The South Sydney Rabbitohs have run out 26 - 12 winners tonight over the Brisbane Broncos in front of 39, 111 fans at Suncorp Stadium.
In what started out as an uphill battle for the Broncos, with Hodges and McGuire both out for the game, they managed to take the lead before half time, before being overrun just after half time with 3 tries in 12 minutes, taking the wind out of the team, allowing the Rabbitohs to gain the upper hand.
The game started out with a tough first 20 minutes with multiple mistakes made by the South Sydney side. Brisbane were unable to respond and gave away the first points of the night after a shoulder charge on Reynolds while he was kicking a bomb. Reynolds successfully kicked the 2 penalty points after 4 minutes to give Souths an early lead.
The first try of the night came through Jason Clark after he managed to make a break from a tackle, and step the Broncos full-back to score just to the right of the posts. Reynolds kicked the conversion to take the lead to 8 points.
The Broncos got their first points through Scott Prince, diving over the line from close range and kicking his own conversion off the posts. The Broncos managed to turn this try into motivation and were soon pushing for their second.
Brisbane crossed for their second try just 6 minutes later through Jack Reed. Reed and the Rabbitohs winger, Andrew Everingham both went up for a bomb, but the ball bounced through Everinghams hands and onto the ground, where it was cleaned up by Reed and placed on the ground over the line. Scott Prince kicked the conversion to give the Broncos a 12 - 8 lead at half time.
The Rabbitohs came out firing in the second half, scoring 3 tries in quick succession. The first came through Greg Inglis, barging over from dummy half and using all of his weight to plant the bal down in the in goal area. Reynolds kicked the conversion to wrestle back the lead from Brisbane.
Inglis was back in the mix for the second try after the break, after he put Bryson Goodwin into a hole, who sprinted down to within 5 metres of the Broncos tryline. Merritt put the finishing touches on the play, darting out from dummy half, down the blind side to score in the corner. Reynolds was able to convert this try from the sideline to continue his perfect night of goal kicking.
The final nail in the coffin for the Broncos came through John Sutton, who ambled onto a pass from dummy half by Isaac Luke close to the line. He crashed over through weak defense to score the Rabbitohs 4th try of the night. Reynolds again kicked the conversion and the lead was taken to 14 points.
The Broncos fought back and came to within inches of scoring again late in the half however untimely mistakes and poor errors resulted in no further points being scored for the night.
The Broncos travel to Parramatta next week and hope to get back to their winning ways while the Rabbitohs take on the Cowboys in a home game for the South Sydney side.