A tough loss tonight with the Bulldogs coming away with the victory. Let's see where the Rabbitohs fell short with 'By the Numbers.'
Match: Rabbitohs v Bulldogs
Round 19 -
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
THE START & THE FINISH
Tonight was the first time in seven games where the Rabbitohs were not first to post points (the last time was against the Dragons in Round 12). In recent weeks the Rabbitohs have been criticised for having outstanding starts but falling away at the end rather than continuing to put the foot on the pedal.
Tonight they flipped this stat after trailing 20-0, the Rabbitohs did well to claw their way back into the game scoring 16 unanswered points. Despite this the Bulldogs extended their lead to 10 points as they were the last to score leaving the Rabbitohs disappointed that they are yet to put in a quality 80 minute performance.
THE SOUTHS JUNIORS ARE AT IT
Both Campbell Graham and Reimis Smith lined up in the Centres tonight. While both are right-edge and therefore on opposite sides of the field, we still thought it was worth pointing out the comparison.
A COUPLE OF JUNIORS CAN FIND THE LINE
Both Alex Johnston and Campbell Graham climbed up on the NRL’s Try Scoring list (Johnston to equal second and Graham to equal ninth) after both crossing for tries tonight. AJ also brought up his 98th try of his career. Can he crack the three figures this season?
HIGH QUALITY COMPLETIONS: 92% BULLDOGS
Given the high-scoring game you would think the completions would be down (therefore inviting opposition attacking raids which ultimately lead to points), but in fact the quality of football from both sides was solid, and in the Bulldogs’ case exceptional.
Most times this season when the Rabbitohs complete 76% or above they would go on to win the game. That wasn’t the case tonight with the Bulldogs toppling the Rabbitohs 92% to their 76% completion rate.