Milestone Men – Lowe & Te’o

Two Rabbitohs will achieve career milestones when the red and greens step out onto ANZ Stadium this Thursday night. Ben Lowe will play his 100th first grade match (all of which have been for the Rabbitohs), while Ben Te’o will play his 150th career game when the Rabbitohs play the Brisbane Broncos in Close the Gap Round.

Both hard-working forwards and proud Queenslanders, the damaging back-rowers have become regular features in Michael Maguire’s team rotation by providing sting in defence and valuable metres in attack so far this season.

“I’ve got to say, that I can feel every one of those 99 games,” laughs Lowe.

“It’s been such a great honour for me to be at this Club and play all those games here and I’m looking forward to getting out there on Thursday night against the Broncos and getting the job done.”

Te’o, who has enjoyed stints with the Wests Tigers and Brisbane Broncos (38 games for the Rabbitohs), simply feels fortunate to reach the milestone, given his modest goals prior to his first grade debut in 2007.

“The goal at the beginning was always to play one first grade game,” admitted Te’o.

“But I guess I’ve been lucky – worked really hard and now I have the chance to get to 150.

 

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“As a rugby league player, you never know how many (games) you’re actually going to get with things like injuries. I’m just happy that I’ve been able to play so many.”

For Lowe, his road to the top grade came via a stint in the North Queensland Cowboys’ lower-grades behind brother and former Rabbitoh, Jaiman Lowe – a player that Ben cites as his inspiration.

“We were up at the Cowboys together and he played first grade and I didn’t,” recalls Lowe.

“He was a huge influence on me so we really wanted to get the chance to play together, and at a certain point, we actually thought the opportunity had passed.

“Then we were lucky enough to come to Souths, and that’s where it finally happened for us.

“It sounds funny, but it was actually a bit of a bitter-sweet time.

“It was round two in 2008 that I made my debut at Souths, but the week before in round one, it came down to either myself or Jaiman being picked.

“He got picked for round one and I missed out, but the following week, I was in the team and he got dropped. So again, it was a bitter-sweet feeling in some way because we really wanted to play together – eventually we were lucky enough to do that though.”

Fast forward to 2014 though and Lowe is on the cusp of playing his 100th game for the Club. For the proud Rabbitoh, while the milestone is something to put up on the mantelpiece all his focus is on getting the win against the 10th placed Broncos in front of the Rabbitohs faithful.

“This is an important game for us at ANZ Stadium, back on our home-turf,” said Lowe.

“Our Members are the best supporters in the game – I’ve gotten to know a lot of them and they’re just so passionate. So while the milestones are nice this week, it’s all about getting the two points.”

 

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