After a hard fought slog with the Manly Sea Eagles last week and with somewhat of a short turnaround, the South Sydney Rabbitohs headed into a blockbuster clash with the in-form Brisbane Broncos side, looking to continue their good run of form.
It turned out exactly as they wanted, as an early second-half blitz proved the difference and got Souths got the victory they were after, winning 26-12 in Brisbane, after a gallant performance by the home side throughout the game.
It was not the best start by any means for Souths, as the Broncos raced out to a 12-8 lead at half-time, before the composure and clinical attack of Souths shone through, piling on the points when it mattered to win the game.
To the Broncos credit, despite their reasonably poor start to the second half, they fought gallantly as they looked to get themselves back into the game.
They just could not do so, however, lacking the finishing required to score, mixed in with some sturdy Souths defence that prevented the Broncos from scoring.
A telling factor was the loss of Justin Hodges, who has the ability to turn a game on its head, and it was clear that the Broncos missed his x-factor ability.
One player who did play well, as fans would expect, was Souths fullback Greg Inglis who received praise from his coach.
“He goes alright back there,” said coach Michael Maguire.
He received praise from his fellow team-mate in John Sutton.
“He’s a freak,” said Sutton.
Even opposition captain Sam Thaiday pinpointed just how good Inglis was.
“Greg has found a home at fullback, he punished us tonight,” said Thaiday.
“Souths are a great side, particularly with him (Inglis) at the back.”
When it came to his side’s own performance, Thaiday admits that they need to show more of a mean side and be more physical if they are to beat the top sides in the competition.
“They were tougher than we were, we weren’t tough at all,” he said.
“We need to get a bit of mongrel in us and fight to win games.”
3. Sam Burgess
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1. Greg Inglis