Michael Ennis says there’s “considerations” for South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett after the Bunnies fell 25-12 to Penrith lower than a month out from the beginning of the NRL finals collection.
The Rabbitohs had received 10 video games in a row earlier than working into the second-placed facet on Friday night time and tripping up.
They’ll nonetheless end contained in the competitors’s prime 4 and it’s trying almost certainly they’ll tackle the Panthers once more within the first week of finals in three weeks’ time.
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Talking on Fox League’s Huge League Wrap on Sunday night time, Ennis turned the blowtorch on senior South Sydney playmakers Cody Walker and Adam Reynolds.
“I feel Wayne’s (Bennett) acquired some considerations,” Ennis stated.
“The opening half hour from South Sydney was nearly as good as they’ve performed all season. They have been completely flying.
“They dominated, they acquired a superb lead. However the extra strain that was utilized to Penrith, the extra assured Nathan (Cleary) grew to become. The extra he loved it. You could possibly see him relishing it.
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“But the halves pairing of South Sydney regarded heaped beneath strain. The second that Nathan scored the strive off the kick from (Paul) Momirovski, frustration began to filter into the halves of South Sydney.
“I noticed some errors creep in for Cody Walker. I noticed him lash out at Nathan, which led to (Walker) throwing a go over the sideline.
“There have been frustrations within the South Sydney assault that actually struggled to play off the again foot and the suffocation when it got here from Nathan’s kicking sport within the second half.
“For Souths, I believed they melted, and the feelings effected their efficiency.”
James Graham identified the Bunnies had been burned badly by a controversial penalty, the place Mark Nicholls was punished for being “downtown”, that means off-side from a kick after which getting concerned within the play.
The kick in query had been fielded by Penrith after which dropped by Stephen Crichton, which might have given the Rabbitohs prime attacking territory.
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As a substitute, the Panthers have been handed a penalty kick 40 metres out from the aim line and so they knocked over the conversion to take a lead.
Ennis, although, wasn’t going to let South Sydney use that second as an excuse.
“The best way South Sydney dealt with that second was regarding,” Ennis stated.
“You’ve acquired to be higher than that. I do know it’s a giant second, however they’re going to have calls go in opposition to them within the finals. They’re going to.
“Adam Reynolds was non-existent within the second half. When Penrith put the blowtorch on them and dominated discipline place, he couldn’t discover a approach into the sport.
“Then Cody tried to pressure his hand, he performed emotionally and he got here up with errors.
“He has to determine the best way to handle that, as a result of that has a big effect on South Sydney. When Cody Walker performs nicely he brings Latrell Mitchell into the sport and Souths typically win, so his feelings are going to must be in verify.
“South Sydney are going to make a prelim last… that’s when the blowtorch is on, as a result of they’ve misplaced three of them (in recent times). And that’s once we’re going to want to see these key gamers, these senior gamers, actually get up.”
The Rabbitohs tackle the Rosters on Friday night time and end off their common season in opposition to the Dragons on Saturday week.