Tyrrell gets Grand Final closure
South Sydney fans have revelled in their team's Grand Final triumph all summer long but for starting front-rower Dave Tyrrell, he needed to watch the game again so that he could move on.
While the likes of Sam and George Burgess, Greg Inglis and Alex Johnston captured the imagination during the 2014 Telstra Premiership Grand Final, Tyrrell quietly went about amassing 61 metres from seven carries before a sickening head collision with Bulldogs opposite James Graham brought his Grand Final to a finish with 15 minutes still to play.
Play was held up for a number of minutes as Tyrrell was carefully placed on the medicab and taken from the field, later allowed to return to the sideline to soak up the excitement and emotion of South Sydney's drought-breaking premiership glory.
But as Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire rallies the troops for another assault on the mountain, Tyrrell said he felt it was necessary to watch the Rabbitohs' 32-6 victory prior to the 2015 pre-season getting underway in order to start a new chapter.
"I've watched it twice but apart from that it's in the past and I'm ready to move forward," Tyrrell told NRL.com as he attended his first Queensland Emerging Origin camp in Brisbane.
"I just watched it by myself. There were a lot of bits that were a bit patchy for me so it was all about remembering the night really.
"It was very exciting but that's in the past now and better things to look forward to hopefully."
As a largely unheralded member of the Rabbitohs' premiership-winning team and at 26 years of age Tyrrell may not strike many as the 'Emerging Origin' type but it is an indicator of how far he has come and the esteem in which he is held by teammates and coaches.
Originally arriving at Redfern as a winger from the Easts Tigers club in Brisbane, Tyrrell was the only member of Michael Maguire's squad to play in every game in 2014 and was a starting front-rower from Round 5 onwards, making a total of 572 tackles and just 21 missed tackles from his 27 games.
The likes of Josh McGuire (Broncos), Dylan Napa (Roosters) and Brenton Lawrence (Sea Eagles) are also looking for their maiden Maroons call-up but Tyrrell believes if he can contribute to continued success at the Rabbitohs, individual accolades will be forthcoming.
"It's been a bit surreal, winning a premiership with Souths. Obviously very exciting but it doesn't end there," he said. "For me personally, I've got a lot more I want to achieve. I want to help build a dynasty at Souths so I'm just going out there to play the best game I can every week, that's all I can do."
The Rabbitohs currently sit second behind the Roosters on Sportsbet's premiership market at $6.50 as they adjust to life without Sam Burgess for the first time in six years.
The arrival of Glenn Stewart and Tim Grant along with the continued emergence of twins George and Tom Burgess puts South Sydney in a good place and Tyrrell said the group knows that they have a target on their back.
"Sam leaving is a big loss but we know as a team that it's not an individual sport. Everyone has to chip in, so we'll do our best," he said.
"I guess there's a greater expectation on us and we have to be able to handle that as a group. Obviously we can only do our best every week and that's what we're going to do.
"We know teams are going to come for us now and we just have to step our game up and play our best footy."