They had a slow start to the game but picked themselves up as it wore on, with the South Sydney Rabbitohs defeating the Parramatta Eels 30-10 at ANZ Stadium, with stellar performances from Adam Reynolds and John Sutton.
With both sides affected by either Origin or injury, Reynolds is usually known for his astute and pinpoint kicking game, but he says that running the football has been something he was working on for quite some time.
“I’ve been working really hard at it at training and I’m just trying to pick the right time to run,” said Reynolds.
“I’m just trying to look on improving my game as a whole.”
With the Eels ill-discipline and bad ball control costing them at times, they did have some solid performances from a few of their players, with club captain Tim Mannah leading the way in the forwards and backs Ken Sio and Jacob Loko enjoying solid Electronic Cigarette games.
What disappointed Ricky Stuart more, however, was the 13-6 penalty count against his team, as the Eels coach remained adamant that his side was being penalised for things that the opposition were not.
“To keep my job I don’t communicate with (referees’ boss) Daniel Anderson because I don’t agree with what he’s doing,” Stuart said.
“I know a lot of other coaches, or most, are the same in regards to my thoughts.”
In rather bad conditions with a lot of rain coming down, Souths coach Michael Maguire praised his side’s professionalism and was pleased with the win.
“It has been a credit to all those younger guys who have come into the squad and worked extremely hard to try and take their opportunities,” Maguire said.
“They are doing that so I’m giving myself some (selection) headaches into the back end of the season.”
3. Adam Reynolds
2. John Sutton
1. Tim Mannah