Boasting stars like Greg Inglis, Dylan Walker and John Sutton, the expectation is that those players are always the ones to shine and perform. Though for any club, knowing that the lesser-known players within the team can stand up is a great sight.
And so, in the South Sydney Rabbitohs side, it was unsung back-rower Chris Grevsmuhl who made the impact scoring two tries in a quality display.
With the game closely fought in its entirety, it was ultimately fundamental errors and poor decisions that let the Gold Coast Titans down. Making errors galore, the Titans ended up costing themselves the game at an inopportune time.
It was a stark contrast to the first half action, with the Titans leading at half-time and putting on a show of resolute defence despite having just 32% possession across the half.
Such defence dissipated, though, and it was Souths who gained all the ascendancy in the second half with 16 unanswered points.
There were two sour points for Souths despite their win, with both Greg Inglis and George Burgess departing the field due to concussions and head clashes that left them dazed and confused.
The game itself went down to the wire and despite being down some players, Souths managed to hang onto the victory even after a late try for Anthony Don.
There was some contention that had the fans talking and it came with one of Souths tries. It occurred when Greg Inglis ran behind one of his own players to score a try which is deemed an obstruction, only for the decision to be overturned when video refs determined that the Titans player initiated the contact.
It was another strong showing for in-form centre James Roberts, who continues to impress every week and continues to stake his claims for higher honours.
With a lot of talk surrounding Souths attack and how it is lacking at times without Adam Reynolds, captain Greg Inglis admitted that it is an area that has to improve.
“That’s something that we’ve been working on for the last few weeks,” Inglis said.
“We know it’s there, it’s just getting it right on the day. Our training’s been excellent, everything’s been superb, but you can train all you want until you get to a game scenario. We spoke a lot over the past few weeks about what we can fix up and we’re definitely improving on it.”
There was also praise galore for Roberts from Titans coach Neil Henry.
“He has got that in-and-away and the pass and we need him to be in the game,” Titans coach Neil Henry said of Roberts.
“We probably didn’t do justice with our ball control to give him a few more opportunities but he’s part of our team and is working on his game as well.”
With the Titans suffering several close losses this season, rather than buckle, captain Nate Myles believes the character of the club can see them get through it.
“The question was asked as to whether these close losses are taking their toll, I think it’s building a bit of character about us,” said an upbeat Myles.
“I think our young halves and hookers are starting to recognise these situations now and it’s turning into a bit of a positive.
“Although we didn’t get a couple of calls tonight I thought we did enough to get the two points. I thought we were the better side and our execution and our halves and our young guys are learning from it. I think it’s a positive.”
There was a further dampener for the Titans, with Ryan James placed on report for a crusher tackle in the first half.
Player of the Game:
3. Chris Grevsmuhl
2. John Sutton
1. James Roberts
South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 (Chris Grevsmuhl 2, Greg Inglis, Alex Johnston tries; Issac Luke 3 goals) defeated Gold Coast Titans 16 (Anthony Don 2, James Roberts tries; Aidan Sezer 2 goals) at Cbus Super Stadium. Half-time: Titans 10-6. Crowd: 15,583. On report: Ryan James (Titans, 18th minute). Holden Cup: Rabbitohs 30-26.