As the Rabbitohs prepare to take part in the third ever Auckland Nines tournament this weekend, we look back at the Club’s first two forays into the event.
The men in red and green have played a total of 11 Auckland Nines matches since the first tournament in 2014, coming away with eight victories, including their undefeated effort in 2015 that saw the side take out the competition in only its second year.
During both tournaments, the Club advanced past the pool stages, going down to hosts the New Zealand Warriors in the 2014 Quarter Finals, while winning a thrilling golden-point extra-time Grand Final in 2015 over Cronulla-Sutherland, with former Test player, Matt King, coming out of retirement to score the tournament-winning try.
The last instalment also saw three Rabbitohs named in the team of the tournament – Adam Reynolds, George Burgess and Issac Luke – with Reynolds taking out MVP honours. Click here to read more.
To date, the Club have faced a variety of opponents at the tournament including; the St George Illawarra Dragons (2014), the Melbourne Storm (2014 & 2015), the Penrith Panthers (2014 & 2015), the New Zealand Warriors (2014), the North Queensland Cowboys (2015), the Newcastle Knights (2015), the Parramatta Eels (2015) and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (2015).
This year, the Nines tournament will see the Club clash with traditional rivals the Sydney Roosters for the very first time in the tournament in what is sure to be a thrilling opener to proceedings on Saturday, while also later renewing their Nines rivalry with the Storm and Eels during the pool stage.
Stay tuned to Rabbitohs.com.au for the announcement of our 2016 Auckland Nines team!
Rabbitohs 2016 Auckland Nines Draw: (Day 1) v Roosters 12.30pm local (10.30am AEDT), v Storm 4.50pm local (2.50pm AEDT); (Day 2) Eels 11am local (9am AEDT).
Auckland Nines Record
2014 – Quarter Finalists
Points for 53
Points Against 38
2015 – Champions
Points for: 54
Points Against: 20
Re-live South Sydney’s 2015 Auckland Nines Tournament