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In terms of traditional rivalries in the NRL they don't come much fiercer or much more traditional than the one between close neighbours and fellow foundation clubs, the Roosters and the Rabbitohs.

That rivalry was only amplified in 2013 as the two old clubs finished first and second on the ladder. And in a promoter's dream come true, the J.J. Giltinan Shield was to be decided in a head-to-head match between the two in Round 26.

As history now shows, the Roosters avenged their Round 1 loss to Souths by claiming the minor premiership with a 24-12 win before going on to take the 2013 title.

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"I love the first round against Souths, traditionally every year we play them in the first round," he said.

"Everyone in the area and everyone in Sydney is excited about rugby league coming back, all the boys have trained hard all year and it's the first round and it's the one I look forward to the most, definitely."

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