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globalrugbyleague - Mon, 02 Apr 2007 09:52:00 GMT
South Sydney fans should be very proud of what their new-look team has accomplished in the NRL in the opening three rounds.

Not only have the red and green soldiers won all of their first 3 games, they’ve also been winning an important off-field contest as well.

In a city where you’ve got League competing with Union, AFL and Soccer, the Rabbitohs are fast becoming the talk of the town.

League heads who work and play in some of the more cosmopolitan parts of Sydney inform me that they’ve encountered several non-League fans all talking about the Bunnies and how well they are performing.

Forget about trying to don Lote Tuqiri in a red and green Armani suit. Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes a’Court are luring over the individuals that matter. New fans of our game.

While the Rabbitohs only attracted 15,165 fans to their first home game two weeks ago, I expect a turn-out of 35,000 at Telstra Stadium on Friday night.

It’s time for the thousands of Bunnies fans who fought so hard to get the club re-instated in 2002 to turn out in droves on April 6th.

There is no doubt that the Bulldogs will provide the Rabbitohs with their sternest challenge so early in the season.

However I’m guessing there were a few Bunnies fans wiping the sweat off their brow when the Bulldogs defeated the Gold Coast Titans 22-6 at Telstra Stadium last Sunday.

A winless Bulldogs pack is not a team any club would be dying to play and the high-flying Bunnies are no exception to that rule.

But the Rabbits have confidence, a clever coach who knows how to utilize his talent appropriately during the game and a halves combination that is consistently playing well.

It’s amazing what happens when you put a little bit of pride back into a team.

Who on earth thought we would see two golden-point games in one night during double header Friday in round 3?

Not I that’s for sure. However I have to say that of the two teams that won in extra-time, only Penrith instilled confidence that this was an indication of how their season is going.

The Eels I’m afraid to say got lucky while the Tigers who probably played better footy for most of the game got hard done by.

Just one moment of ill-discipline made the difference. Yep, sport is usually never fair.

Parramatta fans will have to learn the art of patience if coach Michael Hagan continues to use Brett Finch and Tim Smith in the halves.

I don’t know why he is persisting with a combination that clearly isn’t working and probably never will.

Especially when you’ve got Blake Green playing so well for a premier league side that won the last two grand finals and who have scored 2 wins from their last 3 games.

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