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South Sydney lock Cameron Murray.

While South Sydney lit up the NRL with their dynamic attack, they could be a touch sluggish starting matches in 2020.

The Rabbitohs conceded 14.9 percent of their points (over 23 matches including finals) inside the opening 10 minutes.

Wayne Bennett's team had an overall points differential of -22 in that time period - the equal third-worst return in the league - and were one of three top-eight teams to have a negative record.

Of all eight finalists, South Sydney scored the fewest percentage of their points in the first 10 minutes of games (6.4 percent).

Canberra (8.3, Cronulla (8.8) and Penrith (9.6) were the only other teams who didn't have a double-figure percentage.

The Rabbitohs also conceded 14.9 percent (62) of their overall points in the first 10 minutes, worse than all but the Raiders (16.1 percent).

Not counting their three finals appearances, South Sydney differential for the opening 10 minutes drops to -12.

Their lethargy out of the gates threatened to cost them in week one of the finals against Newcastle.

After conceding 12 points in the opening 10 minutes (and another two in the 11th) without scoring themselves, things looked dire - only for the Rabbitohs to storm back and claim a convincing 46-20 win.