We dissect the performance of the players that lifted the Rabbitohs to become champions of the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership. Today, we look at Kirisome Auva’a.
It was a name that few would have recognised before 2014 season kick-off, and a name even fewer could pronounce correctly when he finally did crack the top grade. But Rabbitohs centre Kirisome Auva’a certainly made his presence felt after making his debut in round six against the Panthers.
It was also the hulking centre’s four-pointer in the Grand Final that all but sealed South Sydney’s 21st Premiership when he took advantage of a Greg Inglis chip into the in-goal that bounced just right for the young-gun to score millimetres in from touch.
Auva’a scored nine tries in his first year in the top grade and also developed a formidable left-side attacking combination with fellow 2014 debutant and Kangaroos squad member, Alex Johnston – the combination yielding many tries during the season, including the opening try in the Grand Final.
In his 21 matches, Auva’a ran for a total of 2233 metres from 106 runs, broke the defensive line ten times and made 53 tackle breaks in a debut season that would ultimately see him rewarded with a Premiership ring.