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Call me old fashion but I reckon the Rabbitohs are going to give the Eagles a bath….

JAMIE SOWARD: My tip for a match winner in Manly vs. Souths, and it isn't Tom Trbojevic

It’s souths, pronounce the “th” as in “souTHS” . Easy.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Preliminary finals

The arrogance! Get the popcorn and watch this back fire spectacularly in Ivan’s face. He just wont learn. The colossal hiding the Panthers will cop against the Storm on Saturday should surely send the Panthers back to reality.

Panthers 'vigorously defending' banned physio after semi-final controvery

Storm have 28,000 paid members (2021), for 2 years and no games (thanks to Dan it may also continue in 2022) it is reasonable to assume that some members would not be willing to take up a 2022 membership. So offering free 2022 memberships to all the 2021 members should by inference keep 28k members + new numbers. If the club didn’t offer this, one could see how their numbers may well drop below 28.000. That’s not hard to see, offering “free membership” will ensure the numbers are at minimum status quo or up, offering nothing and you may have a drop in numbers (due to covid, financial hardships etc )

Why have the Penrith Panthers become the new team NRL fans love to hate?

Bennett’s smart, he probably won’t want our players to get into a grind, so we’ll play the kicks to corners, solid kick-chase defence, keep them in their half, control position and then quick plays out of the ruck with our halves moving it quickly out wide to expose Manly’s weaker edge defence. I am expecting Gagai to have a big game.

Bennett: Stop Turbo? Just tackle him

Souths need to start strong and run away with a comfortable lead in the 1H. Manly typically play better in the second half and will come to the fight, then as you said the last 20mins will be where the battle is won or lost, hopefully Souths fresh legs and the fatigue of Manly playing an extra game will take into effect. Then Souths can sit back on Saturday while watching which team they need to beat next week.

Bennett: Stop Turbo? Just tackle him

Rob – all I said was “Souths have the most paid -up members 30,000+ , Storm have 28,000 (but now have decided to get their numbers up by offering “free membership” ). ” Then “agreed the free membership is a good initiative”.

Why have the Penrith Panthers become the new team NRL fans love to hate?

Great piece, Jamie. Tonight only one Tom will dominate, Tom Burgess and only one Walker will entertain, Cody Walker (not Dylan).

JAMIE SOWARD: My tip for a match winner in Manly vs. Souths, and it isn't Tom Trbojevic

Well said TB. 👍

All the pressure Friday night is on Wayne Bennett's Rabbitohs. It will make them or break them

TFW, that’s true, it’s who turns up on the night. I agree on the defence aspect but somehow I think it will be a high scoring game. No doubt, we can argue either way, but based on form (last 14 consecutive games) including the current finals, Souths are looking the better side. Manly have know to have an off-game occasionally (let’s hope its tonight), Souths on the other hand haven’t had one off game since May.

All the pressure Friday night is on Wayne Bennett's Rabbitohs. It will make them or break them

andrew- let’s see post game, be like taking candy off a child 😊

All the pressure Friday night is on Wayne Bennett's Rabbitohs. It will make them or break them

Manly played a woeful b grade roosters last week, which Souths thumped 54-12 a few weeks earlier. Anyone but the roosters would have had a better showing v Manly, yet even in that game their defensive weaknesses on the edges were exposed. Going on what Manly did v roosters is misleading, it is how their edge defence will cope against the bunnies attack, simply put it wont survive. Wayne Bennett master class tonight, Souths by 20+.

All the pressure Friday night is on Wayne Bennett's Rabbitohs. It will make them or break them

Apart from that 2 week slump in May, Souths are in the box seat. leading winning the stats in almost all categories. This is Bennett’s magic, most other coaches could not even get close to this. As for Bennett and his success, he is at top or consistently around the top. 3 consecutive prelims finals and leading the Broncos to a GF in recent times is not to be scoffed at. Didn’t he win the SOO 2020 with the “worst Qld team ever”, Hats off, he is a legend.

All the pressure Friday night is on Wayne Bennett's Rabbitohs. It will make them or break them

Bennett would be thinking. Nathan who? Tinkler? almost 20 years as a coach, lost more games than won, 33% wins at Warriors, 26% wins at Knights. Hardly someone who’s advice you’d take seriously.

Forget the Book of Feuds – Wayne Bennett has a whole damn library!

Atkins is (fact) Member of the Penrith Referees Association. He is buddies with Ivan Cleary they worked together. Atkins was bunker official for eels v panthers and it is acknowledged by all that the eels had some pretty bad decisions against, as did souths v panthers in r23 (Atkins was ref) downtown pen, 11-3 pens and 2 tries that weren’t tries given to the panthers (even Annesley conceded one try was a blatant obstruction). These are facts, no agenda.

Why have the Penrith Panthers become the new team NRL fans love to hate?

Souths must also have superhero powers for they too have defeated the evil panthers. See you in the Final Obi Wan.

Why have the Penrith Panthers become the new team NRL fans love to hate?

The last tackle shown in this video clip was by Souths player Kolaomatagi on panthers number 5, he was penalised for a “so-called” crusher, was a joke, and then copped a 2 week suspension for that! Atkins referee.

'It makes me laugh': Joey Johns blasts NRL coaches for hypocrisy amid penalty-milking furore

well it is “free” so not sure what is fake….

Why have the Penrith Panthers become the new team NRL fans love to hate?

TFW – I knew Souths and Eels were the most supported clubs and thanks for the latest figures. One of the reasons I was hoping for a Souths v Eels grand final was exactly that, it would have had a record viewing audience. The problem was the Panthers biggest fan is Grant Atkins, in addition to being a bonafide Member of the Penrith Referees Association he is an active participant to the Panthers successes.

Why have the Penrith Panthers become the new team NRL fans love to hate?

Manly finished by 8(pm).

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Preliminary finals

Souths random fan spotted on Bezos space rocket me thinks. Agree on the free membership, good initiative.

Why have the Penrith Panthers become the new team NRL fans love to hate?

Fair points, should be good.

Déjà vu – Manly to take down Souths in the preliminary final again

Souths have the most paid -up members 30,000+ , Storm have 28,000 (but now have decided to get their numbers up by offering “free membership” ).. Souths have traditionally being the club with not only the most members but are the most geographically diverse and widely supported NRL club across Australia.

Why have the Penrith Panthers become the new team NRL fans love to hate?

Melbourne playing for everyone in Victoria (except Chairman Dan).

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Preliminary finals

DPS getting selected is an honour and recognition. he was part of the squad, inside the winning bubble, all that, it gave the kid a massive confidence boast and maturity, since then he has lifted his game and been one of the best second rowers in the comp. I would say that is poetic 😊

Déjà vu – Manly to take down Souths in the preliminary final again

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