Finals, Wayne Bennett, Rabbitohs, Cameron Munster, Wests Tigers, coach, Michael Maguire, Cameron Ciraldo

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Champion coach Wayne Bennett confirmed he’s nonetheless obtained it at 71 by tipping the finals sequence on its head with an upset win over Penrith in week considered one of September.

And South Sydney insiders reckon the tremendous coach was doing his greatest Al Pacino impersonation out of the Oliver Stone traditional Any Given Sunday simply previous to kickoff.

Bennett reportedly advised the Rabbitohs dressing room no one believed in them with out Latrell Mitchell – however he did.

The seven-time premiership winner then continued on about the older you get in life the more it hits home about living with no regrets.

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The Bunnies had a chance to shock everybody by upstaging final 12 months’s grand finalists was the narrative.

All Bennett requested was that the gamers had no regrets, they combat for each other, play for each other – and most significantly in the event that they had been crushed by a greater rugby league aspect then that’s OK. So be it.

However don’t beat yourselves. Don’t stroll off the sector with the mentality “if solely I’d achieved this” or “if solely I’d achieved that”.

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The no regrets theme was bang on and impressed the Bunnies to supply their greatest efficiency of the season.

It was Bennett at his best possible and put South Sydney now solely 80 minutes away from a grand remaining.


There’s some regarding numbers surrounding Panthers champion entrance rower James Fisher-Harris since he’s returned from a month-long lay off.

The Kiwi enforcer understandably needed time to return to Sydney for the beginning of his second little one however after re-entering the Penrith bubble on the Sunshine Coast he’s been nowhere close to as efficient.

Fisher-Harris, 25, is broadly regarded among the many NRL’s greatest entrance row forwards alongside Payne Haas, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Junior Paulo.

James Fisher-Harris has to face up as soon as once more. (Photograph by Jason McCawley/Getty Photos)Supply: Getty Photos

However because the Fox Sports activities Lab highlights since coming back from a month off JFH has managed solely 70m per sport versus the 152m Fisher-Harris averaged over the opening 19 video games of the season.

The Panther’s prop has additionally gone from 16 runs per sport to a median of 10 whereas solely making one sort out bust in three video games in comparison with 33 within the opening 19 rounds.

Publish-contact meters are additionally down on common from a median of 57m per sport to 20m per sport.

What it sets-up is an epic showdown towards a Parramatta Eels ahead pack within the second sudden-death semi-final on Saturday night time.

Towards the likes of Paulo, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Nathan Brown, Marata Nuikore and Isaiah Papalii the Panthers want JFH again to his normally-destructive greatest.

The opposite curious Penrith teaching resolution has been round reverting Viliame Kikau to the interchange bench for the previous 4 video games.


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After all Kikau could be a wrecking ball much like Nelson Asofa-Solomona is for Melbourne however after the Panthers efficiency towards South Sydney it should be tempting to revert him again to the beginning pack.

Particularly when the Panthers have already got a x-factor influence ahead in Tevita Pangai Jnr.


The Wests Tigers courting of Penrith assistant Cameron Ciraldo will make for a captivating watch.

The highly-regarded Ciraldo has spent the previous three seasons chopping his tooth beneath Ivan Cleary – which is the place this will get fascinating.

Cleary spent two seasons on the Tigers the place many believed the membership had lastly landed the coach to repair the mess just for the Panthers to come back calling.

Everyone knows what occurred subsequent.

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Certainly one of Cleary’s greatest mates was Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe who was the architect of touchdown his signature at Harmony.

These two had been off for a few years and it’s unknown in the event that they’ve truly spoken since what transpired on the finish of 2018.

They actually hadn’t after we requested Pascoe about it final 12 months.

Can Pascoe persuade Ciraldo to affix the Tigers if that’s the best way Wests determine to go?

And what kind of a reference does Cleary give the Tigers?


We love the larrikin, off-the-cuff, instinctive genius of Storm five-eighth Cameron Munster on the soccer discipline.

And there was no higher instance of it than the 80 minutes the Queensland and Australian five-eighth put collectively to assist steer the Storm to inside 80 minutes of a sixth grand remaining in seven seasons.

The Storm gained’t let the whole lot slide with Cameron Munster. (Photograph by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Photos)Supply: Getty Photos

Nearly as good because the Melbourne playmaker was towards Manly it hasn’t stopped the Storm hierarchy from studying the riot act by way of what’s anticipated contemplating his standing on the membership.

Munster will likely be Melbourne’s greatest paid participant subsequent season and in 2023 but on the cusp of the membership going for a document breaking 20-straight victories he walks into the lure of speaking about becoming a member of the seventeenth NRL aspect if a second Brisbane bid will get the inexperienced mild.

Keep in mind, Munster is signed at Melbourne till the tip of 2023.

It was a really un-Storm model of a play from the five-eighth. A unfastened carry.

Melbourne then suffered the membership’s first loss since spherical three after they had been crushed 22-10 by the Eels and the Storm’s run ended at 19 straight victories.

The media love Munster as a result of what you see is what you get – no filter, sharp tongue, calls a spade a shovel after which clips you across the ear with it.

However off-the-field the Storm are getting more and more pissed off with a few of his antics.

The Storm love Munster and so they need the champion five-eighth to be a one membership participant. However they gained’t let any particular person override what the membership stands for.


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It will need to have been a bit of bit totally different gravy for the Manly Sea Eagles and Sydney Roosters on the Sunshine Coast Twin Waters resort this week.

With the 2 golf equipment making ready to satisfy on Friday night time within the sudden dying semi remaining it might have been inconceivable to not cross paths at occasions.

The Roosters have achieved an excellent job to get themselves via to week two of the finals however given all their accidents and suspensions it’s laborious to see how they will win.

If Trent Robinson can someway orchestrate an upset it should rank alongside all the greatest teaching performances from this season.

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