On This Day: The Beginning Of A Golden Era

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Updated: September 16, 2017

Grand Final day, 1967: Aided by a spectacular intercept try to Bob McCarthy, Souths claim a hard-fought 12-10 win over Canterbury to begin a new golden era for the Club. This group of players would go on to win four of the next five Premierships between 1967-71.

Live television broadcast coverage of grand finals commenced in 1967 with the match being shown on all four Sydney channels. As a result, the crowd of 56,358 was the lowest seen at a grand final since the rainy 1962 St George and Wests decider.

South Sydney, led by new skipper John Sattler, began their period of dominance by downing Canterbury in a torrid 80 minutes played in bleak conditions with a light rain throughout. Taylforth and Eric Simms opened accounts with early goals, before John O’Neill barged over for a close-range try from dummy half. Canterbury’s Ron Raper responded with a field-goal kicked from halfway and then Taylforth punished Souths with two successful penalty goals after firstly a clash between Kevin Ryan and O’Neill and then a scrum infringement. Canterbury led 8-5.

A turning point came just before half-time when Rabbitohs second rower Bob McCarthy swooped on a lofted pass from Canterbury’s Col Brown intended for Johnny Greaves and ran the length of the field to take Souths into the break with a 10-8 lead.

Taylforth kicked his fourth goal to take the scores level nine minutes into the second-half but from that point on the match became a tight arm wrestle. With five minutes remaining Canterbury’s Ross Kidd was penalised for a scrum feed and Simms kicked the Rabbitohs to a two point lead which they held to give them their 17th premiership title.

It marked the beginning of a new golden period for Souths and Ron Coote, Mike Cleary, Bob McCarthy, O’Neill, Sattler and Simms would win four premierships in the next five seasons and figure prominently in representative squads of that period.

Source: http://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2017/09/16/on_this_day_the_begi.html





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