South Sydney Rabbitohs: The run home...

Marquee player, glamour boy, Origin star, favourite son. They’re all lovely titles... so we hope those Japanese rugby fans appreciate what they've got.<br><br>Just how much will the imminent departure of Craig Wing affect the Bunnies throughout the rest of the season?<br><br>Well, that remains to be seen.<br><br>It’s never easy to lose your best player and Wing, despite the constant shuffling between positions, is just that. He’s also a leader, a hard-worker and a genuine role-model... and the red and green faithful can only hope that his release does not spark divisions amongst the current playing roster.<br><br>The squad needed to be read the riot act a few weeks ago by Jason Taylor and despite the flattering scoreline, their belting of a depleted Broncos outfit last week will mean nothing unless it becomes a continuing trend. <br><br>Anything is possible, but unless there are some permanent attitude adjustments at Redfern, it could be another dull September for the red and green.<br><br><b>The Run home:</b> Roosters (H), Bulldogs (H), Sea Eagles (A), Titans (H), Panthers (A), Dragons (H), Sharks (A)<br><br>Five top eight sides as Souths try to break into the eight is not a good equation, especially having the Bulldogs, Manly and Gold Coast in consecutive weeks. For them to have any chance in those games they have to get another confidence boosting win over the hapless Roosters this weekend, where they need to muscle up and tear apart their biggest rivals. <br><br>If they can't rip through the Roosters, it’s hard to see them challenging the Bulldogs.<br><br><b>Players to Watch:<br>Nathan Merritt&nbsp;</b> – The speedster plays his best footy at fullback and since having moved back there has looked like the Merritt who dominated the NRL in 2006 when he led the try scoring with 22. Ironically, South Sydney finished last that year - but Merritt was brilliant and he is starting to look like the same player again. <br><br>Not only did Merritt destroy the Broncos last weekend, but he has 13 tries for the season and his combination with Fetuli Talanoa is looking better by the day.<br><br><b>John Sutton</b> – Recently admitted he needed the kick in the pants he was given by coach Taylor and since then, the enigmatic five eighth has been on fire. There has never been any doubt about Sutton’s talent but his play is often bipolar from one week to the next, ebbing and flowing like an ocean tide. With the season on the line, Sutton needs to fire every week. Without fail. 14 try assists for the season and his ability to offload a ball in heavy traffic make him dangerous enough, especially if Souths’ speedy outside backs are hitting the holes.<br><b><br>Predicted finish:</b> 12th<br>