We dissect the performance of the players that lifted the Rabbitohs to become champions of the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership. Today, we look at back-rower, Ben Te’o.
If you want to sum up Ben Te’o, one needn’t look further than his Preliminary Final performance against the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium. Coming off the bench around the 15 minute mark of the match, Te’o’s aggression and enthusiasm helped to inspire a Rabbitohs outfit that was staring down the barrel of being two converted tries down after just 10 minutes.
But leave it to Te’o – fresh back from a suspension – to come out and prove a point. With a combination of big hits and defiance against the then-defending Premiers, Te’o seemed to change the course of the match, scoring a much-needed try in the process – whose level of importance was only matched by his post-try elation.
The rugby-bound Te’o played in 17 matches in 2014, averaging 30.5 tackles and 95.8 metres with the ball in hand and scoring the one vital try on his way to an emotional Premiership victory.