Rabbitohs brimming with self belief as they eye off first premiership in seven years


South Sydney winger Alex Johnston says the self-belief a few of the Rabbitohs squad is as sturdy because it used to be in 2014, the closing time the membership gained an NRL premiership.

The Rabbitohs are one victory clear of advancing to the grand last after generating a surprise 16-10 triumph over Penrith within the opening week of the play-offs.

“We now have without a doubt were given the realization like we did again then [2014], we simply need to care for that for the closing couple of video games,” Johnston stated.

He added the Rabbitohs took nice self belief from halting a contemporary dropping streak towards the Panthers.

“I don’t believe we have now crushed them [Panthers] the closing 5 occasions we have now performed them, so it used to be gutsy from the lads and we’re stoked to get the win,” he stated.

Johnston stated the Rabbitohs would relish now not having to play this weekend.

They’ll face both the Sydney Roosters or Manly in a initial last on September 24.

The Roosters and Sea Eagles meet on Friday evening in a semi-final in Mackay.

“Now we have were given the week off so we have now simply were given to get the frame proper and get ready higher mentally than we have now in earlier years and look ahead to whoever we’re [playing] subsequent,” Johnston stated.

Rabbitohs have ‘want’ to head the entire approach

The Rabbitohs are bidding to make simply their 2d grand last in 50 years.

That is their fourth consecutive initial finals look, having misplaced on every instance within the earlier 3 seasons.

Johnston stated there used to be higher starvation to succeed in the grand last a few of the gamers this 12 months.

“Now we have were given the will, it is been build up over the previous couple of years the place we have now fallen quick, now we have now were given simply two video games to head,” he stated.

The Rabbitohs beat the Panthers on Saturday evening to qualify for the initial finals.(

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Rabbitohs prop Mark Nicholls shared Johnston’s religion they might qualify for the grand last and win the premiership.

“We all the time had the realization shall we get the activity finished, and the groups that experience had the week off have actually benefited,” he stated.

Johnston stated he were inspired via the efficiency of rookie Rabbitohs fullback Blake Taaffe towards the Panthers.

Taaffe used to be enjoying simply his 6th first-grade fit.

“I used to be so glad for him,” he stated.

“He is silenced the critics enjoying the best way he did, he is the whole thing you wish to have in a fullback.”

In the meantime, Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary stated his aspect used to be now not panicking following the defeat to the Rabbitohs.

The loss has made the Panthers’ path to the grand last tough, as they’re going to have to stand the Melbourne Hurricane will have to they beat Parramatta in Saturday evening’s semi-final in Mackay.

The Hurricane beat the Panthers in closing 12 months’s grand last and pipped Cleary’s workforce for this season’s minor premiership.

“We’re fortunate sufficient to place ourselves on this place that we get any other likelihood,” Cleary stated.

“Now we have were given a just right certain vibe round right here now and everybody is able to flip it round this week.”

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