Parramatta Eels 12
Tries:Tepai Moeroa, Joseph Paulo
Goals:Chris Sandow 2/2
South Sydney Rabbitohs 32
Tries:Sam Burgess 2, Alex Johnston 2, Kyle Turner, Lote Tuqiri
Goals:Adam Reynolds 2/4, Issac Luke 2/2
The South Sydney Rabbitohs returned to form last night with a resounding 32-12 won over the Parramatta Eels at Pirtek Stadium, their first win at the venue since way back in 1995.
Over 16000 fans were on hand to support the NRL’s Rise For Alex round which aims to raise money for former Newcastle Knights player Alex McKinnon who suffered a career-ending neck injury in March.
The Eels opened the scoring through Tepai Moeroa, running onto a short ball from close range and reaching out to score. Chris Sandow converted for a 6-0 lead after 10 minutes.
The Rabbitohs hit back with a slick back line movement in the 27th minute that saw veteran winger Lote Tuqiri slide over in the right corner.
Rabbitohs centre Dylan Walker latched onto a Sandow pass and raced away down field before being tackled by Jarryd Hayne. While Walker lay on the ground, Sandow came in with a shoulder charge, an incident that put the Eels halfback on report. From the ensuing penalty, the Rabbitohs scored a soft try to Sam Burgess and enjoyed a 10-6 half time lead.
After a close call denied the Eels early in the second half, the Rabbitohs made them pay with a try to winger Alex Johnston to extend their lead. Reynolds converted to make it 16-6.
With the match slipping away from them, the Eels scored when Joseph Paulo caught a Corey Norman bomb in the 57th minute. Sandow’s conversion made it 16-12 and it was game on again.
Taking a leaf out of the Eels’ playbook, the Rabbitohs took to the air and a mistake by Vai Toutai saw Kyle Turner score to make it 20-12 after 65 minutes.
Tuatai’s night got worse when Johnston beat him with a neat in and away move to score his second try to make it 24-12. Issac Luke took over the kicking duties and put his side 14 points in front with just 7 minutes left.
Sam Burgess scored another soft try under the posts to round out a miserable night for the Eels who have now conceded 80 points in just two matches.