An impressive South Sydney has lived up to pre-match expectations by running out 54-10 winners over an injury depleted Wests Tigers side in front of 19,178 fans at ANZ Stadium.
The battle was expected to be a massively one-sided contest and those expectations were duly met in the opening minutes with South Sydney being able to expose the weakness of the Tigers' right hand defence with a try to Nathan Merritt after just three minutes.
The floodgates seemed to open after that with the Rabbitohs being able to make easy metres straight up through the middle of the Tigers defence leading to several breaks which included tries to debutant Dylan Walker, Beau Champion, George Burgess & Sam Burgess as well as the first two of Greg Inglis’ four tries.
The first half was a dim looking affair for the Wests Tigers but in the final minute Marika Koroibete made the score look a tiny bit better for the visitors to take the score to 38-4 at the Half Time break.
At halftime many people expected that South Sydney were just going to double their score but it wasn’t the case with the hosts taking their feet off the pedal, but remaining strong throughout the park through the attack of John Sutton.
Even though the highlight of the night was the attacking strength of the Rabbitohs, their defence was quite strong throughout the night with many of the Tigers attacking raids being closed down quickly. The second half saw tries to Adam Reynolds as well as another two tries to Greg Inglis which completed his awesome foursome of tries for Souths, as well as Liam Fulton scoring for the visitors.
The Rabbitohs next week will try to capitalise on this victory when they travel to Sharks Stadium on Monday night May 26 to take on the Cronulla Sharks, while it doesn’t get much easier for the Tigers when they host the North Queensland Cowboys at Leichhardt Oval next Friday night.