Alex Johnston may have put the ball down over the line, but it was a mammoth defensive effort from the Rabbitohs – applying sustained pressure on the Panthers at ANZ Stadium – that got him over the line.
After a solid attacking set, followed by a well-placed kick deep toward the corner-post, the Rabbitohs seemed to make it their mission to keep the Panthers inside their own 10 metre zone.
Wave after wave of exuberant red and green defence pummelled the Penrith attack as they desperately searched for field-position. But as the Rabbitohs defence muscled up, frustration saw the Panthers spill the ball, allowing Dylan Walker to throw a long cut-out pass to Alex Johnston to score.
“It’s just pure effort there,” said Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire in his Fujitsu Post-Match Reaction of the effort.
“You put yourselves into those opportunities by what you do as a team – the team defended one set and forced an error and sure enough were able to capitalise.
“I thought Dylan – he made a real good selection or choice of where he got the ball to Alex and we got the four points,”
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