It was not all smooth sailing and not the sort of overall performance South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire would have wanted from his side, but they will take the two points, overcoming a resilient Wests Tigers outfit at Allianz Stadium.
It was the Tigers who came bursting out of the blocks as they raced out to a commanding lead, catching off the usually on-fire Rabbiotohs off-guard.
With the Tigers 18 points in 14 minutes coming off the back of a rather harsh sin-binning call against Sam Burgess, one that left the in-form Englishman confused, he repaid his team-mates tenfold later on in the game and was a key reason behind their surge to victory.
“It’s certainly disappointing to get ten minutes,” Burgess said.
“I didn’t say a word. I’m a bit confused.
With the spotlight on the four Burgess brothers, who were the first quartet of brothers to play in Australian rugby league since 1910, Burgess was pleased with the win – a 32-18 triumph for his club – and the fact that all four brothers were on the field at the same time.
“Madge (coach Michael Maguire Viagra) got us all out there at the same time which was a pretty cool moment, it’s going to be one that we’ll remember for a while, we certainly enjoyed that.”
With a crucial game coming up in Rd 26, one that can decide the fate of the minor premiership, Souths coach Michael Maguire said that his side’s destiny is now in their hands.
“It’s a great opportunity for the club, the players and another important game,” he said.
“It’s going to be a great atmosphere and have that finals feel.
“The boys want to be able to add a little bit of that history along the way.”
For the Tigers, whilst it was not the result they were after in Benji Marshall’s 200th game, Robbie Farah’s record-breaking club game or Lote Tuqiri’s 150th game, there was a lot to take out of the game for them.
Building for the future, the young players talents were again on show, with Tim Simona and Ben Murdoch-Masila impressing, in what was a valiant effort from the Tigers across the board.
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2. Sam Burgess
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