Rabbitohs topple Panthers in hot, high-scoring affair

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have come out on top of the Penrith Panthers in a high scoring clash at Centrebet Stadium Penrith, in front of 12,940 spectators on a hot Sunday afternoon.

The scoring started early and quick with Souths up by 12-0 after 7 minutes. But after Penrith forced an error, they quickly caught up through tries to Sam McKendry and late replacement, Brad Tighe, to make it 12-all after 15 minutes.

The tries came from all around with Souths scoring tries through Everingham, Goodwin, Merritt and Inglis while David Simmons scored near half time to improve Penrithโ€™s chances of a comeback in the second half. At half time, Souths were up 34-16.

The second half started a lot slower than the first. Numerous unforced errors and penalties occurred until Penrith broke Southsโ€™ line in the 53rd minute through David Simmons to score his second.

Penrith then became more threatening and scored twice through Segeyaro and Naiqama to come within 2 points of Souths. But in the 78th minute, Souths broke the line with Ben Teโ€™o who scored and wrapped up the game for South Sydney. Nathan Merritt completed the game with his 3rd try and a hat trick for the day.

Tries: Sutton, Merritt (3), Everingham, Goodwin, Inglis, Teโ€™o
Goals: Reynolds (6/8)

Tries: McKendry, Tighe, Simmons (2), Segeyaro, Naiqama
Goals: Walsh (4/6)

LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the match:
3: Greg Inglis
2: Nathan Merritt
1: David Simmons