The opportunity to play a traditional rival at the Sydney Cricket Ground is a privilege that isn’t lost on Rabbitohs prop-forward, George Burgess, as his side prepares to take on St George Illawarra this Saturday night in the Men of League Heritage Round.
The Rabbitohs have a long history of playing at the famous ground, having played at the venue a total of 321 times, recording 185 wins, seven draws and 129 losses for a winning percentage of 58.72% - a host of Grand Finals among the matches.
Gallery: 1965 Grand Final Gallery
The most recent match came in Round 22 of the 2014 season when the red and greens defeated the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in front of a crowd of a crowd of over 27,000.
“It’s just a great opportunity to come out and play at such a historic ground where legends of the past have played,” said Burgess.
“There have been some record crowds here in the past so hopefully everyone can turn out on Saturday and make it another memorable game.”
This Saturday’s clash celebrates 50 years since the historic 1965 Grand Final between St George and the Rabbitohs – a match won by an incredible Saints side that would go on to win a record 11 straight Premierships.
Throw in a record SCG crowd of over 78,000, along with never to be repeated scenes of fans scaling grandstand rooves just to see the match, and the 1965 decider – while a loss for the Rabbitoh – has gone down in the game’s folklore.
For Burgess, the chance to play the Dragons 50 years on from that day at the same venue is a wonderful opportunity.
“They’re also a club that’s steeped in history,” said Burgess.
“They’ve obviously had a lot of legends at their club as well – it’ll be a great matchup and definitely one for the fans.
“They’ll be fired up – they’ll be wanting to get the two points as will we.”
The Rabbitohs will take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at the SCG next Saturday night at 7:30pm. Click here to purchase your tickets.