Both sides were without their Origin stars in this clash or suspended stars in the case of Sam Burgess, but it was the South Sydney Rabbitohs who eventually got the win over a spirited Newcastle Knights side, taking it out 25-18 at ANZ Stadium.
With conditions tough to play in due to the constant light rain during the game, it was the Knights who burst out of the blocks, scoring the first 12 points before the Bunnies were kicked into gear as they eventually regained the lead heading into half-time.
It was big George Burgess who starred again, scoring a try from 25m out that saw him shrug off 5 defenders and barge over them on his way to score.
A player who played well and was making his debut, was winger Josh Mantellato, who at 26, is one of the oldest debutants in recent years in the NRL.
What disappointed Knights coach Wayne Bennett the most, particularly during the first half, was the 7-1 vigrx plus works penalty count in favour of the Rabbitohs.
“It was the difference at the end of the night,” said Bennett.
“We were pretty dominant in the first half until they started getting the penalties and got them back in the game.
“It’s ridiculous to think we can only get one and the other team can get seven and we’re both trying to emulate what everyone else in the competition is doing.”
Bunnies coach Michael Maguire was pleased with his side’s resolve given the changes to the usual 17 and how they dug deep when trailing early on.
“Some games are ugly,” he said.
“Newcastle completed very highly in that first half and turned it into an arm-wrestle and I was just pleased to see our boys climb out of that and get the points.”
There was one sour point to come out of the game for Souths, however, with Beau Champion suffering a suspected broken leg.
3. George Burgess
2. Kade Snowden
1. Jeff Lima