Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
5 days ago
South Sydney?s woes have continued as has the Warriors strong start to the season. The Warriors ran out convincing 38-16 winners over a disappointing South Sydney side at Ericcson Stadium this afternoon.
The match was played in miserable conditions and South?s failed to adapt and paid the price while their off-field dramas continue to be the focal point for the embattled club.
The Warriors never looked like losing the match with Lance Hohaia a stand out scoring two tries and continues his rapid ascent as one of the games brightest talents.
In a game that never reached any great heights, the Warriors did enough to suggest they will be a force come September while for South?s, their season is fast becoming a carbon copy of last season?s 26 week nightmare with fundamental errors and missed tackles making the Rabbitohs look amateurish.
The Warriors will now look forward to next week?s game against the Broncos with great anticipation while South?s must regroup and hope for a better showing against the Wests Tigers.
Leagueunlimited player of the year points:
Lance Hohaia - 3 points Jerry Seu Seu - 2 points Francis Meli - 1 point
Scorers: Warriors Tries: Meli x 2, Seu Seu, Hohaia x 2, Fa'afili x 2, Tony Goals: Marsh 2/7, Hohaia 1/1 Rabbitohs Tries: Merritt x 2, S Walker Goals: Smith 0/1, Craigie 2/2
By the clock: 9th min: TRY - Souths. Nathan Merritt scores in the corner to get the Bunnies first try. Conversion unsuccessful. Souths 4-0.
12th min: TRY - Warriors. Francis Meli shows a clean pair of heels to race away and score a try after the Warriors capitalised on a Souths mistake. Conversion unsuccessful. 4 all.
17th min: TRY - Warriors. Jerry Seu Seu makes like a rampaging bull and crashes over after Souths efforts to hold him up fail. Conversion unsuccessful. Warriors 8-4.
21st min: TRY - Warriors. Lance Hohaia scores after the Warriors again capitalise on a Souths mistake. Conversion successful. Warriors 14-4.
26th min: TRY - Warriors. Lance Hohaia runs straight and hard and scores right next to the posts as the Warriors start to run rampant. Conversion successful. Warriors 20-4.
42nd min: TRY - Warriors. Another Souths mistake hands a gift try to Henry Fa'afili. Conversion unsuccessful. Warriors 24-4.
56th min: TRY - Warriors. Motu Tony flys onto a great inside ball from Stacy Jones to score next to posts. Conversion successful. Warriors 30-4.
62nd min: TRY - Souths. Shane Walker scores under the posts from a good Willie Peters kick. Conversion successful. Warriors 30-10.
65th min: TRY - Warriors. A great set of six in defence sees the Warriors get teh ball from the clearing kick right on half way and the recipient of the kick, Francis Meli, cuts the defence to shreds to bag a double for the day. Conversion unsuccessful. Warriors 34-10.
78th min: TRY - Souths. Consolation try to Nathan Merritt after some good running by Owen Craigie and the try gives the scoreline a little more respectability. Conversion successful. Warriors 34-16.
80th min: TRY - Warriors. Henry Fa'afili scores right on full time and gives us an impersonation of Robin Hood with his bow and arrow. Conversion unsuccessful. Warriors 38-16.