Who would’ve thunk it?
At the start of the season, the Rabbitohs were considered a top-four or top-five team.
Although they’ve shown some glimpses of good footy, the fact remains they have lost to the Broncos twice and the Tigers once.
Now let’s temper that with wins over the Sea Eagles and the Roosters, but it’s a worrying trend.
The Rabbitohs are nowhere near the ladder-leading Panthers and the Storm, and are mixed up in this low-mid-table stink with the rest of the pack.
The issue with the other 16 teams, outside of Penrith and Melbourne, is that any one of them can beat any other on any other day.
The Knights are running last, but can they beat the Rabbitohs? Absolutely.
I also fear the same fate for the Roosters and the Sea Eagles, but they have coaches with a history of peaking at the back end of the year.
The Rabbitohs have a first-year coach in Jason Demetriou, so it’ll be interesting to see how it ends.
The Cowboys are the surprise packet while the Eels are always there or thereabouts and seem to be able to beat the Storm when no-one else can.
The concern for the Rabbitohs is they have the Warriors, Raiders and the Tigers again in the next three rounds.
On current form, all three are losable and two from three would be a positive, but if they lose two out of three, they are fighting to stay in the eight.
It’s not just the losses but the scorelines that go with them. The Broncos were all over them and the Tigers simply had more heart.
These are banana-skin games and they can drift down the ladder very quickly.
When that happens, team unity is either grown or disintegrated. Which team will they be?
For the record, they should make the eight. But on current form, every team from one to 16 would think they’ve got a good chance.
Beware the banana skin.