South Sydney Rabbitohs 42
Tries: Inglis 3, McQueen, Tuqiri, Keary, Auva’a
Goals: Reynolds 6/6, Lowe 1/1
Brisbane Broncos 16
Tries: Hodges, Thaiday, Reed
Goals: Parker 2/3
Greg Inglis helped himself to a sensational hat-trick of tries as South Sydney Rabbitohs ran out 42-16 winners against Brisbane Broncos to go top of the ladder.
The Rabbitohs should be in for a definite top four finish and have heaped pressure on rivals Manly who they are challenging for top spot.
Brisbane will be reeling from the defeat though as their top eight aspirations suffered a blow as they are outside the eight with just three games remaining in the season.
This was a fifth straight win for the Bunnies and they will be optimistic that they can reach the grand final as they hit form at the right time.
Brisbane opened the scoring as Justin Hodges collected a neat grubber into the Souths in-goal and managed to ground the ball despite Inglis’ best efforts.
Greg Inglis replied soon after though as he forced his way over the try line with four Brisbane defenders struggling to deal with the Indigenous fullback before he grounded the ball.
Inglis then revived memories of his incredible try against Brisbane in the return fixture earlier this season as he timed a perfect run onto a chip and brushed aside two defenders, before feeding the supporting Sam Burgess who returned the ball to Inglis for him to score an outstanding try.
The Rabbitohs were flying when Chris McQueen dove over after Walker managed to knock back a loose ball to the back rower who scored unopposed.
Daniel Vidot then gifted Lote Tuqiri a try as he couldn’t hold onto a Reynolds bomb and his knock on fell for the Bunnies winger who raced towards the sticks for another try, sending the Bunnies into the sheds 24-6 ahead.
Brisbane needed a score to keep them in the game and found one through Sam Thaiday as he came onto an inside ball at speed and couldn’t be stopped from close range.
Vidot then bombed a great opportunity to make it a close contest when he looked certain to score on the overlap however he couldn’t take an easy catch and the chance went begging.
After Vidot’s error the Rabbitohs went up the other end of the field and Greg Inglis completed his hat-trick as he beat the Broncos defenders to a precise Adam Reynolds kick and crossed for his third.
The two combined once again as Inglis climbed highest to another Reynolds kick and he could have easily picked up a fourth try but he instead passed the ball on to youngster Luke Keary for the half back to score.
Jack Reed managed to grab a consolation in the corner before Auva’a wrapped up the scoring when he supported Isaac Luke as he broke from dummy half.