The South Sydney Rabbitohs have demolished the Newcastle Knights by a whopping 52-6 at ANZ Stadium tonight in their biggest win of the season so far and their biggest winning margin over the Newcastle side.
Hat-tricks to Greg Inglis and Dylan Walker, as well as a double to Alex Johnston helped the men in red and green to the incredible finish that also fell just four points short of the side’s biggest ever winning margin at ANZ Stadium.
The Knights burst out of the blocks by getting in a good first set before also receiving a penalty. The infringement would prove costly for the Rabbitohs, who were put on the back-pedal early. Kade Snowden crashed over from short-range to open the scoring before Tyrone Roberts converted. But that would be the end of the Knights' evening so far as points were concerned.
When the Rabbitohs finally got use of the ball after four minutes, they would make full use of the opportunity with Alex Johnston getting outside his opposite number before streaking away and passing onto inside-man, Dylan Walker. Walker would score his second try in two weeks in fine style, but Reynolds’ radar was off target, leaving the score at 6-4.
With the Knights attempting to get out of their own red zone, a loose ball was picked up by Tim Grant, setting up a brilliant attacking opportunity for Souths.
As a result, Johnston would get a try of his own in the set when the red and green’s again opted to go right – Johnston overpowering the defence before reaching out desperately to score. Reynolds added the extras from an almost identical position to his last attempt to make the lead 10-6
Another error by the Knights just two minutes after the try saw the Rabbitohs apply yet more pressure on the Newcastle side. Swinging the ball out the back-line, Keary held up a pass just long enough to get Sutton through a gap, who in turn passed back inside to a flying Greg Inglis who scored behind the sticks. Reynolds converted to make it 16-6.
Reynolds then hoisted a monster, spiralling bomb, at the conclusion of a Rabbitohs set that was spilt by Newcastle, again giving the Rabbitohs an attacking opportunity in good field position. The error would again yield points, this time through Bryson Goodwin, who finished off what appeared to be a routine training drill to make the score 20-6 with 14 minutes left in the first half.
While Reynolds was unsuccessful with his conversion attempt, Greg Inglis seemed to make it his mission to get more points off the next set – the Rabbitohs skipper dancing through the Knights defence before racing 35 metres, stretching out and scoring a brilliant try. Reynolds made no mistake to make it 26-6.
It was raining tries at ANZ Stadium when Walker was again the recipient of a Johnston inside ball to score, but not before some intense scrutiny from the video referee after Walker took an age to plant the ball over the line – some desperate defence from Beau Scott almost managing to diffuse the try. But the on-field decision of ‘try’ stuck, taking the score out to 30-6.
Inglis would put the finishing touches on the Rabbitohs first half when he dummied close to the line and strolled straight through the Knights defence to complete his hat-trick. Reynolds added the extras from out wide to make the half-time score an impressive 36-6.
The Knights’ horror night of handling continued in the second half when Jake Mamo fumbled a ball deep in his own red-zone – an error that would see the Rabbitohs apply the blow-torch for three consecutive sets.
The Knights would eventually crack under the weight of the sustained pressure, with Thomas Burgess grabbing his second career try – the English international crashing over from short range under the sticks. Reynolds added the extras from right in front to make it 42-6.
A rare mistake from the red and greens should have been an opportunity for the Knights to claw back, but instead, the Rabbitohs flexed their muscle even further when they managed to bundle a Knights attacker over the touch-line as they looked to attack.
Alex Johnston missed an opportunity to score in the corner in one attacking instance, but not long afterwards, the Souths Junior grabbed his second of the night off a kick to make it 46-6.
The half-century was notched up – as well as Walker’s hat-trick – when the Test centre hit a short-ball from Glenn Stewart before exploding through the line to score behind the sticks. Reynolds added the extras to make the final score 52-6.
Rabbitohs 52 (Dylan Walker 3, Alex Johnston 2, Greg Inglis 3, Bryson Goodwin, Thomas Burgess, tries; Adam Reynolds 6 goals)
Knights 6 (Kade Snowden, tries; Tyrone Roberts 1 goals)