2009 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

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2009 South Sydney Rabbitohs
League 10th (out of 16) NRL
Play-off result N/A
2009 record 11-1-12
Home record 4-0-6
Away record 7-1-6
Points for 566
Points against 549
Team information
CEO Australia Shane Richardson
Coach Australia Jason Taylor
Captain Australia Roy Asotasi
Ground ANZ Stadium
Top scorers
Tries Nathan Merritt (19)
Goals Chris Sandow (60)
Points Chris Sandow (133)
 < 2008 2010

The 2009 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 100th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2009 Telstra Premiership, and despite being in 1st position at some points during the year and scoring over 500 points in a season for the first time,[1] they finished 10th (of 16) so failed to reach the play-offs.

In Round 25, South Sydney defeated the minor premiers St. George Illawarra Dragons 41 to 6. This is the only loss greater than 20 points the Dragons have suffered since Wayne Bennett's inception as coach.

John Sutton was awarded the George Piggins Medal for Souths player of the year.[2]

On the ensuing 'Mad Monday', coach Jason Taylor and forward David Fa'alogo were involved in a drunken altercation and both sacked from the club. This promped the club's co-owner Russell Crowe to write an 800-word letter of apology to a Sydney newspaper.[3]

Pre Season[edit]

The Rabbitohs played three pre-season games in 2009.

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Attendance Report
8 February Return to Redfern Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers ATP Performance Centre, Redfern 26 – 30 5,000 [1]
14 February Coffs Harbour Trial Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers BCU International Stad., Coffs Harbour 38 – 4 [2]
28 February Charity Shield St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons ANZ Stadium, Sydney 18 – 6 25,871 [3]
Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw

Regular Season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Attendance Report
15 March 1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney 52 – 12 24,486 [4]
20 March 2 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels ANZ Stadium, Sydney 8 – 14 20,871 [5]
29 March 3 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Bluetongue Stadium, Central Coast 22 – 12 15,277 [6]
5 April 4 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland 22 – 16 19,386 [7]
13 April 5 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs ANZ Stadium, Sydney 12 – 14 22,775 [8]
18 April 6 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles ANZ Stadium, Sydney 8 – 24 14,225 [9]
24 April 7 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks ANZ Stadium, Sydney 32 – 26 11,208 [10]
2 May 8 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Skilled Park, Gold Coast 14 – 22 [11]
9 BYE
17 May 10 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 23 – 22 29,970 [12]
22 May 11 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels ANZ Stadium, Sydney 16 – 16 10,670 [13]
1 June 12 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders ANZ Stadium, Sydney 18 – 34 9,805 [14]
6 June 13 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville 12 – 46 [15]
13 June 14 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm nib Stadium, Perth 22 – 28 15,198 [16]
15 BYE
29 June 16 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Ausgrid Stadium, Newcastle 20 – 25 14,204 [17]
4 July 17 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers ANZ Stadium, Sydney 20 – 54 14,856 [18]
10 July 18 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers ANZ Stadium, Sydney 36 – 12 9,017 [19]
17 July 19 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 44 – 12 50,109 [20]
27 July 20 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters ANZ Stadium, Sydney 40 – 20 11,031 [21]
2 August 21 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs ANZ Stadium, Sydney 18 – 26 24,217 [22]
8 August 22 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles Brookvale Oval, Manly 36 – 22 15,702 [23]
14 August 23 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans ANZ Stadium, Sydney 14 – 22 11,977 [24]
22 August 24 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Penrith Stadium, Penrith 10 – 40 14,214 [25]
29 August 25 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons ANZ Stadium, Sydney 41 – 6 19,218 [26]
5 September 26 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Toyota Stadium, Cronulla 26 – 24 14,879 [27]

Statistics[edit]

Player Tries Goals Field Goals Total Points
Nathan Merritt 19 0 1 77
Fetuli Talanoa 13 0 0 52
Colin Best 4 0 0 16
Rhys Wesser 1 0 0 4
Eddy Pettybourne 7 0 0 28
Chris Sandow 3 60 1 133
Issac Luke 4 15 0 46
Craig Wing 6 1 0 26
Luke Capewell 6 0 0 24
Beau Champion 11 0 0 44
David Kidwell 1 0 0 4
David Fa'alogo 4 0 0 16
Roy Asotasi 1 0 0 4
Luke Stuart 1 0 0 4
Michael Crocker 2 0 0 8
Jamie Simpson 9 0 0 36
John Sutton 5 0 0 20
David Tyrrell 1 0 0 4
Chris McQueen 2 0 0 8
Junior Vaivai 1 0 0 4
Ben Lowe 1 0 0 4
Scott Geddes 1 0 0 4

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 24 17 0 7 2 548 329 +219 38
2 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 18 0 6 2 575 428 +147 38*
3 Norths Devils colours.svg Gold Coast 24 16 0 8 2 514 467 +47 36
4 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 14 1 9 2 505 348 +157 33
5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 24 14 0 10 2 549 439 +90 32
6 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 14 0 10 2 511 566 −55 32
7 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 13 0 11 2 508 491 +17 30
8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 12 1 11 2 476 473 +3 29
9 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 12 0 12 2 558 483 +75 28
10 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 11 1 12 2 566 549 +17 27
11 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 11 1 12 2 515 589 −74 27
12 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 11 0 13 2 558 474 +84 26
13 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 9 0 15 2 489 510 −31 22
14 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 7 2 15 2 377 545 −188 20
15 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 24 5 0 19 2 359 568 −209 14
16 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 5 0 19 2 382 681 −299 14

* Bulldogs stripped of 2 competition points after an interchange breach in round 2


Kit and Sponsors[edit]

National Australia Bank[edit]

The National Australia Bank was the Rabbitohs major home sponsor for the 2009 Telstra Premiership.

DeLonghi[edit]

DeLonghi was the major away sponsor for the Rabbitohs in the 2009 Telstra Premiership.

V8 Supercars Australia[edit]

V8 Supercars was the Rabbitohs major sleeve sponsor for the 2009 Telstra Premiership.

Virgin Blue[edit]

Virgin Blue was the Rabbitohs major training sponsor for the 2009 Telstra Premiership.

2009 Squad[edit]

No. Position Player
New Zealand PR Roy Asotasi (c)
Australia CE Colin Best
Australia FE Luke Capewell
Australia CE Beau Champion
Australia PR Kane Cleal
Australia CE Shaune Corrigan
Australia SR Michael Crocker
Australia PR Garrett Crossman
New Zealand SR David Fa'alogo
Australia HK Beau Falloon
Australia PR Scott Geddes
Australia PR Michael Greenfield
New Zealand SR David Kidwell
Australia LK Ben Lowe
No. Position Player
Australia PR Jaiman Lowe
New Zealand HK Issac Luke
Australia SR Shannan McPherson
Australia WG Chris McQueen
Australia WG Nathan Merritt
New Zealand SR Eddy Pettybourne
Australia HB Chris Sandow
Australia CE Jamie Simpson
Australia SR Luke Stuart
Australia LK John Sutton
Tonga WG Fetuli Talanoa
Australia SR David Tyrrell
Australia FB Rhys Wesser
Australia HB Craig Wing

Source: [28]

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