Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
A month can make all the difference in Rugby League, just ask the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
This time last month, the Bunnies had lost two games in a row, with an overall record of just five wins and six losses.
At that point, many were not convinced that the Rabbitohs would even be playing finals football in 2020; however, that was all about to change.
In round 12, a bold comeback against the Dragons highlighted South Sydney’s resilience and effort, but that was just one game.
The next week, a dominant performance was indeed impressive, although the Broncos have not precisely proven themselves to be a tough beat this year.
Rugby League fans were treated to a stellar back and forth game between the Cowboys and Rabbitohs in round 14, the game would end with the Bunnies securing a 27-26 win.
Despite their excellent form, a loss to the Sea Eagles would have been detrimental to South Sydney and see them sit just inside the top eight.
Once the game started, all concerns of this occurring were left obsolete, as the Bunnies ran out 56-16 winners.
While they were in red hot form, the Rabbitohs were still yet to beat a top eight side in 2020, leaving their premiership credentials in question.
— South Sydney Rabbitohs 🐰 (@SSFCRABBITOHS) August 29, 2020
This past Thursday was an opportunity to rectify this stat against the third-placed Parramatta Eels, and that is what they did.
A 38-0 scoreline in favour of South Sydney, solidified them as a dark horse for the premiership when just five weeks ago they looked a real chance of missing finals football altogether.
During this time, key players such as Adam Reynolds, Cody Walker and the now-injured Latrell Mitchell have been in season-best form, after an average start to the season.
It just goes to show what difference a month can make.
Next week, the Rabbitohs will face an even bigger litmus test in the Melbourne Storm, followed by a winnable fixture against an out of form Wests Tigers, then a meeting with the currently bottom of the ladder Bulldogs, and finally a showdown with arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters, as they target a top-four finish.