The South Sydney Rabbitohs blew the Brisbane Broncos away in a stunning eight minute period early in the second half to maintain their unbeaten away record for season 2013 with a 26 points to 12 victory at Suncorp Stadium tonight in front of 39,111 Members and supporters.


The Rabbitohs trailed 12-8 at the break, but three tries between the 45th and 53rd minutes established an unassailable lead as they recorded their seventh win of the season.


The Rabbitohs were under pressure from the second tackle with Sam Burgess spilling the ball in front of his own posts, but as they did last week, the Rabbitohs' defence on their own line held strong, and they were able to work it out of their own end on the back of a couple of penalties.


One of those penalties came from an Alex Glenn shoulder charge on Adam Reynolds deep in Broncos territory, and Reynolds slotted a fourth minute penalty goal to give the red and greens an early two-nil lead.


The Rabbitohs put themselves under the pressure with more handling errors, but their defence stood strong, holding out the Broncos on multiple occasions close to their own line.


The video referee was called on to rule on a possible Jason Clark try in the 15th minute when he carried two defenders over the line, only to have the ball kicked from his grasp by Broncos fullback Corey Norman over the line. This was a penalty and the Rabbitohs had the ball in good field position, only to see Sam Burgess lose the ball near the line and turn over possession.


This did not deter the Rabbitohs, with Issac Luke pulling off a perfect tackle on Ben Hannant, dislodging the ball and giving the Rabbitohs back the ball in good field postition.


South Sydney made the most of the opportunity, with the previously unlucky Clark scoring his first try of the season in the 19th minute. He took on the line with one of his customary front row charges, beat the tackle of Matt Gillett and stepped off both feet to cross just to the right of the uprights. Adam Reynolds converted to take the scoreline to eight-nil in favour of the good guys.


The Broncos registered their first points in the 29th minute following three repeat sets deep in South Sydney territory. The Rabbitohs were able to repel Brisbane twice, but the third time Scott Prince managed to get around his defender to score to the right of the posts. Prince converted his own try with a conversion that bounced off the left hand upright, taking the scoreline to eight-six in favour of the Rabbitohs.


Six minutes later the home side scored their second try through centre Jack Reed, after the video referee took numerous looks at a possible knock on from the English international. The try was deemed to have been scored and Prince's wide conversion gave Brisbane a 12-8 lead just before half time.


The Broncos turned in a strong defensive set but Andrew Everingham put a massive hit on Jack Reed to match the Broncos' efforts.


The Rabbitohs put on an attacking raid in the final minute of the half, but points could not be added and the teams went into the sheds with the Broncos leading 12-8.


Nine Rabbitohs players had tallied double figures in defence in the first 40 minutes, with Sam Burgess leading the way with 21 tackles, followed by Issac Luke and George Burgess (17), Roy Asotasi (15), Ben Te'o (14), Adam Reynolds (13), Chris McQueen (12), and John Sutton and David Tyrrell (11).


Sam Burgess was also eating up the metres, making 107 metres from his nine first half runs. What was hurting the Rabbitohs was errors, making nine to the Broncos three in the first forty minutes.


The Rabbitohs looked more composed when they returned from the break, making the most of an offside penalty which gave them the ball 40 metres out from the Brisbane line.


From the ensuing set, the Rabbitohs worked the ball close to the line through George Burgess. On the next play, Issac Luke skipped out to the left and turned the ball inside to a rampaging Greg Inglis who charged over from close range. The video referee was called upon to check obstruction, but no one had impeded anyone, and there was no chance anyone was going to stop 'GI' from there. Reynolds' conversion gave the Rabbitohs a 14-12 lead early in the second stanza.


The Rabbitohs scored just three minutes later with the mercurial Nathan Merritt finishing off some brilliant work from Inglis and Bryson Goodwin. Inglis collected a grubber kick one metre out from his own line and beat numerous tackles before offloading to Goodwin on the 20 metre line. Goodwin streaked away down field, only to be felled eight metres out from the Broncos line. He played the ball to Merritt who shapped to go open but dashed to the blind side, getting around the defence, scoring in the left hand corner. Reynolds converted from the western touchline to take the lead out to eight.


South Sydney scored their third try of the half in the 53rd minute through hulking five-eighth John Sutton. Great lead up work from George Burgess, charging straight at the black dot, sucked in the defence, and on the next play Sutton strolled through a hole to score to the right of the posts. Reynolds kicked the relatively easy two-pointer to extend the lead to 26-12.


Defence was the order of the day for the next 15 minutes, with the Rabbitohs near flawless in their defensive effort, and forcing errors from the Broncos.


A long break was made by Jordan Kahu for the Broncos in the 70th minute, but again the Rabbitohs were able to thwart the Broncos' attacking raid, with Merritt flying high to diffuse an attacking bomb.


The Broncos had a video referee decision go against them in the 74th minute when Matt Gillett came up with a loose ball from a cross field bomb. He ran into Kahu who in turn obstructed Issac Luke from making a tackle.


The Broncos had another chance to score in the 77th minute but the rock solid South Sydney defence held them out again, even holding one attacker up over the line.


The Rabbitohs then mounted their own attacking play, only to have a deft John Sutton pass to Nathan Merritt called back for a forward pass in the 78th minute.


The Rabbitohs finished off the half with a clean sheet on the scoreboard, taking out the game 26 points to 12.


The Rabbitohs were outstanding in defence in the second half, barely giving the Broncos an inch as they moved to 14 competition points on the Telstra Premiership ladder.


South Sydney Rabbitohs 26 (Jason Clark, Greg Inglis, Nathan Merritt, John Sutton tries; Adam Reynolds 5 goals)


defeated


Brisbane Broncos 12 (Scott Prince, Jack Reed tries; Scott Prince 2 goals)