Rugby League Preliminary Final - Panthers vs Rabbitohs: Saturday 24th September 7:50pm @Accor Stadium

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'It is illegal' - Panthers called out for trying to 'exploit' rules with Cleary blockers: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...l/news-story/001bddc57bd5e57468407179184c4aec

I love this. I absolutely love this from Souths! Mind games have started two days out. I know we did a similar thing last year, but the fact of the matter is, it's still happening. Penrith are still getting away with it so why not bring it up ahead of a Prelim? Regardless of what happened last year, it will now be in the back of everyone's minds. I love it! go get em' Souths!!

'Sounds like groundhog day' - Panthers coach denies 'loitering' tactic to shield Cleary: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...t/news-story/a7e9182a987d8c032abd0f824d777848

Tass hopes to top off Season that almost never was: https://www.nrl.com/news/2022/09/22/tass-hopes-to-top-a-season-that-almost-never-was/

Underrated coach set to shatter Bennett hoodoo: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/south-...the-mole/f6c375e6-cec9-4f87-9ac7-c1f4e979b86a

Aftermath to 'ridiculous' axing 'speaks volumes': https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/news-2...panthers/690ecd77-4cfd-4ec2-ad43-5e211f4d2929

Coache's surprise praise amid bitter Finals rivalry: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/news-2...abbitohs/69149765-075e-4cb8-9089-193d145e4a05
 

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JD said in the press conference that AJ was never really a chance and the boys knew that. He can run but is in pain, didnt really say whether he’d be good to go next week if we make it.
 
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Jason Demetriou Coaches Media Prelim Finals: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2022/09/23/jason-demetriou-coaches-media-prelim-finals/

Great interview with JD! Extremely focused, extremely calm. Just something about the way he speaks to the media ahead of these big games gets me so fired up! Loved how he basically said he doesn't care if we're getting written off, people can write us off all they like but we are South Sydney. We'll go out there and have a crack!

The news on AJ wasn't good to come home and read. A big blow, a big disappointment. We certainly lose a lot there. However, it HAS to be next man up mentality and nothing changes. Kennar ain't a bad player and he has my full support. He just has to come in and do a job for one game. He can do that! Who knows? Could be a blessing in disguise in terms of our back three coming out of our own end? The guys is a tank so will really help with that against a side that builds their game on trapping teams inside their half. What's more, it's a bit of a size mismatch with Staines so if Cody, Trell and Tassy could somehow get Richie one-on-one close to the line, then that could be a great asset.

Gutted for AJ and it makes it harder for us, but this is the kind of game we need to look forward and look at who's there, rather than who's not.

Prelim Final Captain's Run: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2022/09/23/prelim-final-captains-run/
 
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Triple treat - Kodi eyeing Grand Final, wedding, World Cup: https://www.nrl.com/news/2022/09/23/triple-treat-kodi-eyeing-grand-final-wedding-world-cup/

Kennar ready for Cleary's bombs after Souths call up: https://www.nrl.com/news/2022/09/23/kennar-ready-for-clearys-bombs-after-souths-call-up/

Latrell effect - How the hate plays right into Souths' hands and why his 'pain' should worry Panthers: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/3bdd135b8cfbf8f53256b5f37524936a

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Team effort: Rabbitohs coach praises senior influence on 'special' young half

South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou has shared an insight into the development of Lachlan Ilias ahead of the most important game of the 22-year-old’s career in the preliminary final showdown with Penrith.

Brought into a fierce spotlight as a replacement for Adam Reynolds at the start of the year, the Rabbitohs coach claims that it’s been the senior players in the Rabbitohs squad who should take the lion’s share of the credit for the young half’s incredible debut.

Though he’s had moments of doubt, particularly in the early stages, Ilias has all but secured the starting No.7 role at the club behind some increasingly noteworthy performances, and the coach says it’s the impact of the senior players on their young playmaker that’s made the difference.

“Lachie came in as a rookie pretty much, he’d only played one game at the end of last season. To do what he’s done this season has been pretty special,” Demetriou told SEN 1170 Afternoons.

“I’ve got to give credit to our senior boys, our spine in particular, for how they helped Lachie and have given him the confidence to go out there and do what he’s done.

“We aren’t congratulating ourselves too much at the moment, there’s a journey we’re still on and we haven’t reached that final destination yet.”

Ilias’ success is a small-scale representation of what Demetriou has been able to achieve with his Rabbitohs team this year, with few giving them a chance of replicating last year’s efforts following the departure of Wayne Bennett and Adam Reynolds in one fell swoop.

“That’s probably been the biggest lesson for all of us; the expectations or things that are written about in pre-season by experts, they have no bearing on whether we apply ourselves and what goes on every week for the 24 rounds,” Demetriou continued.

“The players have been outstanding. They’ve applied themselves and built our season really well. We’re playing good footy at the right time of the year and they’re writing their own story which is exciting to see.”
 
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