After almost a decade’s worth of service wearing the red and green, Issac Luke’s glittering tenure at South Sydney comes to a close in 2015 – the hooker now set to play for the Warriors in his home of New Zealand from next year, but not before putting in another strong season at Souths.
Luke made his first grade debut for the Rabbitohs in Round 12 of the 2007 NRL season against the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park, before going on to cement his place as Souths’ starting hooker as well as in the hearts of Rabbitohs Members everywhere.
The word ‘opportunistic’ inevitably comes to mind when describing the type of player Luke has been for the Rabbitohs. The hooker readily took advantage of situations in front of him on-field in countless plays that either marched his side up-field, or earnt penalties by catching defenders off-side. His ability to do so became a corner-stone of the Rabbitohs attack.
In season 2015, Luke played a total of 20 games, amassing 1976 metres from 242 runs – most of which came from dummy-half.
But equally important to the 2015 Rabbitohs though was Luke’s defence, with the Kiwi international being the fourth highest tackler in the side with 606 tackles to his name for a tackle effectiveness of 90.9%.
Throw in 17 offloads, 19 goals as well as three tries, and Luke proved to be a versatile asset to the Rabbitohs in 2015.
Check out the 2015 edition of Rabbitstats
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