Tries: ANDREW MCCULLOUGH (25M) , LACHLAN MARANTA (29M) , MATT GILLETT (34M) , ANDREW MCCULLOUGH (42M) , JACK REED (67M)
Goals: COREY PARKER (30M) , BEN HUNT (35M), BEN HUNT (43M)
South Sydney Rabbitohs:
Tries: APISAI KOROISAU (6M) , ALEX JOHNSTON (10M), GREG INGLIS (14M) ,GEORGE BURGESS (51M) , KIRISOME AUVA’A (72M)
Goals: ADAM REYNOLDS (7M) , ADAM REYNOLDS (52M) , ADAM REYNOLDS (73M) ,ADAM REYNOLDS (78M)
It was an ANZAC day thriller at Suncorp Stadium as the Rabbitohs defeated a gallant Brisbane side 28-26 in front of a massive crowd.
In what was a fierce battle that see-sawed between both sides, a somewhat controversial penalty in the 79th decided the game as South Sydney found themselves on the right side of a close scoring match.
The Rabbitohs got off to a flying start in the match scoring just 7 minutes after kick off. Alex Johnston scored moments later to bag a 4 pointer on debut and push their lead out to 10-0 after just 10 minutes.
Greg Inglis produced an outstanding individual try that only a superstar of his calibre could manufacture in the 14th minute to continue their impressive opening start.
Just when the Broncos looked to be on the back foot they produced a four pointer of their own through veteran Andrew McCullough , to get back to 14-4.
A bullet-like pass from recently resigned Justin Hodges set up Lachlan Maranta in the corner to get the Broncos back to within 4 points.
A third try before the halftime siren by the Broncos saw them remarkably turn around what was a complete South Sydney domination in the opening stages of the match to take a 16-14 lead against a depleted looking Rabbitohs side.
The Broncos started off the second half just as they had finished the first as Andrew McCullough took advantage of a napping Sam Burgess to score his second of the night and push their lead out to 8 points.
Returning forward George Burgess scored the Rabbitohs first points of the second half to reduce the gap to just 2, however the Broncos found the line again to add 6 points to their lead.
Kirisome Auva’a crossed in the 72rd minute and after a possible obstruction was ruled out by the video ref the Rabbitohs levelled the scores at 26 all.
A penalty that went the way of South Sydney just a minute out from the full time siren saw them walk away victorious in what was an enthralling battle that exceeded all expectations.