The Rabbitohs are upset with Brandon Smith’s actions in mocking Latrell Mitchell in his return from suspension after the Storm star was seen mimicking the fullback after Thursday evening’s extra-time thriller at AAMI Park.

Smith was seen holding his hand to his ear in what gave the impression to be a deliberate take-off of Mitchell’s response to the gang when he kicked a long-range area purpose to ship the match into additional time.

Mitchell, who was booed by the Storm followers when he first touched the ball firstly of the match, was being interviewed by Channel 9 after the sport when Smith appeared to be taking the mickey out of him whereas chatting with teammates Cameron Munster and Ryan Papenhuyzen.

Smith was not taking part in within the match after struggling a hand harm within the Spherical 1 win over the Wests Tigers however was congratulating his group on the sector following the 15-14 victory.

As first reported within the Sydney Morning Herald, the Rabbitohs camp was lower than amused with Smith’s antics and the Kiwi worldwide – who has signed with South Sydney’s enemies, the Roosters subsequent season – can count on a frosty reception from the purple and inexperienced devoted when Melbourne journey to Accor Stadium in Spherical 19.

Stress mounts on Maguire

After narrowly avoiding the chop on the finish of final season following a membership overview, Michael Maguire’s future on the Wests Tigers is once more beneath the microscope following his group’s dreadful begin to the season.

The Tigers went right down to a Storm aspect which was lacking a number of gamers via suspension and suffered additional accidents in the course of the Spherical 1 encounter.

They then put within the worst show of any group within the first fortnight after they have been thrashed 26-Four by the Knights in Newcastle on Sunday to take a seat alongside Manly, Souths and the Warriors as the one winless golf equipment after Spherical 2.

Membership legend Benji Marshall stated they weren’t taking part in to first-grade commonplace on Fox League and Matty Johns added that the group’s poor kind would solely result in enhanced scrutiny on Maguire’s future on the membership regardless of being beneath contract till the top of subsequent season.

“Madge wouldn’t need to have many days like he had immediately, would he,” Johns stated on Fox League on Sunday evening.

“It’s unfair as a result of he’s not the one going on the market however sadly within the trendy world of teaching, that’s what occurs – iIf you don’t get outcomes the primary bloke who goes is the coach. 

“So I believe he’s going to need to flip this round very, in a short time.”

The Tigers are again dwelling at Campbelltown on Friday to host the Warriors, then have three straight highway video games towards the Gold Coast, Sharks and Eels on Easter Monday.

Panthers set to lock in Cleary combo long run

Penrith have opened negotiations with Ivan and Nathan Cleary to make sure the daddy and son duo stay on the membership nicely after the top of their present contracts.

Ivan is contracted till the top of subsequent 12 months however the Panthers are already in talks to increase his deal by a couple of extra years whereas Nathan just isn’t a free agent till the next 12 months however the membership is eager to lock him right into a recent multimillion-dollar deal.

Panthers CEO Brian Fletcher advised the SMH it was a no brainer determination.

“Why wouldn’t we would like them each on the membership long run?” Fletcher stated. “The board is unanimous in protecting them as a pair so long as we probably can.”



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