2005 South Sydney Rabbitohs season

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2005 South Sydney Rabbitohs season
NRL Rank First Grade
Team information
CEO Australia
Coach Australia
Captain
  • Australia
Stadium Aussie Stadium
Top scorers
Tries Australia
Goals Australia
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The 2005 South Sydney Rabbitohs season was the 96th in the club's history. Coached by Shaun McRae and captained by Bryan Fletcher and Peter Cusack, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2005 Telstra Premiership, finishing the regular season 13th out of 15 teams, failing to reach the finals.

In March, Souths life member Russell Crowe made the Rabbitohs the first club team in Australia to be sponsored by a film, when he negotiated a deal to advertise his movie Cinderella Man on their jerseys.[1] The Rabbitohs' first win of the season was a 49-26 triumph over the Parramatta Eels in Round 2.

The Rabbitohs would be winless again until Round 5, when they defeated the Newcastle Knights 37-12 at Bluetongue Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, before a crowd of 16,162.

For the next eight rounds, the Rabbitohs suffered loss after loss to the NRL juggernauts (including form teams Melbourne, Brisbane and Manly with the only relief being the bye in Round 8. After a promising start, Season 2005 was shaping up much like the last few years for the Rabbitohs.

However Round 13 against the Bulldogs was to prove a turning point in the club's season. Souths held the reigning premiers to a shock 21-all draw, and thereafter, momentum suddenly seemed to be swinging back the Bunnies' way. A week later they hammered Manly 44-6, and though they went on to lose three more consecutively after that (including a second to arch-rivals St George Illawarra Dragons), they bounced back to win 5 of their last 6, beginning with a 24-14 win over Cronulla at the Sydney Football Stadium, and highlighted with a spirited 16-14 downing of the North Queensland Cowboys at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville. Finally overcoming the Bulldogs in Round 21, the Rabbitohs also defeated the Sydney Roosters in Sydney 17-16 in a hard fought and spiteful encounter. Their last match was against the Sharks at Toyota Stadium. Souths won this in convincing fashion, with young five-eighth John Sutton making a significant impression.

All in all, season 2005 was the most promising since re-admission; under coach Shaun McRae the team were beginning to look like a renewed force. Their reasonably strong finish handed the bottom place on the NRL ladder to the Newcastle Knights, therefore avoiding the horrible fate of receiving three wooden-spoons in a row. South Sydney finished the 2005 season level on 23 premiership points with 2004 premiers the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 16 0 8 2 704 456 +248 36
2 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 24 16 0 8 2 655 510 +145 36
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 15 0 9 2 597 484 +113 34
4 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 14 0 10 2 676 575 +101 32
5 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 14 0 10 2 639 563 +76 32
6 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 13 0 11 2 640 462 +178 30
7 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 12 0 12 2 550 564 -14 28
8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24 12 0 12 2 554 632 -78 28
9 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 11 0 13 2 488 487 +1 26
10 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 11 0 13 2 554 554 =0 26
11 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 10 0 14 2 515 528 -13 24
12 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 9 1 14 2 472 670 -198 23
13 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 9 1 14 2 482 700 -218 23
14 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 9 0 15 2 465 606 -141 22
15 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 8 0 16 2 467 667 -200 20

Player Statistics[edit]

Player Appearances Tries Goals Field Goals Total Points

Representative Honours[edit]

Player All Stars ANZAC Test Pacific Test City / Country State of Origin 1 State of Origin 2 State of Origin 3 Four Nations

References[edit]

  1. ^ AAP (2005-03-11). "Crowe sees ad trend". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2010-06-30.