By Jeff Petersen

History shows that regardless of the South Sydney name and what achievements they have brought to rugby league since 1908 the Sharks have never been overawed by what the Rabbitohs have put before us, both on and off the field.

The Sharks file displays an impressive home record against Souths with 28 wins and one draw from 40 meetings at Remondis Stadium.

Our first home encounter between the two clubs began as a 14-29 loss at Sutherland Oval on 25th June, 1967. Sharks scorers that day in front of a large crowd of 10,094 were: Ron Dutton and Monty Porter tries, with Terry Hughes kicking 3 goals and a field goal.

The high volume of Sharks tries in the history of this fixture (280) have produced Sharks Records for Most Tries in a Game by a Sharks Player - namely ET’s 5 tries vs Souths in Rd 22, 1994 and Most Aggregate Points in a Sharks Game - 88 points in Cronulla’s 54-34 barnstorming victory at Aussie Stadium, in Round 25, 2003. This game also contributed to the Sharks Record Most Total Tries in a Game, with 16 – Sharks scoring 10 tries, 7 goals.

Home stats show 4-try hauls for Sharks great Ray Corcoran, vs Souths in Round 09, 1975 and former Cronulla playmaker Martin Raftery’s 4 tries vs Souths Rd 09, in 1976. Individual brilliance prevails in this contest with other notable Cronulla players, Jonathan Docking (Round 17, 1990) and Sam Isemonger (Round 25, 2003) with 3 tries in a game apiece.

Ray Corcoran’s try-scoring love affair against South Sydney bagged him a career total of 13. However, the most tries by a Sharks player against the Rabbitohs is club legend Andrew Ettingshausen, with 16.

Sharks’ defensive line has also held solid in these clashes over the years, including a successive run of three games, 1994, 1995 and 1996, where the Sharks held the Rabbitohs scoreless (W42-0; W24-0; W18-0).

Our last three home games have given up only four tries against the rampaging Bunnies and the next should prove to be another tight encounter. With one win-a-piece last season by the same 14-12 score line, it sets the stage for Monday night’s struggle for survival to reach the Top 8.

As an added sideline - Sharks favourite John Morris in playing his 300th NRL game against South Sydney will hope to repeat his superb four-pointer he scored in the previous home tie. This will be the talented hooker’s seventh game in Sharks colours against the Red and Green.

Go Sharks! 

 

SHARKS / Rabbitohs – BY THE NUMBERS 

SHARKS RECORD @ HOME (1967-2014)

All-Time Record: Played 81 Won 42 Drawn 3 Lost 36 Points For 1,554 Points Against 1,391

Total Record at Remondis: Played 40 Won 28 Drawn 1 Lost 11 Points For 876 Points Against 544

Record at Sutherland Oval (1967): Played 1 Won 0 Drawn 0 Lost 1 Points For 14 Points Against 29

Sharks Form in Last 5 Home Games vs Rabbitohs: Won 14-12 (Rd 11 2013) Won 20-7 (Rd 24 2012) Won 26-4 (Rd 17 2011) Loss 8-30 (Rd 03 2010) Loss 24-26 (Rd 26 2009)

Sharks Form in Last 5 Games vs Rabbitohs: Won 14-12 (Rd 11 2013 at Sharks Stadium) Loss 12-14 (Rd 02 2013 at ANZ Stadium) Won 20-7 (Rd 24 2012 at Sharks Stadium) Loss 28-34 (Rd 09 2012 at ANZ Stadium) Won 26-4 (Rd 17 2011 at Toyota Stadium)

Sharks First Game vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: Rd 16 July 14, 1968 (Lost 9-32) Sharks Scorers: Terry Hughes try and 3 goals Att: 13,853

Sharks First Win vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: Rd 09 May 23, 1970 (Won 25-6) Sharks Scorers: Tommy Bishop, Dave Cooper, John Maguire, John Taper, George Taylforth tries; George Taylforth 5 goals Att: 7,021

 

Sharks Last Win (& Last Game) vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: Rd 11 May 27, 2013 (Won 14-12) Sharks Scorers: Jayson Bukuya, John Morris tries; Todd Carney 3 goals Att: 12,243            

Sharks Biggest Win vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: 42-0 Rd 22 August 27, 1994 (42pts margin) Sharks Scorers: Andrew Ettingshausen 5, Geoff Bell, Mitch Healey, Mitch Healey, Nathan Long tries; Mitch Healey 3 goals, Eion Crossan 2 goals Att: 14,012

Sharks Heaviest Defeat vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: 9-32 Rd 16 July 14, 1968 (23pts margin)

Sharks Best Home Attendance vs Rabbitohs: 18,829 Rd 17 July 03, 2011

Sharks Home Attendance Average vs Rabbitohs: 10,761

Sharks Home Points Average Per Game vs Rabbitohs: 22pts

Most Points Scored by the Sharks vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: (42pts) 42-0 Rd 22 August 27, 1994

Most Aggregate Points Scored in a Game vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: (56pts) 38-18 Rd 12 May 29, 2004

Most Sharks Points Conceded vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: (32pts) 9-32 Rd 16 July 14, 1968

Most Total Points Scored by a Sharks Player vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: (77pts) by Steve Rogers, (5 tries 31 goals)

Most Sharks Points Scored in a Game vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: (17pts) by Steve Rogers, (1 try 7 goals), Rd 19 July 31, 1977

Most Tries Scored in a Game vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: (5 tries) by Andrew Ettingshausen, Rd 22 August 27, 1994

Most Goals Scored in a Game vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: (7 goals) by Steve Rogers, Rd 19 July 31, 1977

Most Collective Number of Goals in a Game vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: (7 goals); Steve Rogers (4 goals) & Barry Andrews (3 goals), Rd 09 May 18, 1975 

Most Sharks Team Tries Scored in a Game vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: (9 tries) Rd 09 May 18, 1975 (Won 41-11) Sharks Scorers: Ray Corcoran 4, Eric Archer, Steve Edmonds, Ken Maddison, Steve Rogers, Paul Taylor tries; Steve Rogers 4 goals, Barry Andrews 3 goals. Att: 11,251; & (9 tries) Rd 09 May 16, 1976 (Won 39-5) Sharks Scorers: Martin Raftery 4, Fred Dennehy, Warren Fisher, Tony Graham, Steve Kneen, Steve Rogers tries; Steve Rogers 6 goals. Att: 8,253

Total Try Scorers for the Sharks vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: (163 Tries, 98 Try Scorers) Andrew Ettingshausen 11; Ray Corcoran 8; Steve Rogers 5; Martin Raftery 4; David Peachey 4; Paul Mellor 4; Warren Fisher 3; Kurt Sorensen 3; Greg Nixon 3; Alan Wilson 3; Jonathan Docking 3; Brett Howland 3; Luke Douglas 3; Luke Covell 3; Paul Taylor 2; Eric Archer 2; Paul Khan 2; Greg Pierce 2; Gavin Miller 2; Chris Gardner 2; Ken Ricketts 2; Dan Stains 2; Sean Watson 2; Les Davidson 2; Mitch Healey 2; Mat Rogers 2; Phil Bailey 2; Paul Gallen 2; Ryan McGoldrick 2; Michael Sullivan 2; David Simmons 2; Ben Pomeroy 2; Matthew Wright 2; Terry Hughes 1; Peter Howard 1; Tommy Bishop 1; Dave Cooper 1; John Maguire 1; John Taper 1; George Taylforth 1; Barry Andrews 1; Chris Wellman 1; Ron Turner 1; Steve Edmonds 1; Ken Maddison 1; Fred Dennehy 1; Tony Graham 1; Steve Kneen 1; Ossie Welsh 1; Rick Bourke 1; Gary Cameron 1; Greg Mullane 1; John Berne 1; Peter McNamara 1; Dane Sorensen 1; Dean Carney 1; George Moroko 1; Tony Armstrong 1; Grant Goodlet 1; John Davidson 1; David Hatch 1; Laurie Spina 1; Ken Ebb 1; Craig Dimond 1; Darren Higgins 1; Michael Porter 1; Chris Quinn 1; Geoff Bell 1; Nathan Long 1; Allan Bateman 1; Danny Lee 1; Martin Lang 1; Ben Sammut 1; Jason Ferris 1; Jason Stevens 1; Nick Graham 1; Matt Hilder 1; Brett Kimmorley 1; Matthew Rieck 1; Andrew Lomu 1; Nathan Merritt 1; Kevin Kingston 1; Tevita Latu 1; Beau Scott 1; Lance Thompson 1; Fraser Anderson 1; Isaac De Gois 1; Brett Seymour 1; Mitch Brown 1; Kade Snowden 1; Blake Ferguson 1; Colin Best 1; Chad Townsend 1; Andrew Fifita 1; Tyson Frizell 1; John Williams 1; Jayson Bukuya 1; John Morris 1.

Total Goal Scorers for the Sharks vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: (140 Goals, 21 Goal Scorers) Steve Rogers 31; Barry Andrews 18; Luke Covell 15; Brett Kimmorley 13; Sean Watson 9; Alan Wilson 8; Mitch Healey 7; Mat Rogers 7; Todd Carney 7; George Taylforth 5; Terry Hughes 3; Dane Sorensen 3; Chad Townsend 3; Dave Cotter 2; Greg Cox 2; Eion Crossan 2; Tony Armstrong 1; Dean Carney 1; Denis Fricot 1; Greg Carberry 1; Paul Green 1.

Total Field Goal Scorers for the Sharks vs Rabbitohs at Remondis: (2 Field Goals, 2 Field Goal Scorers) Fred Dennehy (1 in 1972); Gavin Miller (1 in 1983)

All-Time Total Try Scorers for the Sharks vs Rabbitohs: (280 Tries, 139 Try Scorers) Andrew Ettinghausen 16; Ray Corcoran 13; Jonathan Docking 8; Steve Rogers 7; Warren Fisher 6; Paul Mellor 6; Luke Covell 6; Martin Raftery 5; Mitch Healey 5; David Peachey 5; Greg Pierce 4; Eric Archer 4; Kurt Sorensen 4; Chris Gardner 4; Gavin Miller 4; Alan Wilson 4; Mat Rogers 4; Brett Howland 4; Paul Gallen 4; David Simmons 4; Ben Pomeroy 4; Greg Nixon 3; Dan Stains 3; Les Davidson 3; Robbie Kearns 3; Phil Bailey 3; Sam Isemonger 3; Greg Bird 3; Luke Douglas 3; Dave Cooper 2; Tommy Bishop 2; Ken Maddison 2; Paul Taylor 2; Chris Wellman 2; Steve Edmonds 2; Dave Chamberlin 2; Paul Khan 2; Ossie Welsh 2; Rick Bourke 2; Ken Ricketts 2; David Hatch 2; Dean Carney 2; Mark McGaw 2; Sean Watson 2; Michael Porter 2; Craig Dimond 2; Matthew Rieck 2; Ryan McGoldrick 2; Michael Sullivan 2; Fraser Anderson 2; Isaac De Gois 2; Mitch Brown 2; Matthew Wright 2; Colin Best 2; Ron Dutton 1; Monty Porter 1; Gordon Abercrombie 1; Terry Hughes 1; Peter Howard 1; John Maguire 1; John Taper 1; George Taylforth 1; Bob Wear 1; Rod Urquhart 1; Barry Andrews 1; Ron Turner 1; Peter O’Brien 1; Cliff Watson 1; David Waite 1; John Purcell 1; Fred Dennehy 1; Tony Graham 1; Steve Kneen 1; Steve Hansard 1; Gary Cameron 1; Mick Mullane 1; Greg Mullane 1; Mick Mullane 1; John Berne 1; Gary Wright 1; Peter McNamara 1; Dane Sorensen 1; Ian Forrest 1; George Moroko 1; Robert Lane 1; Tony Armstrong 1; Scott Gustard 1; Jim See 1; Paul Bishop 1; Grant Goodlet 1; John Davidson 1; Laurie Spina 1; Glenn Coleman 1; Matthew Corkery 1; Ken Ebb 1; Michael Elliott 1; Darren Higgins 1; Chris Quinn 1; Adam Maher 1; Geoff Bell 1; Nathan Long 1; David Boughton 1; Paul Green 1; Sean Ryan 1; Allan Bateman 1; Danny Lee 1; Martin Lang 1; Ben Sammut 1; Jason Ferris 1; Jason Stevens 1; Nick Graham 1; Matt Hilder 1; Brett Kimmorley 1; Jarrad Anderson 1; Chris Beattie 1; Danny Nutley 1; Hassan Saleh 1; Andrew Lomu 1; Nathan Merritt 1; Kevin Kingston 1; Tevita Latu 1; Beau Scott 1; Lance Thompson 1; Brett Seymour 1; Kade Snowden 1; Blake Ferguson 1; Paul Aiton 1; Wade Graham 1; Chad Townsend 1; Todd Carney 1; Stewart Mills 1; Jeff Robson 1; Andrew Fifita 1; Tyson Frizell 1; John Williams 1; Michael Gordon 1; Beau Ryan 1; Jayson Bukuya 1; John Morris 1.  

All-Time Goal Scorers for the Sharks vs Rabbitohs: (260 Goals, 33 Goal Scorers) Steve Rogers 50; Barry Andrews 27; Luke Covell 21; Mat Rogers 17; Terry Hughes 15; Sean Watson 15; Brett Kimmorley 15; George Taylforth 12; Alan Wilson 11; Todd Carney 11; Mitch Healey 8; Dean Carney 7; Jarrad Anderson 7; Eion Crossan 5; Greg Pierce 4; Matthew Corkery 4; Eric Archer 3; Steve Hardy 3; Dane Sorensen 3; Chad Townsend 3; John Brown 2; Dave Cotter 2; Roger Millward 2; Greg Cox 2; Matthew Wright 2; Michael Gordon 2; Tony Armstrong 1; John Kambas 1; Denis Fricot 1; Arthur Pappas 1; Greg Carberry 1; Kurt Wrigley 1; Paul Green 1. 

All-Time Field Goal Scorers for the Sharks vs Rabbitohs: (5 Field Goals, 5 Field Goal Scorers) Terry Hughes (1 in 1967); Tommy Bishop (1 in 1970); Fred Dennehy (1 in 1972); Gavin Miller (1 in 1983); Mitch Healey (1 in 1999)