Friday night’s clash between the Storm and Rabbitohs was a massive game with the minor premiership within the reach of both clubs. With their convincing victory the Rabbitohs proved they have what it takes to finish on top of the ladder and go all the way to win another premiership.
The Rabbitohs had a run of nine straight victories until it came to an end at the hands of the Tigers two games ago. Robbie Farah played a key role in that victory, as he picked apart the seams of the Rabbitohs defence in and around the ruck. It was as though he somehow knew the intricacies of their defensive structures.
They looked very shaky last week on the way to beating the Eels, and there were some beginning to question their premiership credentials. The Storm started well on Friday night and held a 16-6 lead with nine minutes to go in the first half. The Burgess brothers, who are key to everything the Rabbitohs do, were making mistakes and looking ineffective. Then, as halftime approached, Sam Burgess crashed over for a try which took the score to 16-12 at the break.
In the second half Souths found the form that had seen them dismantle defences throughout the season. The crispness of their backline moves returned and they looked very sharp. There is still a long way to go before they sing ‘Glory Glory to South Sydney’ on grand final day, but they are looking good once again.