The South Sydney Rabbitohs bounced back from a surprise loss to the Dragons with an emphatic 32-4 victory over the Gold Coast Titans in Queensland in round 20 of the 2013 competition in the last time the two sides met.
The men in red and green survived a second half resurgence from the Titans to record the win. The night was also being the stage for a number of important events including; the marking of Luke Keary’s first try-scoring double in the NRL, the successful return of former Test winger Matt King, who proved why he is an integral member of the Rabbitohs team, and John Sutton playing his 200th game for the Club.
Sam Burgess opened the scoring for the night in the 11th minute, with the giant Englishman showing great footwork close to the line to evade the Titans defence before crashing over. Reynolds added the extras to give Souths a 6-0 lead.
The Rabbitohs showed plenty of respect to the home side, extending their lead in the 33rd minute through a penalty goal to Adam Reynolds after John Sutton was taken out by Ben Ridge to take their lead to 8 points.
The decision to take the two points proved a masterstroke, with George Burgess scoring one of his signature tries from close range. Reynolds made no mistake to give the Rabbitohs a 14-0 lead at half time.
Souths came out strong in the second half, with Sam Burgess adding his name to the score card after a Reynolds attacking raid was halted by a Greg Bird strip. But Burgess played the whistle, picking up the loose ball to score. Reynolds shaved the inside of the upright from out wide to give the Rabbitohs a 20 point advantage.
Two penalties to the Titans piggy-backed the home side up the field before Kevin Gordon managed the Gold Coast’s first try of the night, bringing the score to 20-4.
But the Rabbitohs’ confidence and lead was boosted after the returning Matt King combined with Luke Keary – King taking off down the short side before throwing a speculator back on the inside to Keary who touched down out wide. Reynolds again added the extras to make the score 26-4.
Keary was at it again six minutes from full time, with the replacement half showing and going before slicing through the Titans defence and running 60 metres to score under the sticks. Dylan Walker was thrown the ball to take the shot, with the Souths junior notching up his maiden first grade goal to seal the match up at 32 points to 4.
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