South Sydney and Latrell Mitchell in ominous form as Rabbitohs make statement to rival NRL teams after beating listless Parramatta on their home turf at CommBank Stadium
- Rabbitohs moved up to fifth on the NRL ladder after beating the Eels 26-0′
- Pivot Cody Walker was a standout, scoring two tries in a one-sided affair on Friday
- Rival NRL teams informed, with South Sydney moving into gear in recent weeks
South Sydney can claim to be the NRL’s form team with the final looming after producing their most brutal performance of the season against Parramatta on Friday.
The Rabbitohs flexed their muscles in the impressive 26-0 win, with star fullback Latrell Mitchell warning his team is building when it matters.
Since the NRL’s representative weekend in June, the Souths have gone 6-1 in a record matched only by Cronulla and North Queensland.
The Bunnies also average 32 points per game – the most of any team in the league.
Their resurgence coincided with Mitchell’s return from a hamstring injury, with the number one x factor clearly back at its best.
Latrell Mitchell’s South Sydney can claim to be the NRL’s form team with the finals looming after producing their most brutal performance of the season against Parramatta on Friday
Cody Walker was also a standout, scoring two tries against the Eels, who failed to set the pace at Commbank Stadium
The club’s form is a far cry from how they started the year, losing six of their first eleven games with a new coach in Jason Demetriou and no club legend Adam Reynolds.
Refusing to panic, Demetriou held on to selections before the Rabbitohs’ attack finally clicked and Cody Walker started to shine again.
“I had a plan that I thought we should take a trip,” Demetriou said afterwards.
“I had no illusions about how difficult the start of the season would be.
“We had a shocking pre-season, after a long time off due to… [previously] be in the bubble.
And then only start at the end of January because of Covid.
Coach Jason Demetriou said it was a matter of building momentum after the game and believing in the playgroup (photo, Latrell Mitchell)
The fact that he did not allow points was also a pleasure for Demetriou, who is enthusiastic about the way his team’s offense and defense are progressing into the final in September.
“But I kind of knew the season would grow on us.”
Demetriou added that it was important not to panic and support oneself to succeed as a unit.
‘We were under pressure. But every day I just woke up and reminded myself of what’s in that locker room,” he said.
“And that’s a very talented football team and a group of guys who care about their club and their teammates.”
The Rabbitohs are being tipped to welcome Campbell Graham and Lachlan Ilias back from injury against Penrith next week, while Tom Burgess is also returning from suspension.