Campbell Graham is unlikely to return for South Sydney this year, with interim head coach Ben Hornby confirming Graham was yet to pick up a ball, let alone train with the team.

Hornby delivered the news following the team’s fourth-straight victory of the season, after downing the Sea Eagles 14-0 on a slippery night at Accor Stadium.

Campbell Graham is unlikely to return for the Rabbitohs this year.

Campbell Graham is unlikely to return for the Rabbitohs this year.Credit: Getty

“He hasn’t been training with us at all, he hasn’t touched a ball,” Hornby said. “He’s still a long way off Campbell, if at all.”

Graham hasn’t played a game for South Sydney in 2024 after having surgery for a sternum injury sustained last year.

Hornby said the same was true for winger Tyrone Munro who fractured his collarbone against the Sharks in round six.

“He’s the same. At the moment there’s no return date for either of those guys,” Hornby said. “They could be back in four, five weeks, but likelihood is that they’re probably not coming back, either of them [this year].

The Rabbitohs will benefit from the bye next week, with Cameron Murray and Latrell Mitchell set to return from Origin duty for South Sydney’s game against the Eels in round 18.

Jack Wighton takes a carry against Manly on Saturday night.

Jack Wighton takes a carry against Manly on Saturday night.Credit: Getty Images

But despite missing two of their star players, the Rabbitohs managed to just do enough to nudge over the line tonight.

“They came with nothing to lose and we’re probably running on a bit empty at the moment I reckon,” Hornby said.

“The last couple of weeks has taken its toll. Just to see us tough it out right till the end and get a reward at the end to top off a great night [was pleasing]…we’ve been working really hard at training to try and improve our defence, and we feel like we’re making some pretty good strides there. Our attack’s probably not firing on all cylinders either, but we’re doing enough to get over the line.”

The Sea Eagles put up a noble fight, with an inexperienced bench and 13 players out due to injury or Origin, but it was clear they lacked the polish that skipper Daly Cherry Evans usually brings to the side.

Seibold said Tom Trbojevic would return after the bye, along with Reuben Garrick, Josh Aloia and hopefully Lachlan Croker.

“There’s quite a few guys [to come back], and in key positions as well, but I don’t want to take away [from team tonight],” Seibold said.

“We came here to get a result, and unfortunately we weren’t quite good enough tonight, but I was really proud of the group and I thought we fought really hard, but we just didn’t quite have that cohesion.”

When questioned whether Trbojevic would be given the fullback jersey back, Seibold joked he would put him in the No. 22 jersey so no one knows.

“I’ve had some private conversations [with Trbojevic], but I’m not willing to sort of share those private conversations,” Seibold said.

It wasn’t the most thrilling spectacle but South Sydney have marched their way to four consecutive victories, getting the better of a weakened Sea Eagles team.

Manly’s last play of the game was a long kick-off that went too long, sailing over the dead-ball line on the full – a play that was somehow fitting for a Sea Eagles team that worked hard all night but couldn’t score a point.

They’ll be very happy to have their Origin troops back on deck next game, while like Souths they’ll enjoy a bye in round 17.

Rabbitohs 14, Sea Eagles 0 at full-time

It’s been a long break between points but Souths have scored again with hard-working No.13 Keaon Koloamatangi pouncing on a Damien Cook grubber to score behind the posts. He’s scored so close to those posts that Cody Walker is able to convert from right in front – his first goal in the NRL since 2016 – and the Rabbitohs will win this one 14-blot.

Rabbitohs 14, Sea Eagles 0 after 79 minutes

Genuine, chaotic razzle dazzle from the Sea Eagles here, as a Luke Brooks kick gets knocked back by a Manly player and the contest suddenly becomes a game of sevens for half a minute. Wild passes left and right, finally it looks like Manly might somehow conjure a try, and then they don’t of course.

With five minutes left it doesn’t look like we’re going to get double figures in points tonight, but it still is technically anyone’s game.

Rabbitohs 8, Sea Eagles 0 after 75 minutes

Tommy Talau has been in great try-scoring touch for the Sea Eagles this season and he seemingly scores again to break a long drought for Manly tonight, but one quick look from the bunker has it disallowed due to an obstruction.

Rabbitohs 8, Sea Eagles 0 after 65 minutes

Back to the old arm wrestle here. A Cody Walker grubber trickles just a foot too far over the dead-ball line, and Manly get a seven-tackle set. Now the Rabbitohs successfully force a dropout, but Manly get it back immediately with a well-worked short dropout to a leaping Jason Saab. Now Alex Johnston brings down an attacking bomb 10 metres from the Manly line, but the Sea Eagles’ scrambling defence is good enough to defuse the threat.

Both sides have been clunky, meaning the Sea Eagles haven’t particularly looked like scoring but Souths haven’t been able to put them away either.

Rabbitohs 8, Sea Eagles 0 after 58 minutes

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