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Rugby league is all about magic moments. Whether they’re moments of brilliance, moments that defined a season, or moments that make you pause to remember where you were when they happened, every season has them, and we all remember them. This week, we look at a handful of those moments from the 2014 season so far.

Today, it’s all about Nathan Merritt, who in round six surpassed the Club’s all-time try-scoring record of 144 tries – a record set way back in 1933.

In a match played in monsoon-like conditions at Penrith, Merritt crossed the white line for the 145th time while wearing red and green – writing his name into South Sydney history with his four-pointer.

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Ironically, it was another Souths Junior from the Redfern area – just like Merritt – who held the 144 try honour, in the form of Souths superstar of the 1920’s and early 1930’s, Benny Wearing.

A member of Souths Juniors’ Team of the Century, Wearing was a representative quality winger between the 1921 and 1933 seasons, standing out in arguably one of Souths’ greatest ever backlines. The team included the likes of Harold Horder and Cecil Blinkhorn – both of whom attained legendary status’ in their own right following their illustrious careers.

Blessed with lightning speed, brilliant handling and a deadly accurate goal-kicking boot, Wearing became one of the most popular players in the red and green line-up in his 13 years playing for the Club, on the back of his flamboyant play – mastering the art of the ‘chip over the top’ – in addition to his freakish knack of finding the try-line.

Despite his obvious ability though, Wearing only managed to play one Test for Australia during his 13 year career, largely thanks to matters out of his control. The Rabbitohs’ 1925 Premiership win coincided with the scheduling of a Kangaroo Tour year. However, the newly formed Australian Board of Control ruled that there would be no Tour at the time, and so it came to pass that from 1921-1929 – the height of Wearing’s footballing prowess – no Australian touring party would go to England.

But Wearing eventually did get his shot – his single Test match coming in 1928. After being overlooked for the first two Test’s, and with the weight of public opinion weighing heavily upon selectors, Wearing finally donned the Green and Gold of Australia and proceeded to make the most of his opportunity by scoring two tries in Australia’s brilliant 21-14 victory over the English – the only match Australia won in that series.

Wearing retired in 1933 and took great pride in taking his daughters to see the Rabbitohs play after his career.

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