Sam’s the man

The return of Sam Burgess to rugby league was a massive boost during pre-season to the Rabbitohs’ Premiership chances, and he showed exactly why tonight. He had a hand in a number of tries and he gives Souths an extra dimension in attack, helping ship the ball out to their strike players on the edges.

Keary is pivotal

With talk of Luke Keary being forced out of the club and considering a switch to Rugby Union, his performance in the absence of Adam Reynolds showed why Michael Maguire cannot let that happen. His kicking game has clearly improved and his running game causes problems to defences, as he finished off the try of the night in support of a great break.

Have Manly got the wrong Walker?

With Dylan Walker struggling on debut for Manly last week in the halves, it raises the question did they mean to sign Cody Walker? He was brilliant at six as they put in a great attacking display to brush aside a poor Newcastle Knights.

Obstruction of justice

Akuila Uate breached the Rabbitohs defence in the first-half, however the NRL Bunker spotted an ‘obstruction’ and disallowed the try. It was a tough call on the wide man, however it would have made little difference to the outcome of the game as the Knights were poor throughout. They completed poorly, defended softly and offered little in attack to suggest they will improve on last season.

In the sheds

Newcastle Knights: David Bhana didn’t make it out for the second half with an ankle injury.

Scoreboard

South Sydney Rabbitohs 48

Tries: Goodwin (3, 65), Gray (8, 20, 35), Keary (23), Johnston (44, 48), Hunt (74)

Goals: Goodwin 6/9

Newcastle Knights 6

Tries: Ross (77)

Goals: Hodkinson 1/1

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