Wins and losses aside, the fact is that South Sydney will have nine players in their side who took them to premiership glory just two years ago.
The Rabbitohs have failed to fire so far this season, as their 13th position on the ladder would suggest however they have a player in nearly every area of the park capable of breaking the game open
With the return of Greg Inglis to the side, it seems only a matter of time before their stars will begin to fire.
We take a close look at the key areas Storm will be aware of ahead of Saturday night’s clash at AAMI Park.
The pain of defeat
Nothing motivates a team more to get up for a game than being humiliated the previous week. Their 54-4 defeat at the hands of the Raiders saw them allow through 10 tries, the most points they conceded in a game since 2010. Currently on an eight-game losing streak, South Sydney will be a desperate team with nothing to lose. That makes them a very dangerous proposition for a Storm side looking to cement a valuable position inside the top two.
South Sydney have key players in the right areas of the field. When Michael Maguire’s side is playing at their best, they are doing the fundamentals well and have the type of players who fit fell into such a system. Adam Reynolds is now a State of Origin halfback with an elite kicking game and he has support from a big forward pack lead by the Burgess boys as well as clinical finishers out wide. Melbourne will have to be watchful of South Sydney across the park due to their even spread of talent.
Fit and fresh G.I
Greg Inglis is back to captain South Sydney after his three-week suspension. Saturday night will be his first game of rugby league in nearly a month, meaning Inglis will be fully recovered from a grueling Origin period and hungry to lead his side back out of the doldrums. Currently named at five-eighth, the versatile playmaker can also swap will Cody Walker at fullback. We likely will not know exactly where G.I will line-up but wherever he is, you can guarantee purple eyes will be keeping a close watch on him.