The Tigers were walloped by a convincing South Sydney 28-8 in what could mark a key point of both teams’ seasons.
Rabbitoh cogs were always there
No coincidence that it was a couple of familiar faces that brought home the bacon on Friday for South Sydney. Cody Walker and Sam Burgess, as they have been, were outstanding for the Bunnies, but it was a return to form for other familiar faces such as Alex Johnston and Adam Reynolds that led South Sydney. Encouraging signs for a team with a strong roster that has yet to fire together and surely a warning shot to the rest of the competition.
Woods absence just a look in to the future
It’s safe to say the Tigers forward pack was, apart from a sojourn with momentum early in the second half, uninspiring without their leader Aaron Woods – a reality they will have to live with from next year on as Woods moves to Canterbury. Ava Seumanufagai was quite a shining light in a pack where he made 133m and no other Tiger got more than 61. They’re still in the market for more forwards though and made some signings.
Farah back with a vengeance
The Rabbitohs were dominated when they first played the Tigers in Round One and Robbie Farah didn’t set the field alight then – but it would have been oh so sweet for him when he did so on Friday. Coming away with a try assist and a line break assist along with a pile of tackles and nearly 200 kick metres, it was a Rabbitohs career night for the incumbent NSW rake. Some went on to – probably prematurely – suggest that it was good enough to deserve an Origin call up. Hm.
The commentators on Channel Nine had suggested the Rabbitohs contained James Tedesco, and this was true to a degree – he didn’t have a try or a try assist. But then again on the other hand, if I’m the Roosters and see the player I just signed was contained and still came away with nearly 200m, two offloads and five tackle breaks, then it seems like I’ve come away with the best signing of the year. In what was a quiet night for Tedesco coming up with this stat line is a testament to how good a player he is – because most fullbacks would love that on a good night.