BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Damien Cook of the Rabbitohs looks on during the round nine NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

It has been five years since the South Sydney Rabbitohs last claimed the NRL crown, with the last of their 21 triumphs in the competition coming in 2014 courtesy of a victory over Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Since then, the Rabbitohs have fallen short in their bid to reclaim the title, failing to reach the Grand Final.

The club endured a tumultuous off-season when they agreed to a coach swap with the Brisbane Broncos. Anthony Seibold was due to depart Sydney to move to the Broncos, with Wayne Bennett switching in the opposite direction. However, Bennett surprised his old team by announcing that he would remain in his post.

After a period of negotiation, the two coaches finally completed the transition, and in the early stages of the 2019 campaign, it appears as though the Rabbitohs have come out on top. South Sydney have made a strong start to the season, winning seven of their opening eight matches at the time of writing. Bennett’s men are backed in the rugby league betting odds at 4/1 to win the NRL Grand Final, although they will have to improve the standard of their performances in the post-season.

South Sydney were dominant in their run to the crown in 2014, brushing aside Manly-Warringah in the first round of the finals before overcoming their rivals the Roosters in the preliminary finals in a close contest. The Grand Final proved to be the easiest of all their games in the post-season, easing past the Bulldogs by a 30-6 scoreline – notching six tries in the contest to take the title.

The 2015 campaign proved to be more of a struggle. Their regular season form was indifferent, which saw the club scrape into the Finals. Michael Maguire’s men could not conjure the magic of the previous campaign and were dumped out at the first stage by Cronulla Sutherland Sharks. It would be another term of disappointment in 2016 as two losing runs of four matches condemned the Rabbitohs to miss out on the Finals, placing in 12th in the NRL standings.

Maguire’s time at the club was to end after the 2017 season where his team underachieved once again, although it was a tumultuous campaign on and off the field. Seibold was brought in to replace Maguire and he enjoyed an immediate impact, guiding South Sydney to third spot in the standings – level on points with the Roosters, Sharks and Melbourne Storm.

However, the Storm got the better of them in the first round of the Finals, forcing the Rabbitohs into a showdown with the St. George Illawarra Dragons in the semi-finals. They edged out the Dragons in a low-scoring thriller, but their offence was held in check in the preliminary finals against the Roosters, who went on to win the title.

There has never been a shortage of drama surrounding the Rabbitohs. After the controversy regarding Bennett’s arrival – the club then lost Greg Inglis, who announced his retirement from all rugby before week six of the campaign. However, Bennett and captain Sam Burgess have held the team together to keep pace with the Roosters at the top of the standings. Cody Walker is enjoying an excellent start to the season with nine scores, while youngster Campell Graham is a player on the rise. It could be the start of a memorable run to the Finals and most importantly the Grand Final, bringing triumph out of the chaos of the last five years.

25 COMMENTS

  1. Not sure why this Ben Cotton character led this article with a Fox Sports Twitter post that’s over two weeks old.

  2. Lets examine soufffffffffs easy draw so far this season.
    Teams that they have played who are currently in the 8 = two
    Teams that were in the top eight that week when soufffffffffffs played them = ZERO
    I rest my case. soufffffffffffs have been found guilty of having the easiest draw so far in the comp💪🐔👍🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱

  3. Lets examine Sydney Roosters hard draw so far this season.
    Teams that they have played who are currently in the 8 = They have played every team that is in the eight. ( 7 )
    Teams that were in the top eight that week when Sydney Roosters played them = SIX ( 6 )
    I rest my case. Sydney Roosters have been found guilty of having the hardest draw so far in the comp. 💪🐔👍🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱

  4. Sounds like your warming your excuses up ya muppet. Face the facts, Souths aren’t going anywhere ya chump just like I predicted when Bennett joined them.

    There is no way the chooks can keep this up for another 20 odd weeks my little darling and then you’ll see a few teams coming to knock your mob over. You’ll see chammmppp 😭😭😭😭😭🐔🐔🐔🐔🐔💩💩💩💩

  5. Yeah you got that right ya Kev lick👅👅er….🤣😂😆😂🤣 Souffffffs when they get to play a decent team they will crumble.

    The Roosters are capable of going back to back. teams in the past have done it and it will happen again. This is in the Roosters reach. Melbourne could of achieved it easy last season IF they retained Cronk. The Roosters in 2002-03 could have done it had it not poured rain on grand final day after thrash1ng Penrith on their home ground in the dry previously during the premiership

    Yes it is very difficult but not impossible. 20 weeks is not correct, there are 2 byes (bye & spare weekend) 15 premiership games left and 3 semis including the grand final. Nobody is talking undefeated in all those games. But getting back to soufffffffffs when they play a top team they will be exposed. Or do you think with their easy draw that they wim not drop any more games❔❓❔❓🤣😂😆😂🤣😂😆😂🤣🐓🏆🐓🏆

  6. Woody mate if you watched some games you’d understand that there is a huge gap between the top 3 sides . Melbourne, Souths and the Roosters wont have a problem facing teams from 4-16 . Souths can beat the good teams as we showed in round one. As I have said all along match the Roosters forward pack and you win the game. Melbourne are good but not as good in previous years, they’re still a treat but not as much. Souths are still hanging round and after going to the game on Sunday they’re not looking like slowing down. Wayne will guide them through the origin period and as he has done so often in his career will have his team playing their best football leading into the finals. Souths are still in first gear, wait till they get firing.

  7. soufffffffffs have only played two top eight sides. You really cant say that the leathal attacking Roosters outfit who started off rather rusty at the beginning of the year on a super slippery wet field is a scalp then next game soufffffffffffs came up against in a top eight team Manly seabirds kicked your butt 13-12′

    The facts are on this weeks current premiership table that besides Sydney and Manly your team has played the 7 last placed teams ranging from 16th-10th while the Roosters have played the top 7 sides from 2nd-8th plus the lowest two teams they have played are ranked 10 and 11.

    Joeseph🐫🐪🐫🐪 the bottom line is soufffffffffs look on paper like they are premiership winners but in reality they are the best from the rest 16th-10th💪🐔👍🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣👍

  8. For starters Steve & 💕💘💞 Syd 😇🌈😇, when soufffffffs defeated Sydney in round 1 in slippery wet cyclonic conditions your mob came up against a rusty team that could not perform that brilliant attacking skills that soufffffffffs have lost to the Chooks due to the weather. So that game is not worth bragging about.

    Secondly the only reason opposition fans have not complained is because nobody bothers to go to souffffffffffs games. Up until this weekend when 30k plus fans boosted your home crowd average you blokes back home in the Western Suburbs of Sydney average 11k to your home crowds. Lets face it lover 😇🌈😇 bots Steve and Syd. The refs have been favouring soufffffffffs abundantly in the majority of games this year. Round 1 Cordner scored a fair try with his finger still on the ball🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣🤣👍

  9. By the way everybody chack out redv13 and his crawler liccka game to try and win friends.👅👅👅👅👅

    redv13 May 5, 2019 at 12:16 pm
    Good luck today Kev. 🤣😂🤣👅👅👅👅👅 Hope it’s a cracker of a game with minimal influence from the refs 🤣😂🤣😂👅👅👅👅👅Looks to me redv13 your a deadest Licckaa fan

    That was the CLOWN 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡 SAINT Illawarra fan redv13 giving all his love to Kev the Parra fan before Parra thrashed them.😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣👍👅

  10. Steve stop dribbling garbage. Start worrying about you have only seen your stain win 1 premiership in your pathetic lifetime and you won’t be alive to see another.

    Who did you support in 2000? Good teams don’t fold.

  11. Yes, we see your point given the continued success Seibold is having at the broncos LOL.
    But more to the point regarding my beloved roosters, it troubles me along with all my fellow rooster supporters why we continue to exist in the shadow of Souths.
    Why do Souths boast 29,000 signed up memberships to our 12,000 which has us sitting at the bottom of the Sydney based NRL clubs?
    21 premierships to our 14 embarrasses me and gives me sleepless nights.
    Not having a junior development program like the strong one Souths have has my kids playing AFL and soccer.
    It gets under my skin walking around Bondi and seeing people everywhere wearing Souths caps.
    I can’t help it that I’m addicted to 1/2 soy, 1/2 skim decaf lattes.
    I love walking around other parts of Sydney wearing polo with the collar up and my roosters cap so people presume I am a wealthy eastern suburbs resident.

  12. Hey Back2Back19, I recall when you were posting as Back2Back14.
    What happened?
    You disappeared after the Souths v Rorters qualifying final where SBW and Miniachello were handed a memorable retirement from NRL.
    But then again would have looked stupid posting as Back2Back14 after that game.

  13. You are absolutely correct Woodsook.
    It was cyclonic conditions in R1, it was named Cyclone South Sydney.
    Emergency Services evacuated all sydney rooster supporters at the game 30 minutes before full time.

  14. You can only bring up 2014 but you don’t want to bring up how your stain was eliminated last year?

    1 premiership in 40+ years means your stain is a failing club, successful clubs don’t fold.

  15. 28,000 members isn’t bad going for a club with only 1 premiership as you put it.
    Must be doing something right.
    Whats your excuse for that miserable lot lying dead last for Sydney based NRL clubs?
    BTW, throw out that 1908 newspaper you keep reading and catch up with the times.

  16. Listen and listen good 😇🌈😇 lover boys Steve 💞 & 💕 Syd 💘, The Rooster fans are a busy bred of people and are not tight with their money. See soufffffffffffs fans need to sign up to a membership to get a discount so they don’t go wasting to much flagon money. While Rooster fans just pay as they go because life is always on the go.

    The evidence of this is before your eyes lover boys😇🌈😇 with Sydney Roosters Home Crowd Average miles in front of the souffffffffffs goony gobblers. with official stats reading Sydney Roosters 23k to soufffffffffffffs 🤣😂🤣😂🤣 17 thousand…… 🤣😂🤣😂🤣 need I say anymore lover boys Steve and Syd

  17. Hey Woodchip, are you suggesting Latrell Mitchell’s family spend their money on flagons?
    So its ok to have him in your team and at the same time make insults at his family because they are passionate Souths supporters?
    Wow, doesn’t get any lower than that.

  18. Simply commented on your disappearance as Back2Back14 after 2014.
    Looking forward to you going missing after Back2Back19 becomes a contradiction in term once again.
    No offence but won’t miss your gibber.

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