The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final.
One of the game’s greatest and most fierce rivalries will be renewed on the game’s biggest stage when the likes of Greg Inglis, Sam Burgess and Adam Reynolds face off against Trent Hodkinson, James Graham and Michael Ennis for a chance to notch up a record 21st Premiership.
The 2014 ledger currently stands at one win apiece following two matches played at a frenetic pace in rounds seven and 25.
In an agonisingly close encounter in round seven, the Rabbitohs were downed by the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Good Friday by a single point thanks to a Trent Hodkinson field-goal at the death to make the final score 14-15.
But the men in red and green turned it around in round 25 when they again met their traditional rivals at ANZ Stadium to come away with the points, 21-14 despite a physical showing from the Dogs.
The blue and white’s made their intentions clear from the opening minutes with an aggressive start that bore all the hallmarks of a traditional ‘softening-up period’ – Michael Ennis leading the way by getting under the skin of the Rabbitohs forwards with some characteristic niggle.
Incredibly, the upcoming match will be only the third time that the Rabbitohs will face the Bulldogs in a finals match since Canterbury joined the competition in 1935. The Bulldogs hold the balance of power in the finals stakes with two wins to the Rabbitohs sole victory – the 1967 Grand Final.
Overall, both sides have met on 149 occasions, with the Bulldogs emerging victorious 78 times, while the Rabbitohs have taken the points on 67 occasions.
A new chapter in Grand Final history is about to be written! Get ready to Light it Up!
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