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Sam Burgess relieved with prognosis

Relieved South Sydney forward Sam Burgess is confident he’ll be back on the field within a month after scans revealed only minor damage to his troublesome left shoulder. The England international re-injured his left shoulder just 30 minutes in to his comeback match from off-season surgery against the Roosters on Friday night. Burgess, 22, admits he feared the worst after coming off second best in an attempted tackle on New Zealand centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall in the Bunnies’ 40-29 loss. But the likeable giant could hardly wipe the smile of his face when he emerged to front a large media pack on Monday morning. “I got some fairly good results this morning, there was a little bit of damage in there but it’s better than I expected on Friday night,” a relieved Burgess said at Redfern Oval. “Fingers crossed I’ll be back out there in two to four weeks.” “I’ll work hard on some rehab and we’ll go from there.” Burgess dismissed suggestions he tried to return from his off-season injury too soon. “It was a bit of a shock, I trained really well and the shoulder had been really strong in training so I felt really confident to play,” he said. Continue reading

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South Sydney face an anxious wait with star forward Sam Burgess to see a specialist this week after reinjuring a shoulder in Friday night’s NRL loss to the Sydney Roosters. Burgess left the Sydney Football Stadium late in the first half of the 40-29 defeat before having an MRI scan on the left shoulder he had surgery on in November. The Rabbitohs will be desperately hoping the big Englishman can avoid another operation after a night of carnage which will leave the club’s highly rated pack seriously depleted for the second straight year. Coach John Lang was hopeful on Friday night that Burgess’ injury was “not super bad”. But another bout of surgery could have the backrower sidelined for three months. Luckless prop Scott Geddes is gone for the season after it was confirmed he ruptured his Achilles tendon. The injury-plagued 30-year-old, who has spent more than half of his decade long career in the stands, lasted just seven minutes of 2011 when he came off the Rabbitohs bench. Lock Ben Lowe’s broken foot is still to be confirmed but he is likely to miss up to two months. Continue reading

South Sydney super signing Greg Inglis and gun Rabbitohs Sam Burgess, Issac Luke and Luke Stuart have today been named in one of the club’s strongest line-ups on paper in years for their 2011 Telstra Premiership opener against the Roosters next Friday.

Rabbitohs coach John Lang has taken the unusual step of naming his side over a week before kick-off, with the talented line-up sure to have fans excited about the clash between the fierce eastern suburbs rivals, which will open the 2011 season at the SFS.

With only Michael Crocker and Jason Clark unavailable to play in round one due to injury, Lang will be fielding close to his best possible team, however it will also be the first time Inglis, Luke, Burgess and Stuart have played a match together.

All four missed the three trial games – of which Souths only won one match against NSW Cup team Newtown – because they were recovering from surgery for a variety of injuries. Continue reading

Cowboys walking wounded as trial injuries begin to mount

Justin Hodges made a successful return to action, but former Broncos team mate Antonio Winterstein is set to miss the start of the NRL season after suffering a broken jaw. Hodges set up a try with his first touch off the bench in the Broncos’ 26-4 trial win over the Cowboys in Alice Springs on Saturday night. “He got through a continuous 40 minutes and set up a try and there was no side affects from the injury, so I’m very happy with his involvement and getting through the game,” Broncos coach Ivan Henjak told AAP. It ended more than 500 days of NRL inactivity for the classy Broncos, Queensland and Australia centre, but Cowboys recruit Winterstein had far worse misfortune on the night. He went to hospital for scans just before halftime after suffering facial injuries in a sickening collision during a tackle. Continue reading

Titans flog Souths

South Sydney coach John Lang has a major headache ahead of the Rabbitohs’ opening match of the NRL season after a 42-4 flogging by Gold Coast on Saturday night.

Already missing star signing Greg Inglis and with fellow internationals Sam Burgess, Isaac Luke and Michael Crocker under injury clouds as well, Lang’s worries were heightened with a further injury to backrower Ben Lowe during the trial match in Coffs Harbour on the NSW north coast.

Even accounting for the absence of his stars Lang would also be holding serious doubts over his attacking options as the tried and tested halves combination of Chris Sandow and John Sutton was virtually impotent against the Titans.

Gold Coast coach John Cartwright has no such worries. Continue reading

Rabbitohs injury list grows

South Sydney’s jubilation has quickly become a reality check with star five-eighth John Sutton and lock Ben Lowe both ruled out for the rest of the injury-ravaged NRL club’s season. The Rabbitohs pulled off a miraculous last-second 34-30 golden point extra time win over the Wests Tigers on Saturday night, one of the famous club’s gutsiest considering 12 first-graders were on the sidelines. Lowe was among them, a late withdrawal after fracturing his foot in a freak training accident on Friday, bringing his impressive season to an end. Sutton dislocated his right shoulder in the first period of extra time and left the field in agony. It is the same shoulder he suffered an identical injury to in 2007, when he required surgery. Beau Champion succumbed to a cork above his knee in the side’s final training session while Colin Best is on a drip in hospital with a systemic blood infection suffered after he accidentally cut himself. Best is expected to leave hospital on Monday and the Rabbitohs are hopeful both he and Champion will play against Melbourne at AAMI Park next Sunday. Also back will be suspended English star Sam Burgess, utility Luke Capewell (knee) and possibly veteran forward Michael Crocker (quad). The Rabbitohs remain two points outside the top eight after debutant Dylan Farrell’s last-second golden-point try to down the Tigers. But the loss of their main playmaker in Sutton and an injury list which will still include Lowe, Luke Stuart (hand), Scott Geddes (knee), Dave Taylor (collarbone) and Beau Falloon (arm) will make it tough for the club to make the play-offs.

DT Performers – The Best of the 2nd Rowers

Now for a look at the 2nd Row Forwards, the work horses in the Dream Team competition.  To make it to this list the players must be currently playing and have a season average of 40 or better.  The stats speak for themselves but I will select a couple and let you know if their current price and form represents good value.

The bench mark score I have used for the second rowers is 50 or better for last two columns, that’s pretty much what we are all looking for from this position.  

  GMS Ave Pts TR  GO MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >= 50 % >= 50
Parker 16 57.50 920 120 224 580 3 80 -87 15 93.75%
Stagg 19 53.05 1008 0 123 869 1 60 -45 13 68.42%
Hindmarsh 18 52.39 943 4 152 791 0 82 -86 10 55.56%
Gallen 18 51.28 923 8 297 624 2 100 -108 11 61.11%
Laffranchi 18 46.11 830 28 185 637 0 80 -100 5 27.78%
Fulton 12 46.08 553 24 71 455 3 56 -56 6 50.00%
Luck 16 44.94 719 0 67 680 0 22 -50 4 25.00%
O’Donnell 11 42.55 468 16 130 348 1 48 -75 3 27.27%
Heighington 19 41.79 794 16 209 589 0 70 -90 2 10.53%
Lowe 18 41.06 739 4 163 617 3 34 -82 3 16.67%
Sutton 19 40.47 769 12 128 364 216 138 -89 2 10.53%
Harrison, A 14 40.21 563 12 116 471 0 18 -54 1 7.14%

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The Wing/Centre combination is the next key position to review and there really aren’t a lot of options available if you want your backline scoring good points. 

Again the table explains its self and the only change from the fullback table is I consider 35 points to be the bench mark for the last two columns.  If your four wing/centre players can get you 35 points or more each game (140 points) you are well on the way to a big score and not relying so much on those high priced meat heads in the forwards to deliver those high 50’s or 60’s scores.

If you have had a look at the top teams in the NEX and DT competition you would have noticed the vast majority have gone with Lowe (42.06), Aubusson (36.61) and Ben Smith (35.00) from the Eels and a selection of different players making up the 4th spot.  Those three players are solid performers but they don’t have the X-Factor of Jaryd Hayne but if you look at the percentage of scores over 35 it would be a brave move to go with someone else.  I’m not going to talk about all of them I’ll just look at some of the alternative options that might make up that 4th spot. 
 

  GMS Ave Total Pts Tries  Goals MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >= 35 % >= 35
LOWE 17 42.06 715 4 157 591 3 34 -74 16 94.12%
AUBUSSON 18 36.61 659 24 115 504 0 84 -68 11 61.11%
HAYNE 16 35.38 566 32 265 68 175 114 -88 9 56.25%
LEWIS 14 35.07 491 20 117 360 9 94 -109 8 57.14%
SMITH, B 15 35.00 525 12 86 462 0 24 -59 10 66.67%
SCOTT 14 31.07 435 4 104 308 1 76 -58 6 42.86%
SMITH, N 14 30.50 427 0 72 406 1 14 -66 4 28.57%
Lawrence 18 27.06 487 40 149 309 3 56 -70 1 5.56%
Kenny-Dowell 18 25.61 461 48 221 200 7 82 -97 2 11.11%
ROGERS 12 24.67 296 38 84 159 28 47 -60 2 16.67%

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Souths in Double Trouble

South Sydney could be hit with a major double blow for this Sunday’s match up against the Parramatta Eels with Captain Roy Asotasi and Michael Crocker set to be ruled out. Rabbitohs captain Asotasi is struggling to recover from a knee injury in time for the showdown with Parramatta while Queensland hardman Crocker is long odds to make his first NRL appearance for the season. The loss of Asotasi and Crocker represents a major test for the South Sydney pack, with Ben Lowe also missing for one week through suspension for a careless high tackle. Crocker underwent three off-season operations and continues to be a work-in-progress for the South Sydney rehabilitation staff.

Judiciary – The Fallout Rd 5 *WIP*

Luke O’Donnell will miss the next three matches after his ‘minute of madness’ against the Tigers on Saturday night. O’Donnell entered a guilty plea to a grade two dangerous contact charge for an ugly grapple tackle on Beau Ryan in the 40th minute of the round five 23-16 loss to the Tigers at Dairy Farmers Stadium. O’Donnell will miss the Cowboys’ clashes with Newcastle, Parramatta and Melbourne but is still available to play if selected by Australia for the May 7 Test against New Zealand. The only other player so far to receive suspension from round five charges was South Sydney’s Ben Lowe, who will miss one match after taking the early guilty plea on a grade two careless high tackle charge. Pirtek Parramatta Eels centre Joel Reddy has pleaded guilty to a Grade 2 Striking charge, but will miss just one match due to his clean record. Manly’s Brett Kite has contested his grade one careless high tackle charge which will go to an NRL hearing tonight. Newcastle’s Junior Sau entered a guilty plea on his dangerous contact charge but will escape any ban over the incident.