‘18th man’ that has Panthers legend ‘worried’ about Bunnies ambush

Panthers great Mark Geyer admits he holds massive concerns about the form of Wayne Bennett’s Rabbitohs heading into the preliminary final showdown with Penrith.

South Sydney have thrashed the Roosters, Knights and Eels in consecutive weeks and stand a real chance of upsetting the minor premiers one game short of the grand final.

“They have been with Penrith the two form teams of the competition when it comes to attack,” Geyer said of Souths on Triple M’s The Rush Hour with MG.

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“They seem to be able to outscore their opponents at the drop of a hat, which is a scary proposition for anyone they play.”

The Rabbitohs unheralded pack has also come along in leaps and bounds since the start of the year when there were fears they would struggle to cover the loss of Sam and George Burgess and John Sutton.

However the emergence of Jayden Su’A, Bayley Sironen, Tevita Tatola, Keaon Koloamatangi and Jed Cartwright has the team on the brink of a grand final.

“Su’A and Sironen have been epic,” Geyer said.


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“Mark Nicholls has found an extra leg. Liam Knight has shown he can be anything without errors.

“Koloamatangi has been epic and Jed Cartwright as well who has just basically arrived at Redfern and found himself in a team on a roll and has slotted in beautifully.


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“It all starts with their forwards and Tatola and Tom Burgess have been fantastic.

“Burgess’ error rate has dropped dramatically and Tatola is playing the way Josh Papalii does. He has improved out of sight.”

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However Geyer is most concerned about the form of the Rabbitohs star men and the influence of master coach Wayne Bennett.

“It was only six weeks ago that everyone was saying Api Koroisau was the Blues No.9, but Damien Cook has just shown us in the last few weeks how good he is,” Geyer said.

The Rabbitohs pack has come of age over the course of 2020.Source:Getty Images

“Corey Allan has been amazing since Latrell Mitchell got injured against the Eels.

“Then you throw in Cody Walker and Adam Reynolds mesmerising their opponents.

“But lets not forget the Rabbitohs 18th man Wayne Bennett. He is the man that has this team cracking at the right time.

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“He is Mr September or in this case October and he knows how to prime his racehorse and at the minute it is looking fantastic.

“I am a Panther man through and through and I am worried.”

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