Sunday 7 July 2013 8:23 PM
The South Sydney Rabbitohs made it five in a row in Perth with tonight with a hard fought 30-13 victory in front of a ground record 20,221 Members and fans, with the home side keeping the Warriors scoreless in the second half.
The Warriors burst out of the blocks early with some strong charges from Konrad Hurrell and elusive running from Shaun Johnson, but a break from Sam Burgess close to the line put the Rabbits on the front foot.
Adam Reynolds took advantage, chipping for the corner for Andrew Everingham to open the scoring in just the sixth minute – Everingham taking a beautiful bounce. Reynolds converted for Souths to take an early 6 nil lead.
Greg Inglis then re-affirmed why he is regarded as one of the game’s best by soaring to take a towering bomb inside the Rabbits’ own half, with the fullback adding some strong charges to his arsenal.
The Rabbitohs then turned defence into attack with Dylan Walker picking up a loose Warriors ball before streaking down the sideline. The young centre was tackled 20 metres from the red and green line, putting Souths in great attacking position, but the home-side failed to convert the opportunity to points.
Warriors hooker Nathan Friend took his chance close to the line with a sneaky run from dummy half, but the Rabbitohs defence managed to prevent the ball from touching the turf.
But the Warriors made no mistake the second time around, with Simon Mannering take a perfectly timed pass from Shaun Johnson to even up the scores at 6 points apiece after 28 minutes.
Konrad Hurrell then came close again, with the giant centre attempting to barge over the line, but a stellar defensive effort from Chris McQueen managed to prevent another Warriors try.
But Hurrell was at it again just minutes later, bumping off Bryson Goodwin to run in for a four-pointer. Johnson added the extras before dropping a field goal to take the teams into the sheds with the Warriors leading 13-6.
The second half started poorly for Souths, with Sam Burgess placed on report after a high shot on Kevin Locke. The Warriors earned the first real attacking opportunity of the half as a result, but failed to come up with points.
The Rabbitohs went back on the attack though, with George Burgess and Issac Luke both denied from close range in the same set, before Adam Reynolds chipped for the line for John Sutton who finally got the men in red and green back on the board. Reynolds added the extras to put Souths just a point behind.
After a torrid period of football, it was Perth product Bryson Goodwin who finally stole the lead back for the Rabbitohs with the Souths centre putting a well weighted grubber in for himself before regathering to score with 12 minutes remaining. Adam Reynolds made no mistake with the conversion for the home-side to lead 18-13.
But Goodwin wasn’t done though, with the local product scooping up a Warriors loose ball before racing 65 metres to score, with just under five minutes of play remaining.
One last try inside the last minute of play to Chris McQueen rounded off the Rabbitohs’ hard fought win, finishing up at 3013
24 (Andrew Everingham, John Sutton, Bryson Goodwin 2, Chris McQueen; Adam Reynolds 5 goals)
13 (Simon Mannering, Konrad Hurrell; Shaun Johnson 2 goals, 1 field goal)