Why Latrell Mitchell saved his worst game at the end of the season


SEN Michelle Bishop has revealed why Latrell Mitchell performed well below his high standards in South Sydney’s 32-12 preliminary round defeat to the Penrith Panthers.

Mitchell had arguably his worst game of the season in the preliminary round as he missed four tackles, ran just 91 yards and failed to break the line all night.

Bishop revealed that he and a number of Rabbitohs stars suffered from serious injuries which hampered their overall performance.

“Latrell Mitchell’s performance against the Panthers on Saturday night has come under intense scrutiny,” Bishop said on SEN 1170 Breakfast.

“He had little impact in such a huge game and it had massive ramifications.

“It ended their season and denied them a chance to win the title.

“He received injections of painkillers before the game and at half-time on the rib cartilage damage.

“He wasn’t the only one because the doctor had to inject Campbell Graham who had to play with broken ribs.

“Jai Arrow had a groin problem and we saw him struggle towards the end of the game.

“(The Rabbitohs players) have been brave.”

The Rabbitohs quickly took a 12-0 lead but were eventually dragged down by a strong Panthers side who never looked to lose once they leveled the scores in the halftime shadow.

SEN Greg Alexander interviewed some of the injured Bunnies stars playing with significant injuries.

“If you’re so injured that you think you might let your team down, you don’t play,” Alexander said on SEN 1170 Breakfast.

“Rib injuries are painful.

“You’re in pain all week.

“It’s about whether you can actually do what you need to do on the pitch.”

The Parramatta Eels and Panthers both have multiple players under injury clouds ahead of Sunday’s Grand Final.

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Raymond I. Langston