The South Sydney Rabbitohs have run out 26 - 12 winners tonight over the Brisbane Broncos in front of 39, 111 fans at Suncorp Stadium.
In what started out as an uphill battle for the Broncos, with Hodges and McGuire both out for the game, they managed to take the lead before half time, before being overrun just after half time with 3 tries in 12 minutes, taking the wind out of the team, allowing the Rabbitohs to gain the upper hand.
The game started out with a tough first 20 minutes with multiple mistakes made by the South Sydney side. Brisbane were unable to respond and gave away the first points of the night after a shoulder charge on Reynolds while he was kicking a bomb. Reynolds successfully kicked the 2 penalty points after 4 minutes to give Souths an early lead.
The first try of the night came through Jason Clark after he managed to make a break from a tackle, and step the Broncos full-back to score just to the right of the posts. Reynolds kicked the conversion to take the lead to 8 points.
The Broncos got their first points through Scott Prince, diving over the line from close range and kicking his own conversion off the posts. The Broncos managed to turn this try into motivation and were soon pushing for their second.
Brisbane crossed for their second try just 6 minutes later through Jack Reed. Reed and the Rabbitohs winger, Andrew Everingham both went up for a bomb, but the ball bounced through Everinghams hands and onto the ground, where it was cleaned up by Reed and placed on the ground over the line. Scott Prince kicked the conversion to give the Broncos a 12 - 8 lead at half time.
The Rabbitohs came out firing in the second half, scoring 3 tries in quick succession. The first came through Greg Inglis, barging over from dummy half and using all of his weight to plant the bal down in the in goal area. Reynolds kicked the conversion to wrestle back the lead from Brisbane.
Inglis was back in the mix for the second try after the break, after he put Bryson Goodwin into a hole, who sprinted down to within 5 metres of the Broncos tryline. Merritt put the finishing touches on the play, darting out from dummy half, down the blind side to score in the corner. Reynolds was able to convert this try from the sideline to continue his perfect night of goal kicking.
The final nail in the coffin for the Broncos came through John Sutton, who ambled onto a pass from dummy half by Isaac Luke close to the line. He crashed over through weak defense to score the Rabbitohs 4th try of the night. Reynolds again kicked the conversion and the lead was taken to 14 points.
The Broncos fought back and came to within inches of scoring again late in the half however untimely mistakes and poor errors resulted in no further points being scored for the night.
The Broncos travel to Parramatta next week and hope to get back to their winning ways while the Rabbitohs take on the Cowboys in a home game for the South Sydney side.
Brisbane Broncos 12 South Sydney Rabbitohs 26
Venue: Lang Park
Halftime Score: Brisbane Broncos 12-8
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Greg Inglis
2 points - Sam Burgess
1 point - Bryson Goodwin
BRISBANE BRONCOS (12)
Tries: Scott Prince (2), Jack Reed
Conversions: Scott Prince (2/2)
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (26)
Tries: Jason Clark, Greg Inglis, Nathan Merritt, John Sutton
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Adam Reynolds (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Interchange: 14. Ben Hunt 15. Scott Anderson 16. David Hala 17. Josh McGuire
Rabbitohs: 1. Greg Inglis 2. Nathan Merritt 3. Beau Champion 4. Bryson Goodwin 5. Andrew Everingham 6. John Sutton 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Dave Tyrrell 9. Issac Luke 10. Roy Asotasi 11. Chris McQueen 12. Ben Te’o 13. Sam Burgess
Interchange: 14. Nathan Peats 15. Jason Clark 16. Ben Lowe 17. George Burgess 18. Jeff Lima 19. Justin Hunt
Souths will run out as named.
For the Broncos, Hodges and McGuire are confirmed out. Kahu and J.Wallace to replace them.
Stay tuned for the match call.
Kick successful from just off to the right of the posts.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 2-0
Andrew Everingham makes an unforced error.
Everingham loses the ball forward in the tackle trying to make some easy metres.
Issac Luke makes an unforced error.
Time back on and Souths have knocked on through Luke at dummy half.
Sam Burgess makes an unforced error.
Burgess knocks on in the tackle and the Broncos get out of jail with that one.
Ben Hannant makes an unforced error.
Hannant has lost the ball forward about 20 metres after a tackle from the Souths defenders.
Scored by Jason Clark. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.
Clark gets the try in a great position for Reynolds to add 2 to the total for the conversion.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 8-0
John Sutton makes an unforced error.
Just when the Rabbitohs were starting to get the upper hand, Sutton kicks out on the full from the 50m line.
Scored by Scott Prince. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Scott Prince throws a dummy and is in over the line for the Broncos first try! He kicks the conversion after it looks like missing but hits the posts and bounces in. The Broncos are back in this game!
South Sydney Rabbitohs 8-6
Scored by Jack Reed. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Reed in with the try after Everingham knocks on taking the ball from the bomb. Prince with a perfect kick through the posts to take the lead for the Broncos.
Brisbane Broncos 12-8
Scored by Greg Inglis. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.
Rabbitohs back in the lead with Inglis barging over from dummy half. Reynolds kicks it successfully.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 14-12
Scored by Nathan Merritt. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.
Merritt goes into the corner from dummy half for the Rabbitohs 3rd try. Quality from Inglis, Goodwin and Merritt there. Reynolds converts from the sideline to put the cherry on top. The Rabbitohs push the lead out further.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 20-12
Scored by John Sutton. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.
Sutton straight through on a pass from Luke out of dummy half and the Rabbitohs are in for another try. That's 3 in quick succession now. Easy conversion for Reynolds.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 26-12
Roy Asotasi makes an unforced error.
Asotasi puts the ball down in the tackle after a pass from Sutton goes wrong.
Jarrod Wallace makes an unforced error.
Knock on in the play the ball by Wallace there and the Brisbane crowd is very quiet at the moment.
Nathan Merritt makes an unforced error.
Merritt passes forward after making a break down the field and the Broncos will get the scrum feed.
Matt Gillett makes an unforced error.
Gillett knocks on after running from dummy half and Clark cleans up the ball and streak off down field. 90 seconds to go and Souths on the attack.