The Rabbitohs took outright first position on the NRL ladder after accounting for North Queensland in round nine of the 2013 season – their eighth win from nine starts in 2013.
The table-topping result was confirmed after fellow competition frontrunners the Melbourne Storm, fell to the Penrith Panthers in only their second loss of the season.
While the Rabbitohs were slow to start at ANZ Stadium, scintillating performances from Greg Ingiis, as well as Sam and George Burgess laid the platform for what The Rabbitohs described as an ‘ugly win’.
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Rabbitohs Coach Michael Maguire reflected those thoughts post match.
“Yeah It was a bit of a disjointed game,” said the Souths mentor.
“I’m sure Sutto (Captain John Sutton) will probably agree that it was an uglier game that we played but we’re able to get through those games at the moment, so we need to make sure we’re better than that.
“I’m proud we came out the right end, but I know the boys in the change room aren’t overly happy with how we played tonight. They’ve got high standards this group, they’re very very competitive amongst themselves. We just got to make sure we look at areas how we can get better for next week.”
Greg Inglis scored a double and ran for a staggering 217metres with the ball in hand, while the Burgess brothers amassed a whopping 321 metres between them.