The rivalry between foundation Clubs the Rabbitohs and the Roosters will re-ignite for the 212th time this Friday night when the sides play for the Ron Coote Cup at Allianz Stadium.
In addition to the Cup, there’s plenty on the line for both teams. Victory for the Roosters will almost certainly see the Eastern Suburbs club take the Minor Premiership, while a Rabbitohs victory will go a long way to propelling the side further up the competition ladder with the potential to finish as high as fourth pending other favourable results.
Rabbitohs forward and Souths Junior, Jason Clark, knows and feels the rivalry having grown up as a Souths supporter.
“Souths and Roosters obviously go so far back,” said Clark.
“The rivalry is big between the two Clubs and it’ll bring plenty of excitement with the fans I’m sure.”
After a hiccup against the Broncos last week, Clark’s Rabbitohs will be looking for victory over the Roosters, who downed the Sea Eagles 46-10 in Round 25 at Brookvale Oval.
“You’ve just got to leave those games behind – once they’re done you can’t do anything about it,” said Clark of the Broncos match.
“Our main focus is (the) Roosters this week. They’re a good side, they’ve won a few on the trot now, I think they’re up to about a dozen games on the trot – if you get a win against them, you’re in good strides.”
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