The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Sydney Roosters in next week’s Preliminary Final on September 26 at ANZ Stadium after tonight (Friday) surviving a North Queensland Cowboys fight-back to take the match.
Mere weeks after meeting in the final round of the Telstra Premiership, the game’s longest running battle will be revived for the third time this season when the likes of Greg Inglis, Sam Burgess and Adam Reynolds face off against Anthony Minichiello, Jared Wearea-Hargreaves and James Maloney for a spot in the Grand Final Qualifier.
The 2014 ledger currently stands at one win apiece following two fiercely fought matches played at a frenetic pace in rounds one and 26 – the Rabbitohs taking the coveted Ron Coote Cup on aggregate.
The Rabbitohs emerged triumphant in the opening encounter of the season, coming away with a 28-8 victory at ANZ Stadium in a controlled performance that included a hat-trick to Greg Inglis, a try to Bryson Goodwin and a perfect night with the boot for Adam Reynolds.
But the Roosters would take the points in the round 26 clash at Allianz Stadium in a bitterly fought pitched battle in the rain.
With the side down 22-2 late in the match, a spirited fight-back in the latter stages saw the men in red and green come within four points of victory despite being reduced to 12 men early in the second half.
The upcoming match will be the eleventh time that the Rabbitohs will face the Roosters in a finals match since 1908. Incredibly, the two sides last met in the post-season way back in 1938 at the SCG, when the then-Eastern Suburbs club scored a 19-10 victory over Souths in a minor semi.
Souths last defeated Easts in a finals match on the 3rd of September 1932, when they took a 26-8 victory at the Sydney Sports Ground on their way to that year’s Premiership. The finals ledger is currently locked at five wins apiece.
Overall, both sides have met on 209 occasions, with the Roosters victorious 95 times, while the Rabbitohs continue to hold the balance of power with 109 wins.
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 ticketing.
Tickets for both Week 3 NRL Telstra Premiership Preliminary Final matches are on sale from 10am Monday 22 September for Club Members, and from 10am Tuesday 23 September for the General Public.
How to purchase tickets:
Ticket prices for Friday night’s game can be found below.
Member Pre-Sale Prices
Cat 1: Adult - $90, Concession - $80, Junior - $75, Family – N/A
Cat 2: Adult - $60, Concession - $55, Junior - $50, Family - $170
Cat 3: Adult - $40, Concession - $30, Junior - $20, Family - $90
Supporter Bays: Adult - $50, Concession - $40, Junior - $35, Family - $135
Hot Seat: Adult - $55, Concession - $45, Junior - $40, Family - $150
Telstra/Members Offer: Adult - $15, Family – $35
Cat 1: Adult - $100, Concession - $90, Junior - $85, Family – N/A
Cat 2: Adult - $70, Concession - $65, Junior - $60, Family - $200
Cat 3: Adult - $45, Concession - $35, Junior - $25, Family - $95
Supporter Bays: Adult - $60, Concession - $50, Junior - $45, Family - $165
Hot Seat: Adult - $65, Concession - $55, Junior - $50, Family - $180
Telstra/Members Offer: Adult - $15, Family - $35
Walk Up Prices
Cat 1: Adult - $110, Concession - $100, Junior - $95, Family – N/A
Cat 2: Adult - $80, Concession - $75, Junior - $70, Family - $230
Cat 3: Adult - $50, Concession - $40, Junior - $30, Family - $130
Supporter Bays: Adult - $70, Concession - $60, Junior - $55, Family - $195
Hot Seat: Adult - $75, Concession - $70, Junior - $65, Family - $215
Click here to view the seating map for Friday night’s game at ANZ Stadium.
Members Pre Sale Information
Rabbitohs Members 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-8am – Non-Ticketed Members. Purchased via a password.
- Tuesday 10am – General Public.
If Members have not received an email with their AAN or Password from the NRL or Rabbitohs please contact the Membership team between 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday on 02 8306 9922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.