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South Sydney have recorded their second victory of the season with a 41-14 thrashing of the Melbourne Storm at Aussie Stadium this afternoon.
Melbourne started like a house on fire but Souths showed they are made of sterner stuff and fought back to eventually take the lead and then put Melbourne to the proverbial sword with some excellent long range tries that made the Storm look amateurish in comparison.
Paul Langmack rode on the back of the emotional roller coaster and cheered the boys on from the sideline as they grew in confidence by the minute.
Melbourne were disappointing and were out-enthused by a desperate South Sydney side who now have a chance of climbing out of the cellar after Parramatta?s capitulation at the hands of the Raiders last night.
Best for Souths were Owen Craigie, Andrew Hart and captain Bryan Fletcher who led the side superbly.
Scott Hill was good for Melbourne in the first half but there were no standouts for the Storm as they now slide down the ladder and into eighth spot.
League Unlimited Player of the year points: 3 ? O Craigie (Souths) 2 - B Fletcher (Souths) 1 ? A Hart (Souths)
Scorers: RABBITOHS 41 Tries: Kativerata x 3,Stuart, Merritt, Hart x 2, Watts Goals: Craigie 4/8, FG. STORM 14 Tries: Bai, Geyer, Reynoldson Goals: Orford 1/3
By the clock:
4th min: TRY - Storm. Marcus Bai is given a saloon passage to the line after Scott Hill put Steven Bell through the gap and Bell drew Brad Watts to send Bai on his way. Conversion successful. Storm 6-0.
12th min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Kativerata scores in the corner to open Souths account. Craigie converts from the touchline. 6 all.
15th min: TRY - Storm. Matt Geyer scores out wide after Scott Hill again provided the magic to put Geyer through the gap for the four pointer. Conversion unsuccessful. Storm 10-6.
18th min: TRY - Storm. Reynoldson scores in the corner after Merritt (Souths) is caught running down the touchline and throws a speculator inside that bounces straight into Reynoldsons arms and he made a b line for the corner with a clean pair of woolly heels. Conversion unsuccessful. Storm 14-6.
29th min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Kativerata is proving his worth as he bags a double. Conversion unsuccessful. Storm 14-10.
40th min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Kativerata gets a treble after Souths put up the bomb, Fitzgerald catches it, flicks out the back straight into the hands of Kativerata who scores in the corner. Conversion unsuccessful. 14 all.
48th min: TRY - Rabbioths. Luke Stuart puts Souths in front for the first time in thematch as the crowd really starts to get behind their team. Conversion successful. Souths 20-14.
55th min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Souths continue to surge ahead this with a try to Nathan Merritt. Terrible shot at goal from Craigie. Souths 24-14.
63rd min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Andrew Hart crosses over next to the posts after Billy Slater spills a bomb. Souths are home. Conversion successful. Souths 30-14.
66th min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Brad Watts rubs salt into a gaping Melbourne wound with another try under the posts. Conversion successful. Souths 36-14.
73rd min: FIELD GOAL - Rabbitohs. Owen Craigie plays a few games by kicking a pointless field goal to extend Souths lead by 1.
78th min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Andrew Hart gets a rare double as Souths run out convincing winners over a shocking Melbourne Storm outfit. Conversion unsuccessful. Souths 14-14.
FULL TIME: Souths have run out convincing winners to record their second victory of the season in front a parochial home crowd. Well done Souths.