South Sydney continued their stellar start to season 2013 with a 28-10 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium in front of 15,972 fans.
Surprisingly it was the Cowboys who started strongest, opening the scoring after ten minutes with a try to Antonio Winterstein. Poor execution was to cost the Cowboys later in the half, with back-to-back tries to Sam Burgess and Bryson Goodwin seeing the hosts leapfrog their opponents to take a 12-4 lead, which they'd maintain through to halftime. North Queensland appeared to be on the receiving end of some contentious video referee decisions, but on review they'd have little to complain about.
The second half started with a flurry, Greg Inglis pouncing late on a John Sutton grubber which Johnathan Thurston had tried to let roll dead. The Cowboys struck back quickly through Winterstein's second try and reduced the margin to eight, and continued to dominate possession for large parts of the second half.
South Sydney's defence held true, leaking no points from that point despite plenty of attention on their own line from the visitors. After absorbing that pressure, quick hands enabled Nathan Merritt to score in the corner and extend the Bunnies' lead to 12, before the man everyone came to see, Greg Inglis, scored a 60-metre runaway try with five minutes to go.
The Rabbitohs have another Friday night ANZ clash next week, against the lowly Tigers in Women in League round, while the Cowboys face another stern test when they host the Roosters in Townsville next Sunday.