The South Sydney Rabbitohs are now entering their fifth NRL season since taking out the Premiership, a feat accomplished when English prop Sam Burgess played the entire 80 minutes of the Grand Final with a fractured cheekbone, rightfully earning the Clive Churchill Medal as the man of the match.
Fast forward to 2019 and Burgess is here and ready to lead the Bunnies to success, and with Wayne Bennett at the helm they will prove hard to beat, and you won’t miss a minute of the Rabbitohs’ in action when watching at home on TV, or streaming matches live to a mobile device.
South Sydney Rabbitohs TV Preview
The Rabbitohs have a couple of rivalries when it comes to the NRL, none bigger than the one they have with the Sydney Roosters. That rivalry will come to a head in the first round of the 2019 season when they clash in a blockbuster at the SCG. It will be the first time that new Roosters recruit Angus Crichton will face his former side, South Sydney, so expect some work from the South’s forwards to be aimed at Crichton. This rivalry goes back over 100 years and there is genuine animosity between the two clubs, and with the game being in round one, it should be an outstanding spectacle. Played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the original home of Rugby League in Australia, the game should easily draw a crowd of 30,000.
In recent years, there has been a good rivalry with the Canterbury Bulldogs. They faced off in the 2014 Grand Final, with the Bunnies winning comfortably and ending a long premiership drought. That loss for the Dogs sparked them in a Good Friday clash in 2015, which saw some horrific scenes both on and off the field, with bottles being thrown at referees after a controversial finish which saw South Sydney win in the final moments. Both sides haven’t had much to cheer about since, but the Bunnies have got the high-class squad with a star-studded back line. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, have a good mix of tough, seasoned campaigners, combined with young flare, so when they clash in round six on April 19, it’ll be interesting to see how it pans out. The other early match sure to be circled is the 2019 Charity Shield, with this year’s feature between the Rabbitohs and Dragons to be held on March 2nd.
Rabbitohs 2019 Live TV (Sydney time)
Friday 15 March LIVE: Roosters vs Rabbitohs at 7.55pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
Thursday 21 March LIVE: Dragons vs Rabbitohs 7.50pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
Sunday 31 March LIVE: Rabbitohs vs Titans at 6.10pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Saturday 6 April LIVE: Sea Eagles vs Rabbitohs at 3.00pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Saturday 13 April LIVE: Rabbitohs vs NZ Warriors at 3.00pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Friday 19 April LIVE: Bulldogs vs Rabbitohs at 4.05pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
Friday 26 April LIVE: anthers vs Rabbitohs at 7.55pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
Thursday 2 May LIVE: Rabbitohs vs Broncos at 7.50pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
Fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Per prior agreement the Rabbitohs on Free to Air TV will not be available for every round or in all locations.
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If you enjoy Rugby League action then Fox League (Foxtel/Kayo) is the channel for you, televising all NRL teams and every round Live and in HD with no ad-breaks during play before the grand final, including the contests not available on Free to Air TV.
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Rabbitohs Players to Watch
For close to ten years, Cameron Smith has been the best hooker in the game, and it was daylight second. Smith is nearing the end of his career and the bloke to take his place as the best number nine in the game is Damien Cook, who had an outstanding 2018 for the Bunnies, which saw him play in the State Of Origin in a winning series for New South Wales. We also saw him get hooker of the year at the Dally M’s and inevitably get the number nine jersey for the Australian side at the end of the year. The question will be can he repeat the dose from last year. If so, the Bunnies will be a very dangerous side and a hard one to beat.
Sam Burgess has been one of the best exports from England to play Rugby League in Australia and was a major factor in the Bunnies’ 2014 title win. He had a stint in the UK Super League but has been back in the NRL for a couple of years and has produced some great numbers, though his 2018 numbers were down from the year before. But in 2019 he should be on the left edge alongside Adam Reynolds and that could well be a lethal combo with plenty of points to be scored potentially. If Souths are to win the NRL Premiership title, he’ll need to produce a career best season.
Cody Walker is starting to get the due plaudits as one of the best halves in the game. He creates so many chances in attack and always has a dig, something every fan wants from one of their players. The big key for Walker is what will new coach Wayne Bennett will do with him. Bennett has always been a coach with a defensive mindset, which is the opposite of Walker and his style, which is off the cuff attack and play what’s in front of you. If Bennett allows Walker a free rein, whilst adding the defensive style, the Bunnies and Walker will be a dangerous commodity, and you won’t have to miss a key moment when watching the NRL live online.
As two of the oldest clubs in the NRL, the Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters boast the oldest rivalry in the league. Harking back over a century, the two sides – both of which are based in inner Sydney – have played in over 200 contests against one another, and each season compete for the Ron Coote Cup. The two will kick off their respective seasons against one another in Round 1 before meeting again in Round 25, and with former Rabbitoh-turned-Rooster Angus Crichton likely to play a major role, expect fireworks in both games.
Owing initially to their geographical proximity to one another, the Rabbitohs and the St. George Illlawara Dragons also share a fierce rivalry, something which has been sparked even further as a result of their numerous Grand Final match-ups last century. Each pre-season, they meet in the annual Charity Shield game, and last year fought out a tight and tense semi-final. They will face off twice in the 2019 regular season, first in Round 2 and then in Round 19, and with both sides harbouring finals aspirations, there will be plenty of feeling in these games.
All matches shown as Sydney time, check the local listings for any updates or changes. Per prior agreement Free to Air TV channel 9 will not be showing the Rabbitohs’ live in every round.