NRL Rd 1: South Sydney Rabbitohs v Cronulla Sharks Stats Breakdown

Former South Sydney Rabbitohs centre Eric Simms

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Cronulla Sharks Stats

The South Sydney Rabbitohs and Cronulla Sharks have played each other on 88 occasions; the Rabbitohs have won 39, the Sharks have won 46 and there have been three draws.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs won eleven of the first twelve games played between the two sides.

The first game played between the two sides was a 23-15 victory for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in round 3, 1967.

Biggest Wins

The South Sydney Rabbitohs biggest win over the Cronulla Sharks was a comfortable 46-10 victory in round 9, 1983.

The Cronulla Sharks biggest win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs was a dominating 42-0 rout in round 22, 1994.

Top try-scorer in this clash

Andrew Ettinghausen (CRO) – 16
Ray Corcoran (CRO) – 13
Nathan Merritt (CRO/SOU) – 12
Jonathan Docking (CRO) – 8
Steve Rogers (CRO) – 7
Paul Mellor (CRO) – 7
Denis Pittard (SOU) – 6
David Peachey (CRO) – 6
Luke Covell (CRO) – 6
John Sutton (SOU) – 5

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Eric Simms (SOU) – 1 try, 79 goals & 9 field goals (181 pts)*
Steve Rogers (CRO) – 7 tries & 53 goals (127 pts)*
Luke Covell (CRO) – 6 tries & 21 goals (66 pts)
Andrew Ettinghausen (CRO) – 16 tries (64 pts)
Adam Reynolds (SOU) – 29 goals & 1 field goal (59 pts)
Barry Andrews (CRO) – 1 try & 27 goals (57 pts)*
Nathan Merritt (SOU/CRO) – 12 tries & 2 goals (52 pts)
Neil Baker (SOU) –3 tries & 19 goals (50 pts)
Mat Rogers (CRO) – 4 tries & 17 goals (50 pts)
Tony Melrose (SOU) – 1 try & 22 goals (47 pts)*
Chris Sandow (SOU) – 2 tries, 16 goals & 1 field goal (43 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Rod Urquhart – 1970-1971 (CRO) & 1973-1974 (SOU)
  2. Greg Purcell – 1975-1977 (SOU) & 1979 (CRO)
  3. John Berne – 1976-1979 (SOU) & 1981-1983 (CRO)
  4. Steve Taylor – 1976-1981 (SOU) & 1982 (CRO)
  5. Bill Annabel – 1976-1978 (SOU) & 1979 (CRO)
  6. Rick Bourke – 1973-1982 (CRO) & 1983 (SOU)
  7. Harry Bryant – 1975-1977 (CRO) & 1978-1982 (SOU)
  8. Gary Wright – 1976-1981 (SOU) & 1982 (CRO)
  9. John Jarvie – 1981-1982 (CRO) & 1983 (SOU)
  10. Greg Nixon – 1981 (SOU) & 1982-1987 (CRO)
  11. Terry Murphy – 1982-1983 (CRO) & 1984-1985 (SOU)
  12. Les Davidson – 1984-1990 (SOU) & 1991-1998 (CRO)
  13. Michael Speechley – 1984-1985 (SOU) & 1986-1992 (CRO)
  14. John Kambas – 1984 (SOU) & 1987-1988 (CRO)
  15. Arthur Pappas – 1989-1990 (CRO) & 1992 (SOU)
  16. Eion Crossan – 1992 (SOU) & 1994-1995 (CRO)
  17. Paul Mellor – 1991-1996 & 2006-2007 (SOU) & 1999-2002 & 2005 (CRO)
  18. Nick Zisti – 1991-1993 (SOU) & 1998 (CRO)
  19. David Peachey – 1994-2005 (CRO) & 2006-2007 (SOU)
  20. Mark McGaw – 1984-1992 (CRO) & 1994-1995 (SOU)
  21. Russell Richardson – 1996-2001 (CRO) & 2002-2003 (SOU)
  22. Luke Stuart – 1998-2001 (CRO) & 2002-2011 (SOU)
  23. Shannon Donato – 1995-1997 (SOU) & 1998-2001 (CRO)
  24. Paul McNicholas – 1996-1999 & 2002 (SOU) & 2000-2001 (CRO)
  25. Brent Grose – 2001 (CRO) & 2002 (SOU)
  26. Brett Kearney – 2003-2005 (SOU) & 2006-2009 (CRO)
  27. Luke MacDougall – 2002 (CRO) & 2003-2006 (SOU)
  28. Nathan Merritt – 2002-2003 & 2006-2014 (SOU) & 2004-2005 (CRO)
  29. Nigel Vagana – 2004-2006 (CRO) & 2007-2008 (SOU)
  30. Ben Ross – 2006-2009 & 2012-2013 (CRO) & 2011 (SOU)
  31. Craig Stapleton – 2007 (CRO) & 2010 (SOU)
  32. Bryson Goodwin – 2007-2008 (CRO) & 2013-2017 (SOU)
  33. Adam Peek – 2002 (SOU) & 2008 (CRO)
  34. Michael Greenfield – 2004 (CRO) & 2006-2008 (SOU)
  35. Colin Best – 1998-2002 & 2011-2012 (CRO) & 2009-2010 (SOU)

Players to have sin-binned/sent-off in this clash

  1. Barry Andrews (CRO) sent-off in round 12, 1978.
  2. Bill Annabel (CRO) sent-off in round 17, 1979.
  3. Ken Stewart (SOU) & Rowland Beckett (CRO) both sin-binned in round 22, 1981.
  4. Dane Sorenson (CRO) & Gary Hambly (SOU) both sin-binned in round 18, 1982.
  5. Gary Hambly (SOU) sin-binned in round 22, 1983.
  6. Mark Ellison (SOU) sin-binned & Greg Nixon (CRO) sent-off in round 11, 1984.
  7. David Boyle (SOU) sin-binned in round 22, 1985.
  8. Dean Treister (CRO) & Shane Wilson (SOU) both sin-binned in round 8, 1996.
  9. Bryan Fletcher (SOU) sin-binned in round 10, 2003.
  10. Greg Bird (CRO) sent-off in round 4, 2004.
  11. Todd Polglase (SOU) sin-binned in round 26, 2005.
  12. Paul Gallen (CRO) sin-binned in round 26, 2009.
  13. Robert Jennings (SOU) & Matt Moylan (CRO) both sin-binned in round 13, 2018.

Head coaching records

Chris Anderson (CRO) – 3/3 (100%)
Arthur Beetson (CRO) – 2/2 (100%)
Robert McCarthy (SOU) – 1/1 (100%)
Anthony Seibold (SOU) – 1/1 (100%)
John Morris (CRO) – 1/1 (100%)
John Lang (CRO) – 7/8 (87.5%)
Ronald Willey (SOU) – 5/6 (83.3%)
Allan Fitzgibbon (CRO) – 6/8 (75%)
Shane Flanagan (CRO) – 7/10 (70%)
Jason Taylor (SOU) – 4/6 (66.7%)
Shaun McRae (SOU) – 2/3 (66.7%)
John Lang (SOU) – 2/3 (66.7%)
Clive Churchill (SOU) – 11/17 (64.7%)
Tommy Bishop (CRO) – 5/10 (50%) (1 draw)
John Gibson (SOU) – 2/4 (50%)
John Raper (CRO) – 2/4 (50%)
Norm Provan (CRO) – 2/4 (50%)
Johnny King (SOU) – 1/2 (50%)
Noel Thornton (CRO) – 1/2 (50%)
Michael Maguire (SOU) – 4/9 (44.4%)
Greg Pierce (CRO) – 2/5 (40%) (1 draw)
Stuart Raper (CRO) – 2/5 (40%)
John Gibson (CRO) – 2/6 (33.3%) (1 draw)
George Piggins (SOU) – 3/10 (30%) (1 draw)
Bill Anderson (SOU) – 2/7 (28.6%) (2 draws)
Ricky Stuart (CRO) – 2/7 (28.6%)
Ken Shine (SOU) – 1/4 (25%)
Paul Langmack (SOU) – 1/4 (25%)
Terrence Fearnley (CRO) – 1/4 (25%)
Wayne Bennett (SOU) – 0/1 (0%)
John O’Neill (SOU) – 0/2 (0%)
Steve Martin (SOU) – 0/2 (0%)
Peter Sharp (CRO) – 0/2 (0%)
Craig Coleman (SOU) – 0/3 (0%)
Frank Curry (SOU) – 0/4 (0%)
Kenneth Kearney (CRO) – 0/6 (0%)

Players to have scored three or more tries in one game in this clash (in order of quantity)

  1. Andrew Ettinghausen (CRO) scored five tries in round 22, 1994.
  2. Ray Corcoran (CRO) scored four tries in round 9, 1975.
  3. Martin Raftery (CRO) scored four tries in round 9, 1976.
  4. Michael Cleary (SOU) scored three tries in round 3, 1969.
  5. Denis Pittard (SOU) scored three tries in round 3, 1969.
  6. Peter Brown (SOU) scored three tries in round 14, 1971.
  7. George Longbottom (SOU) scored three tries in round 9, 1983.
  8. Jonathan Docking (CRO) scored three tries in round 17, 1990.
  9. Sam Isemonger (CRO) scored three tries in round 25, 2003.
  10. Luke MacDougall (SOU) scored three tries in round 4, 2004.
  11. Greg Inglis (SOU) scored three tries in round 9, 2012.

As always, if you notice any issues or want further stats included, please let us know.

Also please note, players with asterisks next to their names played in eras when tries were three points and field goals were two points.

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