Stat Attack: Manly Sea Eagles' bid for rare history
South Sydney Rabbitohs have lit one hell of a fuse by opening up their famed Book of Feuds ahead of Saturday's clash with Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.
But the maroon and white interlopers could be writing their own piece of unique history if they walk away from ANZ Stadium with their 900th premiership win.
With 899 victories from 1564 games since their inception in 1947, Manly are on the verge of joining just four other clubs to pass the 900 mark.
The Sea Eagles' success across a number of golden eras sees them boast the best win percentage of all comers bar St George Dragons, while only Melbourne (342 wins at a 64.5%) and Brisbane (469 wins at 61.71%) boast better strike rates in 110 years of professional rugby league.
South Sydney's website has been adorned with the extract 'Manly Hates You Too' from Mark Courtney's Book of Feuds this week, which highlights one of the game's most enduring rivalries.
Fuelling the fire over the years has been Manly's poaching of Souths stars of yesteryear like John O'Neill, Ray Branighan, Mark Carroll and Ian Roberts.
Two of the Rabbitohs most famous performances – John Sattler playing out the 1970 grand final with a broken jaw and Clive Churchill booting a sideline conversion with a fractured arm en route to the 1955 premiership – also came against the Sea Eagles.