An injury-ravaged Rabbitohs outfit has been thoroughly outclassed by the Melbourne Storm on a rainy Thursday evening at Stadium Australia, conceding 10 tries and falling to a 50 points to nil defeat.
The Storm put on a wet-weather football clinic, completing at over 90 percent with Josh Addo-Carr becoming the first player in 71 years to score 6 tries in a match, while the Rabbitohs repeatedly spilled the ball within their own half allowing the Storm to pull them apart & expose the makeshift defensive combinations on both edges.
South Sydney came into the match after being forced to make major changes to their side for the second week straight, following a spate of injuries and suspensions in key positions with names like Mitchell, Reynolds, Murray, Graham, Mansour & Paulo all key contributors when healthy & available missing for the match.
The last time the two sides met in the first match of the season, the Melbourne Storm came out of the blocks at a breakneck pace & by the time the Rabbitohs worked their way into the match it was too late. The Storm came out of the blocks early again in this one, earning a penalty & a repeat set before the Rabbitohs had even touched the ball, & while the Rabbitohs defense was able to turn them around early on - the Storm controlled the match from the opening whistle & South Sydney where never really in the match.
Josh Addo-Carr crossed for his first in the 11th minute pouncing on a Justin Olam grubber with some searing pace required to close the gap & get a hand to the ball. He made it a double 11 minutes later after Nicho Hynes cut through the Rabbitohs right side defense, before finding the winger with a nice inside the ball. The NSW winger completed the hat trick just a few minutes later when Harry Grant found himself in the open field shortly after entering the match.
Jerome Hughes crossed for the Storm's fourth try after Cameron Munster stripped the ball from Damien Cook who hyperextended his knee on the play, and Addo-Carr had his 4th before the half was over when the Storm stripped the Rabbitohs right side of numbers to set the winger up in the corner, taking the scores to 26 to nil at the halftime break.
Match: Rabbitohs v Storm
Round 9 -
Venue: Stadium Australia, Sydney
The one-way traffic continued in the second half with Brandon Smith jumping out of dummy half & crossing next to the posts in the 46th minute before George Jennings bagged two down the right side after the Rabbitohs repeatedly spilled the ball coming out of their own half. Addo-Carr became the first Melbourne Storm player to score 5 tries in a match in the 66th minute, & bagged his record 6th shortly after completing the 50 point demolition.
The Rabbitohs now look to rebound when they face the Sharks in next week's magic round in Brisbane.