Alongside the Roosters, the South Sydney Rabbitohs are one of only two NSWRL foundation clubs that still play in the top grade of Australian rugby league. They are also the oldest, having sprung into existence a week before their Eastern Suburbs rivals.
It was only a few years ago that South Sydney were on top of the world after breaking a decades-long premiership drought. Now, with Wayne Bennett at the helm, the Bunnies have grand plans after hopping into the top four last year.
Will the green and red represent again in September? Let’s check out the odds for the 2019 NRL season.
About the South Sydney Rabbitohs
|Home ground:||ANZ Stadium|
|Premierships:||21 – 1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 2014|
|2018 ladder finish:||Third (16-8)|
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|2019 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Dally M Odds|
|Feb||$9||$1.40||$2.20||D Cook $21|
|Mar||$8.50||$1.35||$2.50||D Cook $19|
|Apr||$6.50||$1.04||$1.45||D Cook $18|
Best South Sydney Rabbitohs bets for NRL 2019
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- It is not often a club rings the changes after a successful season, but that is what’s happened at South Sydney. Anthony Seibold has defected to the Brisbane Broncos after a single season at Redfern, with Wayne Bennett going the other way. Whether that will disrupt their momentum remains to be seen, but the Rabbitohs head into 2019 as one of the better bets for the flag.
- Outside the Sydney Roosters and the Melbourne Storm, the Bunnies are perhaps the strongest contender for a spot in the top four. They did it last year, running third, and look every chance to do it again if their key players stay on the park.
- Damien Cook was one of the breakout stars in 2019 and starts the year among the top 10 contenders in the Dally M Medal betting. Souths have a number of tempting alternatives at long odds, including Alex Johnston, Cody Walker and the great Great Inglis.
2019 South Sydney Rabbitohs draw
|1||Sydney Roosters||Sydney Cricket Ground||Friday, March 15||7:55pm|
|2||St George Illawarra Dragons||Jubilee Oval||Thursday, March 21||7:50pm|
|3||Gold Coast Titans||ANZ Stadium||Sunday, March 31||6:10pm|
|4||Manly Sea Eagles||Lottoland||Saturday, April 6||3pm|
|5||New Zealand Warriors||Sunshine Coast Stadium||Saturday, April 13||3pm|
|6||Canterbury Bulldogs||ANZ Stadium||Friday, April 19||4:05pm|
|7||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Friday, April 26||7:55|
|8||Brisbane Broncos||ANZ Stadium||Thursday, May 2||7:50pm|
|9||North Queensland Cowboys||Suncorp Stadium||Sunday, May 12||4:05pm|
|10||Canberra Raiders||GIO Stadium||Saturday, May 18||7:35pm|
|11||Wests Tigers||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, May 25||7:35pm|
|12||Parramatta Eels||Bankwest Stadium||Friday, May 31||7:55pm|
|13||Newcastle Knights||ANZ Stadium||Friday, June 7||6pm|
|14||Penrith Panthers||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, June 15||5:30pm|
|15||Wests Tigers||Bankwest Stadium||Thursday, June 27||7:50pm|
|17||Manly Sea Eagles||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, July 13||3pm|
|18||North Queensland Cowboys||1300SMILES Stadium||Saturday, July 20||7:35pm|
|19||St George Illawarra Dragons||ANZ Stadium||Friday, July 26||7:55pm|
|20||Cronulla Sharks||Shark Park||Saturday, August 3||7:35pm|
|21||Melbourne Storm||Central Coast Stadium||Sunday, August 11||4:05pm|
|22||Canterbury Bulldogs||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, August 17||7:35pm|
|23||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, August 23||7:55pm|
|24||New Zealand Warriors||Mt Smart Stadium||Friday, August 30||6pm|
|25||Sydney Roosters||ANZ Stadium||Thursday, September 5||7:50pm|
Rabbitohs players to watch in 2019
There is no substitute for a fit and firing Greg Inglis. Few players can impact a game quite like he does on a regular basis. The 10-time State of Origin winner looked right at home in the centres last year and could produce some real magic with Bennett at the helm.
Johnston moved from the wing to fullback last season and settled in like a dream. He might not hit the line as often as he did when lining up on the flanks, but his agility and creativity make him a huge playmaking threat from the back row.
Like his esteemed partner in the centres, Gagai is a first-class footballer who brings great flexibility and all-round quality to South Sydney’s back half. Will the Queensland Origin star go to another level now that Bennett is at the helm?
Rabbitohs records, stats and history
- Most games: 309* – John Sutton
Most career points: 1841 – Eric Simms
Most points in a season: 265 – Eric Simms (1969)
Most career tries: 146 – Nathan Merritt
Most tries in a season: 29 – Les Brennan (1952)
Most points in a match: 29 – Johnny Greaves (vs. Roosters, 1952)
- Most consecutive wins: 16 (1925-26)
Most consecutive losses: 22 (1945-47)
Biggest winning margin: 67-0 (vs. Magpies, 1910)
Biggest losing margin: 0-66 (vs. Warriors, 2006)
Largest home attendance: 83,833 (vs. Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, 2014 NRL Grand Final)
- The South Sydney District Rugby League Football Club was formed on January 17, 2018 at the Redfern Town Hall. Among its founding members was Victor Trumper – one of the early superstars in Australian cricket.
Success was instant. Nicknamed after the rabbit-catching street hawkers of 19th-century Sydney, the Rabbitohs won the first two New South Wales Rugby League titles and added another pair at either end of the Great War. Seven premierships between 1925 and 1932 established the club as one of Australia’s great sporting powers.
Souths have enjoyed healthy rivalries with Eastern Suburbs and Balmain since the early days, but it was St George who emerged as their arch-nemesis in the middle years of the 20th century. The two teams shared all but three NSWRL Premierships between 1949 and 1971, with the Rabbitohs claiming nine and the Dragons reeling off 11 in a row from ’56 to ’66.
That was where the well ran dry for South Sydney. Financial problems hit hard in the early 1970s and drove top talents to other clubs. Those issues reached critical levels in the ’90s, so much so that the Bunnies were excluded when the newly formed National Rugby League was reduced to 14 teams in 2000.
That decision was met with public outcry, and not just from Souths supporters. A two-year legal campaign bore fruit when the High Court ruled that the NRL and News Limited had no legal grounds for dumping the Rabbits from the competition. The club was reinstated in 2002.
That is where the revival begins. After a few poor seasons, a consortium led by Hollywood actor Russell Crowe mounted a takeover of South Sydney. Flush with funds and driven by ambitious backers, the Rabbitohs were able to attract star players and top-drawer coaches for the first time in decades. So it was that in 2014, with Michael Maguire at the helm, the green and red beat the Canterbury Bulldogs to claim their first premiership win in 43 years.
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