25 Jul 2011

Souths coach remains philosophical despite thrashing

10:42 am on 25 July 2011

The veteran South Sydney rugby league coach John Lang says he won't "whip himself" over yesterday's 48-16 demolition by the Warriors, but some might consider he's been doing that in the two years since he took over the struggling NRL club.

Lang, whose career is winding down with the Rabbitohs' season, has endured two injury-ravaged campaigns since being shocked out of retirement to take over from former boss Jason Taylor.

The 60-year-old premiership-winning former Cronulla and Penrith mentor concedes his final year as a first grade coach is unlikely to feature an appearance in the finals.

Lang remained philosophical after the nine tries to three thrashing as names like Dave Taylor, Michael Crocker, Sam Burgess, Roy Asotasi, Luke Stuart and Scott Geddes watched from the stands.

It was also a less than memorable day for five-eighth John Sutton, who stood in as skipper in his 150th game.

Souths need to win all six remaining games and hope other results mean they can sneak into the finals.

They are likely to get Crocker back from a minor injury for the clash with premiers St George Illawarra next Sunday, while Taylor returns from suspension in two weeks.

The sixth placed Warriors cemented their place in the top eight with yesterday's win, putting more distance between themselves and the seventh placed Wests Tigers.