In the 1970 grand final, Sattler played with a broken jaw to help Souths to victory over Manly. In the premiership decider of 1970 South Sydney were up against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 19 September. Having lost the previous Grand Final to the Balmain Tigers, Souths were desperate to win. Approximately ten minutes into the game Sattler collapsed after being punched by Manly forward John Bucknall. He suffered a double fracture to his jaw but pleaded to teammate Mike Cleary, “Hold me up so they don’t know I’m hurt”. He was helped up and continued to play in the game. At half time Souths were leading 12–6 when his teammates learnt about his injury.
He captained the Queensland state side against New South Wales in 1973 before retiring from professional rugby league the following year.
Sattler was sent off fifteen times during his career and served a total of 30 weeks of suspensions. But he is remembered for his physical and mental toughness rather than his poor disciplinary record.
Rabbitohs wore a commemorative jersey featuring the famous ‘torn rabbit’ which was made famous in Sattler’s 1970 Grand Final performance, with the Sattler family joining the playing staff for a minute’s silence prior to kick-off against Manly Warringah Sea Eagles the same club from that grand final At the 13th minute, the Accor Stadium crowd – led by The Burrow – appropriately brought in a minute-long applause in honour of Sattler, who wore the no.13 jersey in his 10-year career in the Cardinal and Myrtle. Rabbitohs won 13–12 in extra time victory capped off a wonderful day for the club, with every grade winning their respective matches
PLEASE NOTE : ON THIS JERSEY JOHN SATTLER’S PERSONAL SIGNATURE WILL BE AVAILABLE.
Jersey will be framed with photos and plaque. Certificate of Authenticity will be provided.