Inglis' advice to youngsters ahead of finals
Coach Anthony Seibold is a newbie to NRL finals alongside some key players like Cody Walker, Damien Cook and Angus Crichton - but captain Greg Inglis has some words of advice.
"With the whole group we'll just sit back and enjoy the ride," Inglis said after his side pummelled Wests Tigers 51-10 at ANZ Stadium on Thursday night.
"The one thing I'd stress to them is just enjoy the moment. It's what every team wants to do, every player wants to do – play finals footy," he added.
"Angus had an opportunity to play Origin this year, so did Damien. With Cody he's just a natural football player that will take it with both hands."
Crichton and Walker were among the eight different try scorers in the rout at Homebush.
Seibold looked a very relaxed man after the dominant performance, which followed three straight losses.
"We've always been confident about where we're heading. We were missing four or five players there for a couple of weeks and lacked a little cohesion and connection. So it was pleasing to get everyone on the park,'' he said.
"It was a good performance. We'll review the performance but whoever we play next week we'll be ready to play."
It is most likely to be arch rivals the Sydney Roosters, but Seibold has all the personnel in his camp to help him prepare Souths for their first finals football since 2015 – and his first as a NRL head coach.
"The three leaders here have all won premierships before – Greg [Inglis], Sam [Burgess] and Sutto [John Sutton].
"[Assistant coach] Dave Furner has been part of the Cowboys coaching staff a few years ago with Paul Green," Siebold said referring to the 2015 premiership to North Queensland over the Brisbane Broncos.
"Richo [Shane Richardson], our general manager of football, has done it a couple of times [Penrith 2003, Souths 2014] so there's plenty of people to lean on.
"I'm really confident in what I bring to the group."
His group of players certainly brought a lot to the finals table against the Tigers in the eight tries to two win. Souths ran for 2,228 metres to the Tigers 881; they had 722 post-contact metres to 308; made nine linebreaks to none; and the entire backrow of Sutton, Crichton and Sam Burgess ran for over 150 metres each.
On top of that, the halves pairing of Walker and Adam Reynolds shifted the ball brilliantly from edge to edge.
"Really pleasing," Seibold said of his halves. "I thought they played really direct... they were outstanding tonight. Cody has been one of our best players all season.
"They combined and connected really well – and certainly along with Cooky, they've certainly got some threat about them, that's for sure."
The club also farewelled a premiership-winner in his last home club game – Jason Clark.
After leading the Rabbitohs out on to the field with his three daughters in tow, Clark kicked the last conversion to Sutton's try as his parting gesture.
Clark is off to play for Warrington in the English Super League.