Top Five Performances in Rabbitohs Indigenous Jerseys

It seems like every time the South Sydney Rabbitohs pull on their Indigenous Jersey each year, the team goes to another level.

We've seen a number of great individual and team performances wearing the Indigenous Jerseys each and every year, and I'm certainly looking forward to seeing what we can produce on Saturday night against the Wests Tigers. 

With that being said, here are my top five Rabbitohs performances in an Indigenous Jersey (in chronological order).

The Gold Coast Thriller - Round 22, 2012 

Wearing our first ever Indigenous Jersey, the Rabbitohs got the two points in an absolute thriller against the Titans up on the Gold Coast in Round 22, 2012.

While the home side got the first try, it was South Coast Rabbitoh Dylan Farrell who scored the opening try from a freakish bit of play which saw a ricocheted kick end up in his arms, handing him the easiest of tries.

Gold Coast local Justin Hunt bagged a double, with his first coming off a Sam Burgess cross-field kick - yes, you read that correctly before local Indigenous hero Nathan Merritt sent him over for his second, and ultimately the match-winner, in what was a tense 22-18 win. 


 

Inglis’ Individual Brilliance - Round 23, 2013

This match will live on in as one of our best modern-day victories against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. 

Heading up to Gosford in a top-four clash with Manly, the match marked the return of Greg Inglis and John Sutton from injury.

And although GI looked to be down and out with injury midway through the first half with the Sea Eagles looking to capitalise, the fullback put in a trademark performance in the second stanza, saving two tries after the break, setting up Nathan Merritt for his 150th NRL try and then scoring one himself to help the Red and Green to a famous 22-10 victory. 

 

Rabbitohs Buck Broncos - Round 23, 2014

Earlier in the season in Round 8, Greg Inglis produced the best individual try of the season, and in the Round 23 rematch, he was back at his best - this time scoring three tries - with one of them producing the team try of the season.

And although Inglis’ good mate and Broncos captain Justin Hodges scored the opening try, the Rabbitohs shot out to a 24-6 lead at halftime, and eventually got on with the job to secure a dominant 42-16 victory over the Brisbane Broncos.

 

AJ Emulates Merritt - Round 17, 2017

Season 2017 was far from memorable for the Cardinal and Myrtle, but as we know our side always fires on Indigenous Round, and it was certainly the case in Round 17 that season.

Although Round 10 that season was officially dubbed as Indigenous Round, the Rabbitohs wore their Indigenous jersey in Round 17, appropriately throughout NAIDOC Week. 

But it looked like the Panthers would be early victors, coming out to an 8-nil lead before the Rabbitohs ran rampant, scoring 42 unanswered points.

Alex Johnston emulated Nathan Merritt’s heroics from six years prior in Close the Gap Round, becoming the eighth player in South Sydney history to score five tries in a match, and narrowly missed out on becoming the first to score six. 

Young outside back Braidon Burns also scored a memorable try, with the match proving to be a highlight in what was otherwise a forgettable season.

 

Dominating The Ladder-Leaders - Round 10, 2018

Coming up against the ladder-leading Dragons at ANZ Stadium would be no easy task, but in what can only be described as an 80-minute team performance, the Rabbitohs blew away their opponents in a 24-10 rout.

Having been defeated just five weeks earlier in a tense 16-12 encounter at Kogarah, with the side scoring their only tries in the last ten minutes, the Red and Green burst out of the blocks to lead 10-nil after just six minutes.

And although the Dragons looked to mount a late comeback, a try to Campbell Graham sealed the win, with Greg Inglis, in typical GI fashion, adding his name to the scoresheet, planting the ball down in the dying minutes, with the victory helping the side propel to a top-four finish. 

 

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