The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in week one of the NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series.
One of the game’s greatest and most fierce rivalries will be renewed when the likes of Greg Inglis, Sam Burgess and Adam Reynolds face off against Brett Stewart, Anthony Watmough and Daly Cherry-Evans for a spot in the Grand Final Qualifier. The match will be the third encounter between the two sides for the 2014 season.
The 2014 ledger currently stands at one game apiece following two matches played at a frenetic pace in rounds two and 22.
The Rabbitohs went down by 14-12 to the Sea Eagles in round two in a close encounter at Gosford – just one week after getting their 2014 campaign off to a flying start against the Roosters. A Jamie Lyon penalty-goal would ultimately prove the difference in a match that bore all the feeling of the traditional clash.
But the men in red and green turned it around in round 22 when they again met their flying, feathered friends from the north-side, only this time, on the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Rabbitohs produced a controlled performance to dominate their ladder-leading opponents by 23-4 to claim what would be their fourth successive victory at the time in front of just under 30,000 vocal Members and supporters.
But it’s not the first time that the two clubs will meet in the post-season, with Manly ending the Rabbitohs’ 2013 campaign in last year’s preliminary final on their way to a berth with eventual Premiers, the Roosters.
The match will be the twelfth time that the Rabbitohs will face the Sea-Eagles in a finals match since the north-siders entered the competition in 1947 – the Rabbitohs holding the balance of power in the finals ledger with seven victories and four losses.
Overall, both sides have met on 133 occassions, with the Manly side victorious 73 times, while the Rabbitohs have taken the points 60 times.
A new chapter in finals history is about to be written! Get ready to Light it Up!
Stay tuned to Rabbitohs.com.au for more information, including the matche's venue, kick-off time, ticketing and NYC scheduling.
Ticket buying windows for finals are:
- Monday 10am-6pm – Ticketed members. Purchase via AAN’s. Members can head to www.rabbitohs.com.au/aan to retrieve their AAN.
- Monday 8pm to Tuesday 8am – Non-Ticketed Members. Purchased via a password.
- Tuesday 10am – General Public.
Ticketed Members will receive an email on Sunday evening from the NRL with important ticketing information about their pre-sale and on Monday morning Non-Ticketed Members will receive an email from the NRL with their relevant ticketing information.