David Fifita has that right knee heavily strapped in his first match for more than four months. Believe it or not, his last game was against the Rabbitohs in round two before the COVID-19 season suspension.
It feels like he’s never been anywhere though given the column inches devoted to his on-again-off-again contract saga with the Titans. He’s looked pretty solid so far.
But little Tom Dearden has been a shining light for Brisbane at No.7 so far. He looks a real talent this teenager.
Now I’d really love to see Wayne Cam.
Little Tom Dearden sets up a Broncos break and then on the subsequent play Darius Boyd tips the ball on to Herbie Farnworth and he races over untouched. If Anthony Seibold was looking for a response, he’s got one pretty quickly. Kotoni Staggs was super scrambling to get a loose ball in the lead-up.
The Brisbane centre adds the extra from out wide, too. South Sydney’s lead cut to 8-6 now. This is shaping as a pretty good contest in the wet.
South Sydney have added to their lead after Brodie Croft is penalised for running Cameron Murray off his line as he raced down to contest an Adam Reynolds bomb. In fairness, Reynolds was decked by Tevita Pangai jnr late after he kicked and could have won a penalty for that himself.
Anyways, the little No.7 pots an easy conversion. South Sydney lead 8-0 after 17 minutes.
Anyone figured out how to stream Wayne in his lounge room yet?
The Rabbitohs have struck first, Dane Gagai sliding over after Cody Walker and Latrell Mitchell combine on the left. That was a little too easy and a little too predictable. I think we’ve seen this movie before.
Adam Reynolds nails the extras from the sideline and the Rabbitohs lead 6-0 after a mistake-riddled 15 minutes.
I don’t know what Adam Reynolds did today, but it seems like he’s playing under a full moon. He’s kicked out on the full, skilfully forced a line dropout with the perfect wet weather kick and then dropped the ball cold with his side deep on the attack.
Crazy, crazy stuff after a crazy, crazy couple of days.
Do you reckon Wayne has hurled the remote at the TV yet?
Well, how often do you see that?
The Rabbitohs are sloppy in their first attacking set, Adam Reynolds is kicking from his own 20-metre line and skews it out on the full. Huge early chance for the Broncos, but Kotoni Staggs is bundled into touch by Dane Gagai and Alex Johnston.
Underway in the second match of the night. Latrell Mitchell kicks off for the Rabbitohs.
Now we switch to the second game of a huge Friday night doubleheader with the Wayne Bennett-less Rabbitohs about to host the Broncos. David Fifita and Matt Lodge back from injury for Brisbane, but they’re still underdogs.
Oh how I wish we had Wayne Cam from his lounge room tonight. I wonder what he’s eating for dinner? Whatever it is, he’s already $20,000 out of pocket for the day.
The Warriors have done it.
That has to be one of the most gutsiest wins of the year. I know Manly had an injury list as long as your arm, but the Warriors have had two players sent to the sin bin and are now only two points outside the top eight with a 26-22 win at Lottoland, crashing the celebrations for Des Hasler’s 400th game as an NRL head coach.
What a great story developing with the NRL underdogs.
And they’ve blown it. Corey Waddell has spilled the ball off an awkward Cade Cust pass. They might only get one more possession. The Warriors on the brink of their first back-to-back wins of the year.