South Sydney Rabbitohs: 50 (Alex Johnston 3, Kirisome Auva’a 2, Lote Tuqiri, Thomas Burgess, Dylan Walker, Chris McQueen, Greg Inglis tries; Adam Reynolds 5 goals)
Newcastle Knights: 10 (Jake Mamo, Adam Clydsdale tries; Kurt Gidley goal)
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have steamrolled the Newcastle Knights in Cairns on Sunday with an emphatic 50-10 win.
The early part of the game didn’t indicate the final scoreline, with the Rabbitohs not scoring until the 13th minute of the game, however the middle period of the game proved most fruitful for Souths.
It was warning sign to rivals that the Bunnies were indeed a premiership threat, a fact previously disputed despite their 2nd ranking on the NRL ladder.
For the Knights, it was a return to their dark season following a stirring win of the Roosters the previous round.
Kurt Gidley had returned for the clash but was unable to provide spark as his side leaked tries to a youthful South Sydney backline.
It was Kirisome Auva’a who opened the scoring for the Rabbitohs in a worrying sign for Newcastle, who looked tired as he pushed off a number of should be tacklers in a short dash to the line.
The baton was passed to a veteran in the 21st minute of the game, when Isaac Luke caught the markers in no mans land before passing to Lote Tuqiri to barge over out wide.
The dam was cracking, and the floodgates were about to be opened, as Souths scored another three times before halftime, with tries to George Burgess, Dylan Walker and Chris McQueen to lead 26-nil at the break.
Walker’s try was particularly brilliant, if not lucky. Adam Reynolds had put a chip over the top that feel in front of McQueen, who perfectly volleyed the ball to Walker’s chest, the centre crossing untouched as a result.
If the Knights thought the Rabbitohs may ease up in the second half, they were mistaken.
In the 42nd minute Greg Inglis scored down the short side after a probing run from Luke Keary and a number of interconnecting short passes allowed the fullback an easy passage to the line.
The Newcastle side finally got on the board in the 49th minute however when a quick shift to the right allowed Jake Mamo to score in the corner.
Just three minutes later they were in again, when Adam Clydesdale scored a simple try from dummy half.
However any though of a possible miracle comeback were snuffed out by a hat trick from Alex Johnson, who scored in the 56th, 62nd and 72nd minutes of the game.
Johnson’s last try was a wonderfully executed set play from a scrum win, the Rabbitohs simply drawing numbers before shifting the ball wider, allowing Johnson to speed to the corner.
The man who started the try scoring festival, Auva’a, finished off the Rabbitohs day out in the 75th minute.
Dylan walker broke through the line before kicking ahead into vacant territory, with Auva’a falling on the loose ball to bring up the half century for Souths, and compile the misery for the Newcastle side.