THE Rabbitohs have kept their slim chances of making the eight alive with a 56-6 thrashing of the Parramatta Eels in front of a 13,809 crowd at ANZ Stadium.
The home side took control of the first half early with Greg Inglis scoring in only the fourth minute after making a massive break down the field.
Parramatta were given an opportunity to hit back quickly but were unable to capitalise despite three repeat sets at the line.
It was all the Rabbits from there, Nathan Merrit was over next scoring in the 20th minute after a nice offload by Eddy Pettybourne.
Merrit was over for his double only three minutes later courtesy of some good dummy half work and more poor defence by the Eels.
Not to be outdone by his teammate, Inglis strolled over for his double in the 30th minute after a nice kick by Sandow.
A 60-meter break by John Sutton put on Merrit's third try only two minutes later.
However the Rabbitohs were not done yet, this time it was Sandow doing it all him four minutes out from half time.
The Eels were in trouble early in the second half when the Rabbits finished their first set only 20 meters out from the try line. But a Chris McQueen knock on took the Eels off the hook.
Parramatta were not so lucky in the 45th minute when Dylan Farrell scored in the corner for Rabbitohs first try of the second 40.
But the Parramatta defense was able to hold strong in the next passages of play and they were finally rewarded with some posession in the 56th minute.
A nice break by Ben Smith followed by a clever chip kick by Jarryd Hayne put Burt over in the 58th.
Parramatta were given numerous chances to score back to back tries over the next 10 minute, but it was the Rabbits who were the next to get over when Merritt scored his fourth.
Merritt was there to create the next try after breaking up the Parramatta defence before throwing a clever pass to Inglis who sent Chris McQueen over the tryline.
But the Rabbitohs were not done yet, with Nathan Merritt scoring off the next set to make it five tries. Sandow added the extras to give South their largest win in 31-years.
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (56)
Tries: Greg Inglis (2), Nathan Merritt (5), Chris Sandow, Chris McQueen, Dylan Farrell
Conversions: Chris Sandow (8/10)
PARRAMATTA EELS (6)
Tries: Luke Burt
Conversions: Luke Burt (1/1)
Greg Inglis scores in the corner after making a 60 meter break. Conversion by Sandow is successful.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 6-0
Nathan Merrit scores after a good offload by Pettybourne, conversion attempt by Sandow is successful. Eels fans and players will not be happy about that one, replays suggest the stripping penalty was a bad call.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 12-0
Merrit gets his double after a quick play the ball. Sandow has no problem adding the extras. The Eels are defending extremely poorly at the moment.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 18-0
Inglis gets his double after a clever kick by Sandow. Sandow fails to add the extras.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 22-0
Merrit has a hat trick after a 60 meter break by John Sutton. Sandow kicks the goal from right in front.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 28-0
Sandow makes a break on his own 40 meter line and runs the length of the field to score. Sandow converts his own try. The Eels' defence keeps getting more atrocious.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 34-0
Souths spread it out right to create and overlap and Dylan Farrell scores in the corner. Conversion attempt by Sandow is waved away.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 38-0
Ben Smith uses Sandow as a speed bump before being tackled a few meters from the Souths' line the ball goes to Hayne to chips the ball into the in goal, it bounces on the cross bar and into the arms of Burt who scores. Burt converts his own try.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 38-6
Nathan Merritt gets his fourth after busting the defensive line open. Conversion attempt by Sandow is successful.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 44-6
The Rabbitohs keep it alive through Nathan Merritt, who passes to Inglis who throws a long pass to McQueen who races over to score in the right corner. Sandow's sideline conversion attempt is successful.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 50-6
Nathan Merritt makes it five tries with a nice run down the right side line. Sandow adds the extras and that's the game.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 56-6