South Sydney Rabbitohs Try Scorers: Walker 2, Turner, Tyrrell 2, Reddy
Goals: Reynolds 5/6
New Zealand Warriors Try Scorers: Fusitua, Johnson, Mannering, Hurrell
Goals: Johnson 1/4
The Rabbitohs completed a brilliant victory in Perth over the Warriors as they overcame injuries to Greg Inglis and Bryson Goodwin to record a 34-18 win.
The depleted Bunnies came back from 6-14 down despite having only two fit interchanges as Dylan Walker came up with an impressive double as the young centre was a standout performer.
The New Zealand side started as only they can with an all-out assault on the Rabbitohs but they could not match that intensity throughout as they fell short late on.
David Fusitua came up with a WOW moment when he flew through the air to ground the ball in the field of play with an impossible finish to score the opening try of the game.
Then from the resulting kick off set the Warriors stunned the Rabbitohs by going back to back when Townsend hit Matagi with a perfect flat ball before the big front rower found the supporting Shaun Johnson who raced away to score. Johnson added the extras from in front to make it 0-10 within ten minutes.
As the second half progressed the Rabbitohs started to stem the Warriors tide and went agonisingly close when John Sutton reached to ground the ball but just lost control at the vital moment.
The Warriors were repelling everything that Souths were throwing at them until a clever pop pass by skipper John Sutton gave Dylan Walker the chance to step his way through the Warriors defence to finally get his side on the scoreboard. Reynolds closed the gap to four as his conversion made it 6-10.
Walker came up with break from deep in his own half late on in the first 40 and off the back of that Bryson Goodwin went close to coming up with a miraculous effort however, his right hand found touch before he could ground the ball.
The half ended with a sight no Rabbitohs or Queensland fans would like to see as Greg Inglis was in all kinds of pain coming off the pitch after an awkward collision.
It wasn’t a good start to the second half for the Rabbitohs as it was confirmed that Inglis would not return and Goodwin was forced off the field as he got his arm caught in the tackle and injured his elbow.
A depleted backline was then caught out as Simon Mannering fended Reynolds away before going through a gap and diving over to stretch the Warriors lead to 6-14.
You’d have forgiven the Bunnies for folding under the immense pressure of the Warriors but Dylan Walker danced his way through from 30 metres out to score his second and Reynolds put them within two points.
The home side then went ahead for the first time in the game as John Sutton broke and from the resulting play Kyle Turner, who was filling in out wide, charged over to score.
The Rabbitohs lost another man in Jason Clark as he was caught high and his replacement David Tyrrell stormed over under the sticks after Isaac Luke hit the front rower with a flat pass. Reynolds conversion from in front made it 22-14.
Joel Reddy looked to have sealed the points when he leaped high to pluck Reynolds kick out of the air before going over to score.
The game was well and truly put to bed when Dave Tyrell, who before today’s game had only two career tries to his name, hit a short ball from Luke again to score and identical try. Reynolds made it 34-14.
The Warriors had the last say in the game with a sensational consolation effort from Konrad Hurell who raced down the right edge before steamrolling over Walker to score in the corner. It was too little too late though as the Rabbitohs completed a heroic victory in Perth.