Rabbits Make it Five in a Row in Perth
Words: Tom Skolarikis I Photos: Col Whelan – Nrlphotos.com
Sunday 7 July 2013
The South Sydney Rabbitohs made it five in a row in Perth tonight with a hard fought 30-13 victory in front of a ground record 20,221 Members and fans, with the home side keeping the Warriors scoreless in the second half.
The Warriors burst out of the blocks early with some strong charges from Konrad Hurrell and elusive running from Shaun Johnson. But the Rabbitohs managed to get on the front foot with a break from Sam Burgess close to the line.
Adam Reynolds took advantage of the break, chipping for the corner for Andrew Everingham to open the scoring in just the sixth minute. Reynolds converted for Souths to take an early six nil lead.
Greg Inglis then re-affirmed why he is regarded as one of the game’s best by soaring to take a towering bomb inside the Rabbits’ own half, with the fullback landing almost landing on his head in the process.
The Rabbitohs then turned defence into attack with Dylan Walker picking up a loose Warriors ball before streaking down the sideline. The young centre was tackled 20 metres from the red and green line, putting Souths in great attacking position, but the home-side failed to convert the opportunity to points.
The Warriors asked plenty of questions of the Souths defence, with hooker Nathan Friend taking his chance close to the line with a sneaky run from dummy half, but the Rabbits defence managed to prevent the ball from touching the turf in a gallant effort.
But the Warriors made no mistake the second time around, with Simon Mannering take a perfectly timed pass from Shaun Johnson to even up the scores at six points apiece after 28 minutes.
Konrad Hurrell then came close again, with the giant centre attempting to barge over the line, but another stellar defensive effort, this time from Chris McQueen, managing to prevent another Warriors try.
But Hurrell was at it again just minutes later, bumping off Bryson Goodwin to run in for a four-pointer. Johnson added the extras before dropping a field goal to take the teams into the sheds with the Warriors leading 13-6.
The second half started poorly for Souths, with Sam Burgess placed on report after a high shot on Kevin Locke with the Warriors subsequently earning the first real attacking opportunity of the half as a result, but the visitors failed to come up with points.
The Rabbitohs went back on the attack though, with George Burgess and Issac Luke both denied from close range in the same set, before Adam Reynolds chipped for the line for John Sutton who finally got the men in red and green back on the board. Reynolds added the extras to put Souths just a point behind.
After a torrid period of football, it was Perth product Bryson Goodwin who finally stole the lead back for the Rabbitohs with the Souths centre putting a well-weighted grubber in for himself before regathering to score with 12 minutes remaining. Adam Reynolds made no mistake with the conversion for the home-side to lead 18-13.
But Goodwin wasn’t done, with the local product scooping up a Warriors loose ball before racing 65 metres to score with just under five minutes of play remaining.
One last try inside the final minute of play to Chris McQueen rounded off the Rabbitohs’ hard fought win, finishing up at 30-13.
30 (Andrew Everingham, John Sutton, Bryson Goodwin 2, Chris McQueen tries; Adam Reynolds 5 goals)
13 (Simon Mannering, Konrad Hurrell tries; Shaun Johnson 2 goals, 1 field goal)