The South Sydney Rabbitohs have gone down to the Brisbane Broncos by 47-12 in Round 25 at Allianz Stadium.
The Rabbitohs found themselves down by over a point a minute after only a quarter of the match gone, and despite some positive signs, the Broncos’ ability to turn defence into attack within seconds ultimately put the men in red and green behind the eight ball early.
Three tries to Ben Hunt, and doubles to Jordan Kahu and the elusive Anthony Milford helped the Broncos to a hefty win.
It would be the Broncos who would post four points on the back of a sneaky offload from Adam Blair on the 40 metre-line that sent the Broncos away for a break. The ball would eventually end up in the hands of winger, Jordan Kahu, who scored in the corner. Corey Parker converted from the touch-line to make it 6-0.
With the Rabbitohs again on the attack in what seemed to be a promising raid, Adam Reynolds kicked to the corner of Alex Johnston who was unable to control the ball. The pill eventually ended up in the hands of Brisbane’s Corey Oates, who turned defence into attack by racing 95 metres to score despite Dylan Walker’s defensive efforts to make it 10-0 after 14 minutes.
But things would get even worse for the Rabbitohs from the very next set when the Broncos broke clear through the red and green defence for Ben Hunt to score under the posts. All of a sudden, the score read 16-0 with Parker’s conversion.
Kahu grabbed his second of the night shortly afterwards on the back of a bizarre situation that again saw the Rabbitohs’ attack turned completely on its head within a matter of seconds – the Broncos finding themselves with the ball on the Rabbitohs’ 40 metre line after a ricochet. With 14 minutes remaining in the opening stanza, the score now read 22-0.
A mistake from the Broncos in their own half would finally lead to the first points of the night for Souths, when Glenn Stewart orchestrated a movement that saw Chris Grevsmuhl – just minutes into the game – crash over from short-range. Reynolds added the extras to make it a more respectable 22-6.
Four minutes from half-time, an Adam Reynolds bomb just over half-way travelled 50 metres into the hands of Darius Boyd, who promptly dropped the ball, gifting the Rabbitohs possession in perfect field position. But the Rabbitohs couldn’t capitalise on the opportunity.
The teams would ultimately go to the break with the Broncos leading 22-6.
The second stanza started just as poorly for the Rabbitohs, with Thomas Burgess dropping the ball just shy of half-way to give the Broncos first meaningful use of the ball in good field position. Mercilessly, Brisbane were unable to capitalise on the field position with points, however did manage to force a repeat set.
Justin Hodges came within a whisker of scoring from the ensuing set, but the Brisbane skipper was unable to control the ball over the line.
But Ben Hunt made no mistake mere minutes later when his grubber kick into the in-goal was picked up by Glenn Stewart, only for Hunt to strip the Rabbitoh of the ball to score. Kahu converted from right in front to make it 28-6.
The Broncos turned defence into attack yet again early in the second half as John Sutton left the pitch with a suspected right ankle injury. But the Rabbitohs managed to rally to keep the Broncos out.
Four repeat sets to the Rabbitohs set up Issac Luke for a crucial try with 25 minutes in the match remaining – the hooker burrowing over from dummy-half to take the score to 28-12 with Adam Reynolds’ conversion.
The Rabbitohs looked to be a renewed outfit, with both their attack and defence muscling up. But a penalty against Luke for a shoulder charge that landed the hooker on report took the wind out of Souths’ sails.
By the 63rd minute, the Broncos were all over the Rabbitohs in attack, with the Anthony Milford scoring off the back of a grubber-kick into the in-goal, and before long, Hunt was racing in for his third of the night. Parker converted both attempts to make it 40-12.
Chris Grevsmuhl almost grabbed himself a second try with seven minutes remaining when he took a ball on the burst close to the try-line, but a lack of ball-control saw the try disallowed by the video referee.
Milford was at it again with four minutes in the match remaining when he took an inside pass on the 40 metre line, before streaking away with the ball to score 14 metres in from touch. Kahu added the extras, before Milford added a field-goal to proceedings, bringing the score to 47-12.
Broncos 47 (Jordan Kahu 2, Corey Oates, Ben Hunt 3, Anthony Milford 2, tries; Corey Parker 5, Jordan Kahu 1 goals; Anthony Milford 1 field goal)
Rabbitohs 12 (Chris Grevsmuhl, Issac Luke, tries; Adam Reynolds 2 goals)