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 a few promising campaigns in a row.
Will the green and red represent again in September? Let’s check out the odds for the 2021 NRL season.
About the South Sydney Rabbitohs
|Home ground:||Stadium Australia|
|Premierships:||21 – 1908, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 2014|
|2020 ladder finish:||Sixth (12-8)|
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Updated Rabbitohs futures odds
|2021 Premiership||Make Top 4||Top Tryscorer|
|Feb||$6||$1.85||A Johnston $8|
|Mar||$6||$1.85||A Johnston $8|
|Apr||$5||$1.25||A Johnston $9|
Best South Sydney Rabbitohs bets for NRL 2021
There are dozens of NRL futures markets for the Bunnies, but where are they likely to return some real value?
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- Souths made it to the prelims from sixth on the ladder last year and gave it a real shake against the Panthers, so it is no surprise to see them well supported in the 2021 NRL Premiership betting. The Bunnies have made some shrewd signing in the offseason and should be well in the mix again.
- Along with the Sydney Roosters, Melbourne Storm and Canberra Raiders, the Bunnies are one of the big contenders for a spot in the top four. If they can keep their key players on the park, they should be right in the thick of it after 25 rounds.
- Alex Johnston is back on the wing and looms as the man to beat in the NRL top tryscorer betting for 2021. If you fancy an outsider, Cody Walker at $34 in the preseason markets is well worth a look.
2021 South Sydney Rabbitohs draw
|1||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Thursday, March 11||8:05pm|
|2||Manly Sea Eagles||Lottoland||Saturday, March 20||5:30pm|
|3||Sydney Roosters||Stadium Australia||Friday, March 26||8:05pm|
|4||Canterbury Bulldogs||Stadium Australia||Friday, April 2||4:05pm|
|5||Brisbane Broncos||Stadium Australia||Thursday, April 8||7:50pm|
|6||Wests Tigers||Stadium Australia||Saturday, April 17||5:30pm|
|7||Gold Coast Titans||Cbus Super Stadium||Friday, April 23||6pm|
|8||Canberra Raiders||GIO Stadium||Thursday, April 29||7:50pm|
|9||Melbourne Storm||Stadium Australia||Thursday, May 6||7:50pm|
|10||Cronulla Sharks||Suncorp Stadium||Saturday, May 15||5:30pm|
|11||Penrith Panthers||Apex Oval||Sunday, May 23||2pm|
|12||Parramatta Eels||Stadium Australia||Saturday, May 29||5:30pm|
|14||Newcastle Knights||Stadium Australia||Saturday, June 12||5:30pm|
|15||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Thursday, June 17||7:50pm|
|16||Wests Tigers||Leichhardt Oval||Sunday, July 4||4:05pm|
|17||North Queensland Cowboys||Stadium Australia||Friday, July 9||7:55pm|
|18||Canterbury Bulldogs||Stadium Australia||Sunday, July 18||6:15pm|
|19||New Zealand Warriors||Sunshine Coast Stadium||Saturday, July 24||3pm|
|20||St George Illawarra Dragons||WIN Stadium||Saturday, July 31||3pm|
|21||Parramatta Eels||Bankwest Stadium||Friday, August 6||7:55pm|
|22||Gold Coast Titans||Central Coast Stadium||Saturday, August 14||3pm|
|23||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Friday, August 20||7:55pm|
|24||Sydney Roosters||Sydney Cricket Ground||Friday, August 27||7:55pm|
|25||St George Illawarra Dragons||Stadium Australia||Saturday, September 4||7:35pm|
Rabbitohs players to watch in 2021
Position: Lock, prop
Of all the new arrivals at Redfern for this season, Jai Arrow is the most exciting. While it remains to be seen whether he or Cameron Murray gets the starting berth at lock, the former Gold Coast Titans forward oozes quality and gives the Bunnies plenty of options in the pack.
It’s been a rough few years for Tautau Moga, who managed only 14 NRL appearances in three seasons with the Newcastle Knights. If he gets his body right and settles well at Souths, the former Bronco could prove to be a real asset in the centres.
If online bookmakers were allowed to run Dally M Medal betting markets for the 2021 season, Cody Walker would be right at the pointy end. The 31-year-old NSW rep is a genuine match-winner from the halves, where his partnership with Adam Reynolds is one of the most damaging in the league.
Rabbitohs records, stats and history
- Most games: 336 – John Sutton
Most career points: 1,841 – 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.