Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
2 days ago
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have scored a dominant 44-12 victory over a disappointing Brisbane Broncos side at Suncorp Stadium in a match that saw referee Tony De Las Heras knocked out after a nasty collision during the second half of play.
Aside from some brief patches mainly during the first half, this was the Rabbitohs match from start to finish. They arrived with a game plan to target Broncos centre Steve Michaels on attack and it was brutally effective with opposing centre Beau Champion scoring the opening try after 15 minutes and finishing with a hat-trick next to his name. Although the Broncos were able to create some chances through their usual suspects of Justin Hodges and Karmichael Hunt, and some cameos from giant forward Dave Taylor, their finishing let them down at crucial times.
The halftime score of 16-6 quickly blew out to 32-6 within the first 10 minutes of the second half as the Broncos found themselves with no answers to the quickfire Rabbitohs attack. The home side were able to peg one try back but it did nothing to stop the flow as the Rabbitohs marched to their first win at Suncorp Stadium since 1995 and their biggest ever win over the Broncos. Ben Lowe was a particular stand-out for the visitors and their halves combination of John Sutton and Chris Sandow certainly look to have regained the form that had deserted them in previous weeks.
This win has moved the Rabbitohs to within 1 point of the NRL Top 8 while the Broncos could well find themselves dropping as low as 9th depending on other results this weekend, especially with their for-and-against taking another bad hit. Things don