The South Sydney Rabbitohs began their 2016 NRL premiership campaign with a 42-10 thrashing of the Sydney Roosters. A sunny Sunday afternoon in Sydney’s east was the stage for the local rivals to kick off their respective seasons in an exciting match.
South Sydney’s squad is packed with talent
The home side entered the clash with some notable names in absence from the squad, while the Rabbitohs started with an almost full-strength side, and it was one that didn’t disappoint. Eight of the starting lineup scored tries in the Rabbitohs’ thrashing of the Roosters, and worth mention is halfback Adam Reynolds who made four conversions.
Adam Reynolds still a vital man for the South Sydney side
The 25-year old halfback put in an impressive kicking game on Sunday, nailing five conversions and off the kicking-tee he put in two assists. Last year, Reynolds’ total points for the season was half his average from previous seasons, but this year there’s signs he may return to his point-scoring feats of recent years. However, an injury he sustained in the second-half on Sunday, courtesy a head-clash with Roosters forward Kane Evans, will create challenges for him in his upcoming fixtures.
Joe Burgess a rising star at the Eastern Suburbs club
Straight outta England, the 21-year old winger scored both of the Roosters’ tries on Sunday. On NRL debut following his departure from the Super League in 2015, Burgess was explosive in his runs and unstoppable when reaching the in-goal. Latrell Mitchell, also on NRL debut, made the conversion for Burgess’ first try, and looks a promising prospect too.
Roosters suffer absence of big name players
Mitchell Pearce, Daniel Tupou, Boyd Cordner and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves were all on the sidelines on Sunday. The injuries and controversies within this group left the Roosters with gaps in their starting lineup, most of which were filled with promoted youth. A very disappointing first-half showed the home side needed time to find their rhythm and composure, quite likely the debutants adjusting to the pressure.
In The Sheds
Following Sunday’s clash, John Sutton and Adam Reynolds are expected to miss upcoming matches for the Rabbitohs after sustaining injuries against the Roosters. A major blow to the South Sydney outfit, after both players put on a spectacular performance in the 42-10 win.
Sydney Roosters 10
Tries: Joe Burgess 2
Goals: Latrell Mitchell
South Sydney Rabbitohs 42
Tries: Cameron McInnes, Aaron Gray, Paul Carter, Alex Johnston, Greg Inglis, Kyle Turner, Bryce Goodwin, Hymel Hunt
Goals: Adam Reynolds 5, Bryce Goodwin