Mon July 30, 2012 12:17am
South Sydney fans can really start to get excited. They're probably showing signs of jubilation already.
South Sydney fans can really start to get excited.
They're probably showing signs of jubilation already, but in the past they've tended to get ahead of themselves in expectations. This year though, their team is the real deal. After decades of disappointment, which included having their great club removed from the premier league competition, the Rabbitohs now have a serious football team and are a real chance at winning a premiership.
Yesterday's victory at ANZ Stadium came at the expense of an injury weakened Wests Tigers team, but it was the way they went about their work that convinced me this group of players has matured enough to dream of the ultimate prize our game can offer.
Remember, too, that Souths also had a couple of big guns sitting in the grandstands. The suspended pair of Isaac Luke and Greg Inglis will take the opportunity during their enforced lay-offs to free themselves of niggling injuries and they will hit September fresh and ready to explode. Roy Asotasi is not far away from a comeback as well. There is a sense of timing about all this.
This team is powerful.
David Taylor and Sam Burgess lead a mean gang of forwards who can match it with any pack in the NRL. They also have size and aggression in the back line, which is vital in big-match football.
The difference between the two teams yesterday was the power running in attack from South Sydney. They blasted their way through Tigers defenders with a real ''get-out-of-my-way'' attitude. This was far more effective than the Tigers' attack, which headed aimlessly across field all day looking for soft gaps in the Rabbitohs' defensive line.