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The Rabbitohs got off to the best start possible with Ben Lowe taking adavantage of a massive gap that opened up in the Tigers defence and they took an early lead.
Things then got very bad for the Bunnies, when Pat Richards put a trademark spiral kickoff in and Greg Inglis slid in to take it before being accidentally hit high by Tim Simona. Greg Inglis was knocked out cold and played no further part in the match whilst Tim Simona was placed on report.
From there it was the Tigers who had all the momentum with tries going to Bodene Thompson who was went through after a beautiful pass from Luke Brooks whilst Tim Simona picked up a double, firstly off a Braith Anasta bomb and then an easy try in the corner. The Tigers were also on the end of a couple of first half no try decisions, Keith Galloway was ruled to have lost the ball short of the line, whilst Pat Richards was ruled to have gone into touch then hit high although replays suggest it could have been a penalty try.
The second half was not much better for the Rabbitohs, with the Tigers putting on another try just two minutes through Pat Richards.
The Tigers were able to keep all their momentum with all the running and were assisted by the Rabbitohs constant drop ball.
That was the end of the tries for the Tigers although Braith Anasta did kick a field goal to extend the lead out to 19.
The Rabbitohs did manage to put some respectability into the scoreboard with a late double to Joel Reddy to bring the score back to 25-16.
Both sides will have some major concerns with at least 5 players going on report and several more incidents that will be scrutinised by the NRL's match review panel, which could see some suspensions for both sides. Injuries could also be a concern for the Rabbitohs with Greg Inglis being knocked out early then late in the match Isaac Luke came off with a serious shoulder injury.
Next weekend, the Tigers have to make the trip across the Tasman to take on the Warriors whilst the Rabbitohs stay at ANZ, although the home team this time taking on the Canberra Raiders.
Both sides are one-and-one after two rounds - the Tigers received and gave a walloping... while Souths soundly beat the premiers then lost to the runners up.
TEAM NEWS | Wests Tigers as per program. South Sydney lose Dylan Walker (5/8th) and Chris McQueen (second row). John Sutton moves from lock to five-eighth, Joe Picker comes off the bench to fill the vacant lock position. Ben Lowe replaces McQueen in the second row. Kyle Turner and Nathaniel Neale occupy the two remaining bench spots.
South Sydney heading onto their home ground but as the away team tonight
Tigers out on the field at ANZ Stadium - they will have first possession
1: First set completed for the Tigers and its a disappointing end with Luke Brooks kicking the ball dead
2: PENALTY SOUTHS - Wests Tigers penalised for being inside the 10m, Souths start the set on the Tigers 30m
5: Concussion rule to come into play here - Greg Inglis still down being assessed by trainers
5: PENALTY SOUTHS - Video Referees have ruled that contact was high and Tim Simona is on report, looked pretty harsh considering
7: PENALTY TIGERS - Souths penalised for being not square at marker, Penalty count now 2-1 in favour of Souths
10: The match has just escalated following an awkward tackle from Aaron Woods
11: Braith Anasta puts an awkward kick in but the Tigers get six more tackles
12: PENALTY TIGERS - Robbie Farah has the ball raked out, Tigers on the attack inside Souths 10m zone
16: PENALTY TIGERS - George Burgess penalised for not effecting a tackle on the kicker
21: Nathan Merritt throws an offload back after making a break and it ends up back with the Tigers
23: PENALTY SOUTHS: Tigers penalised for being inside the 10, Penalty count now 4-3 in favour of Wests Tigers
24: Souths go on the attack on the last but Ben Lowe is caught 5m out from the Tigers line, changeover
26: Souths put a kick in that goes way too long and Tigers get the 20m restart
28: Tigers working the ball away from deep in their own end
34: NO TRY but a penalty to the Tigers after video referees ruled Pat Richards was hit high AFTER going into touch
37: Tigers go 90m in their set after points, enthusiasm plus from the Tigers at the moment
40: HALF TIME at ANZ Stadium - the Tigers lead 14-6
40: Play back underway with first possession with Souths
41: PENALTY SOUTHS - James Gavet on Report for kneeing
41: Things going badly for Souths when they don't find touch
44: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION WESTS TIGERS
Conversion attempt by Pat Richards unsuccessful.
Well if we were in the AFL Pat Richards would be getting a point - but in our great game nothing for hitting the post
48: As we get a usual channel 9 cross promotion, Tigers have a scrum feed 20m out from their own line
49: Now George Burgess could be in trouble, has hit one of the Tigers very high
49: George Burgess on report now - hope the Match review panel don't have any plans for this weekend
50: Luke Brooks is forced to take a second kick but goes way too deep, Souths get the 0 tackle and the 20m restart
55: Time out as Isaac Luke is down injured
56: PENALTY SOUTHS - Tigers penalised for being inside the 10m, Penalty count now 7-6
56: PENALTY: Tigers penalised for a strip that replays show wasn't a strip after all
63: Tim Simona NOT returning for the rest of the match
64: Souths get another penalty - lets see if they can do something with this one
64: Liam Fulton coming off the field under the concussion rule
65: Another error from South gives the Tigers a scrum 20m out from their own line
65: Its flaring up again out wide after Luke Brooks was hit after he was kicked
65: Nothing comes of it, just a bit of mild push and shove
67: Well that just sums up the name for the Bunnies, Joe Picker has two open men to his outside and holds the ball and then drops the ball going himself
67: NO TRY the decision, Luke Brooks stripped it and went forward
68: Well well well, what a surprise ANOTHER drop ball from the Bunnies
68: Its on again, another high tackle could be the cause
68: Matt Cecchin has issued Souths with a general warning that the next high tackle will go
70: Yet another report This time its Aaron Woods who's on report
70: Aaron Woods is the fourth or fifth player to go on report tonight
71: Another error from the Bunnies, its their 15th
72: Another penalty against the Rabbitohs, Tigers attacking again
73: Sauaso Sue shows amazing strength to get over the line but is held up
73: NO TRY the ruling
78: Isaac Luke down with a nasty looking shoulder injury
78: Since kick off, 2 hours have elapsed, showing the physical nature of this match so far
80: Full Time at ANZ Stadium and the Tigers have scored an easy 25-16 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs