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    Can Greg Inglis emulate the feats of previous Souths greats to win his side their first premiership in 43 years? AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan

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    It may be a new start for South Sydney under Michael McGuire, but last night the Rabbitohs once again managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. A culture change takes time.
     
    McGuire has an almighty task ahead.
     
    Souths led by eight points with just two and a half minutes to go, but somehow lost 24 – 20 to the Roosters.
     
    The winning try from Anthony Minichiello came off a grubber from Roosters second rower Boyd Cordner.
     
    Salt meet wound. This will sting the club and its fans.
     
    McGuire has spent the off-season flogging his troops into shape, pleading with them to be mentally strong when the tough moments arrive.
     
    Last night, the first of those moments confronted them and his men folded.
     
    One try in two and a half minutes can be forgiven.
     
    Two tries in quick succession is a sign of a side that still doesn’t know how to finish the job.
     
    McGuire was trying to search for positives after the match and they weren’t hard to find.
     
    Sam Burgess battled like a gladiator and young halfback Adam Reynolds was composed without being spectacular.
     
    Perhaps the biggest compliment came from a former international who told this columnist that Souths defended like Melbourne for 60 minutes of the match.
     
    They’ll need to imitate them for a little longer this weekend. The Storm awaits at AAMI Park on Sunday night.
     
    Progress will be slow. Understanding the art of winning and the hard work that accompanies it will take time.
     
    When it eventually clicks, South Sydney could rise from its slumber.
     
    There has been many a false dawn, but McGuire could be the man to help break down that final mental barrier.

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    • March 6th 2012 @ 9:19am
      turbodewd said | March 6th 2012 @ 9:19am | ! Report

      The problem with Souths is that they offer fat contracts and the players get lazy – why try? They also lack workhorses on the roster.

    • March 6th 2012 @ 9:29am
      Paul said | March 6th 2012 @ 9:29am | ! Report

      Given the roosters only had 2 players over 23 on the field its a pretty good effort and to just focus on souths is unfair. The try Sutton scored should have been ruled 6 to go becuase Burgess played at the ball before making the tackle on perrit so they should not have been that far in front imo. I am obviously biased but i have a real fear there is not being enough done in relation to referees performance.
      We have blokes on what 50 to 100 k salarys as refs trying to keep up and control games by athletes on upto 5 times as much and 10 times the raw ability. They need to develop a high performance unit to get the refs up to speed.
      Oh and if souths had Sandow, they win by plenty!!

      • March 6th 2012 @ 9:40am
        Chop said | March 6th 2012 @ 9:40am | ! Report

        Not based on Sandow’s performance for Parramatta on Friday night they don’t. I thought Reynolds was solid if not spectacular. Sutton is the guy who need to take some control of the game. They missed Issac Luke as well.

        I think Souths have a solid platform and will go ok this year. I was impressed by the Roosters as well.

        In fact the only teams that didn’t impress me this weekend were my Eels and the Cowboys.

        • March 6th 2012 @ 9:44am
          Paul said | March 6th 2012 @ 9:44am | ! Report

          No agree, but put sandow in the bunnies line up and they challenge for the title.

          • March 6th 2012 @ 10:05am
            Ian Whitchurch said | March 6th 2012 @ 10:05am | ! Report

            Paul,

            This is the era of the salary cap, and you cant fit Sandow, Burgess, Luke and Inglis in the same cap.

            • March 6th 2012 @ 10:10am
              Paul said | March 6th 2012 @ 10:10am | ! Report

              Yes but not if you lost Sutton and kept Sandow or didn pay overs for Ingliss. Im a rooster so i dont really care but i always thought Bea Champion was a very good centre and better value for money in a squad like the one the rabbits have got. Dynamic forward pack but no general and as ill disciplined Sandow was or is i think the bunnies win by plenty if he payed.

          • March 6th 2012 @ 7:15pm
            Pete75 said | March 6th 2012 @ 7:15pm | ! Report

            If that was the case, why didn’t they do it last year when they had Sandow in pretty much exactly the same roster as this year?

            I also question whether Sandow is a premiership half regardless of the team roster. The outside backs don’t see enough of the ball off Sandow.

            You can’t win a competition without halves. Reynolds is a rookie and Sutton is a lock in a number 6 jersey.

            You can’t win comps like that….

    • March 6th 2012 @ 9:51am
      Dan said | March 6th 2012 @ 9:51am | ! Report

      Can someone tell Dave Taylor to pass inglis the ball?!!

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    • March 6th 2012 @ 10:13am
      Dan said | March 6th 2012 @ 10:13am | ! Report

      But you can fit foran, cherryevans, Stewart,Stewart,Lyon,kite,king,matai,dWilliams,tWilliams,ballin? I think not! Souths roster is modest compared to the silvertails team of rep players

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    • March 6th 2012 @ 10:42am
      Maximus said | March 6th 2012 @ 10:42am | ! Report

      Manly developed all of those players bar Lyon but they will run into salary cap trouble soon if the contracts are back ended. Plus maybe the peninsular lifestyle is a bonus…Last night highlighted the problems with the stripping the ball rule – there were some questionable decisions but I’m intrigued why referee Sutton ddint check the grounding of the hargreaves try where Taylor appeared to be a chance of having his arm underneath it – possibly not but it was worth a look. Roosters roared back into the game with some good field position aided by Souths “discipline” mistakes

    • March 6th 2012 @ 3:08pm
      Pops MacDonald said | March 6th 2012 @ 3:08pm | ! Report

      Were there not meant to be 30,000 people at last evenings game? It appears to me that it was signifcantly less then that. It would appear to be Rugby League once again asserting itself as more then it actually is.

      • March 6th 2012 @ 9:16pm
        Crosscoder said | March 6th 2012 @ 9:16pm | ! Report

        Not quite correct Pops.They were hoping to achieve that figure,they didn’t .That’s life.They got a sellout at Leichhardt which was predicted,so it’s not the end of the rugby league world,though you may believe so.Great game in Auckland also..

        The game itself went down to the wire as did many of the other matches.That is why the NRL is so unpredictable,7 away teams win.I am sure other sports would like a similar scenario.

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