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Seven Tackle Set - 7 talking points from R22

Check out the seven biggest talking points from Friday's match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters.

1. Rabbitohs Overcome Early Reshuffle


It was hardly an ideal start for the home side as fullback Alex Johnston succumbed to injury just two minutes into the contest.

With an already depleted backline with Greg Inglis, Campbell Graham, Robert Jennings and Adam Doueihi all on the sidelines, it was a big blow to the Red and Green in the all-important clash.

But to their credit, Dane Gagai, Hymel Hunt, Tyrell Fuimaono, Braidon Burns and Richie Kennar did an admiral job against the highly favoured Roosters backline. 


2. Swaying Momentum


The final scoreline and try-scoring sheet told the tale of the tape.

In one of the most intense matches of the season, there was a continual momentum shift, with the Rabbitohs opening with a penalty goal before the Roosters struck with a dubious try. 

Souths hit back through Adam Reynolds, but again the Roosters took the front early in the second half before Hymel Hunt put the Rabbitohs back in the contest. 

In the end, it was just two goals separating the sides after 80 minutes. 


3. Unconventional But Effective


The Cardinal and Myrtle needed to produce something special to overcome the best defence in the league, and both of our tries scored were exactly that.

In the 27th minute, Reynolds took it upon himself to regather a grubber kick that ricocheted his chest to open the try scoring.

Mid-way through the second half, Braidon Burns produced a pearler of a flick pass to send Hymel Hunt over the line and keep the side in the contest.

In a year filled with some incredible four-pointers, the boys certainly didn't disappoint on Friday night.


4. Braidon Burns The Opposition


In his first 80-minute outing in his preferred position of centre, Braidon Burns had a breakout game.

Burns finished the match with 139 running metres (65 post contact), one linebreak assist, one try assist, four offloads and 44 kicking metres from his two incredible kicks that nearly resulted in a try. 

After playing on the wing for most of his career, Burns is showing some real potential in the centres and could prove to be very handy in the finals. 


5. Crucial Moments Cruel Rabbitohs


In what shaped up to be a dress rehearsal for the semis, there were plenty of crucial moments that plagued the Red and Green.

With ample time and opportunities galore in the opposition 20-metre zone, Souths produced too many errors and crippled their chances of scoring. 

There were lessons to be learned, but there were plenty of positives to come from the match as well. 


6. Not To Worry


So we lost to the Roosters. So what?

In a match compounded by injuries and errors, it's a credit to the players who kept the margin to a respectable four points.

With both sides finals-bound, there's still plenty of work to be done. 

Watch out Roosters, we're coming for you!


7. You Know We Still Hate The Roosters


Another classic match proved that there is still plenty of feeling between the two clubs.

Both sides scored two tries apiece, with only two goals making the difference. Not to mention we took out the coveted Ron Coote Cup. 

It proved that both sides will be competing at the business end of the year, and who knows what could happen?

One thing is for certain - we still hate the Roosters!



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