Full Time
4:00pm Fri April 7, 2023
Round 6 - Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park / Wanngal - Crowd: 35211

Match Overview

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have continued a run of dominance on Good Friday with a 50-16 victory over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Accor Stadium.

Latrell Mitchell was the star of the show in his 150th first grade appearance, scoring 26 points from a hat-trick and seven goals, as the Rabbitohs recorded their fifth consecutive Good Friday victory in front of a crowd of 35,211 supporters.

The Bulldogs struck an early blow with Jake Averillo (3rd minute) racing the length of the field to score from a scrum, however the joy was short-lived with Josh Addo-Carr sustaining a serious ankle injury forcing the speedster from the field less than ten minutes into the game.

Having scored a hat-trick in the corresponding fixture last season, Damien Cook was denied after grounding the ball on the dead ball line; the Rabbitohs hooker atoned by sending Cameron Murray (17th minute) over next to the posts to lock up the scores at 6-all.

A penalty goal from Mitchell pushed the visitors ahead before a devastating run of tries late in the half changed the momentum of the match in favour of the foundation club.

The Rabbitohs relentlessly exposed Jackson Topine, filling in for Addo-Carr in the Bulldogs backline, with Izaac Thompson bursting down the right edge and finding Mitchell (32nd minute) in support, while in the very next set a near identical play involving Campbell Graham and Cody Walker allowed Mitchell (34th minute) to grab a first half brace. 

Jacob Host (38th minute) completed the first half scoring by running into space created by Walker to send the Rabbitohs to the sheds up 26-6.

After being denied a try to Hayze Perham shortly after halftime due to an obstruction, the Bulldogs struck back with Matt Burton (55th minute) finishing off a lovely grubber from Reed Mahoney to narrow the deficit.

Taking advantage of a one-man advantage after Jacob Preston was sent to the sin bin for a hip drop tackle which saw Thompson assisted from the field, Walker (63rd minute) got his name on the scoresheet with a strong run close to the line.

Mitchell (67th minute) collected his first hat-trick in red and green colours after a break from Jed Cartwright, while Graham (69th minute) took South Sydney past 40 points with a try in the following set.

The Bulldogs collected a consolation four-pointer with Burton (73rd minute) racing the length of the field from a scrum; Graham (76th minute) collected his second running onto a superb cut-out pass from Mitchell.

Mitchell completed the rout by throwing an audacious pass to give Graham (79th minute) his third try of the afternoon as the Rabbitohs ran out 50-16 victors.

Next week, the Bulldogs face the Eels in a Sunday afternoon grudge match at Bankwest Stadium, while the Rabbitohs will take on the Dolphins at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday evening.

3. Latrell Mitchell

Three tries, seven goals, two try-assists. Mitchell made his 150th game one to remember.

2. Cody Walker

Setting up three tries and four line breaks, Walker got his name on the scoresheet for good measure.

1. Keaon Koloamatangi

Putting in the work with 150 metres, 18 tackles and two offloacks, Koloamatangi was a valuable contributor for the victors.