Tries:Joel Reddy 2, Dylan Walker, Adam Reynolds, Sam Burgess
Goals:Reynolds 3/4, Walker 1/1
Field Goals:Adam Reynolds
Tries:Gerard Beale, Tyson Frizell
Goals:Gareth Widdop 1/2
The South Sydney Rabbitohs did enough to beat the St George Illawarra Dragons 29-10 in front of a tiny crowd at ANZ Stadium tonight.
Just over 11,000 fans turned up as the Rabbitohs heaped more misery on the Dragons, who trailed 18-4 at half time in a match that never reached any great heights.
After a close opening 20 minutes, the Rabbitohs scored first through winger Joel Reddy. Adam Reynolds converted for a 6-0 score line.
The doubled their lead in the 28th minute through a converted try to Sam Burgess as the Dragons continued to struggle in both attack and defence.
Reddy’s second try 8 minutes from half time and Reynolds’ conversion made it 18-0 to the home side in a match that threatened to get away from the Dragons.Gerard Beale scored a try right on half time to keep his side in the match at 18-4.
After 20 minutes of dour football to begin the second half Reynolds extended the Rabbitohs’ lead in the 61st minute when his grubber bounced off Beale and back into his hands for a lucky try. He missed the conversion attempt and the Rabbitohs led 22-4.
Dylan Walker showed nice footwork close to the line and then converted his try to make it 28-4 with 14 minutes left.
Gareth Widdop took a bomb then offloaded to Tyson Frizell to score a simple try in the 69th minute. Widdop’s conversion made it 28-10 before a 73rd minute field goal to Reynolds pushed his side 19 points clear.
The Rabbitohs were far from impressive but did enough to consign new Dragons coach Paul McGregor to defeat in his first match in charge. McGregor made as host of changes just prior to kick off, moving Josh Dugan to centre, where he failed to make an impact and bringing in Adam Quinlan to fullback.
Rabbitohs hooker Isaac Luke made a successful return from injury, playing his first game since round 3, and was a constant threat around the ruck.