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Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg dominate Victoria Thunderbolts in landslide win

The South Sydney Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg side have come away with a dominant 64-6 victory against the Victoria Thunderbolts in their Round 21 clash at Central Coast Stadium.

Backrower Tallis Angianga scored three tries, while his fellow forward Matt French scoring a double in a strong performance as the Rabbitohs hit the half-century in a one-sided contest.

A strong start to the match saw the Rabbitohs gain ample field position with strong defence keeping the Thunderbolts in their own half, and after just a few minutes it was bustling backrower Tallis Angianga who broke the line to score the first try of the match. With Lachlan Ilias' conversion, it was the Rabbitohs who were up 6-nil after just five minutes.

An error in the play the ball coupled with a penalty saw the Thunderbolts stake their claim to rebound and score, but it was the Red and Green touching down at the other end of the field as fullback James Tautaiolefua barged over the line. 

Another lost ball in the ruck coupled with a penalty this time saw Victoria go over to score to close the ledger with five-eighth Trent Toelau slipping through to score.

A light drizzle soon came down, and with a Thunderbolts error the Red and Green were back on the attack with backrower Matt French running a well-timed line off Ilias to hit back. 

The roll-on continued as the Rabbitohs fast-paced attack dominated, with French getting his second as he ran off another inside man - this time prop Aiden Manowski - to build an eighteen-point lead. 

It was the perfect execution of the spine to see the Rabbitohs gain their next try, with hooker Peter Mamouzelos and Lachlan Ilias sending Tautaiolefua through a gap with an inside-out move at the ruck. On the next play, it was halfback Dean Hawkins who grubbered through for Angianga, who chased through to put the ball down just before the dead-ball line.

A late break on the stroke of fulltime saw Ilias nearly touch down only to be denied with a knock-on over the line, but the Rabbitohs held an impressive 30-6 halftime lead.

The Thunderbolts came out of the sheds with plenty of intent, but another error saw French race downfield, before Angianga bagged his hat-trick on the next set. Ilias' sixth consecutive conversion saw the Rabbitohs lead by 30 points.

Soon after it was centre Nick Mougios and Dean Hawkins touching down, with the Red and Green well and truly dominating their opponents.

A linebreak from French just after the kick-off saw winger Muong Dut score the side's ninth try to hit the half-century with twenty minutes left.

Hawkins was the next to bag his double in a brilliant solo try, dummying his way to the line in a 30-metre effort continued to side's lead, with a final try seeing the scores 64-6. 


South Sydney Rabbitohs 64 (Tallis Angianga 3, Matt French 2, Dean Hawkins 2 James Tautaiolefua, Nick Mougios, Muong Dut, Aiden Manowski tries; Lachlan Ilias 10 goals)


Victoria Thunderbolts 6 (Trent Toelau tries; Matt Stimson goal)




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