NRL Round 4 – South Sydney Rabbitohs v Manly Warringah Sea Eagles: The John Sattler Tribute Match

 

 


Image: Russel Hansen

 

South Sydney DRLFC v Manly-Warringah
Olympic Stadium, Homebush
Saturday 25 March, 7:30pm

The John Sattler Tribute Match

If the rugby league gods do indeed exist, they were with the Rabbitohs on Saturday night.

What a week. The sad passing of Rabbitohs’ icon John Sattler. On field, after slumping to two straight losses, a win, whether inspired by the legend himself, or not, was a must.

It is difficult to put the emotions of last night’s game into words.

It was a beautiful Autumn Day in the Barossa. A drive to the lovely town of Lyndoch was a great way to find a new bakery and a different pie.

Sunrise Bakery’s ‘Barossa’ pie rockets straight into the highly recommended category.

After hearing Andrew Moore interview the High Priest of Redfern, Bob McCarthy, on ABC Grandstand, all was in readiness.

The pre-game tributes to Satts.

The emotion of Scott Sattler and many others.

George Piggins in the house.

Russell Crowe in the house.

The Prime Minister, a Souths life member thanks to his reinstatement work, alongside many other heavy hitters, in those wilderness years of 2000 and 2001, was also in the house, until a rather important New South Wales state election event called him away.

The applause at the thirteen-minute mark.

The Satts half rabbit on the NRL approved ‘one-off’, Russell Crowe designed jersey.

After trailing Manly 12-6 at half time, after a Manly forward (?!) pass was called back, denying Manly a certain six points, this gripping contest was locked at 12-all after eighty minutes.

Could there have been a better script?

Enter Lachlan Ilias, the twenty-two year old halfback.

After Manly turned the ball over on their own twenty metre line, Ilias calmly potted the field goal for the win.

What a game for young Ben Lovett, from the Parkes Spacemen, to make his debut? Lovett became Rabbitoh player 1189.

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The Mario Fenech-George Piggins inspirational play of the match: On full time, Cameron Murray charged down Daley Cherry-Evans’ long range field goal attempt. Damien Cook chased the rebound 60m downfield in a mad in-goal scramble to end regulation time.

The Tony Rampling-Les Davidson tackle of the match: Campbell Graham’s strong effort. Lachlan Ilias pulled off two try saving tackles, one in each half, reminiscent of his heroics in Round 1.

The Michael Andrews-Luke Stuart work rate award: Damien Cook. He made fifty tackles and ran dangerously at times, including the herculean effort on full time.

The Phil Blake ‘chip’n’chase’ best attacking moment: Lachlan Ilias iced the game in the second minute golden point extra time, the Greek rugby league world cup halfback calmly slotted the one pointer on Greece … day. Latrell had earlier botched a field goal attempt.

And, no, I’m still not a fan of golden point.

Call me old-fashioned.

I am a fan of the South Sydney jersey worn last night. No under the arm panels, meaning more red and green! What a concept.

If Souths do not promote a ‘John Sattler jersey’, the marketing department will need to please explain.

Full time: South Sydney 13 d Manly-Warringah 12

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And, no, I’m still not a fan of golden point.

Call me old-fashioned.

I am a fan of the South Sydney jersey worn last night. No under the arm panels, meaning more red and green! What a concept.

If Souths do not promote a ‘John Sattler jersey’, the marketing department will need to please explain.

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On to the Melbourne Storm this Friday at the same venue.

Souths will likely be favourites, however our record versus the original wrestlers is almost as lop-sided as our Penrith statistics. The excellent Rugby League Project web site confirms: Souths v Melbourne: played thirty-seven times, Souths wins: six. Wins in Melbourne: nil.

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R.I.T.V. player of the year points:

3- Lachlan Ilias

2- Damien Cook

1 – Cody Walker

PROGRESSIVE POINTS – LEADER BOARD:

6: Lachlan Ilias

5: Campbell Graham & Keon Kolomatangi

3: Isaiah Tass

2: Damien Cook

1: Shaqai Mitchell, Cody Walker & Tevita Tetola

 

Russel Hansen has worked in schools for over thirty years – as a teacher, coach, coach educator, sports coordinator and in pastoral care roles. Whilst at Brisbane Boys’ College as Director of Athletics, he led teams to six GPS premierships in track and field, and cross country. He has coached at all levels from school to international, most recently coaching a lad to the Australian U/20 4x100m relay squad for the 2022 world U/20 championships. He is married to Heidi, a Primary school principal, and is father to two adult daughters.  

 

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About Russel Hansen

Russel Hansen Has worked in schools for over thirty years – as a teacher, coach, coach educator, sports coordinator and in pastoral care roles. Whilst at Brisbane Boys’ College as Director of Athletics, he led teams to six GPS premierships in track and field, and cross country. He has coached at all levels from school to international, most recently coaching a lad (100m personal best 10.34secs) to the Australian U/20 4x100m relay squad for the 2022 world U/20 championships. He is married to Heidi, a Primary school principal, and is father to two adult daughters. Twitter: @Russel_Hansen

Comments

  1. Ian Hauser says

    What an occasion, RITV. And the Rabbitohs’ winning score was Sattler’s jersey number, 13 – there must be a rugby league god!

  2. John Harms says

    Gritty, determined, fighting win.

  3. A fitting and emotional result…tough fought game with a little sprinkle of the mercurial too.

  4. Russel Hansen says
  5. Mark Courtney says

    Nice summary Russel. It was an emotional night indeed, from start to finish.
    After full-time, and the traditional Glory Glory song, the stadium was treated to the sounds of John Sattler singing the extended Rabbitoh victory song. It was kind of eerie as we all stood and listened.
    Souths don’t always get these things right, but on Saturday night everything was perfect.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxYX38mBuVc

  6. Russel Hansen says

    thanks for your comments, Mark. I have your books in my library. It would have been an absolutely special night there at the Olympic Stadium. The emotion was palpable, even here in the beautiful Barossa Valley! ,,, when I heard that chat on ABC – Bob McCarthy talking about Satts to Andrew Moore, I had a tear in my eye. I was ready for kick off!

    Agree, Souths got it right!
    and I hope the proceeds from the Satts jerseys are going to SOUTHS CARES as well

    Glory Glory!

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