South Sydney have extended their lead at the top to three points after a workman-like 30 points to 10 victory over Parramatta at ANZ Stadium in front of 17,077 fans.
The rain was tumbling down all weekend in Sydney but it didn’t stop an entertaining contest brewing at ANZ Stadium between South Sydney and Parramatta, two teams at polar opposites of the table (Souths at the top, Parramatta at the bottom).
In a contest where possession was key, both teams held onto the ball when penalties didn’t intervene. Parramatta weathered an early storm and slipped in for the opener with Ken Sio finishing off a good backline shift.
The early try woke up the sluggish Rabbitohs who turned to their halfback, Adam Reynolds who used his short kicking game to earn repeat sets and produce points. Dylan Walker was the receipent as he raced through and touched down after several Eels slipped trying to recover the ball.
For wet conditions it seemed the short kicking games of both sides would determine the winner and it featured highly in South Sydney’s second try. John Sutton standing for an age in a tackle, offloaded to Justin Hunt who stabbed one through for Dylan Farrell to pounce. Adam Reynolds added the extras and after the slow start, South Sydney led 12 points to 4 at halftime.
As the weather worsened, South Sydney just got stronger. Adam Reynolds once again the architect as he spied the fullback up and slid one in behind to isolate Darcy Lussick and allow Justin Hunt to swoop in for the try.
Eels had been dominated for most the game but they weren’t fading away quietly into the night. Ken Sio was saying see ya later after he collected an errant Reynolds pass to streak the required distance to close the gap to 18-10.
Just as they worked themselves back into the game, South Sydney widen the gap once again. Adam Reynolds tormenting young Jake Mullaney with high bombs and from the fullback’s error Reynolds shrugs off three defenders to post a try himself.
Five minutes later and it was game over for a gallant Eels side as the defense was tiring and South Sydney could sense blood. Isaac Luke running it on last tackle and found John Sutton for a simple try to put the game outside of the reach of the cellar dwellers.
South Sydney with this victory extended their lead at the top of the table to three points while Parramatta get separated from the pack in last position.