The South Sydney Rabbitohs have well and truly cemented their spot as one of the competition’s elite teams, after they cruised to victory at ANZ Stadium last night against the Canberra Raiders, winning 32-2 on the back of stellar performances from their key players.
Scoring three tries in each half, the Bunnies were simply far too strong for the Raiders, confirming to the rest of the NRL that they are genuine title contenders.
Despite Origin back-rower Chris McQueen sitting out and fellow Origin forward Ben Te’o limping off after 35 minutes, nothing was going to stop the Rabbitohs, as Greg Inglis continued his devastating run of form, as did other players.
The loss was compounded for the Raiders, with young winger Sami Sauiluma placed on report for a shoulder charge and talented young centre Jack Wighton injured, after he failed to return to the field in the second half.
After a disappointing loss as a NSW player on Wednesday night, Souths winger Nathan Merritt said it felt good to be in the winners circle once more.
“It was Online Blackjack a tough loss the other night in Origin and I was a bit down from that,” Merritt said.
“But the spirits are back up now that I’ve come back here with Souths and won a game.”
Knowing full well that he had a rather poor start to his Origin career, Merritt was keen to make amends and wanted to prove a point to those that had doubted him.
“It was a matter of getting out there and proving to myself I can step up and play decent again,” Merritt said.
“I’m very happy I got a chance to play two days after because the longer it took the more head noise I probably would have.”
On top of the potential groin injury for Wighton, departing winger Sandor Earl dislocated his shoulder.
The Raiders were not without chances of their own, but they failed to capitalize when it mattered, leaving coach David Furner lamenting his side’s missed opportunities.
“We didn’t build the pressure we would have liked,” Furner said.
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