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|
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- It’s all gone downhill at Redfern since Souths broke their premiership drought in 2014. Anthony Seibold takes over from the sacked Michael Maguire after two consecutive 12th-place finishes. While we can expect some improvement with Greg Inglis back in action, an awful lot would have to right for the Bunnies to pose any serious flag threat.
- This is where the Rabbitohs might deliver something. The return of Inglis eases the pressure on Sam Burgess and the other senior players, while young guns such as Alex Johnston and Angus Crichton will only be better with another of year of footy under their belts. The competition is fierce, but Souths have to be considered a decent chance to beat out the likes of Canberra, Manly and St George for a spot in the eight.
- Have we mentioned that Greg Inglis is back this year? The three-time NRL Grand Final winner missed all but the first game of 2017 after rupturing his ACL only a few minutes into South Sydney’s season-opening clash with Wests Tigers. A trouble-free year would put him right in the mix for the Dally M – one of the few awards he hasn’t yet won.
- Alex Johnston played all over the back row last year and finished with 22 tries. Wherever he lines up in 2018, the 23-year-old jet is a red-hot chance to nudge out the likes of Suliasi Vunivalu and Josh Addo-Carr for NRL top tryscorer.
2018 South Sydney Rabbitohs draw
|1||New Zealand Warriors||Optus Stadium||Saturday, March 10||7pm|
|2||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Saturday, March 17||5:30pm|
|3||Manly Sea Eagles||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, March 24||5:30pm|
|4||Canterbury Bulldogs||ANZ Stadium||Friday, March 30||4:10pm|
|5||St George Illawarra Dragons||Jubilee Oval||Friday, April 6||7:50pm|
|6||Sydney Roosters||Allianz Stadium||Thursday, April 12||7:50pm|
|7||Canberra Raiders||Central Coast Stadium||Saturday, April 21||3pm|
|8||Brisbane Broncos||ANZ Stadium||Thursday, April 26||7:50pm|
|9||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Friday, May 4||6pm|
|10||St George Illawarra Dragons||ANZ Stadium||Sunday, May 13||2pm|
|11||North Queensland Cowboys||1300SMILES Stadium||Saturday, May 19||5:30pm|
|12||New Zealand Warriors||Mt Smart Stadium||Saturday, May 26||5:30pm|
|13||Cronulla Sharks||ANZ Stadium||Friday, June 1||7:50pm|
|14||Gold Coast Titans||Cbus Super Stadium||Friday, June 8||7:50pm|
|15||Parramatta Eels||ANZ Stadium||Thursday, June 14||7:50pm|
|16||North Queensland Cowboys||Barlow Park||Sunday, July 1||4:10pm|
|18||Canterbury Bulldogs||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, July 14||3:30pm|
|19||Wests Tigers||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, July 21||5:30pm|
|20||Parramatta Eels||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, July 28||5:30pm|
|21||Melbourne Storm||ANZ Stadium||Friday, August 3||7:50pm|
|22||Sydney Roosters||ANZ Stadium||Friday, August 10||7:50pm|
|23||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Thursday, August 16||7:50pm|
|24||Canberra Raiders||GIO Stadium||Saturday, August 25||3pm|
|25||Wests Tigers||ANZ Stadium||Thursday, August 31||7:50pm|
Rabbitohs players to watch in 2018
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. Word on the street is that the 10-time State of Origin winner will return to the centres this year as the new coach looks to shake up an attack that has gone stale over the past few years.
If the aforementioned whispers about Inglis are true, Johnston will start the season as South Sydney’s first-choice fullback. He has been groomed for this role since day one and showed last year that he can find the line from just about anywhere on the park. NSW Origin selectors should pay close attention.
Gagai adds great quality and versatility to a Bunnies side that was often too rigid under Maguire’s rule. The Queenslander has spent plenty of time at fullback and won last year’s Wally Lewis Medal from the wing, but it is expected he will join Inglis in a classy, new-look centre pairing.
Rabbitohs records, stats and history
- Most games: 283* – 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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