A Look Back At: 2010

The Rabbitohs’ official website, www.rabbitohs.com.au, will be taking a look back at the past decade to see the growth of the Club over the past ten years.

Looking to bounce back from two difficult seasons, it was hoped that 2010 would once again see the Rabbitohs in contention to play finals football, with many pundits tipping a top four finish for the side.

With the signing of forwards Sam Burgess, Dave Taylor and Ben Ross and the return of fullback Rhys Wesser – who only featured in two games in his debut season in the Red and Green due to injury – South Sydney looked to have formulated a strong side that was more than capable to push for a spot in the post-season period.

The 2010 season saw the Rabbitohs continue their trend of improved attack, with the Red and Greens posting 584 points – the most recorded by any Souths team in history. It was this attacking prowess that saw South Sydney hold a position within the top eight for the majority of the season.

However, the momentum that was established at the start of the season diminished towards the back end of the year, as the Rabbitohs once again fell agonisingly short of the finals.

Injuries to a host of key players including Issac Luke, Roy Asotasi, David Taylor, Ben Lowe, Michael Crocker and Luke Stuart at stages during the season undoubtedly impacted the side heavily.

Football:

Ladder position:

 9th

Wins:

11

Draws:

0

Losses:

13

Points for:

584

Points against:

567

Head Coach:

John Lang

Captains:

Roy Asotasi and Luke Stuart

Wins over:

Team

Round

Score

Sharks

Round 3

30-8

Bulldogs

Round 4

38-16

Knights

Round 5

28-10

Raiders

Round 7

26-24

Tigers

Round 10

50-10

Panthers

Round 12

42-22

Cowboys

Round 13

32-4

Storm

Round 16

16-14

Warriors

Round 20

38-28

Tigers

Round 22

34-30

Eels

Round 25

24-16

Most games:   

 

Chris Sandow (24)

Fetuli Talanoa (24)

Rhys Wesser (24)

Nathan Meritt (24)

Sam Burgess (22)

Most points:

 

Isaac Luke (128)

Chris Sandow (108)

Nathan Merritt (64)

Fetuli Talanoa (52)

Most tries:

 

Nathan Merritt (16)

Fetuli Talanoa (13)

Isaac Luke (9)

Rhys Wesser (9)

Most goals:

 

Isaac Luke (46)

Chris Sandow (37)

Most average tackles:

 

Ben Lowe (34.4 per game)

Michael Croker (28.3 per game)

Most average metres:

 

Isaac Luke (128.6 per game)

Sam Burgess (126.5 per game)

Top Try Assists:

 

John Sutton (16)

Chris Sandow (15)

Award winners:

George Piggins Medal – Isaac Luke

Jack Rayner Players’ Player Award – Sam Burgess

John Sattler Rookie of the Year Award – Dylan Farrell

Supporters’ Choice Award – Isaac Luke

Bob McCarthy Clubman of the Year Award – Sam Burgess

Albert Clift Award for outstanding Contributions to the Club – ?

The Burrow Player of the Year Award – Chris Sandow

Souths Cares Award for Contributions to the Community – ?

News:            

March:

Sam Burgess makes his debut in the Red and Green against the Sydney Roosters in Round 1 at ANZ Stadium. The Rabbitohs are defeated 36-10, but Burgess becomes the first English international to play for the Club since Lee Jackson.

May:

Heritage Round would once again prove to be a big occasion for the Rabbitohs, with John Lang’s men claiming a 50-10 victory over the Wests Tigers at the Sydney Cricket Ground. It was the first time the Club’s history that they had score 50 points or more at the venue.

August:

The Rabbitohs were able to keep their slim finals hopes alive after securing a proud, hard fought 34-30 victory over the West Tigers in Round 22. Dylan Farrell starred for the Red and Greens, crossing for three tries on debut and guaranteeing victory for his side.

October:

South Sydney’s NYC team is defeated 42-28 by the New Zealand Warriors in the grand final, with current squad member, Adam Reynolds playing halfback for the Rabbitohs.