By Melanie Dinjaski and Marc Churches
Kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes to 8.05pm (AEST) aft the Sea Eagles encountered dense postulation arsenic they made their mode down the road to Brisbane from their Sunshine Coast base.
Local vigor presumption 4BC reported that determination was 27 kilometres of southbound postulation delays which caused Manly to get an hr aboriginal to the crushed than primitively planned.
Nine's rugby league newsman Danny Weidler revealed that a constabulary escort was indispensable to assistance the Sea Eagles from being further delayed for kick-off.
"The M1, some ways, it's torture," Sea Eagles and Queensland fable Paul Vautin said pre-game connected Nine.
"It's awful... it's similar a car park, particularly connected a Friday."
Rugby league large Brad Fittler joked that some coaches would beryllium pointing the digit astatine each other, with South Sydney besides moving somewhat late.
"I deliberation Souths are precocious arsenic well," Fittler told Nine.
"The paranoia of Des Hasler and Wayne Bennett - [they] would beryllium going brainsick astatine the moment.
"Des would beryllium blaming Wayne and Wayne would beryllium blaming Des.
"They're some precise experienced and I don't deliberation it volition enactment anyone off."
Rabbitohs skipper Adam Reynolds explained to Nine however the squad were informed astir the insignificant delay.
"We benignant of conscionable got told walking in, truthful it was quality to us," Reynolds said.
"It doesn't truly matter, we conscionable delayed our prep a bit. But thing truly changed overmuch for us.
"I'm astir apt the astir relaxed idiosyncratic successful the room."
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