Sutton Top Moments
We go head-to-head for round one of Top Moments with a Jersey Flegg Premiership 41 years in the making, going up against the signing of the Supercoach Wayne Bennett.
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Jersey Flegg Premiers (2019)
Top Moments - Jersey Flegg Crowned 2019 Premiers
The last time the Rabbitohs won the Jersey Flegg competition was back in 1978. That’s right, this was 41 years in the making - almost as long a drought as our 2014 Premiership.
The best part about this season was it was a true reflection of the underlying mantra every coach holds with them. That being, “hard work pays off.”
Now a bit of context on the 20s; less than a year before Skipper Nick Mougios lifted that trophy - they didn’t even have a coach.
That’s right, Ben Rogers, who was working predominantly as a recruiter stepped into the role in the team’s hour of need.
A relatively young squad with the majority of players either SG Ball graduates or still eligible to play Flegg the following year, The Rabbitohs finished fifth after the regular season; meaning they had to win every game to claim their Premiership.
After knocking off heavy-weights, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, in the last play of extra-time, to then out-playing a physically-dominant Penrith Panthers side, the run to the Grand Final was already inspiring to say the least.
It was only fitting that local junior and Rabbitohs Flegg player of the year, Blake Taaffe, stood up with a five-star performance - bagging two tries in a man of the match effort to claim their Premiership victory.
Wayne Bennett signs with South Sydney (2018)
Top Moments - Wayne Bennett Signs with South Sydney
The Rabbitohs have had a long list of rugby league icons coach their sides over the years.
Whether it was Jack-Rayners captain-coach successes in the early 50s, the little Master taking the reigns in that third golden era or the one-and-only George Piggins leading the way, we’ve had no shortage of big names in the game take the top job.
There’s probably no bigger name in Rugby League than Wayne Bennett however.
The Supercoach is regarded as one of the best coaches in the history of the game coming from the Jack Gibson mould. He is known for getting the best out of his players - not necessarily through Rugby League tactics, but by creating relationships with them that go beyond the game itself.
In the two years Bennett has been at the Club, he has steered his side to consecutive Preliminary Finals and have attracted star recruits to the Club with the likes of James Roberts and Latrell Mitchell.
He has re-birthed careers such as Liam Knight’s and has taken individual’s games to new heights such as the likes of Junior Tatola and origin-representative, Ethan Lowe.
When asked, why South Sydney? Bennett’s reply: “They know what a fights about, they know not to give up and I like those qualities in people.”