South Sydney Rabbitohs
ADRIAN PROSZENKO 5:42pm If South Sydney required any further motivation to break a 43-year premiership drought, it will come on Wednesday when Merritt officially announces his retirement.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS Roosters v Rabbitohs, Friday, ANZ Stadium, 7.55pm.
Andrew Baldock Kyle Eastmond claims that neither England nor Sam Burgess feature in his current thought process after he helped to inspire Bath's record-breaking 45-0 Aviva Premiership romp against Leicester.
CHRIS BARRETT South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has declared his Rabbitohs "a different team" to the one felled in preliminary finals in the past two years as they bid to not only dispel their September demons but overcome an arch rival that are grand final qualifying specialists.
South Sydney Rabbitohs rookie Alex Johnston looms as bolter for Australian Kangaroos' Four Nations team
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS South Sydney's Alex Johnston is on the verge of becoming the least experienced Australian player in more than a decade with the Rabbitohs winger emerging as a Kangaroos bolter.
ANDREW WEBSTER It's now or never for South Sydney, but what few realise is how it could have been a season of nothing at all.
ADRIAN PROSZENKO Those upstart Penrith Panthers did it again. In scenes that are becoming all too familiar, Jamie Soward, with the game on the line, rose to the occasion.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS Michael Maguire is renowned for his post-game sprays but his full-time rant in the dressing room on Friday night was "up there" with the best according to his Rabbitohs charges.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS His team had just inflicted a potential knockout blow on last year's grand finalists to book a preliminary final berth, but it didn't stop Michael Maguire from berating his players after the game.
BRAD WALTER Stand-in Manly hooker Jayden Hodges may have played the entire first half of Friday night’s 40-24 finals loss to South Sydney with a serious neck injury. And Anthony Watmough’s immediate future is also in doubt after he was placed on report for a lifting tackle on Greg Inglis that Sea Eagles captain Jamie Lyon claimed the Rabbitohs' superstar contributed to.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS He was a rabbit caught in the headlights in last year's finals series, but South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds took centre stage on Friday night to inflict a finals humiliation on Manly.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS The Rabbitohs won’t win the competition unless Adam Reynolds is firing.
BRAD WALTER Coach Michael Maguire and Souths are reaping the rewards of junior development.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS South Sydney skipper John Sutton has issued an impassioned plea to his Rabbitohs teammates to ''stay committed'' as his side look to overcome the heartache of back-to-back finals failures.
CHRIS BARRETT No team does siege mentality quite like the Sea Eagles.
BRAD WALTER South Sydney captain John Sutton will start in the second row against Manly on Friday night after volunteering to move from his regular five-eighth role to accommodate the return of Adam Reynolds from suspension.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS South Sydney veteran Lote Tuqiri says teams can start to doubt themselves when they lose big games but the winger doesn't expect Thursday's loss to the Roosters to have a lasting impact on his side.
LUCY CORMACK He has stuck to a self-imposed exile since 2006, but George Piggins was the man of the hour when he attended the Rabbitohs 25-year minor premiership anniversary on Friday.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS South Sydney captain John Sutton has blamed his performance for his team's poor first half.
BRAD WALTER Sydney Roosters’ forward depth is set to be further tested in the finals after lock Aidan Guerra and prop Dylan Napa were placed on report in Thursday night's 22-18 win over South Sydney at Allianz Stadium.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS Mitchell Pearce led the celebrations to ensure captain Anthony Minichiello was farewelled from Allianz Stadium in style
MICHAEL CHAMMAS South Sydney will argue that Issac Luke feared he could have suffered a serious neck injury when he lashed out at Michael Ennis last Thursday night.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS The Roosters may be forced to defend their premiership without a recognised hooker, while South Sydney are set to welcome skipper John Sutton back when the sides clash on Thursday night.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS South Sydney forward Sam Burgess has revealed he consulted Sonny Bill Williams about switching codes before eventually making the decision to play rugby union after this year's NRL campaign.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS It's potentially the final round of the NRL's super heavyweight battle, but who will land the knockout blow?
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS South Sydney's Chris McQueen has defended the referees after Canterbury coach Des Hasler criticised them for stopping play as the back-rower lay concussed during the Rabbitohs' 21-14 win on Thursday night.
ADRIAN PROSZENKO Meet the man teaching South Sydney to take their wrestling game to a whole new level.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS South Sydney coach Michael Maguire could be given a week's grace from potentially squeezing out one of his young halves to accommodate the return of John Sutton as Adam Reynolds faces a one-week ban.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS South Sydney coach Michael Maguire praised halfback Adam Reynolds for three big plays which swayed his side to victory against Canterbury.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS South Sydney have waited since 1989 to win another minor premiership so it mattered little that it took 73 minutes for them to gain the lead in what could be a costly victory, beating Canterbury 21-14.