From the Stands - Round 4

Well what a disappointment Sunday night was? The reality is though; it’s only round 3, so it’s not time to start lighting the torches just yet.

Sure it would be easy to dwell on the negatives of the weekend but it’s time to call it a disappointing loss and move on. This is our team and we're here to support them through thick and thin. 

Of course the real negative on the weekend that put life’s priorities into perspective, was that of Alex McKinnon.

It was such an awful tragedy and we wish Alex and his family all the best throughout what must be an unimaginably difficult time.

This week sees our mighty Green Machine pitted against the South Sydney “anger management required” Rabbitohs.

It should be an interesting matchup and already I’ve got those people in my ear who claim they’ve been following the Rabbits since the Renaissance.

A win here would be oh so sweet and turn more than a few heads.

Just be careful not to turn George Burgess’ body too much in a tackle or we’ll see big brother Sam spill his lollies again… Or maybe that’s a good thing.

The Tigers of all teams may have provided a blue print on how to beat those pesky Rabbits.

Upset the forward pack and the wheels fall off. But will it work two weeks in a row? Let’s hope so.

We have a few in our pack that are well and truly capable of pulling this off. First and foremost, I’m looking at our back row in defence. 

Joel Edwards has been rushing up in defence like it’s last drinks and he hasn’t been missing often.

To be honest, I don’t know if the man actually enjoys a beverage, so that’s more a reflection on myself than him.

Jarrad Kennedy was also more than effective in defence on Sunday.

One of his hits on a motoring Albert Kelly made it look like Albert was taken down with a baseball bat instead of shoulder. More of that please (the shoulder, not the bat).  

In attack, this will be a big test for one of our biggest men. 

Shannon Boyd has a huge task ahead of him and it’s his opportunity to grab with both hands. Let’s hope he lays a great platform.

Make no mistake, win the battle of the forwards and the Raiders win this game.

A quick look at South Sydney’s backline won’t exactly fill you with dread… Greg Inglis? Pfft, never heard of him.

In all seriousness though, with a solid platform laid by the forwards, the Raiders are well and truly in this game.

Shaun Fensom is back where his work in defence will come in handy, but I think last week also showed us how underrated his hole running and decoy work is.  

This should open up more opportunities for our lightening outside backs to take advantage of Lote’s lack of… everything. Can I say that? Just did. Bring it on!