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South Sydney struggled early prior to placing on an eight-try efficiency to overwhelm Wests Tigers and seal a most sensible 4 spot. (AAP: Dean Lewins)
South Sydney Rabbitohs have flexed their premiership muscle only a week out from the NRL finals with a 51-10 demolition of the Wests Tigers.
A being concerned hamstring harm to Sam Burgess in the second one 1/2 put a dampener at the win in entrance of 12,037 on the Olympic stadium on Thursday night time.
After shedding their earlier 3 video games, the Rabbitohs bounced again emphatically with proprietor Russell Crowe observing from the stands.
Halves Cody Walker and Adam Reynolds had been excellent whilst the likes of Alex Johnston and Damien Cook dinner ran rebel at the again in their go-forward.
The stats instructed the entire tale — the Rabbitohs had 10 avid gamers run for 100-plus metres and the Tigers none.
The Rabbitohs made 1797 metres in comparison to the Tigers’ 711m.
Together with his facet wrapping up a most sensible 4 spot, and a most likely blockbuster in opposition to the Sydney Roosters within the first week of the finals, trainer Anthony Seibold gave Cook dinner and skipper Greg Inglis a wreck within the remaining 10 mins.
After the house facet led 22-10 at half-time, Campbell Graham’s 50th minute attempt broke the Tigers’ backs.
They usually proceeded to run in 5 unanswered tries within the ultimate 30 mins — together with 4 within the house of 9 mins.
The Rabbitohs’ night time took a flip for the more severe when Burgess limped from the sphere within the 53rd minute and up the tunnel after an ungainly take on on Benji Marshall.
He didn’t go back to the sideline for the remainder of the sport and it comes simply two weeks after he underwent minor elbow surgical procedure.
The Tigers kicked out to a 10-Eight lead after Benji Marshall — who an afternoon previous put pen to paper to increase his profession into 2019 — arrange Chris Lawrence and David Nofoaluma.
Alternatively because the ownership price swung round, the Rabbitohs grew to become the screws.
When George Burgess were given a snappy play-the-ball, Cook dinner jumped out of dummy-half to place Angus Crichton over.
After which with 8 seconds to head prior to half-time, Cody Walker stretched out to make it 22-10 on the wreck.
For the Tigers, it represented a limp end to the yr after being in finals rivalry up till two weeks in the past.