South Sydney Rabbitohs enjoy perfect off-season heading in 2018Posted on 25/02 by Joe Gann
After back-to-back twelfth place finishes, the Rabbitohs are hoping rookie coach Anthony Seibold can breathe new life into the side.
Weekly Expert Betting Tips - Join our free mailing listHaving retained the Charity Shield for the sixth successive year courtesy of a 22-18 victory over the Dragons, the Rabbitohs can be happy with a productive off-season. The headline story of the win in Mudgee was undoubtedly the return of Greg Inglis who has been out of action for a year following a season-ending knee injury. His 19-minute cameo suggests that the superstar full-back will be present for the Round One opener against the Warriors.
This recent success follows on from the impressive 18-8 win over the Wigan Warriors and represents a solid start to life under new coach Anthony Seibold. Although the Bunnies were without star recruit Dane Gagai, Adam Reynolds, Cody Walker, Sam Burgess and Angus Crichton for the match against the Super League side, the cardinal and myrtle still had too much firepower for the Englishmen - positive signs regarding the squad depth for the season ahead.
The sight of Inglis returning to the paddock will have lifted the entire squad and together with another eye-catching display from Damian Cook, who has surely nailed down the hooker role, and the return of Angus Crichton following an operation to amputate a finger, there are reasons for optimism at Redfern.
Although he has probably lost the battle to be named first-choice hooker, Robbie Farrah has proved himself to be a valuable asset with his recent outings flitting between dummy half and halfback. The rib injury sustained by Alex Johnston will be a concern but with Gagai slotting in at full-back seamlessly, there appears to be options available to Seibold should he require them.
Despite not gaining any match time during the trial games, Adam Reynolds is expected to take his place in the line-up in Perth and on the whole, things appear to be looking rosy for the Rabbitohs at present - the fresh start under Seibold appears to have got off on the right footing.
The Rabbitohs are to climb back into the eight this season.
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