Behind Enemy Lines - Round 9

We delved into enemy territory to bring you the latest from the South Sydney Rabbitohs camp ahead of their Friday night clash against us at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The Rabbitohs will face the Knights with a relatively unchanged pack, the only change being the inclusion of Campbell Graham to the starting side in the absence of injured winger Richie Kennar.

Angus Crichton stated the key areas of focus for the Rabbitohs will be to dominate through the middle with their strong forward pack, arguably one of the biggest in the NRL, whilst controlling the left side with Kalyn Ponga and Lachlan Fitzgibbon in fine form.

"Their left edge is one of the strongest parts of their team," Crichton said on the Rabbitohs website.

"Adam Reynolds and myself marking against Ponga and Fitzgibbon... it will be a pretty good hit out and we have a long week ahead of us."

Teammate Campbell Graham agreed with Crichton's comments, stating that Ponga is a definite target if the Rabbitohs want to come away with the two points.


"He is a very dangerous ball-runner," said Graham.

"He will have to be a target this week if we want to take away the win."

Whilst his teammates are focused on the flow of the ball on the left side, Junior Tatola is preparing for one of his toughest battles of the year, and is concerned that if the Rabbitohs forward doesn't match the intensity of the Knights' out the gate, it may well cost them a win.

"They have been playing really well," said Tatola.

"I am expecting them to come out and play really fast from the start and we need to match them in our forward pack (to win)."

There has also been much speculation about the vigour of the new Knights halves combination of Connor Watson and Jack Cogger, with the Rabbitohs preparing for quality ball coming out of the middle.

"Every team gets injuries and regardless of injuries they will always be able to field a strong side," stated Crichton.

"That is what the best teams are good at...having that depth in their squad and they find ways to win footy games. I am expecting nothing less than a high quality Knights side this weekend."