We dissect the performance of the players that lifted the Rabbitohs to become champions of the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership. Today, we look at barnstorming front-rower, George Burgess.
It’s an image that will live long in the memories of Rabbitohs Members and supporters everywhere as much for the display of brute strength as for the moment’s importance in the context of the Grand Final – George Burgess steamrolling Tony Williams before striding over under the posts for a game-changing try.
The sight wasn’t unfamiliar for those Rabbitohs who witnessed it – and continue to witness the moment in awe – but never was a try more important. Despite the enormity of the moment, it was just one in a myriad of fine performances by big George in 2014.
Burgess led from the front in his 23 appearances this season, making 346 runs for a total of 3502 metres with the ball in hand and scoring three tries.
The Rabbitohs prop also proved to be one of the toughest men to handle in the game, with his 120kg frame punching holes in opposition defences by making 75 tackle breaks, while also making a total of 631 tackles (second in the side only to brother Sam).