RABID Rabbitohs fans are buying tickets to Friday's away final against Manly at an astonishing rate of five times that of Sea Eagles supporters.
It could be a case of spot the Manly supporter at th
e club's home semi-final at Allianz Stadium, with nearly 25,000 South Sydney fans expected to head to Allianz Stadium.
There may only be about 6000 Manly fans willing to head into the city for the clash.
"It is magnificent support from our members and fans," said Souths CEO Shane Richardson. "And remember, this isn't our home ground although people keep going on that it is. Souths fans will be travelling from all over Sydney to get to the game. That's great to see."
Manly players urged fans to attend the match despite remaining angry the game wasn't being played at Brookvale Oval.
"It's unfair," said Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran. "You work your arse off all year to finish first or second and then we have to go out and play at Allianz.
"It should be played at Brookie in my eyes. It means our fans have to travel further.
"But there is nothing we can do about it. We just have to get on with it and hope our fans travel out there and give us the support that we need."
Manly has even taken the step of providing free return bus trips to Allianz Stadium for fans.
The buses will run from Manly Leagues Club, Pittwater Road, Brookvale, starting in the early evening.
But there's little wonder Manly struggle to pull a crowd after another shambolic media day on Wednesday.
Players again were being pulled away from reporters mid-interview, others ended interviews after speaking for a grand total of 90 seconds.
In contrast, Souths superstar Greg Inglis spoke to the media on Tuesday for more than 15 minutes.
"The more support out there the better for us," said Manly winger Jorge Taufua. "Unfortunately it can't be at Brookvale but we still can't wait until Friday.
"We would love to play at Brookvale and we know everyone else doesn't want to. Everyone hates it there.
"But that's the way it goes. I can't say much more."
Many thought the Manly-Souths game would draw a crowd of 40,000 — but that won't happen.
It is understood Saturday night's semi-final between Sydney Roosters and Penrith at Allianz may draw about 22,000 fans.
About 24,000 fans will watch the Cowboys-Broncos semi-final at 1300 Smiles Stadium in Townsville on Saturday night.
Meanwhile Manly fullback Brett Stewart, who missed last weekend's match through injury, will play Souths, as will injured prop Brenton Lawrence.
The Daily Telegraph