Russell crowing about Rabbitohs
MOVIE star and South Sydney co-owner Russell Crowe has kick-started the mind games ahead of next weekend’s blockbusting preliminary final by declaring Sydney Roosters as the NRL’s ‘benchmark club’.
The Rabbitohs and Roosters – two foundation clubs – will contest what will be a fierce and famous preliminary final at a 45,000 sold-out Allianz Stadium this Saturday evening.
Souths and the Roosters will engage in an onfield war after a week of hype, fanfare and headlines.
The Rabbitohs progressed to the grand final qualifier through a pulsating 13-12 win over St George Illawarra on Saturday night which included three late field goals to Souths halfback Adam Reynolds.
Crowe – who owns
Souths with James Packer
– outlined exactly why he believes the Rabbitohs will start the match as firm underdogs.
A traditionalist, Crowe (pictured) still refers to the Sydney Roosters as their foundation name, Eastern Suburbs.
“Easts have an incredible roster of superstars, they are the minor premiers and the benchmark club. It’s a massive challenge,” Crowe said.
“The atmosphere will be charged.
“It’s an Eastern Suburbs home game but as the stadium sits in South Sydney territory, it’s virtually a home game for us too.”
The match will be an exciting farewell to Allianz Stadium, which will be demolished early next season. This will be the final sporting event held at the well-known Moore Park venue.
Greg Inglis was charged with a grade one dangerous contact for crusher tackle on Tim Lafai, but will be free to play with an early guilty plea.
– Dean Ritchie