Rugby League Round 16 - Rabbitohs vs Eels: Saturday 2nd July 7:35pm @Accor Stadium

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Well, our final bye week for 2022 is over and it's time to get back into the hard work and back into the grind. Hopefully the boys all had a great break, took some time away from Footy to freshen up and get ready for what needs to be a huge back end of the Season. Seriously, we need to find some form and go on a run, quick smart. That all starts this week as we take on Parra back there at home in what is no doubt one of the more monumental games of the Season for us. Potentially Season-defining. Close to must-win territory.

Given our record this year, any opponent this week would be a monumental occasion but when you add to it the fact that it's the Parramatta Eels, well, it just becomes that much bigger. Parra are a potential top four team and a potential Premiership contender so this is going to be a huge test for us back at home. Certainly the most stiff competition we've had in weeks which I'll be honest, is a worry with the way we've been going. They're a classy side on their day full of absolute superstars like Gutho, Sivo, Brown, Moses, Paulo, Mahoney, RCG, Matterson, Papali'i, just to name a few. That's pretty daunting when you read that out and think about it. On their day I reckon they are capable of beating anyone, as we have seen with their wins earlier in the Season against the Storm and Panthers. What's more, they'll still be smarting from their shock loss to the Dogs a couple weeks back and that spells danger for us.

However, we should also be smarting from our last game against the Dragons. We all know what happened there and I want the boys to remember that hurt and embarrassment, and use it to drive them this week. As I said earlier, we need to turn our Season around over the next eight or so weeks and that all starts on Saturday night. This game is so, so important and if the stakes don't fire the lads up, then nothing will. I just want to see some pride and passion, some heart. Some effort for the jersey and for the fans. Completing our sets and defending better wouldn't go astray too. Significantly, we should be able to field one of the strongest line ups we've had all year as Latrell is certain to return. That is just huge for us, adds so much to the team and boy do we need him right now. I really hope he's the key to unlocking Cody and we see a big game from our 5/8 in tandem with his Indigenous mate agiainst the Eels. We need some magic and that will go a long way to getting the result.

So super important week! Our backs are well and truly against the wall and the stakes are high. She's a big one in the context of our Season as win this and it will be huge for the confidence of the team but lose, and we could find ourselves out of the eight. What's it going to be? It's up to the boys. This is our line in the sand moment, a moment that is so very important. We need to make sure it is our moment. Bring on Saturday!!
 
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Here's my predicted line up for Round 16 against the Eels

1. Mitchell
2. Johnston
3. Graham
4. Tass
5. Paulo
6. Walker
7. Ilias
8. Tatola
9. Cook
10. Nicholls
11. Koloamatangi
12. Arrow
13. Murray (C)

14. Nikorima
15. Havili
16. Burgess
17. Sele

Has to be some changes surely!! Either way, gonna be so bloody good to have Trell back!!
 
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I’m expecting JD to keep Milne at centre. I would like Tass to get another go though.
 
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Rabbitohs Line Up For Round 16 Against Eels: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2022/06/28/rabbitohs-nrl-team-for-round-16-against-eels/

Not entirely happy with the team for this one I gotta say. How are there zero changes at all to that right edge? Seriously, the question needs to be asked. I would have at least brought in Tass. Pretty disappointed with that to be honest. JD must be extremely confident they can turn it around and to the job. Jeez, I hope they can!

The two changes I do like are obviously Latrell back which we all knew was gonna happen, and Nicho returning to the starting side with Tom on the bench. Obviously, Latrell is a HUGE in for us in an important clash and while we can't expect him to be on fire straight away, just his presence will add so much and I hope it sparks something in all the boys, especially Cody. I also think the side is more balanced with the forward pack and bench rotation we're running with now too.

So not entirely happy with the line up but it's still a very strong team on their day. We need to go out there on Saturday and make sure it's our day from the start!!
 
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"We're feeling refreshed" - Tatola: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2022/06/28/junior-tatola-media-round-16/

"We're coming into this week with a good mindset" - Nicholls: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2022/06/28/mark-nicholls-media-round-16/

"I'm feeling really good about this week" - Burgess: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2022/06/28/thomas-burgess-media-round-16/

NRL community unites for Beanies for Brain Cancer Round: https://www.nrl.com/news/2022/06/28/beanie-for-brain-cancer/

NRL Beanies for Brain Cancer Round 2022: https://www.nrl.com/news/2022/06/28/nrl-beanies-for-brain-cancer-round-2022/

Don't forget that it's also a very special Round this weekend, one of the most important of the year in my opinion, Beanies for Brain Cancer Round. Do your bit and go buy a Beanie or donate to an amazing cause! I certainly will be.
 
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Rabbitohs Line Up For Round 16 Against Eels: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2022/06/28/rabbitohs-nrl-team-for-round-16-against-eels/

Not entirely happy with the team for this one I gotta say. How are there zero changes at all to that right edge? Seriously, the question needs to be asked. I would have at least brought in Tass. Pretty disappointed with that to be honest. JD must be extremely confident they can turn it around and to the job. Jeez, I hope they can!

The two changes I do like are obviously Latrell back which we all knew was gonna happen, and Nicho returning to the starting side with Tom on the bench. Obviously, Latrell is a HUGE in for us in an important clash and while we can't expect him to be on fire straight away, just his presence will add so much and I hope it sparks something in all the boys, especially Cody. I also think the side is more balanced with the forward pack and bench rotation we're running with now too.

So not entirely happy with the line up but it's still a very strong team on their day. We need to go out there on Saturday and make sure it's our day from the start!!
I hate that Taaffe’s development has been shelved for Nikorima. He isn’t any good and at 28, with a heap of opportunities, his time should be up.
 

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Sitting out at Redfern today watching training, Tass running around in the red so looking a chance to get a start this week, in the oppose session Paulo watching on from the sideline. Murray the only one missing.

For the rest of the session it’s been Milne in the b’s, Paulo back in the wing.

Latrell doing ridiculous Latrell stuff.

From Jed off the Warren
 
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Campbell training back at right centre Tass left centre. Milne trained with b’s
 
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During training today Cody went down with looked like a knee injury, limped off, looked bad. Physio went through all the testing on the sideline and it appeared in the end where he was pressing and getting reaction was muscular and in behind the knee and high calf. He had it strapped and finished the session but still wasn’t 100%

From Jed off the Warren
 
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Another observation about today’s session was Taafe, I’ve been a bit off him since pre season and late last season, had in my head he’s a bit over-rated and couldn’t work out where he’d ever really fit in but geez I thought he shone today running at 5/8th, had a bit of Reynolds about the way he shaped the backline flows. He threw a couple of bad balls but threw some corkers too, not afraid to back himself and full of banter and had a super energy level about him. Looked way more comfortable.

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I reckon the anytime try scorer Latrell this weekend is worth a punt, I see $2.30 and $2.40 available around town. They worked on some neat little moves today featuring him.

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Rabbitohs Insider 2022 Round 16: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2022/06/29/rabbitohs-insider-round-16/

During training today Cody went down with looked like a knee injury, limped off, looked bad. Physio went through all the testing on the sideline and it appeared in the end where he was pressing and getting reaction was muscular and in behind the knee and high calf. He had it strapped and finished the session but still wasn’t 100%

From Jed off the Warren
Oh god I hope he's okay!!! We need him fit and getting back to firing if we are to win this game, let alone make the finals!!
 
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Souths ranked No. 1 as the most wasteful team in the comp out of the whole 16 ---story on FOXSPORT !! And we're still in the 8--imagine how good we could be if we got our act together !!
 
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