Red-hot Rabbitohs ease past Tigers
An impressive South Sydney has lived up to pre-match expectations by running out 54-10 winners over an injury depleted Wests Tigers side in front of 19,178 fans at ANZ Stadium.
The battle was expected to be a massively one-sided contest and those expectations were duly met in the opening minutes with South Sydney being able to expose the weakness of the Tigers' right hand defence with a try to Nathan Merritt after just three minutes.
The floodgates seemed to open after that with the Rabbitohs being able to make easy metres straight up through the middle of the Tigers defence leading to several breaks which included tries to debutant Dylan Walker, Beau Champion, George Burgess & Sam Burgess as well as the first two of Greg Inglis’ four tries.
The first half was a dim looking affair for the Wests Tigers but in the final minute Marika Koroibete made the score look a tiny bit better for the visitors to take the score to 38-4 at the Half Time break.
At halftime many people expected that South Sydney were just going to double their score but it wasn’t the case with the hosts taking their feet off the pedal, but remaining strong throughout the park through the attack of John Sutton.
Even though the highlight of the night was the attacking strength of the Rabbitohs, their defence was quite strong throughout the night with many of the Tigers attacking raids being closed down quickly. The second half saw tries to Adam Reynolds as well as another two tries to Greg Inglis which completed his awesome foursome of tries for Souths, as well as Liam Fulton scoring for the visitors.
The Rabbitohs next week will try to capitalise on this victory when they travel to Sharks Stadium on Monday night May 26 to take on the Cronulla Sharks, while it doesn’t get much easier for the Tigers when they host the North Queensland Cowboys at Leichhardt Oval next Friday night.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 54 Wests Tigers 10
Venue: Stadium Australia
Halftime Score: South Sydney Rabbitohs 38-4
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - John Sutton
2 points - Greg Inglis
1 point - Adam Reynolds
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (54)
Tries: Nathan Merritt, Adam Reynolds, Dylan Walker, Greg Inglis (4), Beau Champion, George Burgess, Sam Burgess
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (7/9), Bryson Goodwin (0/1)
WESTS TIGERS (10)
Tries: Marika Koroibete, Liam Fulton
Conversions: Curtis Sironen (1/2)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Just Minutes away from kick off at ANZ Stadium
Both sides are out on the park at ANZ Stadium & its South Sydney with first possession of the game
Souths complete their first finishing up just short of halfway & kick taken by Tedesco 10m out from his own line
5 min: UNFORCED ERROR WESTS TIGERSRobbie Farah
makes an unforced error.Robbie Farah
coughs the ball up 30m out from the Souths line
South Sydney get a penalty around 5m out from the Wests Tigers
17 min: Benji Marshall
comes onto the field in the 17th minute and almost leads to a try but Pettybourne knocks on
South Sydney look to be in cruise control through the middle and get a repeat set after an error by the tigers
South Sydney making easy metres through the middle and get helped even more with a penalty against the Tigers
VIDEO REFEREE - Video Referees say NO TRY for the possible Robbie Farah
32 min: Wests Tigers
get another repeat set after the kick was played putting more pressure on Souths defence but they easily defend it
HALF TIME - ANZ STADIUM, A rampaging South Sydney side take a 38-4 lead to the Half Time break
Second Half underway and Wests Tigers
have the first possession for the half
PENALTY to the Tigers, against South Sydney being inside the 10m after some good play
PENALTY - Wests Tigers
get another penalty for South Sydney being offside again
VIDEO REFEREE - Looking at a possible Curtis Sironen
try, Referee Jared Maxwell
immediately called for the Video referees & said No Try
46 min: Wests Tigers
do a South Sydney and make a break through the middle but a poor pass gives possession back to South Sydney
50 min: UNFORCED ERROR WESTS TIGERSMarika Koroibete
makes an unforced error.
Koroibete makes a mistake in the play the ball which sums up the Tigers night
PENALTY - Wests Tigers
give away a penalty deep in their own half for an obstruction and Souths on the attack
NO TRY - Video Referees need just one replay to make their call, ruling a double movement against Roy Asotasi
PENALTY - South Sydney get a penalty for Joel Reddy
unluckily (according to Jared Maxwell
) being in front of the kicker
A beautifully placed kick gives Nathan Merritt
a chance but the bounce of the ball doesn't help him & the ball goes touch in goal
65 min: Marika Koroibete
pushed into touch after making a break down the sideline, Souths get the scrum feed on their own 40m
66 min: Greg Inglis
with some tremendous strength pushes Joel Reddy
back into the ingoal to get a repeat set
71 min: Tim Simona
shows some amazing recovery skills batting the ball back from well over the dead ball line but Tigers can't make anything of it with Koroibete going into touch
FULL TIME - As many expected South Sydney have been heavy winners tonight, though could've been by a lot more based on their half time performance, winning 54-10