2007 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

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2007 South Sydney Rabbitohs
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The 2007 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 98th in the club's history. They competed in National Rugby League season 2007 under the new ownership of Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes à Court and with a new coach in Jason Taylor.[1] The club finished the regular season 7th (out of 16) and were knocked out of the play-offs by eventual grand-finalists Manly-Warringah.

Season summary[edit]

The Rabbitohs' 2007 season was detailed in the documentary South Side Story.

After three rounds South Sydney had three wins, matching their total win tally of the previous season. The Bulldogs brought them back to earth in round 4. The Rabbitohs' co-captain, Kiwi international forward David Kidwell, then fell in a freak accident at a family barbecue and injured his knee. He would require knee re-construction surgery and was not expected to return for the rest of the season.

Souths signed Craig Wing mid-season. The Souths junior would play out the rest of 2007 with the Sydney Roosters before returning to the Rabbitohs for 2008.

For the first time in 18 years the South Sydney Rabbitohs made it to the finals series, finishing in 7th position.

Roy Asotasi won the George Piggins Medal as the club's player of the year.

Results[edit]

Round Opponent Result Rabbitohs Opponent Date Venue Crowd
1 Sydney Roosters Win 18 6 Mar 19 Aussie Stadium 24,127
2 Parramatta Eels Win 31 6 Mar 25 Telstra Stadium 15,165
3 Cronulla Sharks Win 26 16 Mar 31 Toyota Park 17,866
4 Canterbury Bulldogs Loss 10 34 Apr 6 Telstra Stadium 34,315
5 Newcastle Knights Loss 22 23 Apr 15 Bluetongue Stadium 18,321
6 North Queensland Cowboys Win 10 6 Apr 23 Dairy Farmers Stadium 17,678
7 New Zealand Warriors Loss 16 18 Apr 29 Telstra Stadium 13,044
8 Brisbane Broncos Loss 4 8 May 4 Suncorp Stadium 27,387
9 Canberra Raiders Loss 10 16 May 12 Telstra Stadium 11,088
10 BYE
11 Gold Coast Titans Loss 18 25 May 26 Suncorp Stadium 17,266
12 Melbourne Storm Loss 10 26 Jun 2 Olympic Park 11,211
13 Penrith Panthers Win 14 4 Jun 8 Telstra Stadium 5,053
14 Manly Sea Eagles Loss 2 14 Jun 15 Brookvale Oval 7,341
15 Cronulla Sharks Win 16 12 Jun 24 Telstra Stadium 9,568
16 Newcastle Knights Win 28 25 Jun 29 EnergyAustralia Stadium 16,320
17 Melbourne Storm Loss 8 12 Jul 7 Bluetongue Stadium 14,288
18 Parramatta Eels Loss 12 18 Jul 15 Parramatta Stadium 15,202
19 North Queensland Cowboys Win 20 14 Jul 22 Telstra Stadium 10,022
20 Gold Coast Titans Win 20 14 Jul 28 Telstra Stadium 13,351
21 Penrith Panthers Loss 16 32 Aug 4 CUA Stadium 10,845
22 St George Illawarra Dragons Win 24 14 Aug 11 WIN Stadium 18,382
23 Manly Sea Eagles Win 24 18 Aug 20 Telstra Stadium 12,087
24 Wests Tigers Win 37 12 Aug 26 Leichhardt Oval 20,232
25 Sydney Roosters Loss 12 26 Sep 1 Telstra Stadium 32,125
Qualifying Final Manly Sea Eagles Loss 6 30 Sep 8 Brookvale Oval 19,785

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 21 0 3 1 627 277 +350 44
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 24 18 0 6 1 597 377 +220 38
3 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 15 0 9 1 547 618 −71 32
4 New Zealand colours.svg Warriors 24 13 1 10 1 593 434 +159 29
5 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 13 0 11 1 573 481 +92 28
6 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 12 0 12 1 575 528 +47 26
7 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 12 0 12 1 408 399 +9 26
8 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 11 0 13 1 511 476 +35 24
9 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 11 0 13 1 541 561 −20 24
10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 24 10 1 13 1 445 610 −165 23
11 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 24 10 0 14 1 463 403 +60 22
12 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 24 10 0 14 1 409 559 −150 22
13 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra 24 9 0 15 1 431 509 −78 20
14 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 9 0 15 1 522 650 −128 20
15 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 9 0 15 1 418 708 −290 20
16 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 8 0 16 1 539 607 −68 18

Players[edit]

After Round 25, 2007
Player Appearances Tries Goals F Goals Points
Joe Williams 14 1 40/51 2 86
Nathan Merritt 22 10 17/26 74
Nigel Vagana 24 7 28
Fetuli Talanoa 11 6 24
Yileen Gordon 7 5 20
Dean Widders 24 5 20
Roy Asotasi 24 4 16
Shannon Hegarty 18 4 16
Paul Mellor 18 4 16
Jeremy Smith 21 4 16
David Fa'alogo 22 3 12
David Peachey 14 3 12
Ben Rogers 14 3 12
John Sutton 15 3 12
Issac Luke 13 2 2/3 12
Eddie Paea 3 2 0/2 8
Shane Rigon 19 2 8
Reece Simmonds 7 1 2/2 8
Daniel Irvine 11 1 4
David Kidwell 4 1 4
Beau Champion 1
Peter Cusack 24
Joe Galuvao 4
Scott Geddes 11
Michael Greenfield 4
Jaiman Lowe 10
Manase Manuokafoa 13
Shannan McPherson 3
Eddy Pettybourne 1
Luke Stuart 23
Stuart Webb 9

Player movements[edit]

Gains

2008 Signings/Transfers
Player Previous Club Years Signed Until the End of
Craig Wing Sydney Roosters 4 2011
Nathanael Barnes Tweed Heads Seagulls
John Tamanika Brisbane Easts Tigers
Jamie Simpson Toowoomba Clydesdales
Luke Capewell Brisbane Easts Tigers
George Ndaira Sydney Roosters
Chris Sandow Gold Coast Titans


Losses

Losses
Player Future Club/Playing Status
David Peachey Retired
Daniel Irvine Retired
Paul Mellor Retired
Shane Rigon Retired
Reece Simmonds Retired
Joe Williams Penrith Panthers
Joe Galuvao Parramatta Eels
Stuart Webb St. George Illawarra Dragons
Joe Falemaka St. George Illawarra Dragons
Jardine Bobongie St. George Illawarra Dragons
Peter Cusack Hull

Re-Signings

Re-Signings
Player Years Signed Until the End of
Jaiman Lowe 2 2009
Luke Stuart 1 2008
David Fa'alogo 4 2011
Fetuli Talanoa 3 2010
Yileen Gordon 2 2009
Eddie Paea 1 2008
Issac Luke 2 2009
Michael Greenfield 2 2009
John Sutton 3 2011
Nathan Merritt 3 2011

Kit and Sponsors[edit]

National Australia Bank[edit]

The National Australia Bank was the Rabbitohs major home sponsor for the 2007 Telstra Premiership.

DeLonghi[edit]

DeLonghi was the major away sponsor for the Rabbitohs in the 2007 Telstra Premiership.

V8 Supercars Australia[edit]

V8 Supercars was the Rabbitohs major sleeve sponsor for the 2007 Telstra Premiership.

Virgin Blue[edit]

Virgin Blue was the Rabbitohs major training sponsor for the 2007 Telstra Premiership.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gallop, David (2007). "Australian Rugby Football League Annual Report 2007" (pdf). Australian Rugby League Limited. p. 5. Retrieved 2009-07-15.