Well Boys & Girls we are moving into our 2nd sudden death match of this finals series with the Eels our opponents this Saturday.
Gone are the Knights & Sharks. Six teams remain, with four to do battle this weekend and 2 having a rest.
Previous Game: Newcastle
We hosted the Knights at ANZ and our first game of the Finals series was a Jim dandy. After letting the Knights go bang, bang in the early minutes we suddenly awoke and kicked into gear. We finished being the highest scoring winners in a weekend full of high scoring matches
Cooky had his best game of the season IMO, and I thought it was just fantastic the way he kept getting up and ripping in when clearly an injury was bothering him.
Junior was another standout. It is apparent he is really enjoying his footy at the moment & his effort and form is reflecting that. It was great to see him rewarded with 2 meat pies.
Cody was again on song & Allan continues to find his feet in the team going forward.
The Teams For The Match Ahead:
SOUTHS - C Allan, A Johnson, C Graham, D Gagai, J Paulo, C Walker, A Reynolds, J Tatola, D Cook, T Burgess, J Su’A, B Sirronen, C Murray.
Interchange: M Nichols, L Knight, J Cartwright, D Koloamatangi
Reserves - S Marsters, H Sele, T Dargan, P Mago
PARRAMATTA - C Gutherson, G Jennings, M Jennings, W Blake, B Ferguson, D Brown, M Moses, R Campbell-Gillard, R Mahoney, J Paulo, S Lane, R Matterson, N Brown.
Interchange: W Smith, A Davey, K Evans, R Stone
Reserves - O Kaufusi, B Takairangi, H Dunster, D Alvaro.
Matches against Parramatta this season:
Bankwest - Souths 38 Vs Parramatta 0 - played on 27th August, 2020
Match Ups & Danger Men:
Clint Gutherson - IMO Gutherson is the only player in this current Eels outfit that has any sort of an X factor about him. He is well adept at slipping into a hole or breaking the line with his pace & step.
Regan Campbell-Gillard - arguably Parramatta’s best forward and capable of putting in dynamite performances when needed. The Eels will be looking to him to lead the way for them.
Nathan Brown - another of the Eels high performing forwards. He plays with passion, skill and has a great motor on him. Trouble is he is also capable of brain farts much like our own Sammy.
As for us, our forwards should be all over this mob, our halves should be all over this mob, and our backs should be through this mob.
Cooky seems to have saved his best form to bring it out in the final matches of the season. More of the same please Damian.
Reyno seems to be playing a fine hand at Captaining the ship & steering us where we need to be. Keep it going Adam.
We all know what Walker is capable of, and oh boy, hasn’t it been on show over the last few weeks. Sometimes just mesmerising to watch, Cody is weaving his way into a fine vein of form at the moment like a raindrop gathering pace zig zagging down a window.
Any team is capable of an upset on their day and we would be wise to remember that. The Bulldogs game was only 3 weeks ago and should be relatively fresh in the players minds. Carry the wrong mindset into a game and you’ll find your shorts resting on you shoes at the end of it.
That said, I just cannot see us doing that.
Geez I don’t want to be cocky, but I just don’t see anything other than a good win coming our way on Saturday evening. I have to say I am feeling pretty confident of meeting the Panthers next week.
There is nothing like momentum at the pointy end of the season to instill belief & it can even get luck running with you. We seem to be gaining in confidence and belief and that spells trouble for other sides.
I’ve said this before, but I will say it again; if Bennett has a flaw, it is sometimes he believes his players can do more than what they are actually capable of. If he has a strength, it is that he can get his his players to do more than THEY thought they were capable of
Loose and we say sayonara for 2020.
Win, and Penrith await.
Souths by 18.