Lachlan Ilias put the ending touches on a stirring evening of tributes to John Sattler.
Lurking behind the 20-metre line after 81 minutes of pulsating motion between the Rabbitohs and Sea Eagles on Saturday evening, the younger halfback welcomed a Damien Cook dinner missile and drilled a discipline aim.
On a recreation day devoted to Sattler following the South Sydney legend’s dying on the age of 80 on Monday, Ilias delivered the Rabbitohs a 13-12 golden level triumph at Stadium Australia.
Megastar teammate Latrell Mitchell had did not nail a discipline aim try within the ultimate minute of normal time, as had Manly maestro Daly Cherry-Evans, however Ilias pinged the ball over the black dot to spark superb celebrations.
A swarm of the well-known “torn rabbit” jerseys with a white collar, and cardinal purple and myrtle inexperienced hoops, swamped Ilias in an immediately iconic second in Rabbitohs historical past.
The Rabbitohs appeared resplendent within the classic jersey, which Sattler had worn through the 1970 grand ultimate synonymous with him enjoying 77 minutes with a damaged jaw. That recreation noticed Sattler captain South Sydney to his third of 4 titles as Rabbitohs skipper.
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A minute’s silence was noticed earlier than kick-off on Saturday evening, as a visibly emotional Scott Sattler, John’s son, joined a circle of Rabbitohs gamers in a lovely second.
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The evening of tributes rolled on when the Rabbitohs’ official supporter group, “The Burrow”, led a spherical of applause within the thirteenth minute, acknowledging the jersey quantity worn by Sattler in his 4 premiership victories as South Sydney captain.
“I used to be simply saying to (captain) Cam (Murray) out on the sphere, trying up on the scoreboard at 13 factors … clearly John’s quantity … To have his household right here right now is fairly particular,” stated South Sydney coach Jason Demetriou.
“Received to know ‘Satts’ a good bit over the previous few years. Nice household. So for us to have the ability to pay tribute (was nice).
“I need to pay respect to our entire membership: (chief government) Blake (Solly), the industrial group, the media group. The tribute, the entire week has been implausible.
“We did not discuss it an incredible deal as a group as a result of we may see it. It was there, it was evident all through the membership.
“I simply felt at instances tonight we did not should lose that recreation, and I am actually grateful we acquired the 2 factors.”
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