A premiership in 2012 for the Bulldogs would complete a previously unheard-of accomplishment for coach Des Hasler while a grand final victory for the Rabbitohs would end a drought that dates back to 1971, but as the saying goes: ‘You don’t win the premiership in August’.
Tonight on NRL Daily, host John Gibbs is joined by NRL stats guru David Middleton and Rugby League Week editor Mitch Dale for our weekly ‘Voice of Reason’ segment to debate if the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs are peaking too early.
“What I like about Souths in particular is their depth,” says Gibbs. “Even this week they have two players returning that are New Zealand representatives in Issac Luke and Roy Asotasi. Then next week they have a bloke called Greg Inglis returning from suspension fresh and well rested."
Gibbs also believes player depth is the key to the Bulldogs' domination continuing.
“If the Bulldogs keep their best players on the field they’ll contend for sure," Gibbs said. “Plus they have a coach that’s been there and done it all before, he knows how to win.”
While David Middleton knows it is a tough proposition to continue winning from now right through to the grand final, he agrees with Gibbs that both teams have the players and the style of play to pull it off.
Do you think the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs are peaking too early for a grand final victory? Let us know your thoughts on twitter at @NRL_Daily.
Also on tonight's show, we take a look at all the team changes for the round ahead and Broncos enforcer Ben Te’o phones the studio to discuss what is behind the Broncos three straight losses.
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