Rivalry of the Round: Five of the greatest modern matches between the Roosters and Rabbitohs

BY CURTIS WOODWARD

@woodward_curtis

The return of the 2020 NRL premiership is so close we can touch it!

Each weekend we will dive deep into the biggest rivalry of the round and it’s no surprise we begin with the Sydney Roosters and their bitter rivals – South Sydney.

Here are five of the greatest modern matches between the Chooks and the Bunnies.

ROUND 26, 2013 AT ANZ STADIUM

Both clubs were rolling into the playoffs and were set for a final round blockbuster at Homebush with the winner to be crowned minor premiers. Greg Inglis opened the scoring in front of almost 60,000 fans when he bumped away from a one-on-one collision with Sonny Bill Williams. The Roosters then started to turn the screws.

ROUND 1, 2012 @ ANZ STADIUM

It was a new era for the Rabbitohs with youngster Adam Reynolds replacing Chris Sandow at halfback while Roosters veteran Braith Anasta was missing for the visitors. This classic would come down to the final 30 seconds with Anthony Minichiello stealing it for the Roosters.

PRELIMINARY FINAL, 2014 AT ANZ STADIUM

This would be a sweet night for the Rabbitohs on their way to the grand final taking on minor premiers and hated foes, the Roosters. Sam Burgess led the charge for the underdogs who had to scrape their way back from a 12-0 deficit.

ROUND 19, 2011 AT ANZ STADIUM

This was little Chris Sandow’s night. With these two foundation clubs battling into golden point extra-time, Sandow stepped up, nailing a huge field goal to hand Souths the two premiership points.

ROUND 19, 2012 @ THE SYDNEY FOOTBALL STADIUM

South Sydney served up a cold dose of revenge after their round 1 epic at ANZ Stadium months earlier with the Bunnies delivering one of the best last-second wins you will ever see.

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