Life-long Rabbitoh, Andrew Denton, was still struggling to believe that his red and green’s had won the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership the morning after the Grand Final, amid scenes of euphoria from the local community.
The broadcaster was all smiles as he took in the atmosphere at Redfern Oval the following morning, just moments before the Premiership winning Rabbitohs were presented to the heaving crowd of Members and supporters in celebration.
“Someone said to me (a few minutes ago) ‘when did you realise you’d won?’” said Denton.
“I said ‘maybe four o’clock in the morning, but I’m going to have to go home to watch the replay to be sure’.”
For Denton, the Premiership victory was a fairy-tale, juxtaposing scenes from 1999 and 2000, when – in similar fashion – thousands of Members and supporters decked out in red and green descended on the Club’s spiritual home.
“This is the reverse of the street marches,” said Denton.
“Red and green flags everywhere, but it’s not anger, it’s joy. And it’s such a victory for this community not just this team.
“This has been such a hard road, and it’s more than just sport. Very rarely in your life do you actually get a fairy-tale with an actual fairy-tale ending, and here it was.”
The proud Rabbitoh was also pleased that the Club was able to build on what is a rich Club history, with new stories surfacing from the 2014 decider against the Bulldogs that have already become a part of South Sydney folklore.
“Well for years we’ve been talking about John Sattler’s courage, and that’s inspired players,” said Denton.
“Now Sam’s (Sam Burgess) story will inspire players. And so many other moments, I mean when George Burgess scored that try – it was like watching a house with sprigs, it was incredible.”
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