Wayne Bennett has declared no-one can doubt South Sydney’s means to beat the very best within the NRL’s finals after their record-shattering 60-Eight flogging of the Sydney Roosters.
The Rabbitohs’ demolition of their arch-rivals was one of many biggest attacking performances within the membership’s 112-year historical past, mentioning 60 factors for the primary time since 1937.
Bennett himself claimed it was the very best attacking show he’d seen as a coach, notably given it was towards a group in pursuit of a 3rd straight title.
But extra essential is the timing. After being shocked by Canterbury within the penultimate spherical, Souths will nonetheless enter the finals with seven wins from their previous 9 video games.
And after not beating a fellow top-eight facet for the primary half of the season, they arrive to October with three – the identical quantity as subsequent week’s do-or-die opponent Newcastle.
“We don’t know what the future will bring, but nothing they do in the next month will surprise me,” Bennett mentioned.
“It was a high quality group we had been enjoying. The back-to-back premiers who’ve had an amazing season and are within the high 4 comfortably.
“We took on the Storm, till halftime we had a lead then. We performed Parramatta (and beat them 38-0) within the final three or 4 weeks.
“No one has to ask the query if we are able to beat groups within the high 4 – as a result of we are able to.
“Our challenge is to be that team every week for the next month.”
What can also’t be questioned is Souths’ attacking threats throughout the park.
Cody Walker is popping up on either side of the sphere, routinely wanting harmful linking with Adam Reynolds.
Campbell Graham may instantly enter the State of Origin debate at centre, whereas Corey Allan is rising an increasing number of into the fullback position with Latrell Mitchell injured.
And that’s earlier than you contemplate Alex Johnston, who claimed 5 tries for the second time in his profession on Friday evening to go previous 100 for the Rabbitohs.
His final three got here within the area of 5 minutes, taking him to the highest of the try-scoring charts with a small assist from Allan, who handed one again to him over the road.
“They were great tries he scored too, Alex Johnston classic,” Bennett mentioned.
“I assumed how fortunate we had been to go together with Corey at fullback and Alex at wing, as a result of we had been fascinated by going the opposite approach at one stage.
“Because Alex is a genuine finisher. And Corey has some great passes in him to link everyone up as well.”