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Pride in the jersey

John Lanzky reports that Souths have played some heavy games against the in-form Roosters and Panthers. A gutsy win against the Bulldogs has restored confidence. The Rabbitohs are in the top eight, with games against the Tigers and Knights in coming weeks. The team should pick up the wins.

John says: “Alex Johnston deserves better. He has been a loyal Souths man for a long time, and always gives 100 per cent. He has been told he needs to move on due to salary cap restrictions. It makes me wonder how the Roosters fit all their players in and still have money to spare. I just don’t get it!

“I also believe we have players within the group who are not performing to their full capacity. I won’t mention names but certain players should have a good, hard look at themselves and show some pride in the jersey.

“I will say that Latrell Mitchell is improving week to week. He is involving himself in attack and defence and will only get better as he adapts to the style of players around him.”

Coronavirus scare

World number six Webb Simpson is competing on the PGA tour again after his family had a coronavirus scare. One of Simpson’s daughters tested positive for Covid-19, leading to him withdrawing from last month’s tournament as a precaution.

Simpson, who leads the tour in FedEx Cup points and scoring average, is attempting to become the PGA tour’s first player with three victories during this pandemic-interrupted year.

Most importantly, Simpson is trying to stay healthy. He does not believe that doing his job is putting him or his family at risk.

“I mentioned to the commissioner last week that based on our numbers, our stats, the safest place anyone can be in the United States right now is on the PGA tour,” Simpson said. “We had at that point, I think, seven out of 2,300 positive, which is amazing. But I do think the elephant is in the room and the tough thing that they’re dealing with every week is these positives.”

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