We dissect the performance of the players that lifted the Rabbitohs to become champions of the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership. Today, we look at fearless hooker, Issac Luke.
Issac Luke played a pivotal role yet again for the Rabbitohs in 2014, getting the ball moving for his teammates from the ruck, while also managing to consistently relieve pressure with his opportunistic runs from dummy half.
Despite missing much of the first half of the season through injury, the Kiwi international managed to assert his authority on Manly’s Cheyse Blair in round two when he leaned in with all his 89kg frame into the larger 102kg Manly centre for what would become the Red & Green Ball’s hit of the season.
Luke appeared in 18 matches, kicking five goals for 10 points. It was his high work-rate though that had him featuring among the side’s top performers on a weekly basis, averaging 27.8 tackles per match, while also averaging 104.9 metres from dummy half.
The hooker also showed his strength by making 43 tackle-breaks and 18 offloads during the course of the 2014 season.