Four Pointers: St George Illawarra Dragons 8 South Sydney Rabbitohs 6
Time Warp: Sunday was a throwback to years gone by. A sodden SCG threw up a gladiatorial contest which (minus colour HD TV and knowledge of the payers involved) could have passed as a St George vs. Souths grand final from their famous 11 year winning streak. Souths have shown they can be explosive on a dry track however yesterdays conditions exposed a major weakness in their approach. Wet weather football is a rare thing these days, and without the conditions to train and play in, teams struggle when put into such an unknown environment.
Bad Bunny: Facing their first real test of the year against the Dragons, Souths came up short. The torrential rain and enormous penalty count made this a very difficult match to watch (and no doubt play in). These are the sorts of matches the top 4 sides win, and Souths came up empty
Mounting Injuries: The Sam Burgess injury added to Souths mounting injury toll as another of their stars looks to be sidelined for a period of time. Even the deepest teams have cracks start to appear when they consistently sustain injuries to the star players, Souths have now lost Sutton, Reynolds and Burgess in the first three weeks. This has the potential to derail what has been a strong start to this year’s premiership. Lucky for Souths they racked up some big scores early in their campaign which should prove useful in what is set to be a very close comp in 2016.
Dragon Kick Start: Will this win be the impetus the Dragons need to turn their fortunes around after a slow start to 2016. They were solid on Sunday without being spectacular. Next up they face a Dangerous Panthers team who had a similar bounce back performance in round 3. The Dragons still don’t look confident as to where the points will come from, to overcome the Panthers they are going to need a steady stream of points.
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