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The Seven Big Fixtures You Must See In 2018

Andrea Mandadakis


While every match is just as important as the next for a Premiership season, there are some clashes that every Member has to experience. Whether it’s a big rivalry or a big event, we’ve narrowed down 7 big fixtures that every supporter must attend in 2018.

Game 1: Round Three Saturday 24th March 5:30pm – Sea Eagles @ ANZ Stadium



Mark Courtney, the author of ‘The Book of Feuds’, famously coined “there are few clubs we enjoy beating more”, when talking about our fierce rivals the Manly Sea Eagles. There are sure to be plenty of Members and supporters who couldn’t agree more.

Every clash we have with the Silvertails seems to relive history, with each match-up creating a new chapter in our fierce rivalry, and this one will be no different when we host them in our second double header of the year at ANZ Stadium.

The last time the Sea Eagles came to Homebush we sent them packing 20 points to 8 in a dominant display, but we know we can’t take them lightly, so expect plenty of feathers to fly in this contest, particularly with former Rabbitohs Dylan Walker and Api Koroisau now donning maroon and white colours.

Game 2: Round Four Friday 30th March 4:10pm – Bulldogs @ ANZ Stadium


One of the biggest events on the Rugby League calendar is our Good Friday clash with traditional rivals the Bulldogs.

Our rivalry with Canterbury continues to grow each and every year, and long-time supporters of both clubs know that no matter the position these teams have on the competition ladder, each meeting is filled with ferocity and intent. You just have to look at our 2015 ‘Bad Friday’ clash to see what this game means to the players and supporters.

The occasion also marks the first meeting between newly appointed coaches Anthony Seibold and Dean Pay, and with both clubs going through similar transitional periods over the off season, there will be plenty of interest in this new chapter between these two traditional clubs.

Game 3: Round Seven Saturday 21st April 3:00pm – Raiders @ Central Coast Stadium


Central Coast Members rejoice - the Rabitohs are back in Gosford for the first time since 2014!

This fixture is perfect for everyone with kick off occuring at 3pm on a Sunday. Just an hour out of Sydney on a train you can take the family out for lunch, watch the footy and be back before it gets too late!

Our clashes with the Raiders have been inconsistent as of late, and we will be out for revenge after they ran over us in our last meeting.

However, there’s a unique aura that the Central Coast Stadium has, and having won 4 of our last 5 home games at the venue, it certainly is a home away from home for the Rabbitohs.

We’ve built a strong following of supporters on the Central Coast so you can expect plenty of Red and Green in the stands in what is anticipated to be awesome atmosphere.

Game 4: Round 8 Thursday 26th April 7:50pm – Broncos @ ANZ Stadium


Plenty of fans will be intrigued to see what storyline this contest brings. We all remember the infamous ANZAC Day clash last season when the Broncos secured a controversial victory over us in Round 8 last season.

In 2018 we again meet our rivals on ANZAC Round in a rematch on our turf, and it won’t just be the die-hard supporters looking to get some redemption against Wayne Bennett’s boys.

The match will also feature some of Queensland’s best, with the likes of Greg Inglis and Dane Gagai taking on Matt Gillett and Darius Boyd, in what is looking to be a high quality clash with plenty of emotion both on the field and in the stands too.


Game 5: Round 10 Sunday 13th May 2:00pm – Dragons @ ANZ Stadium


With more day matches for the Rabbitohs in season 2018, this one is bound to be an absolute blockbuster, with two traditional rivals playing on a Sunday afternoon at ANZ Stadium.

There is always a twist when it comes to playing the Dragons, with recent contests filled with controversies and storylines, such as our last-gasp come-from-behind victory over the Red V in Round 22 last season.

You can also look forward to the battle of the Brits, when Dragons Gareth Widdop and new signing James Graham take on international teammates the Burgess brothers, in what is always a tense matchup.

Game 6: Round 21 Friday 3rd August 7:50pm – Storm @ ANZ Stadium


To be the best you have to beat the best, and we will have the chance to overcome the 2017 Premiers when the Storm rolls into town on August 3rd.

Having not played Melbourne in Sydney since 2015, the team has been given the perfect chance to make amends for last season’s disappointing result against the Premiers.

There will be plenty of quality across the park, with plenty of matchups to look forward to, such as Greg Inglis vs Billy Slater, Alex Johnston vs Josh Addo-Carr and Sam Burgess against Jesse Bromwich in the engine room.

With so many big names taking the field, you would be mad to miss out on this clash of the heavyweights.

Game 7: Round 22 Friday 10th August 7:50pm – Roosters @ ANZ Stadium


Mark this one down in the calendar, because it is going to be one of the biggest clashes of 2018. We host our fiercest rivals at ANZ in our Round 22 encounter in the second leg of the Ron Coote Cup.

The Bondi boys have recruited heavily in a bid to get one up on the rest of the competition. With this match summing up the last of our 5 consecutive Member access ANZ Stadium games, it'll be one the Rabbitohs will want to set a tone in before heading to Suncorp in the following round.

With our side filled with plenty of home grown talent, and with the Red and Green faithful filling the stands, we’ll be out there to make a statement to the Roosters.