Top of the evening. We can play this one of two ways: 1. the any-game-is-a-good-game cheerleader way or 2. the call-it-like-it-is no-nonsense way. Oh, you want a sample of both? Sure.
1. Welcome to this absolute humdinger, this ball-tearer of a blockbuster between South Sydney and Brisbane. Seriously, does it get any better than this? How good is rugby league. Note the lack of question mark.
2. Welcome to this nondescript coming together of a fair side (South Sydney) and a very ordinary one (Brisbane). In years gone by this would’ve been a Friday night ripper. This season, however, nobody (not even the players) will remember a thing about tonight when they awaken on the morrow. If your sock drawer needs rearranging, now’s the time to do it.
As ever, the truth is somewhere in between. Yes, the Broncos are more pedestrian than Queen Street Mall. Yes, the Rabbitohs are a bigger disappointment than Alton Towers (copyright David Brent). But, Souths are still in with a shot of making the eight (so there’s something to play for) and, if nothing else, neutral observers can make it interesting by opening a book on how many staffers from either club will find new and interesting ways to breach Covid-19 protocols in the space of 80 minutes. Wayne Bennett and Allan Langer – welcome to the blog, and I do hope you enjoy your sock drawer rearranging.