Rampant Rabbitohs can match Broncos
SURE, it's early days, and premierships are not won in March, but the Rabbitohs remind me very much of those mighty Broncos teams of the '90s.
As Gus Gould commented during Sunday's brilliant match against the Roosters on Channel 9, the Rabbitohs have forgotten how to lose.
Or better still, the glass half-full theory is that they now know how to win.
Since their barnstorming run to last year's premiership, when they rolled on with nine from 11, the Rabbitohs have won everything.
They were superb in the Auckland Nines, retained the Charity Shield, massacred St Helens in the World Club Challenge, humiliated the Brisbane Broncos in round one and then came from 22-12 down last Sunday to eventually trample the high-flying Sydney Roosters 34-26.
Mind you, this run of success has followed a long drought.
They had qualified for the finals just 11 times since last lifting the premiership trophy 43 years ago.
The Broncos were a much different proposition.
Coming into the premiership in 1988 with a side stacked full of Queensland Origin players, it still took them just two years to play finals footy.
They missed again in 1991, but since then have failed to make the finals only twice in 23 years and collected six premierships along the way.
But the '90s was the golden era.
From 1992 to 1999 they never missed the finals, won four premierships and lost just 51 of 191 matches played.
Like Souths now, for the majority of that decade the Broncos had a match-controlling core.
Halfback Allan Langer was skipper, twins Kerrod and Kevin Walters were the dominant six and nine, with a young Darren Lockyer at fullback.
Glenn Lazarus, Brad Thorn and Shane Webcke caused carnage up front and Steve Renouf was scintillating in the centres.
Rarely in that era did the Broncos not start a season as premiership favourites, and finishing out of the finals (it was top five until 1998) was never considered an option.
And when they did lose, more often than not they had an off day.
The 2015 premiership race is a mere pup - just two weeks old.
But if the Rabbitohs keep their side intact, hold their form and retain their hunger, they will be the first team to win back-to-back premierships since those brilliant Broncos of the '90s.
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