South Sydney Rabbitohs club legend Eric Simms

One of the oldest rivalries in the game; the South Sydney Rabbitohs against the Sydney Roosters.

Entertainment galore, big wins, fancy games, hard hitting, fierce rivalries; this clash always has it all.

A lot has happened for the sides; no Cooper Cronk for the Roosters, no Cody Walker for the Rabbitohs.

But plenty of talent across the park for both, just how will it play out?

In the meantime, peruse the stats we have put forth for your usage:

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Sydney Roosters Stats

The South Sydney Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters have played each other on 219 occasions; the Rabbitohs have won 116 times, the Roosters 103 times and there have been five draws.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have lost three of the last four games against the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium, and have only won six times in fifteen attempts against the Roosters at the venue.

The first ever match played between the two sides was a 13-12 win for the Roosters in round 3, 1908.

Former South Sydney Rabbitohs winger Nathan Merritt

Biggest Wins

The South Sydney Rabbitohs biggest win over the Sydney Roosters was a 50-0 success in round 8, 1952.

The Sydney Roosters biggest win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs was a landslide 62-0 victory in round 6, 1996. This is the 2nd heaviest defeat for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in their history.

Top try-scorer in this clash

Johnny Graves (SOU) – 18
Benny Wearing (SOU) – 17
Nathan Merritt (SOU) – 17
Rod O’Loan (SYD) – 11
Bill Mullins (SYD) – 11
Les Steel (SYD) – 10
Bob McCarthy (SOU) – 10

Former Sydney Roosters forward Craig Fitzgibbon

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Eric Simms (SOU) – 1 try, 67 goals & 10 field goals (145 pts)*
Bernie Purcell (SOU) – 4 tries & 65 goals (142 pts)*
Adam Reynolds (SOU) – 3 tries & 56 goals (124 pts)
Johnny Graves (SOU) – 18 tries & 27 goals (108 pts)*
Benny Wearing (SOU) – 17 tries & 19 goals (89 pts)*
Craig Fitzgibbon (SYD) – 2 tries & 38 goals (84 pts)
Wally Messenger (SYD) – 9 tries & 26 goals (80 pts)*

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Hash Thompson – 1908 (SYD) & 1909 & 1911-1916 (SOU)
  2. W Fry – 1908 (SYD) & 1909-1911 (SOU)
  3. Johnno Stuntz – 1908-1910 (SYD) & 1911 (SOU)
  4. Herb Gilbert – 1911-1912 & 1915 (SOU) & 1916 (SYD)
  5. Ray Norman – 1914-1916 (SOU) & 1917-1921 (SYD)
  6. Bob Linklater – 1915-1919 (SYD) & 1923 (SOU)
  7. Arthur Oxford – 1915-1921 (SOU) & 1922-1924 & 1926-1929 (SYD)
  8. Rex Norman – 1915-1917 & 1919 (SOU) & 1918 & 1920-1922 (SYD)
  9. George McGowan – 1915 (SYD) & 1916-1918 (SOU)
  10. Bill Cameron – 1917 & 1922-1923 (SOU) & 1920-1921 (SYD)
  11. W Tijou – 1915 (SOU) & 1917-1920 (SYD)
  12. Harold Holmes – 1918-1920 (SOU) & 1921-1924 (SYD)
  13. Tom Barry – 1922-1925 (SOU) & 1927 (SYD)
  14. Hugh Byrne – 1925-1928 & 1930 (SYD) & 1932-1933 (SOU)
  15. Harry Finch – 1925 (SYD) & 1926-1930 & 1933-1934 (SOU)
  16. Booth – 1922 (SOU) & 1925 (SYD)
  17. Tom McLachlan – 1931 (SOU) & 1934-1937 (SYD)
  18. Harleigh Hanrahan – 1933 (SYD) & 1935 (SOU)
  19. Harold Thomson – 1933-1934 (SYD) & 1935-1939 (SOU)
  20. George Shankland – 1932 (SYD) & 1935 (SOU)
  21. Alan Quinlivan – 1936-1940 & 1942 (SOU) & 1946-1947 (SYD)
  22. Johnny Parker – 1936 & 1942 (SYD) & 1940 (SOU)
  23. Alan Schafer – 1938-1940 (SOU) & 1944 (SYD)
  24. Vic Anderson – 1941 & 1945-1946 (SOU) & 1948 (SYD)
  25. Keith Aitken – 1947-1949 (SOU) & 1952 (SYD)
  26. Ron Taylor – 1953-1954 (SYD) & 1957-1961 (SOU)
  27. John Sellgren – 1949-1950 & 1955-1956 (SYD) & 1953 (SOU)
  28. Ray Thomas – 1950 & 1957 (SOU) & 1951-1955 (SYD)
  29. Brian Wright – 1957 (SOU) & 1960-1961 (SYD)
  30. Michael Cleary – 1962-1970 (SOU) & 1971 (SYD)
  31. Ron Coote – 1964-1971 (SOU) & 1972-1978 (SYD)
  32. Elwyn Walters – 1967-1973 (SOU) & 1974-1976 (SYD)
  33. Harry Eden – 1969 (SYD) & 1974-1975 (SOU)
  34. Terry Fahey – 1976-1980 (SOU) & 1981-1982 (SYD)
  35. Russell Fairfax – 1974-1980 (SYD) & 1981 (SOU)
  36. Royce Ayliffe – 1976-1983 (SYD) & 1985 (SOU)
  37. Robert Laurie – 1976-1977 & 1981-1982 (SYD) & 1978-1980 (SOU)
  38. John Berne – 1976-1979 (SOU) & 1980 & 1985 (SYD)
  39. Michael Mosman – 1976-1979 (SYD) & 1981 (SOU)
  40. Gary Metcalfe – 1976-1980 (SYD) & 1981-1983 (SOU)
  41. Ian Mackay – 1973-1976 (SYD) & 1977 (SOU)
  42. Terry Murphy – 1977-1981 (SYD) & 1984-1985 (SOU)
  43. Trevor Barnes – 1975-1977 (SYD) & 1978-1979 (SOU)
  44. Peter Reed – 1974 (SOU) & 1977 (SYD)
  45. Arthur Kitinas – 1977 (SYD) & 1978 (SOU)
  46. Arthur Mountier – 1974 & 1978-1979 (SYD) & 1981 (SOU)
  47. Eric Ferguson – 1974-1977 (SYD) & 1978-1981 (SOU)
  48. Ken Wright – 1979-1981 (SYD) & 1982-1983 (SOU)
  49. Paul Jelfs – 1978-1980 (SYD) & 1981 (SOU)
  50. Grant Jones – 1977 & 1979-1981 (SOU) & 1982 (SYD)
  51. Marty Gurr – 1979-1983 (SYD) & 1984 (SOU)
  52. Tony Melrose – 1982-1983 (SOU) & 1986-1989 (SYD)
  53. Kelvin Eirth – 1983 (SOU) & 1984 (SYD)
  54. Matt Cruickshank – 1983 (SYD) & 1985-1986 (SOU)
  55. Ross Harrington – 1983-1991 (SOU) & 1992 (SYD)
  56. David Cruickshank – 1985 (SYD) & 1986-1989 (SOU)
  57. Craig Salvatori – 1986-1995 (SYD) & 1996 (SOU)
  58. Lindsay Johnston – 1985 (SYD) & 1986-1989 (SOU)
  59. Luke Beasley – 1986 (SYD) & 1987-1988 (SOU)
  60. Jason Williams – 1988 (SYD) & 1991 (SOU)
  61. Russell Bartlett – 1984 (SOU) & 1987-1988 (SYD)
  62. Sean Garlick – 1990-1993 & 1998-1999 (SOU) & 1994-1997 (SYD)
  63. Dennis Beecraft – 1988 & 1990-1993 (SYD) & 1994-1995 (SOU)
  64. Darren Maroon – 1987-1992 & 1994 (SOU) & 1995-1996 (SYD)
  65. Terry Hill – 1990 (SOU) & 1991 (SYD)
  66. Brett Gillard – 1989-1993 (SYD) & 1997 (SOU)
  67. Jeff Orford – 1991-1994 (SYD) & 1997 (SOU)
  68. James Smith – 1992-1996 (SYD) & 1998-1999 (SOU)
  69. Scott Murray – 1992-1995 (SYD) & 1997 & 1999 (SOU)
  70. Brandon Costin – 1993 (SOU) & 1997 (SYD)
  71. Jason Keough – 1993-1994 (SYD) & 1995 (SOU)
  72. Tony Iro – 1994-1996 (SYD) & 1999 (SOU)
  73. Jacin Sinclair – 1994-1996 (SOU) & 1997 (SYD)
  74. Terry Hermansson – 1993-1994 & 1998 (SOU) & 1995-1997 (SYD)
  75. Peter Clarke – 1995-1997 (SYD) & 1999 (SOU)
  76. Shane Rigon – 1996-2000 (SYD) & 2001-2007 (SOU)
  77. Michael Ostini – 1996 (SYD) & 1997-1998 (SOU)
  78. Darren Burns – 1997-1998 (SOU) & 1999-2000 (SYD)
  79. Ian Rubin – 1996-1999 (SOU) & 2000-2001 (SYD)
  80. Craig Wing – 1998-1999 & 2008-2009 (SOU) & 2007-2007 (SYD)
  81. Bryan Fletcher – 1997-2002 (SYD) & 2003-2005 (SOU)
  82. Brent Grose – 2002 (SOU) & 2008 (SYD)
  83. Shannon Hegarty – 1999-2004 (SYD) & 2005-2008 (SOU)
  84. Michael Crocker – 2001-2005 (SYD) & 2009-2013 (SOU)
  85. Peter Cusack – 1998-2004 (SYD) & 2005-2007 (SOU)
  86. David Kidwell – 2002 (SYD) & 2007-2009 (SOU)
  87. Justin Brooker – 1998 (SYD) & 2002 (SOU)
  88. Chris Walker – 2003-2005 (SYD) & 2003 (SOU)
  89. Ashley Harrison – 2003-2005 (SOU) & 2006-2007 (SOU)
  90. Jamie Russo – 2001 (SYD) & 2003-2004 (SOU)
  91. Stuart Webb – 2003-2005 (SYD) & 2006-2007 (SOU)
  92. Scott Logan – 1996-2001 (SYD) & 2004-2005 (SOU)
  93. Dean Widders – 2000-2001 (SYD) & 2007-2008 (SOU)
  94. Luke Keary – 2013-2016 (SOU) & 2017-2019 (SYD)
  95. Paul Carter – 2015-2016 (SOU) & 2017 (SYD)
  96. Angus Crichton – 2016-2018 (SOU) & 2019 (SYD)

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

  1. Alf O’Connor (SOU) & Tom Molloy (SYD) both sent-off in round 3, 1925.
  2. Ernie Lapham (SOU) & William Ives (SYD) both sent-off in the 1926 NSWRFL semi-final.
  3. Frank Curran (SOU) sent-off in the 1934 NSWRFL semi-final.
  4. Dean Rampling (SOU) & Royce Ayliffe (SYD) both sin-binned in round 7, 1982.
  5. Tony Rampling (SOU) & Royce Ayliffe/Alan Neil (both SYD) all sin-binned in round 13, 1983.
  6. Terry Regan (SYD) & Gary Hambly (SOU) both sin-binned in round 26, 1983.
  7. Ron Gibbs (SYD) & Tony Rampling (SOU) both sent-off in round 1, 1985.
  8. Jim Harvey (SYD) sent-off in round 14, 1985.
  9. Tim Maddison (SYD) & Richard McKell (SOU) both sin-binned & Corin Ridding (SOU) sent-off in round 6, 1996.
  10. Shannon Hegarty (SOU) & Michael Crocker/David Shillington (SYD) all sin-binned in round 24, 2005.
  11. David Fa’alogo (SOU) & Braith Anasta (SYD) both sin-binned in round 25, 2007.

Head coaching records

Bernie Purcell (SOU) – 6/6 (100%)
Phil Gould (SYD) – 6/6 (100%)
George Hallett (SOU) – 5/5 (100%)
Edward Fry (SOU) – 1/1 (100%)
Owen McCarthy (SOU) – 1/1 (100%)
Ricky Stuart (SOU) – 9/10 (90%)
Ron Willey (SOU) – 5/6 (83.3%)
Dick Dunn (SYD) – 6/8 (75%) (1 draw)
Jack Gibson (SOU) – 3/4 (75%)
George Piggins (SOU) – 7/10 (70%)
Jack Gibson (SYD) – 7/10 (70%)
Rupert Rayner (SOU) – 11/16 (68.8%)
Clive Churchill (SOU) – 13/19 (68.4%)
Bill Anderson (SOU) – 4/6 (66.7%) (1 draw)
Brian Smith (SYD) – 4/6 (66.7%)
Wayne Bennett (SOU) – 2/3 (66.7%)
Arthur Halloway (SYD) – 15/23 (65.2%) (1 draw)
Brad Fittler (SYD) – 3/5 (60%)
Dave Brown (SYD) – 5/10 (50%)
Jim Tait (SOU) – 3/6 (50%)
Frank Curry (SOU) – 3/6 (50%)
Jason Taylor (SOU) – 3/6 (50%)
Sidney Pearce Jr (SYD) – 3/6 (50%)
Alfred Blair (SOU) – 2/4 (50%)
Johnny King (SOU) – 1/2 (50%)
Matthew Donohue (SYD) – 1/2 (50%)
Ferris Ashton (SYD) – 1/2 (50%)
Charlie Lynch (SOU) – 12/25 (48%) (1 draw)
Trent Robinson (SYD) – 8/17 (47.1%)
Michael Maguire (SOU) – 6/13 (46.2%)
Dave Watson (SOU) – 5/11 (45.5%) (1 draw)
Mark Murray (SYD) – 3/7 (42.9%)
Arthur Hennessey (SOU) – 2/5 (40%)
Ray Stehr (SYD) – 3/8 (37.5%)
Anthony Seibold (SOU) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Russell Fairfax (SYD) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Arthur Beetson (SYD) – 3/12 (25%)
Bob Fulton (SYD) – 2/8 (25%) (1 draw)
Shaun McRae (SOU) – 1/4 (25%)
John Lang (SOU) – 1/4 (25%)
Francis O’Connor (SYD) – 1/4 (25%)
Laurie Freier (SYD) – 1/4 (25%)
Denis Donoghue (SOU) – 2/10 (20%) (1 draw)
Ken Shine (SOU) – 1/5 (20%)
Ernest Norman (SYD) – 1/6 (16.7%)
Don Furner (SYD) – 1/6 (16.7%)
Bob Mccarthy (SOU) – 0/1 (0%)
Steve Martin (SOU) – 0/1 (0%)
Arthur Kitinas (SOU) – 0/1 (0%)
Chris Anderson (SYD) – 0/1 (0%)
John Rosewell (SOU) – 0/2 (0%)
Eric Lewis (SOU) – 0/2 (0%)
John O’Neill (SOU) – 0/2 (0%)
George Boddington (SYD) – 0/2 (0%)
Percy Williams (SYD) – 0/2 (0%) (1 draw)
Nat Silcock (SYD) – 0/2 (0%)
Louis Neumann (SYD) – 0/2 (0%)
Tony Paskins (SOU) – 0/2 (0%)
Craig Coleman (SOU) – 0/3 (0%)
Paul Langmack (SOU) 0/3 (0%)
Frank Burge (SOU) – 0/3 (0%)
Bert Holcroft (SOU) – 0/4 (0%)

 

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