The final result may have seemed like men against boys, though when you look deeper and see that the Wests Tigers side was decimated by injury, it paints a telling picture as to the limitations of the Tigers in this game.
Saying that, however, one should take nothing away from the performance of South Sydney Rabbitohs, who were on fire and firing on all cylinders on the back of stellar performances from veterans Issac Luke, John Sutton and Greg Inglis.
In the end, the Rabbitohs were too strong, too quick, too pacey, too classy and just too good for the Tigers side, who were decimated by injuries and playing a host of young players in first-grade to make up the numbers.
It looked like the game was headed for a cricket score early on, as Souths raced out to a 38-4 lead, before the Tigers resolve limited the bloodshed in the second half, with the final score still finishing 54-10 to the Bunnies.
In a feat you do not see often in the modern game, Greg Inglis crossed the line 4 times – but perhaps even more alarming, was Souths back-rower Sam Burgess making 3 line-breaks, almost unheard of by a forward.
The Tigers players fought deep despite the heavy loss, with veterans such as Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods playing their hearts out, exuding a ton of passion for the club.
Ultimately, it was not the Tigers night, however, with coach Mick Potter admitting his side has problems and have to resolve them quickly, as they slumped to their 7th straight loss.
“The first half they just ran riot over us and the game was over by halftime,” Potter said.
“They are a good team but we need to do better as a team. We knew what their strengths were and we just didn’t account for them.
“We have some serious training to do and some serious looking at ourselves.”
On the other side of the coin, Souths coach Michael Maguire hailed his entire team especially the forward pack, who he believes are laying the platform for Greg Inglis to shine.
“Everyone in front of him is doing a great job and so is Greg,” Maguire said.
“He is a fantastic player and we are lucky to have him. He brings a real difference to us.
“But if the forwards aren’t rolling forward and defending … he can’t do that so well.”
3. Issac Luke
2. John Sutton
1. Greg Inglis