Souths and Manly locked horns at Redfern Oval this afternoon; but while many front line stars were missing for both sides – Souths’ blue chip signing from the English Super League Sam Burgess produced plenty in only 20 minutes game time.
The Bunnies romped home 42-12, not before Manly jumped out to a 12 zip lead – however, there was the expected drop ball galore given it was a pre-season trial, but the buzzing crowd lit up every time Burgess got his hands on the ball.
With some solid early runs, Burgess grew in confidence and eventually busted over from short range to get his first try in Bunnies colours.
While few faces were known, young half back Adam Reynolds turned in a good showing for South Sydney – topping it off with a length of the field intercept to score for the home side.
As with all pre-season games, its the confidence factor that is sought by the teams. A decent win, regardless of lineup can increase competition for spots at a club and get them on an early high.
Souths have ticked all the boxes, and given the form of their big signing – things are looking good early in 2010.