A Look Back At: 2014

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.

The dream comes true! The Rabbitohs win the 2014 NRL Grand Final to end a 43-year premiership drought by beating the Bulldogs 30-6 on Sunday 5 October. In front of 83,833 people, the Rabbitohs lifted above their rivals through a heroic team performance lead by Captain John Sutton.

The win sealed Souths 21st Premiership. It was the modern Rabbitohs biggest year… yet! In 2017 all eyes are set on 22.

Finishing 3rd on the table; the Rabbitohs were statistically dominant during the season. The 2014 squad were first overall in dummy-half meters (135.2m per game), tackle breaks (29.1 per game), try assists (3.6 per game) and with the greatest defence (conceding only 15 points per game).

Adam Reynolds again found himself in the top 5 point scorers for the NRL while debutant Alex Johnston topped the Rabbitohs and matched Vatuvei, Waqa and Hiku in 4th place for tries scored (17) in the regular season before finishing top with 21 after the finals.

Veteran signing Lote Tuqiri took time to find his feet but showed his class in the back end of the season, scoring a spectacular try against the Sea Eagles in the qualifying final win at Allianz Stadium.

Clive Churchill medallist Sam Burgess announced in February that he would finish with the Rabbitohs at the end of the year to pursue Rugby Union at Bath Rugby.

Membership swelled again with over 30,000 people signing up to fly the Red & Green with us as we marched towards finals glory. Average home crowds were 22,404 – second only to Brisbane Broncos. 

Football:

Ladder position:

3rd

Wins:

18

Draws:

0

Losses:

9

Points for:

585

Points against:

361

Head Coach:

Michael Maguire

Captains:

John Sutton

Wins over:

Team

Round

Score

 

Roosters

Round One

28-8

 

Dragons

Round Five

26-6

 

Panthers

Round Six

18-2

 

Broncos

Round Eight

28-26

 

Titans

Round Nine

40-18

 

Sharks

Round 11

18-0

 

Dragons

Round 12

29-10

 

Warriors

Round 13

34-18

 

Tigers

Round 14

32-10

 

Eels

Round 19

32-12

 

Raiders

Round 20

34-18

 

Knights

Round 21

50-10

 

Sea Eagles

Round 22

23-4

 

Broncos

Round 23

42-16

 

Bulldogs

Round 25

21-14

 

Sea Eagles

Quarter-Final

40-24

 

Roosters

Semi-Final

32-22

 

Bulldogs

Grand Final

30-6

 

Most games:   

 

David Tyrrell (27)

Sam Burgess (26)

Adam Reynolds (26)

Kyle Turner (25)

Greg Inglis (24)

Dylan Walker (24)

Most points:

 

Adam Reynolds (221)

Alex Johnston (84)

Greg Inglis (52)

Dylan Walker (50)

Most tries:

 

Alex Johnston (21)

Greg Inglis (13)

Dylan Walker (12)

Most goals:

 

Adam Reynolds (95)

Issac Luke (5)

Bryson Goodwin (4)

Most average tackles:

 

Sam Burgess (35.2 per game)

Ben Te’o (30.5 per game)

Issac Luke (27.8 per game)

Most average metres:

 

Sam Burgess (178.4 per game)

Greg Inglis (166.8 per game)

George Burgess (152.4 per game)

Top Try Assists:

 

Adam Reynolds (17)

Greg Inglis (16)

John Sutton (15)

Dylan Walker (14)

Award winners:

George Piggins Medal – Sam Burgess

Jack Rayner Players’ Player Award – Sam Burgess

John Sattler Rookie of the Year Award – Alex Johnston

Roy Asotasi Members’ Choice Award – Sam Burgess

Bob McCarthy Clubman of the Year Award – Sam Burgess

The Burrow Player of the Year Award – Sam Burgess

News:

January: Rabbitohs sign Lote Tuqiri for 2014 season.

February: Rabbitohs extend contract of Coach Maguire. Sam Burgess announces he will leave the Rabbitohs at the end of the season for Bath Rugby.

April: Rabbitohs sign Tim Grant and Glenn Stewart for 2015.

May: Rabbitohs surpass 30,000 Members for 2014. Rabbitohs extend Jason Clark’s contract.

June: Rabbitohs sign Cody Walker for seasons 2015 & 2016.

August: Rabbitohs extend contract of Chris McQueen. Rabbitohs unveil Close The Gap jersey.

September: Rabbitohs to take part in expanded World Club Series in 2015. Nathan Merritt announced his retirement at the end of season. Nathan Merritt announced his retirement from Rugby League. He finished his career as the highest South Sydney try scorer and second highest games played for the Club.  

October: Rabbitohs win the 2014 NRL Grand Final! Prime Minister announces $10 million in funding for Rabbitohs High Performance Community Centre. Rabbitohs sign Angus Crichton.

November: Fujitsu becomes Rabbitohs co-major away corporate partner.