Preview | Jersey Flegg Cup Grand Final 2019

All the action previewed ahead of a blockbuster Jersey Flegg Cup Grand Final between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canberra Raiders.

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canberra Raiders

 

Sunday 28 September

 

Bankwest Stadium

Both the Canberra Raiders and the South Sydney Rabbitohs had to contend with nail-biting matches in the 2019 Jersey Flegg Cup finals series but they have fought their way through to the Grand Final in what promises to be an epic 4th vs 5th fixture.

The Cronulla Sharks, who finished as Minor Premier, fell extra-time victims to both Grand Final teams as they toppled out in straight sets, before the Raiders and Rabbitohs claimed another top four scalp each to qualify for the finale.  

The teams only met once this year, with the Rabbitohs winning 28-12. Both sides enter the final in good form, with the Rabbitohs winning their past four games, and the Raiders with five consecutive victories.

Canberra had a mixed start to the season, winning only three of their first six games, before a 56-4 thumping of Manly set the wheels in motion for four big wins in a row, kick-starting their season and setting up a top four finish.

The Rabbitohs began the season with two draws, before only losing one game until Round 12. One of those draws turned out to be the only difference between Souths and Canberra this year, as they missed out on a top four spot by just one point. ​

Team Lists

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 James Tautaiolefua
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Harley Smith-Shields
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Kane Allan
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Semi Valemei
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Marc Zaurrini
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Gideon Afemui
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Jaxson Paulo
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Matthew Timoko
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Nicholas Mougios
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Manase Kaho
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Lachlan Ilias
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Joe Roberts
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Blake Taaffe
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Tobias Westcott

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Luke Bain
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Tyson Hodge
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Joshua Cook
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Kyle Paterson
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 17 Iizaya Ranga Iti
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Tom Robertson
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Tallis Angianga
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Lachlan Lewis
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Matthew French
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Kai O'Donnell
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Joshua Fepuleai
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Darby Medlyn

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Peter Mamouzelos
    Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Silafano TITIUTI
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Bradley Zampech
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Duwanye Mariner
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Luke Puru
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Jackson Stuart
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 18 Tevita Taumoepenu
    Interchange for Raiders is number 18 Lazarus Vaalepu

Path to the Grand Final