Rabbitohs star Latrell Mitchell has been left struggling for words following a rousing reception from the team’s loyal fans in the wake of the elimination final win over the Roosters.
Despite an up-and-down season, the Rabbitohs have begun to play their best football when it matters most and advanced to the semi-finals following a 30-14 win over their bitter rivals.
The hotly-contested match was played in front of a capacity crowd inside Sydney’s brand new Allianz Stadium, and the atmosphere left Mitchell, who made his first finals appearance since 2019, visibly shaken.
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As Mitchell spoke to Nine’s Brad Fittler for a post-game interview, he struggled to find words due to the crowd’s incredible ovation. Fittler, for his part, admitted he’d never heard so much noise in a stadium before.
“It’s pretty emotional. It’s a ripper tonight,” he said.
“I’m so glad Souths fans turned up and give it back and support us all the way. It’s how it’s been all year and I know it hasn’t gone the way we wanted, but we’re starting the new season.
“It’s semi-final footy now and we’re coming.”
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Mitchell was engaged in several scraps with his former teammates during the match but was respectful of his old team after ending their season.
“I’ve spent most of my career there and I can’t thank the Roosters enough for giving me an opportunity to be Latrell Mitchell,” he said.
“Now I get to express that with the best club in the world and it’s just so good. I love the community, I’m home, and I really enjoy being here and being around South Sydney.”
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