he was not relying on Kidwell to return this year, Taylor explained the Kiwi star's positive effect on his younger men.

"David was training with a few of the younger guys who are out with knee injuries and he was having a really good effect by showing them the value of not giving up, of ripping in," Taylor said.

"His attitude in trying to make it back was rubbing off on everyone else."

Taylor also confirmed that he addressed his players about Galuvao, who will fly this morning to Queensland, where he will play out the year with feeder side Brisbane Easts.

"We had a meeting with the senior players, we wanted to let everyone know where it was at with Joe," he said.

"When things like this go down, the players want to be kept in the loop."

Asked if Galuvao - who is on a $350,000-a-year contract - was in his future plans, Taylor replied: "No, no he is not. As I explained to the guys today, I expected Joe to be in the top 17 every week.

"His form has not warranted that to the point where other younger players have overtaken him."

But Galuvao said last night that he would not quit the club, despite the strain of weekend travel on his young family.

"I've made a decision - and those are the consequences," the former New Zealand international said.

"This is my reality now and I've just got to live with it."


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« 2008-Nov-29, 08:34 AM Reply #51 »
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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 15/07/2007 8:40 PM
Same from Souths again.  Defence fine but attack terrible
 
How many goes does Jeremy Smith get?
 
Jaiman got injured which might mean Souths are about to start a winning run again

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 16/07/2007 6:51 PM
KingMug, or others, how has Williams been going through recent weeks? I see Smith has a charge against him that will probably cost him 1 week, I wonder if Williams gets a go at 7. As I said last week, I'd like to see Williams and Rogers given a run together.

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From: wily Sent: 16/07/2007 6:54 PM
From reports I read Williams had a strong attacking game on the weekend.
 
Personally, I'd play him with Vagana as 5/8th but Rogers will be persevered with. Rightfully to some degree

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 16/07/2007 11:06 PM
I don't see any of the Norths Premier League games so don't know how Williams is going presently
 
But anyone would have to be better than Jeremy Smith
 
I see that if he contests the charge and loses he will still only cop 1 week.  So he might contest it.  Hopefully he does cop the week
 
Jaiman Lowe was also injured yesterday so Souths might get to play without Jeremy and Jaiman next week.  I would be happy to see that

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 17/07/2007 4:26 PM
I hope Williams is brought up or even Beau Champion.
 
We re-signed Champion for 2 more years so let's play him!
 
Plus, was shocked to read we haven't signed Isaac Luke for next year. Hope something is done very soon.......

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 17/07/2007 4:35 PM
Where did you read that about Isaac Luke?  From what I have read he is signed for 2008 and possibly 2009 as well

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 17/07/2007 5:01 PM
It was in Sundays Sun Herald.
 
If I cannot find the link I will scan the article here....

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 17/07/2007 5:03 PM
Loved JT's dummy spit on the weekend.

In keeping with rubbing it in singing the team song during Smith's press conference when they had that fluky win over the Knights. Awful winners, and bad losers to boot.

Pride of the League?

You gotta be kidding me.

They are an embarrassment.

Funny no mention of it on this post until now.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 17/07/2007 5:04 PM
Meet the Class of '07 headed for top</HEADLINE>
 
Isaac Luke

Isaac Luke
Photo: Getty Images

 
South Sydney's Issac Luke is one of several rookies emerging as the game's next big names, writes Adrian Proszenko.</WOFF><BOD> 

ISSAC Luke has the hands of a pianist. Literally. The hands you see distributing the ball to his South Sydney teammates are equally adept at gliding along a baby grand.

But as far as football goes, it was the rest of his body - or lack thereof - that was the problem. He was a winger in the lower grades at the Bulldogs and the Belmore club didn't think he would make the grade because of his spindly 70-kilogram frame.

"I was a stick," he said. "They thought I was too small. If I wanted to further my career I had to go somewhere else. I had a problem with that in New Zealand and it's stuck in my head ever since."

However, Junior Kiwi Luke caught the eye of one discerning talent scout when he came to Australia a few years ago. Bulldogs recruitment officer Mark Hughes saw something in lightweight Luke and took him with him when he switched to the Rabbitohs.

It was a good move. Luke started eating and pumping iron. In a year, he put on 10kg. By the time he ran on to Olympic Park for his first-grade debut in round 12 against Melbourne last month, he was tipping the scales at 85kg.

"I'm just trying to get weight on so I can survive getting hit in the NRL," the hooker said.

His NRL debut was a blur, but one moment stuck in his mind.

"[Souths coach] Jason Taylor told me not to use up too much energy while I was waiting to come off the bench," Luke said.

"But by the time I got on and made one tackle I was gone."

In the five games since his debut, Luke has emerged as one of the finds of the season, with fellow rookies Luke Walsh, Israel Folau, Michael Jennings, Rangi Chase, Mitchell Pearce and Josh Morris.

In a South Sydney team struggling to score points, Luke has provided some much-needed spark. And, despite his slender frame, he doesn't mind smashing larger opponents , best exemplified by a colossal hit on rattled Sharks centre Ben Pomeroy.

"What he's done in a handful of games is there for everyone to see," Taylor said.

"He's enormously strong for his size. He has great speed. He's a real player of the future. I see him as being one of the best dummy-halves in years to come."

The 20-year-old is off contract at the end of the season and rival clubs are circling. However, the Rabbitohs are hopeful he'll remain at Redfern, despite the impending arrival of prodigal son and fellow hooker Craig Wing next season.

Luke's agent, Gavin Orr, is hopeful of negotiating a two-year contract extension. "He likes them and they like him, so he'll probably end up staying," Orr said.

Luke was coached by his father George in a local team at Taranaki, but moved to Wellington to further his career. There, he played in a local under-16s side - the equivalent of our S.G. Ball competition - which included current or soon-to-be first-graders Simon Mannering, Sam Tagataese, Sika Manu and Tim Natusch. They were not beaten often.

When he wasn't playing footy he was playing piano, guitar or bass guitar - "if you can play the piano you can play anything" - either with mates or with his uncle Joe's band, Bluntside.

"I like to go back to the '70s, listen to old bands like the Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Dire Straits," he said. "I get really into that.

"We started our own band back home but didn't make much progress because we all had different thoughts about our careers.

"Last year I worked at Rebel Sport and did a course to become a podiatrist. I was thinking about stuff if I got injured or for after footy. But the more I thought about it, I really liked music. I want to become a musician [after football]."

For now, he'll be entertaining packed stadiums with his sporting talents rather than his musical ones. There's still much to achieve in rugby league - a permanent spot in first grade, a starting hooking role, maybe even a Kiwis jersey down the track.

His immediate focus is on helping South Sydney make the finals for the first time since 1989. That would be music to the ears of Souths fans.

Rangi Chase
Mark Gasnier's switch from the centres to five-eighth may have hit a second roadblock, as Chase wants to make the pivot spot his own.

Dragons coach Nathan Brown: "He's a player that causes plenty of threat and there's plenty of points in him. He's hard for opposition defences to handle. He's becoming more patient."

Luke Walsh
Andrew Johns rates him as a halfback of enormous potential. Enough said.

Knights coach Brian Smith: "From the moment he stepped into first grade we've looked like a team with some real potential, particularly in our attack. He's a natural at halfback. Andrew Johns is excited about the prospect of him being our halfback."

Isaac de Gois
The former Tigers hooker is providing the Sharks with some spark.

Sharks coach Ricky Stuart: "He adds that extra dimension for us in attack with his speed out of dummy half and Isaac is also a very strong defender. In no way being disrespectful to him, but it's probably fair to say that he is far more important to our team than we would have thought at the beginning of the season."

Source: The Sun-Herald</BOD>


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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 17/07/2007 5:50 PM
Gus Gould reckons JT's dummy spit was great for League

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 17/07/2007 8:58 PM
I think the panel agreed prefering though not such foul language.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 17/07/2007 10:50 PM
Merritt at 1
Paea at 7
Sutton back in backrow
Luke to start at 9
 
Webb out for the yr with injury from Eels game.

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From: Geoff Sent: 17/07/2007 10:55 PM
Yeah, maybe you're right, coinswill.
They are an absolute embarrassment to the code.
Every time you turn around there's headlines about how they are raping and pillaging around the town.
They are are disgrace.
They are an abomination.
The game would be better off without them.
Let's chuck 'em out of the comp.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 18/07/2007 12:13 AM
Looks like Joe Williams will never play first grade for Souths again

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 18/07/2007 12:30 PM
Fair comment Geoff.

I am not sure if you are referring to the Nathan Merritt rubbish accusing selectors of racism when not selected for a rep team earlier this year or perhaps some other incident.

My lament is that guys like Churchill when he was coach and Sattler was captain with Coote, McCarthy, Pittard, O'Neill, Walters, Branigan, Simms, James, Moses, Grant, Piggins, Stevens etc. would not have disrespected their opponents like that and carried on in that way off the field.

And they had a lot more to brag about.

Maybe I am getting too old.

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« 2008-Nov-29, 08:35 AM Reply #52 »
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From: Geoff Sent: 18/07/2007 12:45 PM
Touch wood, but Souths is the last club that deserves a shellacking for off-field conduct over the past 4-5 years.  

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 18/07/2007 1:24 PM
C'mon Geoff - they are no better than other clubs for off-field behaviour and probably worse than most.

For example:

Remember Roy Bell? Why is he no longer with the club? Or Mick Moran for that matter?

I also seem to recall Ben Rogers getting into a spot of bother with the plod.

While we're on the subject, didn't Yileen Gordon made a mug of himself on a harbour cruise put on by St. Russell, to the point where he was nearly dragged off the boat by the security staff.

Maybe that was why St. Peter so keen to introduce an alcohol ban at the club last year.

And wasn't there that unsavoury business with Bryan Fletcher involving tickets to the Charity Shield?





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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 18/07/2007 1:29 PM
roflmao
 
40 - love, new balls please.

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From: Geoff Sent: 18/07/2007 1:48 PM
Nah, those are boys will be boys incidents.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegintara™ Sent: 18/07/2007 5:46 PM
Looks like you well and truely ran onto that hospital ball Geoff

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From: wily Sent: 18/07/2007 6:52 PM
Fletcher learnt that stuff at the Rorters and Rogers is a Panther

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Given Taylor's comments Paea at 7 may well be for more than a week. The kid sounds promising, lets hope he gets support.

c/ Syd Morning Herald

"I'm hoping we may find a little bit more through these young guys. It's just time to give them the opportunity."

Paea played one game from the bench last year but after impressing in premier league and Jersey Flegg this year, Taylor will give him his run-on debut in a squad boasting eight Souths juniors.

His chance comes with incumbent half Jeremy Smith suspended, but Taylor said the 19-year-old Paea had the opportunity to play first-grade for the rest of this season and beyond.

"Everybody here has been pretty excited about him," Taylor said. "He can play the halfback or five-eighth spot for a long time to come.

"There's no reason why he couldn't make one of those positions his own. The next step in his development is to show us what he can do in first grade."


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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 19/07/2007 12:06 PM
Coins and Geoff

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 19/07/2007 3:10 PM
I hope Paea steps up this weekend and shows he is worthy of a permanent first grade position.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegintara™ Sent: 19/07/2007 6:13 PM
Is he related to any of the Paea's from Easts? and I think one is now on the Gold Coast? If so how many of them are there?
 
I'm not sure if this is the kid, but I did some work awhile back at Erskinville were the Rabbits train and it was absolutely teeming down with rain, one young bloke who looked to be a 1/2, 5/8 (I didn't recognise him) was out in the rain practicing his general kicking and shots at goal for about 1 1/2 hours, I was soaked but I was also impressed that he was still out there on his own doing the training

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 19/07/2007 9:24 PM
No hard feelings - as an interloper just like to stir things up in the burrow occasionally. Cheers.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 22/07/2007 10:00 PM
From: <NOBR>NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69</NOBR> Sent: 19/07/2007 1:10 PM
I hope Paea steps up this weekend and shows he is worthy of a permanent first grade position.
 
Played fantastic in his NRL first grade starting debut.
 
Hope JT keeps this team together next week.
 
Great win from the boys and hope we can continue and make a run for the Semi's.

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Rookie Luke saves the day

Rookie Luke saves the day
Close shave ... Souths' Nathan Merritt charges for the tryline in the Rabbitohs' hare-raising 20-14 win over the Cowboys yesterday. Photograph: Phil Hillyard / The Daily Telegraph
 

SOUTH SYDNEY 20 COWBOYS 14

TYRO South Sydney hooker Issac Luke grew up tackling goalposts and bashing bullies in front of their parents to teach them a lesson.

After he blitzed North Queensland yesterday, it was announced he had secured his future with a new two-year Rabbitohs contract.

The 20-year-old from rough-and-tumble Hawere in New Zealand had scored the try that put Souths in front for the final time as they got serious about finals aspirations with a 20-14 victory at Telstra Stadium.

"It gives me a boost . . . to realise that someone who was brought up like that actually got a crack and can maybe have a future," said the man who dazzled the Cowboys in only his seventh first grade game.

"That's what I've tried to work on, being a positive role model for young ones from my area. I'm trying to pick them up and take them places."

Eighty kilogram Luke, who admitted in interviews to punching out bullies in front of their parents who tried to pick on him and his siblings and who honed his defensive style running headlong at goalposts, recalled: "My dad's mate, he was a bit of a boofhead when he was young and he thought I was a boofhead too. He used to tackle goalposts. He thought he'd give me a go at it and see how I went. Sometimes I'd go through them, just the wooden ones."

Whatever he did, it worked.

 "We've got to keep his feet on the ground but he's a superstar in my opinion, Issac Luke," coach Jason Taylor said. "I thought he was the difference at times between the two teams."

The Rabbitohs had to come from behind and rely on a little bit of luck yesterday to outlast North Queensland, whose chances went down the drain with captain Johnathan Thurston's forward pass to winger Ashley Graham with seven minutes left.

It was 8-4 to the Bunnies at halftime, fullback Matt Bowen's 42nd minute try putting North Queensland on the road to what seemed an inevitable victory.

But after pestering the Cowboys with little breaks and back-slamming defence throughout, Luke scored a wonderful try in the 56th minute just when four vital points seemed to have been butchered.

He handled in the lead-up only for replacement Shane Rigon to be bundled over the eastern touchline. Somehow, Rigon off-loaded infield for Luke, who ducked under two tacklers and took Graham across the line with him.

Four minutes later, five-eighth Ben Rogers took a heady pass from David Fa'alogo standing out of a scrum and raced half the length of the field to touch down.

Chief executive Shane Richardson said Luke had agreed to terms for another two years.

Halfback Thurston was easily his side's best player but he blamed himself for the defeat, citing the Graham pass and kicking the ball into the back of Justin Smith before the fateful scrum which led to Rogers' try.

Of the pass, Thurston said: "I thought it was a penalty, I threw it that (far) forward. I don't know what was going through my head. It was pretty disappointing. It would have put us in front and it really would have hurt Souths.

"I'm normally pretty composed in those situations. I saw it hit Ash around the knees."

Of the kick, he lamented: "I should have just took the tackle. It was tackle four. It was just a bit of a brain explosion. I kick it into his back, they score off it. If I had been tackled it would have been a different result."

Taylor was also pleased with his decision to pick Nathan Merritt at fullback in place of David Peachey.

Luke, meanwhile, said the idea of playing for New Zealand at the end of the year represented "a dream since I was a kid".

SOUTH SYDNEY 20 (E Paea I Luke B Rogers tries N Merrit 4 goals) NORTH QUEENSLAND 14 (M Bowen A Graham S Minto tries J Thurston goal) at Telstra Stadium. Referee: S Clark. Crowd: 10,022.


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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 23/07/2007 12:28 PM
When it says Luke has agreed to terms for 2 years is that like Steve Turner and the Gold Coast?

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From: wily Sent: 23/07/2007 12:46 PM
The kids a champ in the making.
 
God, he hit hard in defense

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 23/07/2007 12:49 PM
 Gee I hope not.........but who wouldn't wanna play in that forward pack?
 
Asotasi and Cusack were outstanding again yesterday as was Merritt at full back!

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 23/07/2007 3:53 PM
Souths 2007 win strike rate with Jaiman Lowe playing 22%
 
Souths 2007 win strike rate without Jaiman 67%
 
Souths 2007 win strike rate with Jeremy Smith playing 41%
 
Souths 2007 win strike rate without Jeremy 100%

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 23/07/2007 4:53 PM
 
Now if we can only get these stats to JT.......

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From: Geoff Sent: 23/07/2007 5:24 PM
What's the % for Kidwell?

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 23/07/2007 5:30 PM
Pretty simple games isn't it? Get the right mix of skill and speed at 9,7, 6 and 1, a few big boppers up front, make sure you teach the rest how to tackle and bob's your uncle!!!

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 23/07/2007 11:10 PM
Souths win strike rate with Kidwell 75%
 
Souths win strike without Kidwell 36%

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From: Geoff Sent: 23/07/2007 11:15 PM

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From: BurntToast Sent: 23/07/2007 11:25 PM
Now it looks like I'm going to have to put up with the wife being a Bunnies supporter for the next couple of years at least, lol... our two boys are named Izak and Luke, at least this guy looks as though he's going to develop into a good player :)

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 24/07/2007 6:40 PM

Peachey back to premier

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LEAGUE legend David Peachey will play in premier league for the first time in 12 years on Friday night.

The veteran fullback will play for South Sydney's feeder club North Sydney after being overlooked for selection in the NRL team for the second successive week.

Peachey told The Daily Telegraph at Erskinville Oval this afternoon that he is intent on doing "whatever it takes" to finish his celebrated career in first grade.

 "I had a chat with coach Jason Taylor this morning and he told me the only way I was going to get back into first grade was by playing premier league,'' Peachey said.

 

The Daily Telegraph


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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 24/07/2007 6:44 PM
Rabbitohs team for round 20

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the Gold Coast Titans in round 20 of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Saturday 28 July at 7.30pm at Telstra Stadium.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. Nathan Merritt
2. Fetuli Talanoa
3. Nigel Vagana
4. Shannon Hegarty
5. Paul Mellor
6. Ben Rogers
7. Eddie Paea
8. Peter Cusack (c)
9. Issac Luke
10. Roy Asotasi (c)
11. John Sutton
12. David Fa’alogo
13. Dean Widders

Interchange:

14. Shane Rigon
15. Luke Stuart
16. Shannan McPherson
17. Scott Geddes


Coach – Jason Taylor


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From: NineMSN NicknameBundynVain Sent: 28/07/2007 11:58 PM
GLORY
GLORY

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From: Geoff Sent: 29/07/2007 12:15 AM
Frankly, I looked at the clock with 19 minutes to go and said "that's it, we're gone"
 
We had had plenty of opportunities but as soon as we got within 20 metres from
the line we seemed bereft of ideas.
 
The win shouldn't mask this problem, but a win's a win, and winners are grinners.
 
and I'm grinning.

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From: BurntToast Sent: 29/07/2007 7:22 AM
I didn't watch the game, but just wondering if you guys are still happy with the new 7 and 9... trying to figure out where money boy Craig Wing is going to fit into this side next year... 5/8th?

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 29/07/2007 8:41 AM
Yes Geoff, has been a problem all yr, looked like it was going to cost you this one as it has a number of others (what to do through the last 20).
 
Good question BT, after backing the two kids who makes way for Wing? A 5/8 he aint, and on the freight he's on a premier league player he aint either.

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From: arakaan Sent: 29/07/2007 11:30 AM
souths are a disgrace and should be booted from the comp again.
 
 
p.s I might have a blurred judgement afer giving 6.5 start and watching them turn down an easy shot for field goal on the last tackle of the match.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 29/07/2007 11:39 AM
Yes I was dirty that I missed out on the odds of 5-1 when they only won by 6 pts.

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From: wily Sent: 29/07/2007 12:49 PM
Toasty,
 
The #9, Luke, is fantastic and going very well.
 
the #76 will sit nicely wiith ingy next year. Paea isn't up to it at this stage.
 
We still need to find a 5/8th as Rogers is an imposter. He has some good skills but that is massively outweighed by the crap mistakes and las=ck of control that he offers

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 30/07/2007 8:20 PM
Fa'alogo charged with striking

RABBITOHS back rower David Fa’alogo has been charged with striking by the NRL match review committee following Souths 20-14 win over the Titans on Saturday night.


Fa’alogo was hit with a grade one striking charge for his involvement in a tackle on Titans prop Ian Donnelly in the 17th minute of the round 20 match at Telstra Stadium.


The offence carries a base penalty of 125 points but with an early guilty plea the Kiwi international will receive 93 points, as he has no prior offences, which means he will escape suspension (100 points = a one game suspension).


South Sydney will decide whether to accept the charge or fight it by tomorrow morning.


The only other player charged by the NRL match review committee following seven of the eight games played in round 20 so far was Bulldogs captain Andrew Ryan.


The NSW Origin representative was charged with a grade two careless high tackle for his hit on Dragons prop Jason Ryles in the 16th minute of the match won 28-24 by the Bulldogs on Saturday night at WIN Stadium.

The offence carries a base penalty of 125 points and Ryan receives a 20 per cent grading because of a similar offence in the last two years.

The Bulldogs back rower already has 62 carry over points and with an early guilty plea he will receive another 112 points.


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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 1/08/2007 9:29 PM
Field of Dreams - Daily Telegraph Article Wednesday 1 August

The following article was written by Marcus Casey for Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper regarding the upcoming documentary South Side Story, being broadcast each Tuesday night at 8pm for six weeks starting Tuesday 7 August on ABC-TV:

The story of the South Sydney rugby league club is an epic tale, loaded with compelling twists and turns.

The league's most successful club falls on lean times, is kicked out of the league, claws its way back into the competition in a fierce legal battle, then falls on hard times again.

Two saviours appear - one the Hollywood star Russell Crowe, the other a millionaire, Peter Holmes a Court, with a background in theatre and agriculture - offering to buy the club for $3 million.

This splits the administration, with club stalwart George Piggins fighting them all the way, until March 19 last year when the would-be owners scraped home in a club member vote.

It's at that point a documentary crew began following the new owners around as they rebuilt the club according to their particular vision.

The South Side Story series, beginning on the ABC next week, will follow the fortunes of the Rabbitohs to the end of this season.

The new owners are the focus of the first two episodes, then the team becomes the main game.

The story of the ownership battle is well covered and both sides are told - while Piggins did not take part, some members of his camp did.

Holmes a Court is quick to point out this is not their project, but one controlled by Beyond Productions and the ABC.

When Donald Trump makes a reality show, he's the executive producer and his daughter is the assistant producer, so it's a completely controlled show," the Souths executive chairman says.

"But when it's the ABC, it means we have no editorial control at all. This is a look into our world and the things we're trying to achieve, but it was a nerve-racking thing.

"We're exposed and some people won't understand where we're coming from, just as some people misunderstood us when we took over," he says.

Their arrival was a major culture shock for the working-class club. We see honest reactions from various staff members to all these new ideas, and one even observes that the pair occasionally need to be reigned in.

Crowe was extensively interviewed in his home office at 2.30am one morning - an exclusive peek into his private world. In another scene, viewers see a team bonding session where Crowe declares that the team must love each other as family to succeed.

"The thing that will make the difference is love .... accepting the brotherhood," he declares during a speech.

He then leads by example by telling Dean Widders that he loves him and why - and orders the players to pick a teammate out and tell them why they love them.

Holmes a Court says this approach was crucial for the integrity of the six-part series.

"I think people will form their own opinions as to whether Russell and I are taking this is as a toy [as suggested at one point] because it is not a toy," he says.

"It's something we take very seriously and work incredibly hard on.

Was there a culture shock when we walked in? Sure.

"Russell and I have worked for different organisations at different speeds and we have incredibly high, even unrealistically high expectations at all times from everybody.

"We came into an organisation that just didn't have the resources for that to be even thought about.

Survival was being thought about the whole time and we came in and said, 'We'll give you what you need but you need to perform at an incredibly high level from now on'. That's going to create a heap of tension, of course it does."

But in the end it's about footy.

Jason Taylor is brought in as coach and big stars are signed as the Rabbitohs prepare for what has become their most successful year in more than a decade.

"There was a period that I wanted to do my job without a film crew always being there, but I got used to them after a while and so did the players," says Taylor.

"So people are going to get a real inside view of how things operate on a day-to-day basis at Souths. I think rugby league supporters will be fascinated by what they'll see going behind the scenes."

* South Side Story, Tuesday, ABC, 8pm

MARCUS CASEY - Daily Telegraph - Wednesday 1 August


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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 1/08/2007 9:30 PM
Rabbitohs Team for Round 21

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the Penrith Panthers in round 21 of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Saturday 4 August at 7.30pm at CUA Stadium. Coach Jason Taylor has named the same side which defeated the Gold Coast Titans 20-14 in round 20.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. Nathan Merritt
2. Fetuli Talanoa
3. Nigel Vagana
4. Shannon Hegarty
5. Paul Mellor
6. Ben Rogers
7. Eddie Paea
8. Peter Cusack (c)
9. Issac Luke
10. Roy Asotasi (c)
11. John Sutton
12. David Fa’alogo
13. Dean Widders

Interchange:

14. Shane Rigon
15. Luke Stuart
16. Shannan McPherson
17. Scott Geddes

Coach – Jason Taylor


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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 2/08/2007 12:30 PM
Not good enough.

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From: Geoff Sent: 2/08/2007 12:54 PM
This is a strange tread on which to post a self-appraisal, Matt.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 2/08/2007 1:20 PM

Crowe advocates free love

Article from: The Courier-Mail

 

By Bernie Pramberg

August 02, 2007 12:00am

GLADIATORIAL movie star Russell Crowe introduced a "love-in" to South Sydney's early-season training in an attempt to inject passion to the battling team.

Crowe, part-owner of the club with multi-millionaire businessman Peter Holmes a Court, told the players "love will make the difference" and then singled out forward Dean Widders for a hug.

"I love you, Dean Widders," said Crowe, who went on to extol the virtues of the footballer.

"I totally, fundamentally believe this (love) is my core," the actor told the players.

"The thing that will make the difference is love . . . actually accepting the family environment, the brotherhood. I don't see everything has to be about crash, bash and negativity. We're going to achieve a lot more if you actually have higher ideals."

The Rabbitohs bonding session makes interesting viewing in the second episode of the ABC documentary South Side Story that debuts on Tuesday night. The six-part series follows behind-the-scenes developments within the famous club as it reinvents itself under private ownership.

Holmes a Court yesterday admitted he and Crowe had "taken some risks" and used unconventional methods to revitalise the club.

"We were prepared to talk to the players about some things that were relatively unconventional," he said. "You mention the word 'love', and it's a pretty charged word.

"But it's the best word for what these guys feel for each other after playing together and going through what they do. We had to establish bonds and build attitude quickly to become competitive."

Holmes a Court – who admitted the first year of ownership had been much more difficult than he envisaged – said the players had responded well to a cultural change.

"It has been an extraordinary experience in that regard, when you think about the clash of cultures that has come. We've dressed our guys in Italian suits and they've embraced that whole concept," he said.

"Their involvement in the community has increased dramatically, and we've not had an incident of misbehaviour off the field.

"We think the players are the stars and should be celebrated.

"It's giving them respect as sports people and they've embraced that. We started the ball rolling, but now it's in the hands of the players and coach.

"Only yesterday the players had a function with 50 former players for a few beers and a chat on what it means to play for Souths. That initiative came from the present players."

Holmes a Court, Souths executive chairman, said the club had been operating on an annual budget of about $9.5 million until this season, when almost twice that much was needed to be successful.

"To be a really top team it's probably closer to $20 million," he said.   

Souths has a strong supporter base in Queensland (22 per cent of club membership), but Holmes a Court said relocation was not an option.

"Our club has a real sense of place. It's about the heart of South Sydney around Redfern."


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From: Geoff Sent: 4/08/2007 10:19 AM
From: <NOBR>MSN NicknameKingMug2</NOBR> Sent: 8/4/2007 12:41 AM
A Roy Morgan poll on rugby league supporters by club
 

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From: vorogue Sent: 4/08/2007 11:22 AM
John Sattler is not impressed LOL
 
Cuddly Crowe's a big wimp
APPALLED Souths hardman John Sattler has blasted Russell Crowe's method of boosting Rabbitohs players' morale with hugs and declarations of love, branding it "bulls**t". Watch Rusty's hug-in and vote now in our poll on league love-fests. Then meet the babes battling to score on the rugby field. / The Daily Telegraph More

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 5/08/2007 9:26 AM
Bit quite in here today?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 5/08/2007 10:35 AM
Come on you Rabbits, it's only a game of footy.
 
What went wrong?
 
Just blame the ref, everyone else does.  Most times they are right.
 
The officials are getting worse .

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 5/08/2007 11:31 AM
I honestly think the ref Badger had a big bearing on the game last night.  Refereed Penrith back into it when Souths were up 10-0 and then bizarrely starting giving Souths penalties for no reason in the last 10 minutes when it was all over. 
 
Souths have won 1 game from 10 under Badger and as he is a Souths juniors ref I think he overcompensates in Souths games and goes a bit hard on them to ensure in his own mind he is not biased
 
But the bottom line is every team in the comp probably has one ref they go poorly under.  Souths attack has been terrible all year and is the worst in the comp.  You cannot make the top 8 with the worst attack (or the worst defence)
 
Having watched the Parra v Manly and Bulldogs v Parra games in the last week I can tell that those games were played at a much higher standard than what Souths have performed at all year.  Throw in Melb of course and a few others and Souths at this time of year are just not up to the level of these top teams
 
At least Souths have improved their defence a lot this year.  They need to improve their attack next year
 
Maybe Russell and Peter can go down the NFL path and bring in a new innovation to NRL.  Have a defensive coach (JT) and an offensive coach (someone else)

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 5/08/2007 1:49 PM
Fair to say Souths handling last night was shocking, something that Badger didn't manage for them. 55% completions is terrible, they didn't have a play the ball in the oppositions last 20 in the first 30 mins of the 2nd half. All obviously a reflection of a poor night where the attidute and motivation wasn't what it should have been. Big game next wk at WIN v Dragons, I'm sure they'll be back up for that and it'll be a nice test as to who is a semi contender.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 5/08/2007 2:18 PM
Yes Souths handling was terrible but I think it was partly a consequence of Badger
 
Souths handling was fine early but from the 20 minute mark to the 60 minute mark Penrith had 67% possession.  In this time Badger gave most penalties to Penrith which helped their possession rate increase.  But even more importantly I don't think he had consistent 10m for the defence.  Result was that Penrith was making easy yards and Souths burning petrol running back quickly.  Souths then had little energy left when they had the ball and I think this led partly to the poor handling.  The scoreline during this period was 26-6
 
But the thing is these things do even out over a season.  Souths got a very good run from the referee against the Warriors and still could not win the game.  If Souths were an above average side they would have beaten the Warriors that day.  But they are not and so lost that game

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 5/08/2007 2:51 PM
I watched the match and Souths didn't turn up with the same enthusiam they had showed in defence. They allowed a terrible side to put 32 on them.
 
They will need to lift their game at WIN where they have not won since 1989 and have only won five times since 1982. Recent history against Saints is not good either with their last win (and only win against STI) in 1999.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 5/08/2007 3:15 PM
 - I missed the game as I worked last night.
 
All I had was the ABC's coverage and they were saying that Matt Cross's try was a double movement and that Isaac Luke had scored near the end of the match.......can someone please give me their opinion on these decisions?
 
I'm still trying to come to terms with it all.........

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 5/08/2007 3:49 PM
Vedder, didn't see the Cross try, on the Luke one I wouldn't have given it.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 5/08/2007 3:52 PM
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From: Geoff Sent: 5/08/2007 4:26 PM
Badger sent the Cross try (sic) to the vidoe bloke with the question...Did the arm carrying the ball hit the ground ( before the line)?
 
The replay clearly showed it did yet inexplicably a try was given.
 
Nothing seems to have been said about the obvious (to me) forward pass from Pulatua for the first try.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 6/08/2007 3:28 PM
I heard Andrew Denton on the radio this morning.
Andrew is a Souths supporter but thought that Russel's love idea backfired in that the Rabbit player thought they also had to love the Penrith players.  Therefore they did'nt want to hurt them by tackling them.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 7/08/2007 12:30 AM
A Message from Roy Asotasi

First of all, on behalf of all of the players, I would like to thank the members and fans who made their way to Penrith on Saturday night to support us. There was a large contingent of Rabbitohs supporters at the game and I know all of the players really appreciate that type of support.

The result on Saturday night didn’t go our way and we know that we have to keep working hard and make sure that we keep our intensity levels up for the full 80 minutes if we are to challenge for a spot in the finals.

With four games left in the season, and our position on the competition ladder, we are confident that we can re-group after Saturday night’s loss to the Panthers and force our way into the top eight.

It all starts with this Saturday night’s game against the Dragons in Wollongong. They are a tough side to beat and when they play in Wollongong they seem to pick it up another gear, so we urge all Rabbitohs fans to get behind the boys for the last four games of the season and help us make it to the finals.

I can guarantee you that as a team we will be doing everything we can to win the last four games of the season and take that form into the semi finals. We want to get there and we’ll be doing everything we can to achieve that goal.

We hope you can join us on that ride and show your support for the Club and the team starting this Saturday night in Wollongong.

The players really appreciate all of the support you the members and fans have given us this year so far and we know that our season is nowhere near over yet. You can make a difference so please come out to the games in your red and green gear, make heaps of noise and spur on us to four wins in the last four competition games.

Again, thanks for your support, and up the Rabbitohs!

Roy Asotasi
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From: NineMSN NicknamePoisonPen7 Sent: 7/08/2007 1:48 AM
Now I wonder if Roy really wrote that....

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 7/08/2007 10:54 AM
With all respect to the Rabbit fans---What a heap of bullshit.

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From: Geoff Sent: 7/08/2007 11:59 AM
Why?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 7/08/2007 12:11 PM
To each their own but that is so much bull shit that it is funny.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 7/08/2007 12:12 PM
I agree Gratlog. Souths have always had a decent support base and I have no doubt that they will turn up at WIN with their season on the line. They have in past years with no semi final spot on the line.
 
This is a little desperate.

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From: vorogue Sent: 7/08/2007 1:08 PM
just a reminder, on ABC TV, premiers tonite 8pm and on at the same time for next 6 weeks every Tuesday
 


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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 7/08/2007 9:19 PM
Not sure what to make of the changes........
I thought Peachey would have been brought up and Merritt back onto the Wing.
 
Not happy with the ref as he doesn't mind blowing his whistle........
(Speaking of refs, apparently Badger has been dropped with Robinson back, good to see IMHO).
 
 
Rabbitohs team for round 22

August 7, 2007

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the St George Illawarra Dragons in round 22 of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Saturday 11 August at 7.30pm at WIN Stadium. The referee is Steve Clark.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. Nathan Merritt
2. Fetuli Talanoa
3. Nigel Vagana
4. Yileen Gordon
5. Paul Mellor
6. Joe Williams
7. 
Jeremy Smith
8. Peter Cusack (c)
9. Issac Luke
10. Roy Asotasi (c)
11. John Sutton
12. David Fa’alogo
13. Ben Rogers

Interchange:

14. Shane Rigon
15. Dean Widders
16. Luke Stuart
17. Michael Greenfield

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 7/08/2007 10:32 PM
Why the changes in the halves?

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 7/08/2007 10:33 PM
That was not bad.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 7/08/2007 10:43 PM
Jeremy Smith is his love child. Sutton and Rogers, two ball players in the forwards. Front 6 starts to lose the grunt they've had, but the Dragons will want to open the game up.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 7/08/2007 10:48 PM
Badger deserved his axing from top grade.  His performance last week was pitiful
 
Looks like JT has panicked a bit.  I mean Souths were only slight favs last week so losing should not have been a major surprise
 
I have a suspicion JT could not bring himself to promote Williams to first grade while leaving Smith in 2nds.  It would have indicated maybe JT got it wrong way back in Rd 11
 
I am surprised with what has happened.  I thought Williams was gone for next year (and even seemed banished from first grade).  If this is the case it seems strange to play him now.  I would have thought give Paea till the end of the year so we can get a good idea of what he has got for 2008.  If he looks OK then start with him in 2008, if not maybe try someone else
 
I don't like Gordon but someone had to come in for Hegarty
 
Williams is OK but will probably be feeling the pressure of trying to save his NRL career so might fold under the pressure.  But he is probably the best half Souths have at the moment (this does not say much for the strength of Souths halves but you have to make do with what you've got)
 
Smith has been useless in attack all year.  Has looked totally out of form.  I don't like to see him in the team
 
Greenfield started the year at Cronulla but got axed by Ricky Stuart and sent to park football.  Played a few games off the bench last year and was not very impressive
 
Rogers might be better suited to lock.  So that might be a plus.
 
So some of the changes are OK (Williams and Rogers) but some not so good (Smith and Greenfield)

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 7/08/2007 11:13 PM
It would appear JT is carefully selecting a side to give Saints every chance of winning.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 8/08/2007 9:19 PM
Almost One Million Tune into South Side Story Doco

Almost one million viewers nationwide tuned into the first episode of the groundbreaking six part documentary "South Side Story" on ABC-TV last night, with more than 1000 people tuning into the live audio webcast interview on www.souths.com.au following the documentary.

In an Australian sporting first, using state of the art technology provided by internet broadcaster Viocorp, www.souths.com.au broadcast a live video interview with Rabbitohs Executive Chairman Peter Holmes à Court from the Redfern Community Centre in the heart of Rabbitohs territory. To view the interview click on http://webcast.viocorp.com/live/viostream9690/lobby9690.html.<o:p></o:p>

Over the coming five weeks www.souths.com.au will broadcast an interview with a leading figure from each episode shortly after each episode airs.
“South Side Story” continues next week with the second episode ‘All you need is love’ on ABC-TV on Tuesday August 14 at 8pm.


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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 8/08/2007 9:26 PM
How are the crowd figures for their games?

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 8/08/2007 9:54 PM
Just like the TV ratings. They all said they watched it, they all say the go, they all say they marched, lol.
 
 
 
 
 
 
couldn't let that one pass

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 8/08/2007 10:00 PM
That is what I cannot understand about the Rabbits.
 
Their crowds are not what they should be.  Why?
 
Maybe it is where they play their games, but they might not have a choice.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 8/08/2007 10:41 PM
Gratlog what should Souths crowds be?  Why do you worry about Souths crowds?

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From: arakaan Sent: 8/08/2007 10:48 PM
KingMug
 
why do souths fans get so defensive when the word crowd is mentioned?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 8/08/2007 10:50 PM
Just asking a simple question. What sort of crowds do you get?
 
 
You would think that with all the crap you hear about this club and all their fans that they would have the largest home crowds.
Does'nt seem to be the case.
 
KM you sound like a lot of their fans and get very sensitive when anyone puts a questions up about this club.
 
At the risk of abuse did you vote yes or no for the club to be sold?
 
 

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From: Geoff Sent: 8/08/2007 10:57 PM
Gratlog
Got any idea what it costs for say a bloke to have, say, his wife and say three kids at a game these days?
 
I have a friend of approx 35,  a passionate supporter, whose wife is also one. They have one season ticket and whoever goes takes their two kids but they can't afford for both to go to every home game.
So he only gets there a couple of times a year.
 
They aren't struggling financially, but haven't got a lot of disposable income (even less after today's interest rate news.)
 
For some it is a very expensive exercise.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 8/08/2007 10:57 PM
You will always find a Souths supporter. They are seldom at matches.
 
Although moving to the elephant was probably the worst thing they could have done for their supporter base.
 
Imagine having to drive to a ground in the west of Sydney to wach your local side from the area you reside?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 8/08/2007 11:05 PM
Geoff,
 I understand completely. I certainly cannot afford to go to games and I reckon it is far cheaper to put foxtel on and watch it at home.
   Then again if that is the case NQ and Brisbane fans must have plenty of dough.
  I'm not having a shot at the club but just asking a question as I did'nt have a clue as to how many were turning up. lol It must be a sensitive issue with some.
   According to that show on TV last night  they have plenty of fans.

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From: arakaan Sent: 8/08/2007 11:05 PM
Homebush 15-20 mins from the CBD is the west of Sydney. Only a Lib could think that.

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From: Geoff Sent: 8/08/2007 11:10 PM
Originally I didn't support the move, but "things have changed"

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 8/08/2007 11:21 PM
I am quite familiar of where Homebush is Arakaan.
 
You know as well as I that suburbs such as Ashfield, Summer Hill etc are classed as inner west. You also know that Parra and surrounding areas are classed the west.
 
You know, "the battle of the west" when Penny play the Eels.
 
I class Lidcome as west as it was the home ground of the Western Suburbs Maggies.
 
Am I missing something? Now tell me Arakaan, how is Telstra, located in Sydney's west close to SOUTH SYDNEY?

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From: arakaan Sent: 8/08/2007 11:26 PM
well TCE Demographically and Geographically Homebush is East of the centre of Sydney.
 
So you use the Battle of the west as an example. I thought homebush was East of those two but I'll stand corrected.
 
I'm also glad you used the Maggies as your example. Tell me again Where was their final Base as they followed their name and how far is that from Homebush or Lidcombe?
 
Nothing like a Lib trying to justify themselves.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 8/08/2007 11:56 PM
Wow this is amazing
 
Gratlog asks me a question at the risk of abuse
 
Amazing again I say
 
Gratlog I have been behind Russell and Peter from the day they appeared on the scene.  If you watched the doco last night as you say you did then you would have seen that George Piggins and co had the philosophy that people should not get paid to play rugby league professionally but should have a day job.  As Phil Gould has said for the last few years Souths was an amateur club in a professional league.  If Russell and Peter had not arrived last year I honestly believe Souths might not have won a game this year and would have been pretty much finished and kicked out of the comp.
 
They don't even look like making the top 8 this year but it still looks like their best year since 1989.  Definitely their best since re entering the comp
 
Hope that was not too much abuse for you gratlog

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 9/08/2007 8:02 AM
Thanks
 
  I would'nt write them of this year yet and maybe they can give TCE's boys a touch up this week end.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 9/08/2007 10:26 AM
I doubt it.

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From: wily Sent: 9/08/2007 8:31 PM
From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 8/8/2007 8:57 PM
Imagine having to drive to a ground in the west of Sydney to wach your local side from the area you reside?

 

 

 

 

lollololo  god you're a tosser.

I mean that in the nicest possible way.

 

Forchrists sake man.

 

Imagine having to drive from Kogarah to the Gong to see a team that isn't even yours.....lolololoolooolol

 

 

You fool


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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 9/08/2007 8:53 PM
Wily, at least try and make your pot shots funny.
 
We also play from Kogarah, which is walking distance from my house and located in the St George area. We also have a home ground in the Gong which is in line with the word Illawarra.
 
Now where in SOUTH SYDNEY is Homebush?
 
And if it isn't my team who's team is it? Is it yours?

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From: wily Sent: 10/08/2007 8:16 PM
It isn't your team that plays at Kogarah. I though you supported a mob called St george. They folded a few years ago with 15 premierships to their name.
 
Some other mob play down at the gong and kogarah now days

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 11/08/2007 6:35 PM
you're a goose sometimes Wily.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 11/08/2007 11:42 PM
well done to the Bunnies tonight. Must admit though for two sides with their season on the line, the match wasn't as exciting as I would have hoped. However, Souths wanted the game more and deservedly won.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 12/08/2007 3:26 PM
I just saw a story in the paper about how Bomber McRae's new team in the English Super League Salford is running last

I have looked up the table and they are running 12th out of 12.  6 wins and 16 losses with 1 draw.  They have a negative For and Against of -349 and have let in 746 points in 23 games (about 32 points conceded per game).  Sound familiar?  Thank god we got rid of him 1 year before his contract ran out.  He probably would have had us coming last even with the new players

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« 2008-Nov-29, 08:42 AM Reply #58 »
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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 12/08/2007 3:37 PM
TCE, I agree. Well done to the Bunnies and it would be exciting if they can win a few more.

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From: arakaan Sent: 12/08/2007 3:40 PM
yeah I know when I think of english RL powerhouses the name Salford springs to mind.
 
and King Mug never let the facts get in the way of a good lynching.
 
Karl Harrison was sacked as first team coach on 22nd May 2007 [1] following a disastrous run of form that saw the Reds win just three games and draw another in the opening 16 rounds of the 2007 Season, and left them languishing at the bottom of the League Table with a meagre 7 points.
 
so since McRae took over they've won 3 from 7 after winning 3 from 16 beforehand. In these games were a 1 point loss to table toppers St Helens and a defeat of 3rd placed Bradford.
 
 
King Mug any comments?
 

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 12/08/2007 4:15 PM
I did not know that arakaan.  Thanks for that I take back what I said.  Bomber has obviously gone better than the previous coach there.  I assumed wrongly he had been in charge from game 1.
 
My mistake

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From: Geoff Sent: 12/08/2007 4:20 PM
Well done, KingMug.
 
but no more than one would expect from  a fellow supporter.

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From: wily Sent: 12/08/2007 7:23 PM
From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 8/11/2007 4:35 PM
you're a goose sometimes Wily.

 

 

 

Oh, I know that CE but to be fair I was only responding to the crap you spouted about our home ground.

 

throw stones my friend and you'll get something bigger come back at ya..........the truth


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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 12/08/2007 8:18 PM
Wily, tell me you would rather watch six matches at Redfern? I do understand that I do drive 50 minutes to see my home side but I still stay local 6 times a season. But they have merged, and it is at least still Saints. Without sounding sarcastic, you as much as anyone should know better. Each year when the two sides play it is the Bunnies that promote the history between the two clubs very strongly.
 
What really disappoints me is that I drive past Redfern Oval (or what once was Redfern Oval) on a regular basis and I wish that there was some way the ground could have been done up to accommodate twenty thousand.
 
At least the SFS is an understandable home ground for both Souths and the Roosters, but Homebush is a pseudo home ground.
 

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From: Geoff Sent: 12/08/2007 11:27 PM
homebush is fine.
 
No need for you to worry, CE

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 13/08/2007 1:30 PM
VS. Telstra Stadium 01.09.07
5:30PM
 
 
Well, it's almost as if the script was written. Rabbits play Roosters in the last round. The two clearly dislike each other, further inflamed this yr by Crowe's comments early on, then Wing's signing. What ever their placings this game will carry high expectation, little alone the fact now that they could both be playing for a possible semi spot with this game to decide who gets the Sept gig and who doesn't. 
 
Beautiful.

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From: NineMSN NicknamePoisonPen7 Sent: 13/08/2007 5:07 PM
Can't wait....

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 14/08/2007 7:04 PM
Rabbitohs Team for Round 23 Against Sea Eagles

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the Manly Sea Eagles in round 23 of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Monday 20 August at 7pm at Telstra Stadium. The referee is Sean Hampstead.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. Nathan Merritt
2. Fetuli Talanoa
3. Nigel Vagana
4. Yileen Gordon
5. Paul Mellor
6. Joe Williams
7. Jeremy Smith
8. Peter Cusack (c)
9. Issac Luke
10. Roy Asotasi (c)
11. John Sutton
12. David Fa’alogo
13. Ben Rogers

Interchange:

14. Shane Rigon
15. Dean Widders
16. Luke Stuart
17. Michael Greenfield

Coach – Jason Taylor


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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 14/08/2007 7:05 PM
South Side doco and webcast tonight

The second episode of South Side Story titled ‘All You Need is Love’ airs tonight on ABC-TV at 8pm across Australia.


Shortly after the episode www.souths.com.au will again broadcast a live video webcast interview with a leading figure associated with the documentary.


Tonight viewers are invited to email any questions they have in to the executive producer of South Side Story and the documentary’s makers Beyond Productions David Alrich.

Find out what it was like to follow Russell Crowe, Peter Holmes à Court and the Rabbitohs players around every day for six months, from late night think tank sessions to early morning training runs and everything in between.


Shortly after 8.30pm viewers will be able to start sending in their questions via email. Stay tuned to www.souths.com.au for the link.


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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 16/08/2007 6:16 PM
Joe Williams heading to France

THE future of Joe Williams has been decided with the news he will join French rugby league side Toulouse at the end of this season. The Rabbitohs five-eighth has signed a one-year deal with the club and said he is excited at the prospect of playing rugby league in another country.

“I could have waited around for a few more weeks and hope that another NRL club picks me up but there was a good offer on the table and I wanted to take it,” Williams, 24, told www.souths.com.au

“It was a good offer and a good opportunity for me and my family to continue my career and to experience another culture. I’m really looking forward to it. They play a winter competition in France so I’m going to head over there at the end of this season. Then I’ll be looking to play in the Super League when it starts early next year. It’s going to be a great challenge but I intend to make the most of it. I’ve really enjoyed my time with the Rabbitohs and I want to thank all the fans for their support. And I will be doing my utmost to ensure my time with South Sydney ends on the best possible note.”

Souths Chief Executive Shane Richardson was instrumental in getting Williams to France.

“The Club is very pleased for Joey,” he said.
“I made contact with an old friend of mine at the Club Carlos Zalduendo and they were very interested in Joey and the necessary arrangements were made. It’s a great opportunity for him and hopefully he can continue his career in the English Super League.

Toulouse have applied for entry into next year’s Super League competition.


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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 16/08/2007 7:02 PM
That South Side Story is'nt the greatest TV ever but I'm enjoying it. I recorded it and just watched it this afternoon.
  Peter Holmes a Court is a likeable bloke and a good word of advice that he spoke of is if people underestimate you , you have a large advantage over them. Oh so true.
 
    Should'nt judge a book by it's cover but R. Crowe does'nt impress me .
  I'm starting to worry as after watching this I'm starting to cheer the Bunnies onto a big finish.
 
  BTW What is the opinion of Taylor?    Comes accross on this show as a bit of a wimp but I've been told that is'nt true.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 19/08/2007 10:19 PM
One of the Souths fan websites is reporting that Faalogo has injured himself at training and Jaiman Lowe is in
 
The curse of the Jaiman gets another chance to strike (not that Souths will need any help losing when playing the form team of the last month Manly)

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 20/08/2007 10:58 PM
GLORY GLORY TO THE BULLDOGS

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« 2008-Nov-29, 08:43 AM Reply #59 »
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From: Geoff Sent: 20/08/2007 11:43 PM
From: <NOBR>MSN Nicknameloveabet</NOBR> Sent: 8/20/2007 9:21 PM
The NRl is a total farce. I have never seen a more one sided refing performance then that tonight. Letes get serious for a minute Souths are nothing but a glorified Jim Beam Cup team of misfits, They tonight were gifted the win by a ref who had backed them. Pride of the league my arse they shouldnt even be in the NRL

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From: Geoff Sent: 21/08/2007 12:02 AM
Sometimes I wonder about the sanity of some of my fellow human beings.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 21/08/2007 1:09 AM
Great to beat Manly.  The referee did favour Souths tonight I felt and it was good to see them convert this help into a win
 
I am still not sure how Souths got to 24 points.  Some of the attack in the first half was terrible
 
But the good thing is Souths just keep turning up to play every week and trying their best.  Hardly any games this year when they have not put in (unlike teams like the Raiders who don't even seem to try when playing away)

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 21/08/2007 9:23 AM
maybe the fact Manly were made to defend for 100 additional tackles took it's toll. I wish I could say Souths were great but I do feel the script was handed to the ref.

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From: Puntermatt Sent: 21/08/2007 10:03 AM
I don't rate Souths at all this year, but they have definitely got a raw deal from the ref on a few occasions prior to last night's match and were probably overdue for a night of calls going their way.

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From: Geoff Sent: 21/08/2007 10:37 AM
From: Puntermatt Sent: 21/08/2007 8:03 AM
they have definitely got a raw deal from the ref on a few occasions prior to last night's match and were probably overdue for a night of calls going their way.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 21/08/2007 5:20 PM
Widders hit with grapple tackle charge

Rabbitohs back-rower Dean Widders has today been hit with a contrary conduct charge, over an alleged “grapple tackle”, by the NRL judiciary following last night’s dramatic 24-18 win over Manly.


Widders has been charged with grade two contrary conduct – unnecessary head/neck/contact/pressure following a tackle in the 41st minute of the round 23 victory.


The base penalty for the charge is 225 points (100 points = a one match suspension).

There is a 20 per cent loading because Widders has been charged with a non-similar offence in the last two seasons.

With an early guilty plea plea that falls to 202 points. If Widders fights the charge and is found guilty he will receive 270 points.

The former Eel has 93 carry over points to be added to any charge.

South Sydney will decide whether to fight or accept the charge by tomorrow morning.

 

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From: Geoff Sent: 22/08/2007 2:38 PM
Bloody hell.......Melbourne have been doing this for ages, and who do they ping? .........A bloody Souths player.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 22/08/2007 2:58 PM
and Jason Ryles. The only man suspended for interference under Jim Hall.
 
This is a disgrace. Andrew Ryan is omitted for nearly knocking Ryles out in a sickening act of thuggery, Melbourne grapple all game, and lo and behold they ping Ryles and Widders.
 
Find it an absolute joke that they are trying to move the match from Leichhardt to Telstra. Funny how the Tele are right behind a move to Telstra and are complaining that fans will miss out.
 
As far as I am aware there are still tickets are there not? Fans will miss out when they try and get in at half past two for a three o'clock match.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 22/08/2007 2:59 PM
Ashley Harrison got 2 weeks when playing for Souths 2 years back too.  Not many others suspended for a grapple tackle before or since

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From: Geoff Sent: 22/08/2007 5:01 PM
What's all this malarky about not wanting to move the game from beloved Leichhardt Oval?
 
They've played more home games this year at Homebush than Leichhardt(2).

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From: BurntToast Sent: 22/08/2007 5:18 PM
Yes, rather strange that Widders and Ryles are the only ones suspended.... how many penalties were there for grapple tackles this week? I'm sure it was in double figures across all games - what's the difference between one that only deserves a penalty, and one that earns a suspension? Rather perplexing to say the least.

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From: arakaan Sent: 22/08/2007 7:46 PM
simple Geoff we will not be bowing down to the cashittohs little whiny CEO or owners.
 
We have an advantage at Leichhardt and tough luck to the bunny's they can whinge all they like.
 
And this 20,000 rabbits fans balony is hilarious. 13,000 on monday total including manly supporters with their season on the line. Guess they were all hiding.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 22/08/2007 10:16 PM
Widders found not guilty of grapple tackle

Rabbitohs backrower Dean Widders is free to play in Sunday's blockbuster against the Wests Tigers after being found not guilty of contrary conduct at the NRL judiciary tonight.

Widders was charged with grade two contrary conduct – unnecessary head/neck/contact/pressure following a tackle in the 41st minute of the Rabbitohs dramatic 24-18 win over the Sea Eagles on Monday night.

After a hearing that lasted over an hour at NRL headquarters at Moore Park the three-man panel of Don McKinnon, Bob Lindner and Royce Ayliffe took 30 minutes to consider the case before they delivered the not guilty verdict.

Widders said he was delighted with the result.

"I'm glad it's all over, it's good news and I'm very relieved," he said.

"I got a fair hearing and and I'm really looking forward to playing the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday in what is sure to be a great game."

Rabbitohs chief executive Shane Richardson praised the work of Widders's barrister Geoff Bellew.

"Geoff did a great job in Dean's defence and I want to thank him for that," Richardson said.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 22/08/2007 10:22 PM
They are kidding.

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« 2008-Nov-29, 08:45 AM Reply #60 »
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From: Geoff Sent: 22/08/2007 11:09 PM
If Leichhardt Oval is such a sacred site, how come they've only played two matches there this year?
 
I haven't counted, but my guess is they've played as many matches at Homebush than all their sacred sites, Leichhardt Oval, Pratten Park, Lidcombe Oval and Campbelltown combined.
 
Why not give their own (non season ticket holding) supporters a chance to see this match?

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From: arakaan Sent: 22/08/2007 11:33 PM
boo hoo geoff, still 5000 available this morning so plenty of people still had their chance to buy tickets and still 500 tonight. Just a bunch of whiny crap from the Cashittohs .
 
unlike souths the Wests Tigers still respect the roots which bore the club as opposed selling out completely to the almighty dollar as Souths now have.
 
We play 3 at Leichhardt, 3 at Campblltown and 6 at Telstra(or other stadiums who pay).
 
The money is needed no doubt and that's why it is split in half of tradition vs $$$.
 
With the cashittohs now it is all $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
 
but who cares when a team gets 13,000 fans combined playing team 2 in the comp on a night whch could decide the season, they deserve to not be listened too.
 
 
 

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From: Geoff Sent: 22/08/2007 11:43 PM
Wednesday night, and only 500 tickets left.
 
With the financial acumen on display here, you'd better look around for some other club to merge with.
 
The Saint George Dragons Illawarra Steelers Western Suburbs Magpies Balmain Tigers.
 
I like the sound of that.... I think it could catch on..

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From: arakaan Sent: 22/08/2007 11:52 PM
poor little bunny's. they don't like having to have a slash in the Glen Morrisson Memorial Dungeon Dunny.
 
Souths couldn't fill Leichhardt if they had 2 years too sell tickets.
 
it really must be an embaressment to follow a club who own fans won't turn up to watch them. No wonder they are so desparate to see a team who actually plays attacking football.
 
The panic has set in at bunnyland.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 23/08/2007 12:29 AM
South Sydney
home matches: 11
average crowd: 14,207
away matches: 10
average crowd: 16,842
 
 
Wests Tigers
home matches: 9
average crowd: 16,401
away matches: 12
average crowd: 17,497

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 23/08/2007 12:39 AM
What time are they announcing the shift of venue for this game?

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From: arakaan Sent: 23/08/2007 1:01 AM
2019.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 23/08/2007 3:12 AM
Tigers should be ashamed of themselves
 
Daily Telegraph: Tiny league fans - big loss

By James Phelps

August 23, 2007 12:00am

MEET some of the South Sydney fans locked out of Sunday's historic match between the Rabbitohs and Tigers.

The Lintmeijer children were not born in 1989 when Souths made their last finals appearance - nor in 1993 when their father played for the club - but they were hoping to be there this weekend with the Rabbitohs on the verge of making the play-offs.

The five Cronulla children will now watch on TV after Wests Tigers ignored a public plea to move from Leichhardt Oval, capacity 17,000, to Telstra Stadium - where it was predicted about 40,000 fans would turn up for the must-win match between two of rugby league's great rivals.

John Lintmeijer, a winger who played 12 games for Souths between 1991 and 1993, said he was disappointed with the decision.

"I can understand why the Tigers would want to keep the game at Leichhardt," the father of Jaxon, 8, Mackenzie, 6, Jett, 4, Keely, 2, and Tex, 4 months, said.

"It is a great historic ground but keeping it there means a lot of fans are going to miss out. You can't take kids on the hill when it is full and the rest is sold out.

"I played for Souths in the '90s and it would have been great to take the kids along and show them what it's all about.

"I wasn't fortunate enough to make the finals when I played but I am proud of the club."

Jaxon was upset at the prospect of missing the big-game.

"I'm pretty disappointed. But hopefully they will win and we can watch them in the finals," he said.

The sentiment was shared by thousands of Rabbitohs fans.

Remziye Sen-Moss hoped to take Cilli, 7, and Conrad, 3, to the match but won't travel to Leichhardt.

"My husband has been to games there and he said it is too old, crowded and cramped," she said.

"We are pretty disappointed they wouldn't move it but I think it comes back to jealousy.

"The kids will be disappointed."

Tigers CEO Steve Noyce last night defended Wests' decision to keep the game at Leichhardt.

"I understand we can't keep everyone happy," Noyce said.

"But I will go to bed tonight knowing I have done the right thing by Tigers supporters.

"We were committed to playing the game here 10 months ago and we are honouring that.

"We only play three games here and the fans have long circled the dates on their calendars."

As the controversy unfolded, Souths co-owner Russell Crowe was half a world away, in California attending the premiere of his latest movie - 3:10 to Yuma.

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegrap...001023,00.html

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From: BurntToast Sent: 23/08/2007 8:22 AM
What a load of crap, they obviously didn't go to the game last week... and if this one was so important it would have been easy enough to by their tickets at the time they were moaning to the reporters, lol.

I think the Bunnies will still win anyway, Tigers are playing like crap at the moment... just run everything at Benji and you can't lose.

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From: Geoff Sent: 22/08/2007 9:43 PM
Wednesday night, and only 500 tickets left.
 
With the financial acumen on display here, you'd better look around for some other club to merge with.
 
The Saint George Dragons Illawarra Steelers Western Suburbs Magpies Balmain Tigers.
 
I like the sound of that.... I think it could catch on..
 
Playing at Leichaardt is probably the sensible financial decision.
 
They are more likely to win there and they will make plenty more out of tickets and merchandising if they make the finals than getting a few extra to Homebush this week.
 
I reckon most non aligned supporters would like to see Wests win. The option of watching the exciting way Wests play in the finals would be much more interesting than the terrible style Souths play.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 23/08/2007 8:57 AM
I hope the Tigers begin playing that flash brand. But they have struggled a little of late.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 23/08/2007 9:52 AM
What a beat up. At least the Tigers still have a few traditional grounds they can call home.

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From: Geoff Sent: 23/08/2007 10:06 AM
From: <NOBR>NineMSN NicknameAntitab</NOBR> Sent: 23/08/2007 6:24 AM
 
They are more likely to win there (Leichhardt)  and they will make plenty more out of tickets and merchandising if they make the finals than getting a few extra to Homebush this week.
 
If that's so, why is Homebush their major home ground?

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 23/08/2007 10:13 AM
The same reason it's your home ground.

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From: Geoff Sent: 23/08/2007 11:00 AM
That doesn't answer the question.
 
We're not wanting to play our last game against Easts at Redfern.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 23/08/2007 11:14 AM
This is a joke in itself. Tickets went on sale to the general public and everyone was given the chance.
 
Rugby League is much better suited having 20,000 packed in at Leichhardt and a vast television audience feeding of that ambience in comparison to moving to the hollow and non atmospheric white elephant Telstra.
 
Why anyone would want to move this game is beyond me? I would be telling the Tele and Telstra to ef off.
 
This is not dissimilar to the Saints and Parra match in the third last round in 2005 when there were calls to stage the event at the SFS.
 
There was the same push. Hey, generates news.
 
I wish I could be in attendance myself, just to feed off the atmosphere.

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That doesn't answer the question.
 
We're not wanting to play our last game against Easts at Redfern.

use the SFS then.

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From: Geoff Sent: 23/08/2007 10:55 PM
I was talking to an elderly Balmain supporter tonight who said he rarely gets to the games these days.
 
His grand-daugher offered to take him this week, so he hoped that the game would be transferred to Homebush as  Leichhardt Oval is a bit beyond him these days.
 
 
 

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 23/08/2007 11:01 PM
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From: Geoff Sent: 23/08/2007 11:08 PM
Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.
 
His name is Wally and he regaled me with stories how he used to stand on iron milk crates to see the games way back when.
 
 

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From: Geoff Sent: 24/08/2007 10:53 AM
After looking this gift horse in the mouth I don't wanna hear any West Tiger whinging next year that they don't have enough money.

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From: arakaan Sent: 24/08/2007 11:36 AM
Geoff,
 
you really have no clue do you. You just better keep praying Rusty and Petey Boy don't get bored with their Toy.

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From: Geoff Sent: 24/08/2007 11:46 AM
Arakaan
If that is intended as a general comment on me and the current owners then that's fair enough. 
If that is intended as a response to my post 907 then it doesn't make any sense.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 24/08/2007 12:21 PM
Wonder what happens when the current owners get sick of this?
 
What do they have to do?
 
Sell it to someone else?  Could be interesting.

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From: NineMSN NicknamePuntermatt8 Sent: 24/08/2007 1:25 PM
This little debate greatly amuses me.

May I suggest that you find two people in Sydney who actually have half a brain and then construct a purpose built rugby league stadium seating 50,000 fans right on top of the action. And build it close to a railway line and throw bus terminals right underneath the front gates. And build it in a location a stones throw away from some of the city's most popular watering holes.

We Queenslanders have done that - its called Suncorp Stadium ;-)

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 24/08/2007 1:31 PM
They've done it in Syd too, it's Aussie Stadium or what ever its name is these days).
 
But then the Carr Gov poured millions into a lemon at Homebush for the Olympics. They now throw money at various sporting teams / events to prop up the annual losses.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 24/08/2007 1:41 PM
Triples, you are sounding more like a true Queenslander everyday

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From: Geoff Sent: 24/08/2007 11:23 PM
The attraction of seeing Essendon coach, Kevin Sheedy, and club champion, James Hird, in their last home-and-away game for the Bombers has proven extremely powerful.

The AFL today advised there are only approximately 1500 tickets remaining for sale in the public areas for Sunday's Round 21 match between Essendon and Richmond, to be played at the MCG.

Standing room and restricted view positions are now on sale and walk-up tickets WILL NOT be available on the day.

The AFL Members' Area also has approximately 1500 tickets remaining for sale and walk-up positions for AFL Members may not be available on the day.

All patrons are urged to consider public transport, due to other events in the Yarra Park precinct on Sunday. Tickets are still available for Club Members, AFL members and the general public.
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From: Geoff Sent: 8/24/2007 9:10 PM
The West Tigers fans would have it played at Windy Hill.

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From: arakaan Sent: 24/08/2007 11:34 PM
ah but you see Geoff unlike Essendon and Souths, the Tigers will be in the finals so no finales this week or next week.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 25/08/2007 2:02 AM
Been raining all evening in Sydney and all this rain must be doing Leichhardt oval plenty of good.  Doubt its drainage will be anywhere near as good as Telstra stadium

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 25/08/2007 9:51 AM
You're right KM. The rain, and a likely wet to heavy track will be a significant influence, and heavily favour the Rabbits and the style of game they'd like to be playing. Leichhard never did drain well, they wouldn't have spent much money on it since it only hosts 3 NRL games a yr.

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From: Geoff Sent: 25/08/2007 9:58 AM
Goodness gracious me, I hope to god that the decision to stick with Royal Leichhardt doesn't come back to bite the West Tigers on the arse.

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From: arakaan Sent: 25/08/2007 11:39 AM
Geoff, you forget we have a round 25 bye. We are in the finals.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 25/08/2007 7:11 PM
playing the way they are though Araakan it won't be for long. However, with the level of competition in a terrible state who knows.
 
How a side as bad as Nth Qld can be sitting third paints a sorry picture for this year on a whole. Which makes my side look even worse!

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 25/08/2007 7:14 PM
Arakaan, you realise that you will get a terrible rubbishing if the Knights get up next week?

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 25/08/2007 7:23 PM
I hope not Gratlog, they are the side that are worse than us. Penrith have more chance of getting up in one of their last two than we do.

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From: arakaan Sent: 25/08/2007 7:28 PM
I'm happy with the bye Grats. What will be will be.
 
and TCE I'm inclined to agree.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 25/08/2007 11:00 PM
Arakaan, didn't take long to be proven right did it!

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From: arakaan Sent: 26/08/2007 6:32 PM
souths didn't need to whinge all week. You'd think they would have more faith in themselves.  

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From: BurntToast Sent: 26/08/2007 7:00 PM
I don't think the Tigers are playing well enough to beat the bye... they're gone, won't make the 8. They've even managed to hide Benji in defence pretty well today from what I've seen and still getting ripped to threads.

Besides, I have complete faith in the Bronco's beating the Eels anyway, which will pretty much shut the gate on things ;)

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From: Geoff Sent: 26/08/2007 9:44 PM
So, for the West Tigers .....competition points  NIL
 
Gate money foregone   say $400,000.
 
Very wise decision I must say .........not.

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From: arakaan Sent: 26/08/2007 9:51 PM
I didn't realise just how completely souths and their fans have sold out but Geoff has showed us the truth.
 
In fact I think we can say this souths has won 0 premierships in its history.

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From: wily Sent: 27/08/2007 3:37 PM
Ara, we're knocking on the door of #21.
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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 27/08/2007 7:42 PM
Merritt gone for the yr, a big loss. Very good win yesterday. The team changes through the last month have been obviously positive, in particular the influence of Sutton and Rogers in the back row and Williams at 6. Interesting few weeks ahead, momentum can be a positive thing.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 28/08/2007 1:05 PM

Souths partying like it's 1989

<BYLINE>Glenn Jackson</BYLINE> | <DATE>August 27, 2007

 

WHEN Jason Taylor took charge of South Sydney last season, he told his players he expected the turnaround of the perennial basketcase of a club to take between two and three seasons. Yesterday, after taking the club to the brink of its first finals appearance in 17 years, he may have to recalculate.

In beating - no, belting - Wests Tigers 37-12 at Leichhardt Oval yesterday, the Rabbitohs have moved into seventh place on the NRL table, and barring a sizeable mishap, will taste their first springtime football since 1989.

Should they beat arch rivals Sydney Roosters next Saturday night, they could move as high as fourth. But they have bigger things to fry than chooks.

Yesterday, the Rabbitohs were partying like it was 1989, when they won the minor premiership but failed to reach the grand final. Remarkably, following a performance Taylor described as "amazing", they now say they can go all the way.

Chief executive Shane Richardson, who led Penrith to a premiership in 2003, yesterday claimed to have seen similarities between the rise of these Rabbitohs and the plight of the Panthers four years ago.

"It is [similar]," Richardson said. "The only difference is Penrith spent all year in front. The things you need is lack of injuries and momentum into the finals, and we're going all right with that. If you make the finals, anyone can win the comp."

After a 17-year period in which the only noteworthy moments have been simply being allowed back in to the competition and a Hollywood actor and a businessman signing a cheque, it's fair to say there's been little to cheer about for Souths, which might explain the chest-beating.

Centre Nigel Vagana joined in, saying this group of players could become the first Souths side to win the premiership since 1971. "Any team who makes the finals can give it a real show," Vagana said. "Once you get there, it's a whole new ball game. You saw Brisbane come home strong last year.

"The boys are confident in their ability. They're starting to believe in themselves.

"The hardest thing about the semis is making it. If we finish seventh or eighth, we've had some decent games against Manly and Melbourne, so we've got to be confident.

"We've got no pressure on ourselves. We've over-achieved this year. If we don't make the eight, it'll still be a successful year.

"Look at Penrith in 2003, and even the Tigers when they won it [in 2005]. They were outsiders, they were enjoying their footy. They were riding a rollercoaster and it took them all the way."

Souths have certainly performed under pressure. Yesterday's six-tries-to-two dismantling came at a heaving Leichhardt Oval, where one more of the white ants which used to infest the refurbished stand at the southern end would have burst the banks.

Remarkably, the 20,232 crowd was taken out of the equation within just 29 minutes. By that time, Souths had raced to an 18-0 lead through tries to John Sutton, Jeremy Smith and Yileen Gordon. By the 52nd minute, when co-captain Roy Asotasi scored to give the Rabbitohs a 30-6 lead, the first Tigers fans started to leave the ground.

"I think we owe our fans an apology for that," Tigers coach Tim Sheens said. "Not good enough. It was very disappointing for everyone to see, 20 minutes before full-time, people leaving. On behalf of the team, I apologise to people for that. We're embarrassed by it."

The Rabbitohs' victory was all the more gutsy considering they had lost fullback Nathan Merritt, their most potent attacking weapon, in the second minute of the match. That said, the Tigers' loss of Robbie Farah to a botched pain-killing injection after 15 minutes was more catastrophic.

Ominously, Vagana said the Rabbitohs were only now starting to understand how Taylor wanted them to play.

"Coming into the semis, everyone's got to understand that we've got to be pushing in the same direction," Vagana said. "The whole squad is learning how to play together. 'JT' gave us a timeframe of two to three years. Now we're in contention for the top eight a week out. It shows how much the boys are learning."

The last word should go to Taylor himself: "We found some try-scoring, and that made a big difference. We hoped it would [come together] before it was too late, but it's coming together nicely."


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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 30/08/2007 9:59 AM

You boys can win it

By Dean Ritchie

SOUTH Sydney's exiled godfather George Piggins sent a stirring message of support to the Rabbitohs last night - declaring they are good enough to win this year's NRL premiership.

The Redfern club must defeat arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters this Saturday to reach the finals for the first time since the Piggins-coached 1989 Souths team.

Piggins, who walked away from the club after Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes a Court won control last year, also said he believed five-eighth Joe Williams was the key to his club's push for their first title since 1971.

"I think they can go all the way," Piggins told The Daily Telegraph last night.

"Tell me who's in better form at the moment than Souths? They're riding a wave at the moment."

Despite breaking his silence about his old club, Piggins said he had no plans to travel to Telstra Stadium to watch the Rabbitohs go for glory.

"It wouldn't be appropriate (to go on Saturday). I don't mind watching on television," Piggins said. However, like all Souths fans, it seems Piggins has been caught up in the wave of emotion surrounding Souths' spirited run to the finals.

"Souths defend well - they are fatiguing sides," Piggins said.

"That's what it's all about. I think Jason Taylor is a fine coach.

"Their forward pack is going good, so are the halves (Williams and Jeremy Smith).

"Joe Williams went back to reserve grade, worked on a few things, and his recall has paid dividends.

"He's playing as good as any halfback/five-eighth in the competition. His kicking game is second-to-none.

"And I think Shannon Hegarty coming back against his former club is a good ploy. Buddy Gordon is also playing some good football.

"I've never seen a competition so close. It is so open.

"It's more like a television production rather than a football competition. Even the wooden spoon is still up for grabs."

Souths legend Mario Fenech agreed the Rabbitohs were playing some fabulous football and called on the legendary Piggins to return to the club.

"We've got more points in us these days with John Sutton in the second-row and our halves are combining well," Fenech said.

"Souths turn up to play every week. I think Jason Taylor is evolving into a great coach.

"It's great to hear George say these things.

"I love George - he's a great bloke. But the place just isn't the same without him.

"I just wish he would put everything aside and come back. We want George back in the fold."

Souths chief executive Shane Richardson was also excited that Piggins had broken his silence.

"George is a good judge," Richardson said.

"He doesn't give away compliments too often.

"So when he says something like this, you take it for what it is - that we're a genuine chance.

"Everything is really positive.

"We are all ready for Saturday. We need this win."

Souths are hoping for a crowd of around 25,000 for the match.

The Roosters are saying little this week leading into the big match.

Coach Brad Fittler is attempting to play down the emotion surrounding the game.

But the Roosters are known to be training intensely and would love nothing more than to end Souths' season with an upset.


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From: Geoff Sent: 31/08/2007 3:17 PM
What do you think will be the attendence tomorrow atfernoon.
 
Less than 22,000 I'll be disappointed.
 
More than 30,000 I'll be very pleased.
 
So my guess is 25,343.
 
 

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 31/08/2007 3:58 PM
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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 31/08/2007 4:06 PM
Don't think the crowd will be that big.  Surely not many Roosters fans are going to turn up to see their team's preparation to avoid the wooden spoon in 2008

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 31/08/2007 4:15 PM
must feel good saying that when for the first time in twenty years it isn't your side. Bit of a low comment.

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From: arakaan Sent: 31/08/2007 4:16 PM
16,000 if their lucky and the roosters fans turn up to help pad out the smattering od souths fans..

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 31/08/2007 4:31 PM
Carnegie it does not feel good to say that.  I was simply stating a fact with no feeling one way or the other
 
Do you know where I got the idea from?  A Roosters fan said it to me the other day in a very matter of fact fashion as I did
 
If the Roosters had won last week there would be a bigger crowd as they would be in the hunt
 
Roosters this year are 1 win and 1 draw above Newcastle and Penrith after getting the midseason coach change to get them an extra win or two.  Next season the midseason change of coach will probably not happen.  Roosters have the 2nd worst for and against this season.  They lose Wing and gain O'Meley (pretty much a straight swap in terms of overall quality).  So it will be the same team as this year.  Fittler will need to be a genius to make the top 8 and in this comp it is so even if you are not in the running for the top 8 you are automatically in the running for the wooden spoon.  I mean Penrith and Newcastle are 3 wins behind the 8th placed team with 1 round to go and that is not much at all.  This will be the future of the comp

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From: Geoff Sent: 1/09/2007 8:58 AM
I'm not in the business of pouring salt into raw wounds as due to the "there but for the grace of God go I" factor.
 
BUT
 
I was gobsmacked by the following previous exchange....talk about tempting fate..
 
 
From: Geoff Sent: 8/25/2007 7:58 AM
Goodness gracious me, I hope to god that the decision to stick with Royal Leichhardt doesn't come back to bite the West Tigers on the arse.

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From: arakaan Sent: 8/25/2007 9:39 AM
Geoff, you forget we have a round 25 bye. We are in the finals.


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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 1/09/2007 9:11 AM
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From: Geoff Sent: 1/09/2007 9:32 AM
It's not meant to be.

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From: NineMSN NicknamePoisonPen7 Sent: 1/09/2007 5:21 PM
Souths have been backed as if unbeatable in this afternoon's match (keep an eye on that referee ).
 
I think they will win easy, and had a few bets yesterday and earlier today
 
$1.57 SS h2h on Betfair (now $1.46)
$4.40 19+ margin on TAB Sportsbet (now $3.25 )
 
Will be watching the game with my "Souths mad" father and brother here at my house. If the ref starts cheating, I'm gunna turn the tele off and chuck them out of the house.......
 

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 1/09/2007 5:43 PM
Interesting that Souths have been so heavily backed
 
I don't know much about referee Ben Cummins but I will be disappointed if the penalty count is not 10-1 in favour of Souths

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 1/09/2007 5:45 PM
KM, I reckon Ben C is one of the better refs at the moment but just watch him have a shocker now.lol

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 1/09/2007 7:18 PM
I thought the Roosters had a fair chance in this. As franked last night not so sure how strong the Tigers form is. On top of which the Rabbits are now assured of a finals position, there'd be some relief and possible relaxation into this game. The $3 the Roosters makes alot more sense to me that the $1.35 the Rabbits.

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From: arakaan Sent: 1/09/2007 9:04 PM
Well we've had the week of souths can win the lot.
 
now we see the reality and they can head back to their burrows.

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From: arakaan Sent: 1/09/2007 9:10 PM
what is it with the idiots in this souths team.
 
2nd player to cold cock an opposition player.
 
gutless team of cheap shot merchants and gutless ref as well.
 
at least he won't be in the finals.
 
 

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From: <NOBR>NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1</NOBR> Sent: 1/09/2007 3:45 PM
KM, I reckon Ben C is one of the better refs at the moment but just watch him have a shocker now.lol

 

what can you say. Souths get 2 penalty for hitting Roosters players. What a farce. He was so bad how did you know Grats.


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From: <NOBR>MSN Nicknamegratlog1</NOBR> Sent: 9/1/2007 3:45 PM
KM, I reckon Ben C is one of the better refs at the moment but just watch him have a shocker now.lol

  lol Ben the ref  lost it completely..    that is probably the funniest thing I've seen with Anasta getting sent to the bin

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From: NineMSN NicknamePoisonPen7 Sent: 1/09/2007 9:47 PM
 
Roosters win the inaugrual Ron Coote Cup by two points!!!
 
That referee is a very funny man. He should try comedy as a career.
 
....and I hope Crowe is having a miserable night tonight....get that up ya pal.
 
Best of luck to Souths in the semis. I think they are a chance of knocking off Manly next week....not so sure if they draw Melbourne or Nth Queensland, so hope the Eels can deliver them a good chance of progressing to week two by beating the Broncs.
 
 

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From: Geoff Sent: 2/09/2007 2:06 AM
Full credit to Easts, their defence was superb.
 
We had enough ball to win but we lacked imagination.
 
We needed players running at different angles.
 
Given that we had a number of tries thwarted by being held up in goal or great goaline defence it was just not our day, pure and simple. Nothing exemplified that more than the goal hitting the crossbar and bouncing over, I haven't seen the replay but when Fitzgibbon placed the ball I reckoned he cribbed foot or so.
 
Anyway, the defeat should bring them (us) back to earth with a thud, it might work to our advantage. (cross fingers)  
 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 2/09/2007 11:34 AM
Hey Gratlog can I borrow your crystal ball?

That refereeing display of itself was an utter disgrace. The saving grace is unlike say Simpkins performance in the 2006 GF that the referee's crazy decisions did not affect the result.

The NRL should be totally embarrassed.

The guy that hit Anasta should get at least 10 weeks.

The Roosters thoroughly deserved to win no doubt.

They are handing over Craig Wing in excellent mettle.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 2/09/2007 5:12 PM
Fa'alogo incident -
 

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From: Geoff Sent: 2/09/2007 10:02 PM
Would the NRL allow Souths to play Manly at Redfern Oval if the positions were reversed?
 
No, they wouldn't.
 
So why are these important games, with the supply of seats unable to accomodate spectator demand be played at these pokey suburban ovals?
 
Move the game to Homebush, the Sports Gound or the SCG I say.

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From: arakaan Sent: 2/09/2007 10:57 PM
Since when is Redfern the cashittohs home ground?

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 2/09/2007 11:11 PM
Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez they get into the finals for the first time in decades and they want to whinge.

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From: Geoff Sent: 3/09/2007 10:18 AM
So the League is prepared to turn its nose up at another prospective 40,000 crowd.

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From: NineMSN Nicknameloveabet Sent: 3/09/2007 10:59 AM
Geoff, they are playing it at Brookvale because its Manly's home semi. who gives a shit about a 40000+ crowd. There will be 22000 Manly fans there to influence the ref. Dont whinge when the ref doesnt save you likehe did a couple of weeks ago.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 3/09/2007 10:59 AM
Yes they are Geoff. Get over it. Remembering that you blokes couldn't draw more than 13,000 a month ago to watch the same two sides.

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From: arakaan Sent: 3/09/2007 11:13 AM
TCE the last month has shown Souths fans are only willing to turn up when nothing is on the line.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 3/09/2007 11:24 AM
that much is true. They sit outside the semi finals for 18 years and then with it all on the line could only muster 13,000. Now they want the Tigers and Manly to accomodate their legions of supporters that don't turn up.
 
Something doesn't make sense does it? We got 13,000 to WIN with nothing on the line last week and yesterday at Brookvale there were 18,600 to see Manly play a side sitting outside the semi final race.

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From: Geoff Sent: 3/09/2007 11:26 AM
You three galahs coming into this thread, making disparaging comments about Souths and Souths supporters is like going into a packed cathedral and farting during the service.
 
You should show some respect.

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From: arakaan Sent: 3/09/2007 11:31 AM
I don't see you disputing the statements Geoff. It's hard too argue against the truth isn't it.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 3/09/2007 11:38 AM
Do you require stats Geoff to support our arguments?
 
The truth is that Tigers didn't make the eight yet outdrew Souths in both home and away attendances.

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From: Geoff Sent: 3/09/2007 12:17 PM
Dunno what you blokes are talking about.
 
Oh, well I suppose supporters of those unsuccessful sides  i.e those that don't make the last eight, need something to amuse themselves with, I suppose.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 3/09/2007 12:48 PM
nice below the belt shot Geoff. Coming from someone supporting a side that has not made the semi finals for 18 years it is a bit rich.
 
 

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From: Puntermatt Sent: 3/09/2007 2:06 PM
Souths should thank News Ltd for making the playoffs - a Cinderella story of eighteen years of losing prior to a rare playoff appearance always helps sell a few papers.
 
Instead of whinging about seats for their phantom fans, Souths supporters should be enjoying the 20 minutes they will be alive in the playoffs before Manly apply the blowtorch.
 
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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 3/09/2007 2:17 PM
I'll stick my neck out before the teams are even named and say that Souths will beat Manly.

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From: NineMSN Nicknameloveabet Sent: 3/09/2007 2:24 PM
Souths are no chance cause the 50/50 calls that have been going there way all season wont at Brookvale.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 3/09/2007 4:04 PM
 
From: Puntermatt Sent: 3/09/2007 12:06 PM
Souths should thank News Ltd for making the playoffs - a Cinderella story of eighteen years of losing prior to a rare playoff appearance always helps sell a few papers.
 
 
Why should we thank News Ltd for making the playoffs?
 
Wouldn't it make more sense that News Ltd would sell more papers thanks to a 'Cinderella' team? I am not implying that Souths need to be there to sell papers (or make it interesting) but PM's comments make no sense!
 
I just don't understand why we must all rip Souths for making the playoffs.........Last time they made the Semi's I was 12 and I was there to watch there last Semi's appearance when they were defeated by Canberra. Been a long wait since!
 
Say what you will, congrats to them and I can't wait for Saturday!!!!
 
 
 
Arakaan and TCE agreeing? Sheez, what is doing round here?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegintara™ Sent: 3/09/2007 9:56 PM
I see that palooka who threw the punch on the weekend has put out a statement apologizing ............ should get double for having the hide to do such a thing before his sentence is handed down

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 4/09/2007 6:59 PM
JT has stuck with the same team as last weekend...........
 
Where's Peachey?
 
Only positive is that I will be going to the Knights V Bears on Sunday so at least he will be playing then.............

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 6/09/2007 8:35 PM
Williams to join Penrith
 

Joe Williams will be given every opportunity to cement a place as Craig Gower's replacement in the Penrith No.7 jersey after the Panthers signed the South Sydney playmaker on a one-year deal.

Williams, who had been set to join the player exodus to the northern hemisphere, will link with the Panthers after South Sydney couldn't fit the talented half under their salary cap.

The 24-year-old will play at five-eighth for the Bunnies against Manly at Brookvale Oval on Saturday in Souths first finals appearance since 1989.

But the club's luring of former five-eighth Craig Wing back from the Sydney Roosters, as well as the stockpiling of players such as Jeremy Smith and Eddie Paea, meant there was no room for the talented Williams.

"Because of the departure of Craig we're sort of really struggling for a top class halfback and Joey Williams fits that bill, Panthers boss Mick Leary told AAP.

"We're very confident that he'll perform well for us and will be our starting halfback.

"Of course there are other kids here that will be given an opportunity but he is playing first grade so he'll be given every opportunity to again play first grade."

The Panthers have looked to bolster their halves options with the departure of Gower to French rugby union side Bayonne and Peter Wallace to Brisbane.

They signed St George Illawarra's Richie Williams mid-season and Canberra premier league No.7 Josh McCrone from coach Matthew Elliott's old club.

Five-eighth-cum-centre Brad Tighe will arrive next year from Newcastle and centre Luke Lewis has recently been re-tried in the No.6.

Williams started 2007 in the Rabbitohs No.7 jersey but was dropped to premier league mid-season before forcing his way back into first grade at five-eighth.

His manager, Wayne Beavis, said a deal with French club Toulouse had been done and Williams obtained a release from them when the Panthers offer came in.

"The Penrith one came up after the French one so it superseded the French one and the opportunity to continue his career in the NRL was very appealing so he took the decision to stay, Beavis told AAP.

"It's further opportunity for him and we wouldn't want to do a two-year deal because of salary cap restraints so he's prepared to back himself.

"We couldn't get a two-year deal because of the salary cap restraints (Penrith are) currently under so their position will change next year and if Joey's flying, which we hope he is, well you've got a different set of circumstances so you wouldn't be wanting to lock yourself up for two years.

Beavis said Williams was now focusing on Saturday's qualifying final with Souths a hundred per cent.

Leary said the one-year deal would be reassessed mid-season next year.


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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 6/09/2007 8:58 PM
Very good interview with Craig Coleman in Rugby League week this week.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 6/09/2007 10:05 PM
Who did the interview for Coleman?

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Eagles expect Kidwell to play

By Dean Ritchie

September 06, 2007 12:00am

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South Sydney forward David Kidwell has been out for most of the season but the Sea Eagles expect to face him at Brookvale.
 

MANLY are preparing for South Sydney's Test forward David Kidwell to make a shock comeback from injury in tomorrow night's qualifying finals match at Brookvale Oval.

The Rabbitohs are denying the move but "rumours" of Kidwell's possible return have reached the Sea Eagles camp.

Manly believe Souths coach Jason Taylor may make a late change and send Kidwell into the fray.

"It's a possibility," coach Des Hasler said. "There is certainly a rumour about."

Kidwell has not played since April when a mishap involving his two-year-old daughter led him to undergo knee surgery. He snapped the medial and cruciate ligaments in his left knee when he tripped over tiny daughter Zali at his Sydney home.

Then in July, Kidwell contracted the potentially deadly golden staph infection.

"I suppose it's up to Jason Taylor. It will depend on what kind of preparation David Kidwell has had," Hasler said.

"But we think he could play."

Taylor last night said Kidwell's injury was improving but he would not play tomorrow evening.

"He's not playing," Taylor told The Daily Telegraph.

"David's not ready yet. He is training and hasn't given up on playing again this year.

"He is getting closer to a re- turn every day but it won't be this weekend."

Hasler said predicted rain would ensure that the game would be physical and grinding.

"It will be hard, it will be wet, so the game will be a real battle for survival," Hasler said.

"Souths play an uncompromising style, they have good defence and never go away.

"We just have to be patient."

Taylor said his players were primed for a huge game at Brookvale.

"They're feeling good - they're enjoying the moment," Taylor said.

"We've had a good build-up."


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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 7/09/2007 8:43 PM
Tony Adams.

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From: arakaan Sent: 9/09/2007 12:09 AM
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From: NineMSN Nicknameloveabet Sent: 9/09/2007 1:06 AM
where are all the Souths supporters now. What did I say on Monday? The referee wont save you at Brookvale like he did a few weeks ago. Didnt matter anyway as Manly still would have shit in. Souths are the worst side ever to make the eight in the history of the NRL. Back to the Jim Beam Cup where you belong!

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 9/09/2007 1:12 AM
Are Souths in the Jim Beam Cup next year?  I cannot wait to see them play the WA Reds in 2008

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 9/09/2007 10:23 AM
From: arakaan Sent: 9/8/2007 10:09 PM
thread closed until march 2008.

To be fair they went well , or better than I thought they would.

I must admit their coach appears to be the wrong man for the job to me but then again he has done OK so far.


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From: Geoff Sent: 9/09/2007 10:53 AM
We were beaten by a better team on the night, however those two decisions, not ruling that Luke had been stripped, and the penalty against Rogers for a late tackle on Orford, were the two nails which sealed our coffin for the year.
 
An excellent 2007...if we maintain the improvement in defence and  polish up teamwork in attack we might be competitive again next year    

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From: NineMSN NicknameRodent™ Sent: 9/09/2007 1:44 PM
Manly were the better side but if I were a Souths fan, I'd be fuming over the Orford penalty. That was a disgrace and snuffed out whatever hope the underdog had of staying in the match. Boooooooooooooo! The good news is, we'll get 2 chances to see the Eagles lose in sudden death.

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 9/09/2007 3:22 PM
Souths were hard done by, but at the end of the day never looked like scoring enough points to beat Manly.
 
Rodent, how strong was that St George form through the last two rounds? Beat the Eels and went close to running down Manly!

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From: wily Sent: 9/09/2007 7:14 PM
CE
 
manly never looked like scoring any points either.
 
they were very ineffective until those moronic decisions that piggy backed them down the field.
The game today is about momentum that they were handed that on a platter by that turd touchie and the video ref.
 
I'll excuse hayne as he was so bad, it didn't matter

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From: NineMSN Nicknameloveabet Sent: 9/09/2007 7:41 PM
Stop whinging about the officials. You bunch of misfits only beat Manly three weeks ago because of errors made by officials. You shouldnt have been readmitted to the NRL anyway. Piss off back to the park footy where your standard will be more competitive.

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From: wily Sent: 9/09/2007 7:58 PM
Hope your thought processes are better regarding the horses.
 
We're here to stay bucko......stiff shit for you.
 
Let me guess, you support a team who doesn't exist anymore

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 9/09/2007 9:05 PM

Taylor fuming after Souths loss to Manly

Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 12:47 AM

South Sydney coach Jason Taylor was furious a controversial decision at a crucial time of the game helped end his side's NRL season.

The Rabbitohs eventually suffered a crushing 30-6 defeat from premiership contenders Manly at Brookvale Oval.

The Sea Eagles wore down the Rabbitohs in front of 19,785 fans, eventually claiming a five tries to one win in the NRL qualifying final to secure a direct passage into the grand final qualifier in two week's time.

While the scoreline suggests a blow out, the game was anything but and it wasn't until Souths were dealt a savage blow by the referees in the 56th minute that the gates flung open.

At 12-6 Manly's Matt Orford was felled after a chip-kick and lay motionless on the ground.

With a parochial crowd baying for blood a touch judge belatedly insisted Shayne Hayne award a penalty, although replays suggested Orford had run into the back of Ben Rogers.

There were several replays shown at the venue while Orford lay on the ground vomiting blood, but Taylor insists the decision was wrong.

Manly attacked and several tackles later fullback Brett Stewart crossed to extend the home side's lead to 12 points.

"The ridiculous thing is everyone at this ground and everyone who was watching the game on television and listening to it on the radio would have known that that shouldn't have been a penalty," said Taylor.

"There's five minutes (of stopped play) and we come up with these stupid rules that the video ref can't change it but it's a semi-final there.

"Everyone knows it's a wrong decision but he goes ahead and gives a penalty and then they score a try.

"(But) when you lose like that on the scoreboard in the end it's hard to make big calls about that might have won the game or whatever."

Orford said it was a fair decision and defended himself against any suggestions he took a dive.

"No-one gets coached to stay down ... it was late and it was a correct decision," he said.

"I don't think you can take away from the type of footy we played because of one decision ... one penalty doesn't turn a game."

Man of the match Stewart and beloved veteran Steve Menzies both scored two tries for Manly, Anthony Watmough added the other while props Jason King and Adam Cuthbertson were outstanding in the absence of Test star Brent Kite.

Souths winger Paul Mellor scored the only try for the Rabbitohs, equalising at 6-all in the 42nd minute after Manly held a 6-2 lead at halftime following Menzies' individual brilliance to cross in the 16th minute.

However, it wasn't all good news for the Eagles with second rower Glenn Stewart and winger Chris Hicks both suffering ankle sprains.

Manly coach Des Hasler said he was proud of his side's effort and glad to have a week off to rest his injured players.

"I don't think the scoreline was a real indication of the game, I thought the game was a lot tighter and a lot harder than that," said Hasler.

"To hang in there in a tough game and tough conditions is very good for us going forward."

The loss ends South Sydney's season and ensures the New Zealand Warriors, who lost on Friday night to Parramatta, will remain alive in the NRL finals.

Taylor said his side simply did not perform well enough to topple Manly on their home turf.

"You can't beat Manly if you're not going to put pressure on them and control the ball properly ... they were too good in the end and came over the top of us strongly," said Taylor.

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Souths were hard done by, but at the end of the day never looked like scoring enough points to beat Manly.
 
Rodent, how strong was that St George form through the last two rounds? Beat the Eels and went close to running down Manly!
Easy to run home when you've been bludging out the back (or bottom) doing nothing

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 10/09/2007 5:39 PM
I look at it a different way. We had a few issues at the beginning of the season and unfortunately didn't really get our act into gear until the second half of the season, and our form wasn't all that bad.
 
To put the boot in is a little on the low side. My comment was truthful. In the last two weeks Saints beat Parra fair and square and were one pass of beating Manly at Brookvale. Both those sides may be fighting the grand final.
 
Are you saying the form line was crap?

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 19/09/2007 2:19 AM
Joe Galuvao to Join Parramatta

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have released Joe Galuvao from the remaining year of his contract to join the Parramatta Eels for 2008 and 2009.

Galuvao joined the Rabbitohs in 2006 on a three-year deal and he was granted a release from the final year of that agreement.

South Sydney CEO Shane Richardson said: “We feel this is the best result for both Joe and the Club and we wish him the best of luck with the Eels next year.”


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From: Geoff Sent: 30/09/2007 5:53 PM
Good Luck to Souths reserve grade.
 
GLORY GLORY TO THE SOUTHS BEARS

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From: arakaan Sent: 30/09/2007 6:03 PM
never heard of them and they don't exist.
 
I will be cheering on the North Sydney Bears however.

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From: Geoff Sent: 30/09/2007 7:48 PM
Yeah, you're right............Bloody North Sydney Bears.
 
Had enough possession and field position to win 10 games

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegintara™ Sent: 1/10/2007 5:12 PM
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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 4/11/2007 5:45 PM
Good on ya Eddie..........
 
Reports in todays Herald that it looks like we might be releasing Jeremy Smith to go to the UK with a new halves pairing next year being Wing and Paea!
 
Geez I hope so.......
 
 
 
Paea Brought Into Kiwis Squad

South Sydney's Eddie Paea has been selected in the New Zealand Kiwis squad for the remainder of the Test series against Great Britain in the UK.

Paea will fly to England to join the squad and fellow Rabbitoh, New Zealand Captain Roy Asotasi.

Paea excelled for the Junior Kiwis in their victory over the Junior Kangaroos in New Zealand less than a month ago and has earned selection in the New Zealand squad.

His selection in the Kiwis squad caps off a great year for the Mascot Jets junior, having broken into the NRL ranks with the Rabbitohs and representing NSW under 19s and the Junior Kiwis, winning both games for his respective side.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 4/11/2007 5:46 PM
Welcome back mate!
 
 
Rabbitohs Return to Training

The South Sydney Rabbitohs returned to pre-season training today, with the squad assembling at Erskineville Oval for a profiling session.

NRL players Peter Cusack, Luke Stuart, Shannon Hegarty, Issac Luke, David Fa'alogo, Michael Greenfield, Nathan Merritt, Jaiman Lowe, Manase Manuokafoa, Ben Rogers, John Sutton and Fetuli Talanoa were joined by a host of under 20s players and new recruits led by Craig Wing in the opening session of the 2008 pre-season.

Players were profiled in the Erskineville Oval gym with Director of Athletic Performance Errol Alcott and Strength and Conditioning Coaches Vince Kelly and Grant Duthie putting the players through their paces. Head Coach Jason Taylor supervised the session which is designed to see where the players are currently placed in their fitness and competencies across a number of disciplines.

Taylor and Wing spoke to the assembled media after the session, including SSFC-TV.

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Rabbitohs Release Peter Cusack to Join Hull FC

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have granted Peter Cusack a release from the final year of his contract to take up an opportunity with Hull FC in the UK Super League.

Cusack, 30, has signed a two-year contract with Hull, starting with his new Club in the new year.

Rabbitohs Director of Football Operations Shane Richardson said the Club is happy for Cusack to pursue this new opportunity.

“This is reflective of the new culture we are building at the Rabbitohs, working with our players to achieve what is best for them and the Club,” Mr Richardson said.

“We spoke to Peter about six weeks ago regarding his and our plans for the future and we didn’t want him to miss a window of opportunity of going to the UK to finish his career if he so desired.

“We discussed his options with him and his manager and it went from there.

“We were happy for Peter to stay with us for another year but we are also happy for him to be able to shore up his future and finish his career in England.

“Peter has been a fantastic leader for us, a committed Clubman and we wish him and his family the best of luck for the future.”

Cusack said he is grateful for the Club’s agreement to let him move to England.

“I’m really happy with how this has all worked out and I’m thankful that the Rabbitohs have allowed me to negotiate a new contract,” Cusack said.

“I want to thank JT (Jason Taylor) and Richo (Shane Richardson) for their help in all of this. They haven’t put me under any pressure and they’ve allowed me to make my own decision.

“My time at the Rabbitohs has been wonderful, being part of the team that made the finals for the first time in 18 years, and I know this Club will only get stronger in the next few seasons.”

Head Coach Jason Taylor said: “I’m disappointed that Peter is leaving, but he’s been such a great servant to the Club that we didn’t want to stand in his way of taking up such a good opportunity for his career.

“Peter has to do what’s right for his family and his career, and we all hope he does really well over in the UK. The whole team wishes him the best of luck in Hull.”

Cusack has played 168 first grade games over the past ten seasons, including all 73 of the Rabbitohs’ games over the past three years. Cusack also captained the Rabbitohs for the past two seasons. He has represented Country Origin on two occasions in 2004 and 2007, and won the NRL premiership with the Sydney Roosters in 2002.

 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 22/11/2007 5:49 PM
This is how Foxsports rated the props last season
 
Asotasi SS 8.0 1188
Cusack SS 7.0 1127
Civoniceva BR 8.0 1107
Thorn BR 7.0 967
Kite MA 7.0 920
Newtown ME 6.0 919
Stuart SS 5.0 910
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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 22/11/2007 6:00 PM
His work rate will certainly be missed but we have a lot of promising forwards coming through he can certainly fill the gap.
 
Just hoping JT gives Eddy Pettybourne more of a chance this year......

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 22/11/2007 6:11 PM
Kurt Gidley might be heading Souths way.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 22/11/2007 7:01 PM
I cannot believe Souths let Cusack go.  Always looked a plodder but he has been their 2nd best yardage gainer in the forwards over the last 2 years (only Asotasi better last year).  Souths have got quite a few backrowers but have no depth in the front row
 
Faalogo is out suspended for the first month or so.  So Souths will be missing 2 of their better forwards for the first month and Cusack for the whole year.  Their pack is now looking very thin and I think they will struggle to win a game in the first month.  Just look at the media get on Russell's back then
 
Letting Cusack go means Souths will be back amongst the wooden spoon brigade in 2008

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Souths make grab for Gidley but Knights won't let go

<BYLINE>Glenn Jackson</BYLINE> | <DATE>November 22, 2007</DATE>

 

NEWCASTLE are facing a battle to keep Kurt Gidley, with South Sydney to chase the representative star.

While Knights officials are expected to commence negotiations with Gidley next week, the Rabbitohs have already placed the 25-year-old - who is officially off contract at the end of 2009 but has a clause in his favour which effectively makes him a free agent at the end of next season - at the top of their hit-list for 2009, along with Parramatta's Test and Origin fullback Jarryd Hayne.

The Rabbitohs have already expressed an interest in the Test player, and while Gidley yesterday maintained a desire to continue his career with the Knights, he did add: "This contract's probably the most important of my career. I'll be 26 next year and I'd like something pretty good. When you get to this point in their career, you like something long term and something pretty healthy. It's early days, but there's an option in my favour, which is good."

The Rabbitohs have made no secret of their desire to snare Hayne to the club for which his father, Manoa Thompson, played. What is not clear is whether the Rabbitohs would be in a position to bring both Hayne and Gidley to the club.

However, they do face an uphill task in trying to lure Gidley out of Newcastle. His manager Darryl Mather stressed he would give the Knights every opportunity to secure him long-term.

"I'll be discussing everything with Newcastle first, and everything with Newcastle last," he said. "Everyone else can maybe have a shot in between.

"The Gidley name is a big part of Newcastle, and I want to make it very clear - I'll be holding discussions with Newcastle in the very near future about a long-term arrangement. I managed Matt his whole career and it's a strong brand name in Newcastle. That's something that won't be diluted.

Asked yesterday how important the re-signing of Gidley was to the Knights, coach Brian Smith said: "It's very important, but I take all that [speculation] with a grain of salt."

It came on a day the Knights were forced to go to extraordinary lengths to scotch rumours they were set to lose another of their stars in hooker and co-captain Danny Buderus.

The club issued a statement yesterday denying that Buderus had requested a release after speculation surfaced that he would rejoin his old coach Michael Hagan at Parramatta next season and that he had clashed with his current boss, Smith, on Tuesday.

"My entire focus is on the Newcastle Knights and that's where I'll be playing," Buderus said. "I have no idea where these rumours are coming from. I'm contracted, I'm training and I'm 100 per cent committed to the Newcastle Knights."

Buderus is considering quitting the club at the end of 2008 to play in the UK, however, chief executive Steve Burraston said he would not be granted a release any earlier.

"We wouldn't allow him to go," Burraston said. "He's under contract for us obviously next season and there's an option for the year after. There's a possibility he may go to England [in 2009], but I had a talk to him a couple of weeks ago and he hasn't given up on rep football next year.

"He probably wasn't in the right frame of mind last season but he came back to training a week or so ago and he was saying how good it was … he certainly hasn't mentioned anything to me [about wanting out].

"He's very much one of those guys who's extremely loyal."

Smith was also baffled, saying: "I wouldn't even glorify that with a response. It's just too ridiculous to respond to rubbish like that."

Eels officials said last night they were not pursuing Buderus for 2009.

The Rabbitohs' bold bid for Gidley comes as co-captain Peter Cusack weighs up whether to accept an upgraded offer to join English Super League club Hull FC a year before his contract expires.

After discussions with his manager Martin Tauber yesterday, the 30-year-old is expected to make a final decision today.

The Rabbitohs are expected to agree to a release.


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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 6/12/2007 2:19 PM
Rabbitohs Owners' Message on Pokies

Dear Members and Supporters, the message below has been written by Russell and I to spread our thoughts on plans for the South Sydney Leagues Club.  I present to the Leagues Club board next week and we are trying to build as much broad support for the idea of a club with no pokies.  Please feel free to comment in the members-only forum on this site or visit facebook.com and search for “a club with no pokies”.  If you support the plans, please forward this message to others who might be able to lend their support.  And once again, thanks for being part of the rebuilding of the Rabbitohs.  Peter.


Exactly 18 months ago today we took on the responsibility of turning around the South Sydney Rabbitohs.  For those not familiar with our particular sporting passion, the Rabbitohs are an iconic Australian sporting team that plays arguably the toughest brand of football in the world, Rugby League.  The team hails from a historically tough part of Sydney and our past includes winning the most premierships of any professional football team in Australia (although very little silverware in the last 35 years). We wear red and green, with a rabbit, you may have heard of us.

In 2007 we made urgent repairs to the facilities for the players, supported a new coaching team, and made much progress in fixing the business side of the club. Next year the team returns to a new state of the art training facility in Redfern, the inner city suburb where we were founded in January of 1908.

Adjacent to our training base will be the South Sydney Leagues Club, the social club associated with the Rabbitohs that has its own independent board.   When the renovated social club reopens we are working to ensure it does not put poker machines back into the Redfern community.

Poker machines and the impact they have on the community are an important debate Australia needs to have.  However we are not moralising here, and we are certainly not the fun police.  We just believe that low-income areas (such as Redfern) need less poker machines rather than more.  We want to see a club that brings together our members and the broad community, is a place where families can gather for conversation and a good meal, and the distracting din of poker machines doesn’t stop the conversation or drown out live music.

We can’t give guarantees to the Leagues Club Board to replace the revenue people believe will flow so easily from poker machines.  However, our plan brings in a successful restaurant operator that will guarantee good food and the Football Club will help deliver events throughout the year to make the club a vibrant and inclusive place for Sydneysiders to gather.  The restaurant operator, Con Dedes, has won awards for his five star Flying Fish restaurant but he also serves a wide range of well priced meals at his other venues.

We are seeking your help to convince the Leagues Club Board—who Peter presents our plan to on December 11—that a “club with no pokies” can work in Redfern in 2008.

To send a message of support please visit facebook.com and search for “a club with no pokies”. 

Add a comment, join the group, buy a “club with no pokies” t-shirt, or become a Rabbitohs Member (at www.souths.com.au).  Whatever you are able to do to support our plans is greatly appreciated, and please forward this email to others that may support our plan.

Thank you,

Peter Holmes à Court and Russell Crowe


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From: arakaan Sent: 6/12/2007 6:43 PM
In this case I applaud them for this stance.

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From: ShortHalfHead Sent: 6/12/2007 7:06 PM
A bold move that will draw criticism. I really hope it works for them and would be prepared to grab a bite there.
Good luck Bunnies

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From: ShortHalfHead Sent: 6/12/2007 7:07 PM
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You better put a TAB in there, though :)

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 27/01/2008 7:44 PM

Leeds 26 Rabbitohs 24 in Jacksonville

27 Jan 2008

Leeds 26 Rabbitohs 24 in Jacksonville

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have staged a dramatic second half comback to come within two points of the reigning English Super League champions the Leed Rhinos, going down 26-24 in the first Australia Day Challenge played at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville Florida.

A bumper crowd of over 12,000 fans turned out in poor weather conditions to cheer on the teams, with a vast majority of the spectators cheering for the Rabbitohs and wearing South Sydney merchandise.

The Rhinos completely dominated the opening 40 minutes, scoring five tries to nil to hammer out a 26-nil lead at the major break. Matt Diskin, Brent Webb, Rob Burrow, Keith Senior and Scott Donald all crossed the stripe for four-pointers, with captain Kevin Sinfield kicking three conversions.

The Rabbitohs fired up in the second half, scoring four tries to nil and showing the best team in Europe that the Rabbitohs aren't an easy beat team.

Ben Rogers scored a try in the 47th minute after prop Michael Greenfield grubber kicked close to the line for Rogers to pounce. Eddie Paea converted to take the scores to 26-6.

Eight minutes later hooker Issac Luke scooted from dummy half and ducked weaved out of three tackles to score a typical Luke try, converting his own try for a 26-12 scoreline.

Two minutes into the third quarter, halfback Eddie Paea beat three defenders to score a fantastic try. Luke's conversion brought the Rabbitohs within eight of their opponents.

In the final minute of play, hooker George Ndaira scored his maiden try in the red and green colours, converting his own try to finish the scoring at 26-24.

Rabbitohs coach Jason Taylor was pleased with the result of the match.

"Even though we lost I'm still happy with the performance overall. We know what we need to work on now," Taylor said.

"Our ball control in the first half was oor and we took some poor options but we fixed a few things in the second half so that was pleasing.

"We only went down by two and one of their tries was a long range intercept try so all-in-all it was good result.

"The best results seemed to be off the field. Over 12,000 people came out to watch when it's raining, the merchandise all sold out and the number of new Souths supporters in the US is phenomenal. I think we have helped promote the game over here over the past ten days and we look forward to getting that opportunity again."

The Rabbitohs remaining pre-season matches will be played against the Sharks at Bluetongue Stadium on February 23 and the Charity Shield against the Dragons on March 1.

Leeds Rhinos 26 (Matt Diskin, Brent Webb, Rob Burrow, Keith Senior, Scott Donald tries; Kevin Sinfield 3 goals)

defeated

South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 (Ben Rogers, Issac Luke, Eddie Paea, George Ndaira tries; Issac Luke 2, Eddie Paea, George Ndaira goals)

During the pre-match entertainment, the crew from Orange County Choppers who are the stars of the hit TV show American Chopper

 

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From: arakaan Sent: 27/01/2008 8:01 PM
It certainly was nice of Leeds to ease up on the heavily Souths promoted day.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 4/02/2008 2:43 PM
Souths fine Fa'alogo for Florida fight
09:11 AEST Sun Feb 3 2008
 

South Sydney said they had fined David Fa'alogo after the second-rower punched a man at a taxi rank in Florida during the NRL team's US trip last month.

The amount of the fine was not detailed in Sunday's club statement although The Sunday Telegraph reported it was $10,000.

The player, who was sent home in disgrace, apologised and said he was provoked. He will also have counselling.

"The South Sydney Football Club has disciplined second-rower David Fa'alogo for an incident which occurred in Jacksonville, Florida on Monday 21 January," the Rabbitohs said.

"Fa'alogo was involved in a scuffle at a taxi rank after attending a team function, when he was punched by a man at the same rank.

"Fa'alogo retaliated by punching the man. Fa'alogo's actions, despite being retaliatory, breached South Sydney's strict code of conduct and after having gained reports of the incident, Director of Football Operations Shane Richardson ordered Fa'alogo to return back to Sydney."

Richardson convened a meeting between himself, the player and his management on January 25, the day he returned from the US, the club said.

After interviewing club officials on January 31 upon their return to Australia, Richardson held a further meeting with Fa'alogo's management on Friday where the club's decision was outlined.

The club says the NRL have been informed of the process and the actions taken.

"The actions David took breached our code of conduct and even though he was retaliating to being attacked himself, we still see his actions as being unacceptable," Richardson said.

"Our players need to realise they are targets whether they are in Sydney or on the other side of the world in the USA.

"It is not acceptable to be retaliating in this fashion and we have made that point strongly to David and his teammates.

"It doesn't matter whether this happened in Canberra, Newcastle or Florida."

Fa'alogo said: "Even though I was provoked in this incident, I understand my responsibilities as a player in the NRL.

"I have never had any type of incident such as this happen before and I don't intend for anything like this to happen again.

"I accept the club's decision and I apologise for what happened," he added.


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From: NineMSN NicknameEl_Zoro Sent: 4/02/2008 3:10 PM
Most people would strike back to counter the attack so can't see much coming out of this.

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From: NineMSN NicknamePoisonPen7 Sent: 4/02/2008 3:20 PM
"The player, who was sent home in disgrace, apologised and said he was provoked. He will also have counselling."
 
A bit like his king-hit on Braith Anasta....comes up with a disingenuous apology, followed by "but he started it"......maybe the counsellors should tell him he isn't "King Of The World".

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 4/02/2008 7:41 PM
Isn't he suspended?

What a waste of an airfare.

The hard heads in other NRL teams will have this guy marked as a hot head and go out of their way to provoke him into doing something stupid.

On past evidence they have reasonable prospects.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 14/02/2008 4:27 PM

Heritage Round Draw Announced

14 Feb 2008

Heritage Round Draw Announced

The South Sydney Rabbitohs will play the Wests Tigers on Sunday 20 April at 3pm at the Sydney Cricket Ground as part of the NRL's Heritage Round.

The away game will be the Channel Nine Sunday game, meaning the Rabbitohs will feature on the free-to-air Rugby League broadcaster four times in the first six rounds of the 2008 season.

The Rabbitohs draw for the first six rounds is:

Friday 14 March - 7:30pm - Rabbitohs vs Roosters - ANZ Stadium
Friday 21 March - 7:30pm - Rabbitohs vs Bulldogs - ANZ Stadium
Sunday 30 March - 2pm - Panthers vs Rabbitohs - CUA Stadium
Sunday 6 April - 3pm - Sea Eagles vs Rabbitohs - Brookvale Oval
Monday 14 April - 7pm - Rabbitohs vs Sharks - ANZ Stadium
Sunday 20 April - 3pm - Tigers vs Rabbitohs - Sydney Cricket Ground

 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 24/02/2008 12:55 AM

Rabbitohs 44 Sharks 0

23 Feb 2008

Rabbitohs 44 Sharks 0

RABBITOHS 44 SHARKS 0

Rabbitohs Head Coach Jason Taylor declared he was very happy with his side’s pre-season form following their 44-0 defeat of the Cronulla Sharks tonight.

The South Sydney attack clicked into top gear early in the game and the Rabbitohs little men, Issac Luke, Eddie Paea, Craig Wing and Beau Falloon constantly tormented the Sharks defence.

The Rabbitohs scored eight four pointers in all led by backrower Ben Lowe with two tries and rounded out by Wing’s first try in the red and green since 1999.

“It was a really good performance,” Taylor said.

“We came here with some things we wanted to work on and commit ourselves to and we did that tonight. We wanted to practice them for the full 80 minutes and we did that because the scoreboard kept ticking over.”

With competition strong for spots across the board Taylor said he would have some selection headaches ahead of the 25th Charity Shield against the Dragons this Saturday night.

“In years gone by players didn’t necessarily have to earn their first grade spots here but that was something we changed last year and it is continuing into 2008. A lot of guys put in some strong performances tonight. It is a great place to be in for the club.”

Last season’s rookie of the year Issac Luke opening the scoring in just the fourth minute when he scooted over from 10m out following a strong Michael Greenfield charge. The Kiwi-born hooker converted his own try for a 6-0 lead.

With the Rabbitohs dominating up front Ben Lowe then scored his first try of the pre-season game in the 12th minute and Luke again converted to stretch the lead to 12-0.

Young winger Sam Huihahau crossed just four minutes later when he found himself on the end of a smooth backline movement to make it 16-0. Ben Lowe crossed for his second try in the 25th minute and the Rabbitohs were ahead 20-0.

As the Gosford night began to cool that is the way things stayed until the half-time break.

Wing made his return in the red and green in the second half at halfback but Rabbitohs fans had to wait until the 54th minute to cheer another South Sydney try.

Rabbitohs junior Beau Falloon darted over from dummy half in similar fashion to Luke in the first half and when Paea converted the Rabbitohs lead had jumped out to 26-0.

Strike centre Yileen Gordon was elusive with the ball in hand throughout the night and a 60m bust from him led to Michael Greenfield’s try. Hooker George Ndaira converted to make it 32-0.

With two referees controlling the action before a crowd of 6,056, fullback Beau Champion then forced his way over after the Rabbitohs worked a nice short side second man play in the 67th minute, Paea converted to put Souths led at 38-0.

Then an angled run close to the Sharks try line from Wing resulted in the Rabbitohs eighth and final try of the night. Ndaira again converted for the final scoreline of 44-0.

In a promising display the Rabbitohs were strong across the park as their attack, pinpointed as their Achilles heel in 2007 by  Taylor, came together well. Taylor made numerous changes throughout the game and whoever was in the playmaking role, Jeremy Smith, Ben Rogers, Eddie Paea or Craig Wing, looked comfortable.

The Rabbitohs were not often tested by the Sharks attack but when they were the solid defensive foundation they created in 2007 looked to be there again in 2008.

And up front, with Roy Asotasi and David Kidwell watching on from the sideline, the Rabbitohs put in a powerful showing.

RABBITOHS 44 (B Lowe 2, I Luke, S Huihahau, B Falloon, M Greenfield, B Champion, C Wing tries; I Luke 2, E Paea 2, G Ndaira 2) def  SHARKS 0

Half-time: Rabbitohs 20 (B Lowe 2 tries; I Luke, S Huihahau tries; I Luke 2 goals) Cronulla 0

Cronulla NYC 26 (Jason Bukuya 2, Lancen Juodo, Nathan Stapleton, Jack Bosden tries; Stapleton 3 goals) def South Sydney NYC 14 (John Joseph, Anga Moli, Brad Takairangi tries; Jamie Ingram 1 goal)

NSW CUP; North Sydney (Shaune Corrigan, Matt Hunt tries; Mark Russell 1, Charlie Hereokufakufa goals) drew with Cronulla 12 (Aaron Firman, Isaac Retzlaffe tries; Harry Berryman 2 goals).

 

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 24/02/2008 2:09 PM
Illawarra must be short priced favorites for the Charity Shield after their win against the doggies.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 24/02/2008 8:37 PM
Souths look a good starting bet for Wooden Spoon betting this year

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From: wily Sent: 24/02/2008 8:46 PM
Mug
I thought you were one of us?
 
Dogs or Sharks for th spoon

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 24/02/2008 9:54 PM
Yes I do support Souths but you have to call it as you see it
 
My concern is that Souths will be playing well under their salary cap for the first month with Cusack released between seasons and not replaced by anyone and Faalogo suspended.  So Souths will be without 2 of their better forwards from the last 2 years for the first month and no Cusack all year
 
In this first month Souths have to play the 2 teams with expensive looking playing lists in the Roosters and Manly.  In these games you will have 3.5 million team (Souths) versus who knows what value
 
It could easily be a tough first month which will see their Spoon odds tumble as people say the old Souths are back
 
I hope I'm wrong but I do think letting Cusack go was plain dumb as they have not replaced him and he played a key position in the front row and never missed a game

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 25/02/2008 9:39 AM
You make some good points King. Cusack is a major loss, a quality experienced front rower and an excellent leader, such don't fall out of trees. One of the first mistakes the Roosters made a few yrs ago when shelling players under cap pressure was to cast off experienced, quality front rowers. Faalogo certainly can play and will be missed early on. 
 
Hope the Charity Shield game is on Fox again this yr. It and the Roosters first game will start to tell us a bit about all 3 sides. The Roosters have had plenty of hype, new article every week on a new star they have coming through, if they all aimed up as pumped up they'd be unbeatable this yr.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 25/02/2008 11:59 AM
It is on Fox this weekend Triples.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 25/02/2008 12:05 PM
Saturday 6.30pm Qld time on 503

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 25/02/2008 12:17 PM
Ta V, thank goodness for that, life is starting to get back to normal again, lol.

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From: Geoff Sent: 25/02/2008 12:26 PM
You need a special decoder.
 
Russell organised with Foxtel management that the signal can only be accessed by Souths supporters.

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From: Geoff Sent: 29/02/2008 8:11 AM
KingMug and 777
I take your point about Cusack however are you forgetting that we will have David Kidwell back, and still have Luke Stuart to do a lot of the yak work?
 
Before 2008 commences I'd like to give a big wrap to Shane Rigon.
If Willie Mason had a heart half the size of Rigon's he'd really be worth the money he's on.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 29/02/2008 9:12 AM
I'm a big fan of Luke Stuart.   He would look real good in a Titan jumper

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 29/02/2008 2:51 PM
Sutton signs three-year deal
 
 
ONE by one the Souths local juniors walked away. There was Braith Anasta, Reni Maitua, Terry Hill, Craig Field, Jim Dymock and Ian Roberts.

But now, under the club's new regime, Souths' local stars are finally staying put in Redfern.

Yesterday, just before tomorrow night's Charity Shield match against St George Illawarra at ANZ Stadium, lock John Sutton signed a new three-year extension and will not be off contract until the end of 2011.

Sutton, 23, never wanted to leave Souths, saying: "I'm very happy. Hopefully now I can play some good footy.

"I never wanted to go to another club, not the way the club is going with (co-owners) Russell (Crowe) and Peter (Holmes a Court).

"I'm a Souths junior and the club has a lot of good young kids coming through.

"Craig Wing is now here and we have a few old heads in Roy Asotasi and David Kidwell."

Sutton's manager Steve Gillis confirmed his client was head-hunted by rival clubs.

"John had received expressions of interest from three Sydney clubs but he told me it was always his priority to stay at Souths," Gillis said.

"He simply loves the place.

"His goal this year is to crack representative footy and I have never seen him so determined.

"The club has commented on how well he has done this pre-season and we are all expecting big things."

Sutton said the Charity Shield will present the ideal hit-out before a round one game against neighbours the Sydney Roosters.

"It is just good to be back playing again," he said. "It was hard over summer when we trained but weren't playing at the end of the week.

"All the players get into the Charity Shield, as does the crowd. That gets everyone fired up."

Holmes a Court was delighted Sutton has decided to remain at Redfern.

"We're not buying back the farm. We are keeping our best and brightest. He is one of our juniors," he said.

"When I first came to Souths, I was told John was the type of player that represented the future of rugby league. We are looking for John to have his biggest season."

 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 29/02/2008 2:53 PM
Kidwell an 'extra player'
 
SOUTHS coach Jason Taylor likens the return of David Kidwell to having a "new player" at the Rabbitohs after the backrower was forced to miss most of 2007 with a freak knee injury.

The Kiwi international is set to make his first appearance of 2008 against the St George-Illawarra Dragons in tomorrow night's NRL pre-season Charity Shield at ANZ Stadium.

Kidwell, 30, ruptured the medial and cruciate ligaments in his left knee last April trying to avoid falling on his daughter Zali at a family barbecue.

The New Zealand international was initially ruled out for the season but made a very brief return, playing 26 minutes off the bench in the Rabbitohs' 30-8 qualifying final loss to Manly.

Taylor said having co-captain Kidwell fit was just as exciting as having new signing Craig Wing at his disposal in 2008.

"David Kidwell, in my opinion, is the other new player we've got at the club. He really is," Taylor told Sydney radio station 2KY today.

"Last year I didn't realise what he was giving us in the first few rounds until he wasn't there anymore.

"When he first got injured you feel for the player but the first thing you think is, 'is it going to affect us? Are we going to be alright?'

"At that point we'd won three of the first four games and I thought 'we'll be ok, we're going really well.'

"Then six weeks later we'd won one out of six and I just went 'where's Kidwell gone?'

"I'm just really excited to get him back into the team and he is too."

St George-Illawarra will also feel as though they have a new player this season in captain Mark Gasnier.

It was in this corresponding fixture last year that the Australian centre tore his pectoral muscle, leaving him sidelined for the first 18 rounds.

Teammate Matt Cooper said having Gasnier back with him in the Dragons' centres would help take the pressure off and allow him to play his natural game.

"With Gaz being on the other side, he probably does some good things every game so it probably takes a bit of pressure off me ... I don't have to go out there every game and try and do something," said Cooper.

"(With) Gaz not being there I tried to do a bit more. Sometimes it didn't work but having him back there now takes the pressure off me and allows me to play my natural game."

The Dragons have a 14-10 head-to-head record in the unofficial season opener and go in bookmakers' favourites, despite an inferior record to the Rabbitohs last season.

Taylor said that didn't bother him at all.

"I hear that we're outsiders in the game and we're happy to be in that position, that's for sure," he said, adding he would likely rotate players but not until the second half.

"The first half will be like round one and it's a great opportunity for the guys to really see where we're at in terms of intensity and where we'll be come the first round."

Teams

RABBITOHS: Fetuli Talanoa, Nathanael Barnes, Nigel Vagana, Yileen Gordon, Germaine Paulson, Ben Rogers, Craig Wing, Michael Greenfield, Isaac Luke, Roy Asotasi (co-capt), David Kidwell (co-capt), Luke Stuart, John Sutton. Interchange: Eddie Paea, Dean Widders, Eddy Pettybourne, Manase Manuokafoa, Ben Lowe, Jaiman Lowe, George Ndaira, Sam Huihahau, Jamie Simpson, Beau Champion.

DRAGONS: Josh Morris, Jason Nightingale, Mark Gasnier (capt), Matt Cooper, Brett Morris, Rangi Chase, Jamie Soward, Ricky Thorby, Ben Ellis, Jason Ryles, Beau Scott, Ben Creagh, Dean Young. Interchange: Ben Hornby, Chase Stanley, Lagi Setu, Justin Poore, Kirk Reynoldson, Jarrod Saffy, Stuart Webb, Simon Woolford, Michael Lett, Dan Hunt.

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From: NineMSN NicknamePoisonPen7 Sent: 1/03/2008 12:22 AM
Race 5 at Broadmeadow tomorrow is the Souths Leagues Club Maiden (I don't think you'd find any around there ).
 
#9 is called Saints Review

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 1/03/2008 5:50 PM
The selection of Souths wingers for this trial is interesting.  Germaine Paulson never played 1st grade in 2007 but was in the North PL team all year.  When he played a few games in 2006 he looked a bit small for the NRL
 
Barnes I think played in some Titans trial games prior to the 2007 season but never made the Titans team in any NRL games.  Will he end up a professional trial player after tonight?  He scored a few tries in QLD Cup last season but if he could not crack the Titans for a game you have to wonder why
 
Hegarty is not injured, just has not been picked

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From: arakaan Sent: 1/03/2008 6:06 PM
Hegarty was not picked because he broke an alcohol ban.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 1/03/2008 7:58 PM
That is a shame as Hegs should not be getting picked on his 2007 form.  He is no longer as good as he once was.  I thought JT had wised up
 
The only thing is that Souths backline looks really thin on paper this year and even if Hegs is no good I still would reckon he is better than Paulson.  Barnes I have never seen play but doubt he is the goods if he has not been given an NRL go before this

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 1/03/2008 8:08 PM
Hegarty does appear to have a attitude problem. 
 
Don't know much about him so I could be wrong.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 1/03/2008 8:49 PM
Well grats, he is a Queenslander......

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 1/03/2008 9:53 PM
BIG WIN

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From: NineMSN NicknameSeal155 Sent: 1/03/2008 10:04 PM
woo hoo - welcome back wingy - a big year from sutton i feel, who was out for a lot of last year and didn't really play as well after injury - asotasi was just the greatest buy of all time and looks like he'll have another cracking season - bring on the chooks

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From: Geoff Sent: 1/03/2008 10:49 PM
Dunno 'bout a big win, just a win for mine.
 
It was a game of two halves, with Souths by far the better team in the first, and St George-Illawara getting a points decision in the second. 
 
Issaac Luke's presence is a must for Souths and they will have to do something about the outside backs who always looked vulnerable. 
 
Our kicking game seemed one of kick and hope whereas the other mob's seemed to have some planning and an understanding by the runners of what was going to happen.
 
Anyway, a win's better than a loss.

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 1/03/2008 10:56 PM
aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh times are changing for Souths fans, it wasn't long ago that any win was a big win.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 2/03/2008 9:05 AM
From: <NOBR>MSN Nicknamecoinswell</NOBR> Sent: 3/1/2008 7:49 PM
Well grats, he is a Queenslander......
 
Yes  but we send the ones we don't want down south.
 
Wonder where in Qld he came from.  I have a friend who was a good footballer up here called Henry Hegarty who I have'nt seen for a while. Might be some relation.
 
Henry came originally from Cherburg aboriginal mission near Murgon.
Might be some old Qlders who remember Henry.
 
BTW I enjoyed the Rabbits win even though it was'nt as large as I predicted

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From: The Carnegie Express Sent: 2/03/2008 11:24 AM
bloody hell, Souths won the charity shield in 2005 and 2006 and did nothing in the regular season. For our second game of the season I thought we were OK, bar a few terrible lapses in defence. Let's not forget Souths played in the USA and then had a major hit out against the Sharks.
 
I am surprised that it took a last minute try to win it. They should have won 13+.  

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From: Geoff Sent: 2/03/2008 7:29 PM
Looking around at those nearby last night I thought I'd stumbled into a drunken
Bank Holiday function so prominent is the St George Bank name on the St George-Illawarra
colours. Even the mascot is the green dragon which danced with Julie in those ads..
Henceforth when I mention the St George-Illawarra joint venture I will refer to them as
The Anthonys.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 2/03/2008 10:17 PM
I thought Souths overall trialled better last night than in the Charity Shield for 2007
 
Only thing is maybe they lack depth especially in the backline.  Some of the new buys from the QLD Cup looked not up to NRL standard (especially Barnes and Simpson)
 
Other thing is I agree with Geoff about the kicking game and communication.  A few times in the first half they had a good set of six on tackles 1 to 5 and then on tackle 6 it all fizzled out to nothing.  Been that way for a long few years now

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 2/03/2008 10:19 PM
Also, Souths look much better without Jeremy Smith.  Hope he stays in PL and hope Jaiman Lowe joins him there

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 3/03/2008 12:45 PM
Well said!
 
From: <NOBR>NineMSN NicknameKingMug2</NOBR> Sent: 2/03/2008 10:19 PM
Also, Souths look much better without Jeremy Smith.  Hope he stays in PL and hope Jaiman Lowe joins him there

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 3/03/2008 12:55 PM
I liked what I saw on Sat night. Still plenty of improvement, but the quaility of the 9 and 7 on the back of the forward line up you have is going to improve you significantly. Scoring points, direction, speed and skill in those two pointions was a problem in 07, not now for 08. I though it was noticable the changes in forward attack when going forward, much more use of two runners and a pass than the standard one out of last yr. Agree on the kicking game but that can be improved, and certainly agree on Smith. I think your in a stronger position to start this yr than last yr.  

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegintara™ Sent: 3/03/2008 2:40 PM
You blokes are a bit slow on the uptake on Smith  I told you all you were welcome to him when he left Parra

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 3/03/2008 2:48 PM
Come and join our Fantasy Comp everyone.
 
Just remember you cannot have all Rabbits in your team
 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 9/03/2008 8:15 PM

Merritt Re-signs Until End of 2011

06 Mar 2008

Merritt Re-signs Until End of 2011

South Sydney flyer Nathan Merritt has re-signed with the Rabbitohs for a further four seasons today, linking him with his junior Club until the completion of the 2011 season.

Merritt, 24, is regarded as one of the most electrifying outside backs in the game, being crowned the NRL’s leading try scorer in 2006 with 22 tries.

Merritt, an Alexandria Rovers junior, made his debut for the Rabbitohs in 2002 against the New Zealand Warriors before playing a short stint with the Sharks in 2004 and 2005. Merritt returned to Redfern in 2006, setting the NRL alight with his blistering speed and ability to read play from the back.

Merritt’s re-signing means he will join fellow Rabbitohs stars Roy Asotasi, David Fa’alogo, John Sutton and Craig Wing as players contracted with the Club until the end of 2011.

Rabbitohs Director of Football Operations, Shane Richardson, says this signing speaks volumes for the change in culture at the Rabbitohs.

“In previous years, South Sydney has struggled to keep its juniors but now we see the likes of Nathan Merritt and John Sutton committing to the Club for extended periods of time,” Mr Richardson said.

“Nathan is the type of player we feel can become a leader at the Club. He is a South Sydney junior, he understands what it means to pull on the red and green jersey and the honour that goes with that. He knows it takes hard work and commitment to reach the heights he has and we know there is better to come from him.

“We’re very happy he’s decided to join Roy, David, John and Craig as long term players with Souths.”

Merritt said he is pleased he will be with the Rabbitohs for at least four more years.

“Souths is my junior Club and I’ve always wanted to play in the red and green,” Merritt said.

“We had a bit of success last year but I think we can achieve more. It all starts next week against the Roosters and I’m getting ready to make my return to footy in that game.

“It’s exciting to know I’m going to be a part of this Club for at least the next four years and hopefully for a few more years after that.

“It’s a big season for the Club, especially being the Centenary year, and it’s great to be part of it.”

Biography

Name: Nathan Merritt

DOB: 26 May 1983

Place of Birth: Sydney, NSW

Junior Club: Alexandria Rovers

Position: Wing/Fullback

Height: 183cm

Weight: 88kg

NRL Games: 88 (69 for Rabbitohs

NRL Points: 280 from 52 tries and 36 goals (238 for Rabbitohs from 44 tries and 31 goals)

Rep Honours: Prime Ministers XIII 2006

Clubs: South Sydney Rabbitohs 2002-04 and 2006-present; Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 2005-05

NRL Debut: Rabbitohs vs Warriors, Ericsson Stadium, 12 May 2002 (round nine)

Achievements: NRL leading try scorer 2006 (22 tries)
 
 

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 11/03/2008 4:32 PM
I thought Souths trialled quite well in the Charity Shield and things were looking up
 
But unfortunately Jeremy and Jaiman (who got very limited game time in the CS) are back for Rd 1
 
Ben Rogers has done some kind of injury so Jeremy gets his spot back
 
Souths winning percentage with Jaiman in the team the last 2 years is quite poor

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 11/03/2008 10:05 PM

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. Fetuli Talanoa
2. Nathan Merritt
3. Nigel Vagana
4. Yileen Gordon
5. Germaine Paulson
6. Jeremy Smith
7. Craig Wing
8. Michael Greenfield
9. Issac Luke
10. Roy Asotasi (c)
11. David Kidwell (c)
12. Luke Stuart
13. John Sutton

Interchange:

14. Eddie Paea
15. Dean Widders
16. Manase Manuokafoa
17. Jaiman Lowe

Coach – Jason Taylor
 
 

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 11/03/2008 10:09 PM
You're right King, J Smith and J Lowe have got photos of someone.

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From: Geoff Sent: 14/03/2008 11:38 PM
Pathetic first half, so many unforced errors, the loss of Wing probably put them off balance as he'd have been expected to be involved in much of the attack.
Luke's hesitant dummy half play did us no favours.
But that's no excuse for a rather inept display.
 
The second half was better, but I think it was due as much to Easts falling asleep as to any improvement by us.
 
The one bloke who could hold his head high was Greenfield, a top game imo. 

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 15/03/2008 12:38 AM
What is Jeremy Smith still doing in first grade?
Thought Luke had a great 2nd half but agree Geoff, Greenfield was quite good.
 
Roosters smashed us, plain and simple. Freddy is doing a fantastic job.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 15/03/2008 12:39 AM
They'll improve. They were up for the Charity Shield game a few weeks ago, where as the Roosters targeted this as their "up" game.

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 16/03/2008 8:21 PM
Reports now that Wing might be out for 4 to 5 mths. What ever the period it's lengthy and a loss like a Johns, Lockyer or Thurston impact. 

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 16/03/2008 10:05 PM
This means Jeremy Smith's spot is pretty much guaranteed for 5 months.  Unbelieveable.  1 week ago I thought the nightmare was over

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 17/03/2008 5:16 PM

Judiciary Charges Rd 1

17 Mar 2008

Judiciary Charges Rd 1

The NRL Match Review Committee has laid two charges following round one action. No charges have arisen from the Rabbitohs v Roosters Centenary Season Opener.

The Eels' Feleti Mateo and the Tigers’ Todd Payten have both been hit with contrary conduct/unnecessary head/neck pressure charges. Mateo will not miss a week with an early guilty plea (grade one), while Payten will miss two weeks (grade two) with an early guilty plea.

In regard to the incident involving Rabbitohs halfback Craig Wing and Roosters hooker Riley Brown the NRL Match Review concluded:

“Wing was held in tackle by Anthony Tupou and Braith Anasta when Brown makes forceful contact with his arm/shoulder to the upper back/shoulder of Wing. All elements of Brown's contribution to the tackle were analysed. The tackle was not late as momentum was still in the tackle and the referee had not called held when contact occurred. Point of contact was with Wing's back by Brown’s shoulder, therefore no elements of the contact were deemed illegal. Consideration was given to whether the conduct was in the "true spirit of the game" but as no elements of Brown's actions were deemed illegal it is difficult to contend the conduct was not in the "true spirit of the game". No further action.”

In the remaining round one game the Storm play the Warriors at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne tonight.


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From: wily Sent: 17/03/2008 6:32 PM
A gutless act has been rewarded.
hame on the NRL and shame on Browne

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 17/03/2008 10:32 PM

Wing out for three months

17 Mar 2008

Wing out for three months

Rabbitohs halfback Craig Wing will undergo an arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday) to repair damage to his left shoulder suffered during the Rabbitohs opening game of the season on Friday night.

Wing will miss the next three months of football after consultations with shoulder specialists today determined he would require surgery. Wing has suffered damage to the labrum, two ligaments and muscle tissue.

“I’m shattered that I need surgery, but to look on the bright side I’m told I should only miss three to four months of footy instead of what could have been five months, which is a positive,” Wing said.

“I’m going to work hard to rehabilitate the injury after the surgery and make sure I’m 100% fit for a return mid-season.

“We have some great young talent in our squad and I’m sure they can do the job. These young guys did a great job getting the team to the finals last season so they have that experience which is only going to help them now.

“Errol (Alcott) and the Souths medical staff have been outstanding through all of this. Their treatment of me so far has been first class and it fills me full of confidence that the rehabilitation process will be just as professional and they will help me get back on the field.

“I’d like to thank all of the Rabbitohs Members and fans who’ve offered me support since the incident on Friday night and I’ll be doing everything I can to get back on the field and help the boys win our share of games this year.”

 

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From: NineMSN NicknamePoisonPen7 Sent: 17/03/2008 10:39 PM
That's rotten luck for Wingy....hope he can recover fully and be back in time to help them in the race toward the semis.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 18/03/2008 3:53 PM
Souths legend Sattler lashes out at NRL inaction
 
 
SOUTH Sydney legend John Sattler last night declared the tackle that put Craig Wing out of rugby league for three months was "the act of a coward".

And Rabbitohs coach Jason Taylor last night called for the immediate banning of rugby league's "prowler" tackle after the NRL failed to charge Sydney Roosters hooker Riley Brown for his vicious hit on Rabbitohs recruit Craig Wing.

Outraged league fans bombarded The Daily Telegraph website with their objections to the tackle - a staggering 80 per cent of people who voted in our online poll branding it "a cheap shot".

 
As Souths officials yesterday revealed their star playmaker would undergo a shoulder reconstruction today and be out of the game for at least three months, Taylor said the "prowler" tackle had badly damaged league's image and questioned whether kids would continue playing.

The NRL match review committee yesterday studied the controversial incident yet could not find a reason under its code to cite and possibly suspend Brown.

But Sattler, one of the toughest men to ever pull on a boot joined a chorus of anger over the tackle, branding it a cowardly act.

"It was one of the most cowardly things I have seen on the football field for years," Sattler fumed.

"No one deserves that to happen. I can't believe the NRL. They ban blokes for high tackles that are just above the navel but then let this one go.

"It was a cowardly act. A lot of things went on in my day but the game has changed for the better. The bloke who put Craig Wing out of rugby league should be suspended. I would have given him six weeks. Minimum."

A despondent Wing is now resigned to 12 weeks on the sidelines after the tackle on Friday night dislocated his shoulder.

"I'm shattered that I need surgery," he said.

"But to look on the bright side, I'm told I should only miss three to four months of footy instead of what could have been five months. I'm going to work hard to rehabilitate the injury after the surgery and make sure I'm 100 per cent fit for a return mid-season."

Coach Taylor said it was clear that, at least where the fans were concerned, "not many were impressed by the tackle".

"Rugby league has worked hard over a lot of years to clean up the game and make it a sport for kids to play," he said.

"I understand that it's a tough game but you want kids to play it and for mums to allow their kids to play it.

"If these tackles continue there won't be a game. It might be tough but there will be no one playing it."

The Roosters claimed Brown was not a dirty player and the tackle was not intentional.

But Taylor remains angry, saying: "It was a deliberate action."

He does, however, admit Brown could not be charged under the current rules.

"I don't think there were any grounds to cite him," he said.

"He didn't do anything wrong in the rules of the game. But there is a bigger issue here for the game."

 

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From: NineMSN NicknameMattDjebel31 Sent: 18/03/2008 4:02 PM
I do not agree with Sattler, whilst i think it was a cheap shot, it was not illegal and as such he can not be banned, he should also not be made a scape goat eiither. The tackle should be banned and people in future should be suspended.
 
Is it any different to the tactics the great Warren Ryan and the greatest forward pack the world has ever seen did in the early to mid eighties, Tunks and co holding a player up[ and a thrid coming in and breaking ribs some even wearing hocky pads.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 18/03/2008 4:29 PM
A bit rich, John Sattler talking about cheap shots....

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From: Viscount Sent: 18/03/2008 5:15 PM
Can they come up with anymore ridiculous wrestling style names for tackles. First the grapple, then the crusher and now the prowler (the Hopoate was probably first but we'll leave that one alone). I know they waste half the game wrestling these days but it seems in a few years every player will have their own personal finishing move. Meanwhile bench players will be running on with steel chairs to hit Craig Wing in his dodgy shoulder to test it out.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamecoinswell Sent: 18/03/2008 5:25 PM
Mate, it's a career path to the recently revived TV show "Gladiators".

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From: Viscount Sent: 18/03/2008 5:34 PM
He was still playing when he was on gladiators (on the wing for Souths from memory). I thought it was funny as he took great joy in belting around the guys on the show and when he was on the field the other team would absolutely give it to him. He didn't like it either and would almost get in a fight just about every week.

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 18/03/2008 6:15 PM
Rabbitohs Team for Round Two
 

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their NRL and Toyota Cup sides to take on the Bulldogs in round two of the NRL’s Centenary Season this Friday 21 March at ANZ Stadium.

Head Coach Jason Taylor has named South Sydney junior Eddie Paea at halfback replacing the injured Craig Wing. Ben Rogers returns to the side at five-eighth, with Shannon Hegarty also returning to the starting line-up. Germaine Paulson will shift to the centres with Nigel Vagana sidelined with a lower back and hamstring injury. Second-rower Ben Lowe will make his first grade debut this Friday night with Luke Stuart reverting to the interchange bench. George Ndaira will fill the bench position left vacant by Paea’s promotion to the starting side.

Fans should pre-purchase their tickets to this blockbuster match to avoid queuing at the gates on Friday night and to save money on each ticket purchased. A special Right Royal Easter Showdown ticket package is available for pre-purchase from Ticketek, giving fans entry to both the Royal Easter Show and the Rabbitohs vs Bulldogs match. Tickets are available from Ticketek agencies, online at www.ticketek.com.au or by calling 132 849.

First grade kicks off at 7.30pm with the Toyota Cup starting at 5.20pm. Gates open 5:15pm.

The Rabbitohs NRL side is:

1. Fetuli Talanoa
2. Nathan Merritt
3. Germaine Paulson
4. Yileen Gordon
5. Shannon Hegarty
6. Ben Rogers
7. Eddie Paea
8. Michael Greenfield
9. Issac Luke
10. Roy Asotasi (c)
11. David Kidwell (c)
12. Ben Lowe
13. John Sutton

Interchange:

14. George Ndaira
15. Dean Widders
16. Luke Stuart
17. Manase Manuokafoa

Coach – Jason Taylor

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From: NineMSN Nicknamegratlog1 Sent: 18/03/2008 6:39 PM
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From: Geoff Sent: 21/03/2008 10:51 PM
Game in their keeping 2 minutes before the break then 42 minutes of ill-disciplined rubbish.
 
Taylor's rotation ideas need looking at.

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 22/03/2008 1:09 AM
But the real problem is a lack of depth at the club.  It is a 17 man game these days so you need 17 NRL standard players.  Souths might have 13 or 14 NRL standard players but not enough to maintain their standard for the full 80 minutes.  If you have 17 good players it does not matter too much how you rotate them
 
And I cannot see too many options in their Norths reserves team.  Faalogo comes back in about a month but they need more than him
 
You really need 20 NRL players in your squad to cover for the inevitable injuries and Souths are well short of that number.  Souths look a spoon contender this year

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 22/03/2008 1:18 AM
The salary cap this year is 4 million.  For various reasons Souths only had about 2.7 million worth of cattle to pick from for this Rd 2 game
 
Missing players were
Cusack (released between seasons and not replaced.  A black hole in your salary cap)
Faalogo (suspended)
Wing (injured)
Gulavao (now plays for Parra but my understanding is Parra are paying him about the minimum so Souths are still paying this guy a large portion of the 300 to 350K they had signed him for.  A black hole in your salary cap)
Vagana (not sure what is going on here but he was not available.  In the end they claimed he was injured and needed a rest but similar stories were put out about Peachey last year and it seemed it was a case of the coach wanting to drop the player and the player not wanting to play for Norths????  Vagana did injure himself slightly in the Charity Shield game and was iced up after that game but who knows)
 
All these players chew up about 1.2 or 1.3 million of cap space between the 5 of them.  If you had 5 fit NRL standard players ready to pick from Souths would have a competitive team.  But they don't so they look to be in trouble already

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 22/03/2008 10:20 AM
From: Geoff Sent: 21/03/2008 9:51 PM
Game in their keeping 2 minutes before the break then 42 minutes of ill-disciplined rubbish.
 
Taylor's rotation ideas need looking at.
 
 
I agree Geoff.
 
In that 6-7 minute period where they scored three tries, we had Asotasi, Luke, Kidwell and Greenfield on the bench!

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From: NineMSN Nicknametriple-7- Sent: 25/03/2008 3:52 PM
SOUTH SYDNEY - 1. Nathan Merritt, 2. Germaine Paulson, 3. Fetuli Talanoa, 4. Yileen Gordon, 5. Shannon Hegarty, 6. John Sutton, 7. Ben Rogers, 8. Michael Greenfield, 9. Issac Luke, 10. Roy Asotasi, 11. David Kidwell, 12. Luke Stuart, 13. Ben Lowe
Int - 14. George Ndaira, 15. Dean Widders, 16. Manase Manuokafoa, 17. Jaiman Lowe
So much for sticking with Paea to blood and groom the kid. Looks like 6 and 7 are going to be musical chairs. 

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From: NineMSN NicknameKingMug2 Sent: 25/03/2008 4:44 PM
JT has picked two forwards in the halves.  Never seen this before
 
In terms of personnel changes it is only Paea out, Jaiman Lowe in (halfback swapped for a front rower)
 
This is a bizarre team.  JT has given up on attack and just gone for defence.  The only problem is that he has left the two defensive weaknesses of Hegarty and Paulson on the wings
 
He should have gone the whole way and picked two good defensive forwards on the wings and included a field goal kicker on the bench.  Try to keep the Panthers to 0 and win it 1-0

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From: NineMSN Nicknamevedder_69 Sent: 25/03/2008 5:16 PM
Thought Buddy Gordon would have been dropped after his performance last week!
 
I do wish he gave Paea more of a chance. We've put a lot of pressure on our new halves combo because if they can't construct anything in attack, where will our points come from as we have no creative players coming off the bench. I really hope they prove me wrong but I'm very sceptical. 
 
Paea should have at least been on the bench IMO.

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From: wily Sent: 25/03/2008 5:50 PM
I'm staggered that these coaches punt blokes after one week.
If they thought they were not ood enough why pick them in the first place.
 
Matty Hayden only came good when the moronic selectors decided to stick with him for a while and let him settle in.
 
Why did Penrith bot