• The Burgess effect: The painful truth behind South Sydney’s woes

    They boast a future Immortal in Greg Inglis, the Burgess boys, 2014 premiership-winning coach Michael Maguire and two of the best young halves in the NRL in Adam Reynolds and Luke Keary. So what the hell is wrong with the South Sydney Rabbitohs?

    You can blame the injuries if you want. John Sutton is out until Round 17 while Alex Johnston won’t be sighted until at least next week with a hamstring problem. For argument’s sake, we can acknowledge Inglis’ troublesome knees too.

    We can discuss the changing landscape of offensive game plans and the Rabbitohs’ obvious lack of evolution as other teams pass them by.

    Maybe consider Reynolds has only been back long enough to have a cup of coffee?

    They’re all excuses for South Sydney fans, but they’re not the reasons this team find themselves on the edge of a cliff and, with a heavy loss this weekend to the Brisbane Broncos – which is a very real chance – they could find themselves as far down the ladder as 14th.

    So do you want to know what’s wrong with Souths?

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