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globalrugbyleague - Mon, 26 Mar 2007 09:14:00 GMT
After two rounds of the new NRL season, 5 coaches are still without any competition points to show for the hours of sleep they’ve sacrificed for their beloved teams.

Michael Hagan - who won a premiership in his first year at Newcastle – has yet to be able to field the full strength team he would like and the results for the Eels are indicative of that.

Both of his Parramatta predecessors however seem to be on a high. Knights mentor Brian Smith (replacing Hagan) has two wins on the trot.

As does the man who replaced Smith midway through 2006, current Rabbitohs coach Jason Taylor. Football like life is full of interesting twists.

After falling over like a set of dominoes against the Warriors in round 1, the Eels were expected to do a ‘Penrith’ and hit back with the performance their fans desired.

Unfortunately for Hagan, his mob played musical chairs at Telstra Stadium on Sunday by improving their first half of footy and then capitulating in the second.

The victory for South Sydney however was very important. It hushed the cynics who questioned whether the Bunnies could be consistent.

It also added credibility to the criteria the South Sydney management applied when they went hunting for talent in the off-season.

Rejuvenated Rabbitohs centre Nigel Vagana – who looks to be in the best sort of form since his days with Canterbury - is now only 5 tries away from surpassing his tryscoring tally at Cronulla last season.

There was certainly a lot to talk about yesterday at the end of what was unfortunately a lop-sided game.

Coaches Hagan and Taylor had their say at the post-match press conference. Have a listen if you like.

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