We dissect the performance of the players that lifted the Rabbitohs to become champions of the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership. Today, we look at outgoing Rabbitoh, ‘Slammin’ Sam Burgess.
In what was his last season in the red and green, Rabbitohs lock-forward Sam Burgess was a man on a mission in 2014.
Never was that fact more apparent than in this year’s Grand Final, when Burgess played the entire match with multiple fractures to his cheek-bone and eye-socket, etching his name into Rabbitohs Premiership history for his heroics as a result.
In addition to earning him a Premiership ring, Burgess’s Grand Final performance would also earn him the coveted Clive Churchill Medal as man of the match in the decider, to become the first Rabbitoh to win the medal named in honour of the South Sydney legend and immortal.
Burgess enjoyed what many would agree was his best season yet in 2014 – being recognised as the Dally M Lock of the Year before going on to claim Premiership success and his Clive Churchill Medal.
Sam was a regular feature in Rabbitohs.com.au’s weekly edition of Rabbitstats with the Englishman regularly topping the side in a vast array of key stats – particularly in metres gained and tackles per match.
In his 26 appearances this year, ‘Slammin’ Sam scored 10 tries for 40 points, averaging 35.2 tackles and a whopping 178.4 metres per game. Add in 66 tackle breaks, 13 line-breaks and 61 offloads, and Burgess was without doubt one of the side’s hardest working players in season 2014.