They may have won the game but it was not a convincing win by any means, as the inconsistent South Sydney Rabbitohs held off a fast-finishing Cronulla Sharks to win at ANZ Stadium, taking the game out 14-12.
The start of the game certainly did not look that way, as Souths got off to a frenetic pace early on, all on the back of two wonderful kicks by halfback Adam Reynolds to take an early lead, but that was where it ended.
As the Sharks began to take a hold of the game and grab the bull by the horns, it was a closer game than had been expected considering the start Souths had – but far too many dropped balls and poor decision making cost them, allownig the Sharks back into the contest.
It was a game that went down to the wire after Beau Ryan scored a long-range try to cut the deficit to just 2, in a game that left Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire quite frustrated.
“Frustrating night for us,” Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire said.
“Credit to Cronulla, they came out and frustrated our boys and probably got us away from our plan that we’ve been good at the last couple of weeks.
“We’re lucky with the two points and we’ll get a fair bit out of that game.”
With the ongoing drugs scandal still affecting the club in more ways than one, interim Sharks coach Peter Sharp said that the club is learning to come to grips with the entirety of the situation.
“It was a tough old game and we hung in there so I don’t think the character of this club is in question at all,” Sharp said.
“They showed some great character out there tonight again under adverse conditions.
“They’re getting on with their business and they’ll get on with it next week.”
The loss was compounded by an ankle injury to Luke Lewis, believed to be a rolled/sprained ankle.
3. Adam Reynolds
2. Luke Lewis.
1. John Sutton