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The Rabbitohs were shell-shocked from the opening of the game, starved of possession, and struggling to be effective with what little ball they did have.
The stats at the end of the game told the story, with South Sydney spending less than 15% of the game at the Sea Eagles' end of the field, making 120 more tackles, and running for 600 less metres.
But really, the game was over at half time. First half tries to Brenton Lawrence, Curtis Sironen, Jorge Taufua, Jake Trbojevic and a double to Akuila Uate saw the Sea Eagles lead 30-2 at the break, and the Rabbitohs never recovered.
In the forwards Martin Taupau and and Jake Trbojevic did most of the damage, running for 200 and 150 metres respectively, as well as offloading seemingly at will.
It's hard to find a positive for the South Sydney side, who were severely outgunned in all aspects of the game.
After the rep round the Eagles are off to Suncorp as one of the 'hosts' of a double header against hometown team Brisbane, while the Rabbitohs will be hoping to reverse their crumbling season when they face the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 8 - Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 46
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Halftime Score: South Sydney Rabbitohs 2 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 30
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Dylan Walker
2 points - Martin Taupau
1 points - Akuila Uate
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (8)
Tries: Hymel Hunt
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (1/1)
Penalty Goals: Adam Reynolds (1/1)
MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (46)
Tries: Brenton Lawrence, Curtis Sironen, Jorge Taufua, Akuila Uate (4), Jake Trbojevic, Blake Green
Conversions: Dylan Walker (3/6), Daly Cherry-Evans (0/1), Jackson Hastings (2/2)