We review the performance of the 2015 Rabbitohs individually. Today, it’s all about George Burgess.
Rabbitohs prop-forward, Burgess was a vital part of the Rabbitohs engine-room again in season 2015, proving to be one of the Club’s hardest workers in the process.
The sight of Burgess steaming onto the ball coming out of the Rabbitohs in-goal – or anywhere on the field for that matter – has become a must-see at any South Sydney match. With a combination of size, speed and a lack of self-preservation, Burgess helped to lead the way in season 2015.
In total, the English international ran for a whopping total of 3315 metres with the ball in hand, helping to get his team on the front foot alongside fellow prop and twin brother, Thomas.
But it was in defence that Burgess really made his presence felt. Burgess was one of two players in the 2015 Rabbitohs side to reach the 700 tackle marker, but topped the tackle count ahead of Chris McQueen by an impressive 73 tackles.
In his 24 matches during the regular season, Burgess also established himself as one of the most effective defenders both in terms of sheer number of tackles, as well as tackle efficiency – boasting a success rate of 94.4%.
Taking into consideration Burgess’ size – 120kg and 194cm tall – it is perhaps unsurprising that the Rabbitoh was also one of the most effective tackle breakers in the team, with a total of 64 broken tackles to his name while also managing to break the line on four occasions.
To watch some of George’s highlights from 2015, please press play on the video player.