Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

All Bow to Sandow; Rabbitohs Star Set to Steal Show at Suncorp Stadium

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

All Bow to Sandow; Rabbitohs Star Set to Steal Show at Suncorp Stadium

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AT the 2006 census, the population of the Aboriginal community of Cherbourg was 1128, and I reckon the majority of them would give their right arm to be at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday to watch the next instalment of the rise and rise of the Rabbitohs.

Under normal circumstances the people of Cherbourg would probably be Broncos supporters, and certainly Co as rugby league lovers Co big fans of Darren Lockyer. And if given the chance, they would cherish the opportunity to say goodbye to the Queensland champion.

But, on Sunday they will have eyes for only one little bloke, Rabbitohs No7 Chris Sandow. He is their very own, and no doubt they are as proud as punch of him.

And the good folk of Cherbourg are not alone in that adulation. At the moment, riding on the wave of Souths' dramatic push to plays finals footy, Sandow is the excitement machine of the NRL.

The little bloke epitomises what is wonderful about sport, and rugby league in particular. He is the naughty boy made good Co so good that he will join Parramatta next year on a reported $500,000-a-season contract.

And while the Eels have been widely castigated for some errant buys for 2011, their massive spending on Sandow seems vindicated. He is a genuine matchwinner, as he proved again in last Friday's nailbiter against the Cowboys.

Sandow rolls the dice in every game he plays, and he will do it again several times on Sunday in what is a huge match for the Rabbitohs Co and the Broncos too, for that matter.

Prince of players

OF the players with whom I have been closely associated over the years, Scott Prince is in my top 10 of good blokes. He is a true champion, on and off the field.

And that's what makes the scuttlebutt emanating from the Titans' camp so difficult to comprehend. Speculation that Prince is aloof and not popular with his teammates has been circulating for a while, and the Titans captain has had enough.

He has unloaded with both barrels on what he has called the vultures. In his weekly newspaper column he called them the Cythe ugly, vicious, self-absorbed creatures who feed off those within the game who are trying their best'. …

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