The South Sydney Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg side have run rampant at Leichhardt Oval, putting the Wests Tigers to the sword 58-18.
Souths’ hooker Josh Cook went on a first-half rampage from dummy half, setting up a try and scoring another to set his side up well for a 24-12 halftime lead.
Cook was constantly probing from dummy half, getting past tired forwards and looking more and more like Damien Cook with each minute that passed.
His effort out of dummy half to set up the opening try in the 7th minute was particularly impressive, splitting the Tigers’ defence through the middle, before drawing Tigers’ fullback Zac Cini and passing to halfback Blake Taaffe who scored under the posts.
The Wests Tigers impressed early on, putting on some big shots in the opening set and dominating field position in the first five minutes. However poor execution close to the line let them down.
Tigers fullback Zac Cini was impressive bringing the ball back, and scored a good try in the 14th minute, cutting the Rabbitohs’ defence to shreds on the right edge.
Silly mistakes hampered his game, however, with a knock on of his leading directly to a barge over try from Josh Cook. He also kicked out on the full at the following kick off, leading to a try to Kane Allan in the 25th minute.
The second half started where the first left off, with Wests Tigers gifting Souths an early chance with a knock on in the first set. Souths took full advantage, scoring through Ky Rodwell to lead 30-12.
The Tigers showed some fight, striking back through Lucas Castle in the 43rd minute to trail by 30 points to 18. However, they made it difficult for themselves to keep the fight up with poor discipline and silly errors costing them a great deal of possession.
The Rabbitohs continued to draw away as the second half progressed, with a try to replacement hooker Peter Mamouzelos in the 49th minute, before Kane Allan scored his second of the game in the 56th minute, putting the result beyond any doubt.
Mamouzelos continued to exploit Wests’ tired forwards around the middle, showing that Souths have plenty of depth in the hooking ranks. He scored his second try of the game in the 60th minute off the back of more dummy half running.
Souths continued to pile on the points, cracking the half century with a try to Lachlan Ilias, before Jack Frasca crashed over in the left corner as the fulltime siren sounded, with a sideline conversion from Taaffe sealing the fate of the toothless Tigers with a 58-18 victory.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 58 (Kane Allan 3, Peter Mamouzelos 2, Blake Taaffe, Josh Cook, Augustine Stowers, Ky Rodwell, Jack Frasca tries; Blake Taaffe 7, Lachlan Ilias 2 goals)
Wests Tigers 18 (Zac Cini, Senn Kane, Lucas Castle tries; Ben Stevanovic 3 goals)