General Pick Your Team 2021 Rnd 19 - Rabbitohs vs Warriors

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Pick Your Team 2021 Rnd 19 - Rabbitohs vs Warriors

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Promotions?
Demotions?
Any new injury concerns?
Any returning players?
Any tweaks to the bench?

Discuss...
 
Had to go back through the game to even see where Lodge was put on report because I couldn’t recall the incident. The ref let it go at the time and rightly so, it was a late hit on JFH but very marginal, you see half a dozen of these in a single game and would’ve gone unnoticed if JFH hadn’t thrown his hands up afterwards in protest.

I’d be surprised if he’s charged but if he is it would only warrant a grade one dangerous contact charge which he could take the early guilty plea for and not miss a game, that’s if he doesn’t carry any loading for prior non-simlar offences.
 

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Yeah I realise that but my question goes a bit deeper than that, what’s happened to his form, the first 1-2 months of the competition he was outstanding his form has dropped so dramatically I just don’t know why?!

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Yeah I realise that but my question goes a bit deeper than that, what’s happened to his form, the first 1-2 months of the competition he was outstanding his form has dropped so dramatically I just don’t know why?!

Combination of things. Main two probably being:

- He's being asked to play a lot more prop and lock, so is in the middle of the field rather than being able to use his size and speed to break tackles on the edge. Evidence is seen with his tackles increasing from around 16 to low 20s, and tackle busts dropping from 2-3 a game down to 0-1.

- He doesn't strike me as someone with either a naturally high motor and/or the drive to put in the extras to get his fitness up to scratch. I remember he looked absolutely gassed his first couple of games, and he still does after relatively short stints.

Is it fixable? Probably, if Lodge/Addin Fonua-Blake continue to own the middle meaning we don't need to get the likes of Ben Murdoch-Masila and Murch to play prop rather than their natural positions in the backrow.
 
The names selected do not worry me so much. This team has been cruelled by injuries all season and although the 8 now seems remote there is something else at stake.

I just want to see resilience and that never say die attitude they have been showing. If their resilience continues and they keep fighting to the end of games that will become embedded in the ethos of the team.

The injuries will heal for next season but these hard times will build character which is just as important.

Kia Kaha
 

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