South Sydney have extended their lead at the top to three points after a workman-like 30 points to 10 victory over Parramatta at ANZ Stadium in front of 17,077 fans.
The rain was tumbling down all weekend in Sydney but it didn’t stop an entertaining contest brewing at ANZ Stadium between South Sydney and Parramatta, two teams at polar opposites of the table (Souths at the top, Parramatta at the bottom).
In a contest where possession was key, both teams held onto the ball when penalties didn’t intervene. Parramatta weathered an early storm and slipped in for the opener with Ken Sio finishing off a good backline shift.
The early try woke up the sluggish Rabbitohs who turned to their halfback, Adam Reynolds who used his short kicking game to earn repeat sets and produce points. Dylan Walker was the receipent as he raced through and touched down after several Eels slipped trying to recover the ball.
For wet conditions it seemed the short kicking games of both sides would determine the winner and it featured highly in South Sydney’s second try. John Sutton standing for an age in a tackle, offloaded to Justin Hunt who stabbed one through for Dylan Farrell to pounce. Adam Reynolds added the extras and after the slow start, South Sydney led 12 points to 4 at halftime.
As the weather worsened, South Sydney just got stronger. Adam Reynolds once again the architect as he spied the fullback up and slid one in behind to isolate Darcy Lussick and allow Justin Hunt to swoop in for the try.
Eels had been dominated for most the game but they weren’t fading away quietly into the night. Ken Sio was saying see ya later after he collected an errant Reynolds pass to streak the required distance to close the gap to 18-10.
Just as they worked themselves back into the game, South Sydney widen the gap once again. Adam Reynolds tormenting young Jake Mullaney with high bombs and from the fullback’s error Reynolds shrugs off three defenders to post a try himself.
Five minutes later and it was game over for a gallant Eels side as the defense was tiring and South Sydney could sense blood. Isaac Luke running it on last tackle and found John Sutton for a simple try to put the game outside of the reach of the cellar dwellers.
South Sydney with this victory extended their lead at the top of the table to three points while Parramatta get separated from the pack in last position.
Parramatta Eels 10 South Sydney Rabbitohs 30
Venue: Stadium Australia
Halftime Score: South Sydney Rabbitohs 12-4
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Adam Reynolds
2 points - Justin Hunt
1 point - John Sutton
PARRAMATTA EELS (10)
Tries: Ken Sio (2)
Conversions: Chris Sandow (1/2)
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (30)
Tries: Dylan Walker, Adam Reynolds, Dylan Farrell, Justin Hunt, John Sutton
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (5/5)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Interchange: 14. Ben Roberts 15. Darcy Lussick 16. Fuifui Moimoi 17. Jacob Loko 18. Pat O’Hanlon
Rabbitohs: 1. Justin Hunt 2. Dylan Farrell 3. Bryson Goodwin 4. Dylan Walker 5. Andrew Everingham 6. John Sutton 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Dave Tyrrell 9. Issac Luke 10. Roy Asotasi 11. Ben Lowe 12. Nathan Peats 13. Sam Burgess
Interchange: 14. Luke Keary 15.Jeff Lima 16. Josh Starling 17. Thomas Burgess
PAR: There are a few changes for the Eels; Jacob Loko starts in place of Cheyse Blair while Daniel Harrison and Darcy Lussick come into the starting side. Matt Ryan is out of the side while Peni Teripo goes back to the bench.
SOU: No changes. 1-17.
Scored by Ken Sio. Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow unsuccessful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Well it is the outsiders who strike first. Parramatta get it wide to the edges where Sio had room and slid in for the opening try despite Justin Hunt's best efforts. Chris Sandow from the sideline tries to swing it in but pushes it wide.
Parramatta Eels 4-0
Scored by Dylan Walker. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Adam Reynolds stabs another through in tricky conditions with Eels slipping over allowing Dylan Walker to slip in and ground the ball just before the dead ball. Adam Reynolds sneaks the conversion inside the posts.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 6-4
Scored by Dylan Farrell. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Some great work from Souths there. Sutton pokes his nose through the line, holding off two defenders before offloading to Hunt who grubbers through and Dylan Farrell collects it for the four pointer. Adam Reynolds swings it over for his second conversion of the afternoon.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 12-4
Scored by Justin Hunt. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Justin Hunt adds his name to the scoresheet. Adam Reynolds put another kick through and left Darcy Lussick stranded allowing Justin Hunt to plant it down. Adam Reynolds slots it from in front.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 18-4
Scored by Ken Sio. Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow successful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! See you later Sio as he picked up an errant Reynolds pass and went the required eighty metres for the try. Chris Sandow converts.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 18-10
Scored by Adam Reynolds. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.
Some good interplay between the future of South Sydney there. Luke Keary supplies the pass to Adam Reynolds who shakes off some feeble defense to cross and take it outside a two try margin again. Reynolds converts his own try.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 24-10
Scored by John Sutton. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.
Game over here and it might get much worse for the Eels. Isaac Luke on last doesn't look for kick opts for the short ball to Sutton who falls over for the TRY. Reynolds adds another two to his tally.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 30-10