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Desperate Rabbitohs show resilience to turn tables on Tigers

One desperate act has helped to get South Sydney's season back on track, after the Rabbitohs overcame the Wests Tigers 44-18 at Accor Stadium.

A determined Lachlan Ilias prevented a certain try with a last-ditch ankle tap in the 20th minute, turning the game in an instant and halting the charge of the Tigers.

It's the sort of effort that gets fans and teammates up and about, particularly as they stared down the barrel of finding themselves on the wrong end of a 18-0 scoreline.

Ilias produces a big defensive effort

The Rabbitohs started fast and looked good through the middle in the opening exchanges before an intercept against the run of play completely halted their momentum for the Tigers to post first points.

It was compounded with another and in the blink of an eye, Wests pushed the lead out to 12-0.

The scars of last week's poor first half against Canberra began to show, and a rampaging Daine Laurie looked certain to extend the lead further before that act of desperation from Ilias changed the momentum of the game.

South Sydney capitalised shortly after through a backline movement finished off by Alex Johnston, and when Siliva Havili crossed, scores were level.

Johnston scores for Souths

Despite trailing 18-12 at the break, the Rabbitohs came out firing to start the second half with the forward pack again winning the battle in the middle of the field.

Johnston's second tied things up again, before Campbell Graham burrowed his way over from inches out to give South Sydney its first lead of the game after 51 minutes.

Even though they hit the lead, the Tigers refused to lie down, and despite an error at the back gifting the visitors a set on Souths' line.

That spurred them on to get further into the grind, and after turning the Tigers away on their own goal line, they were rewarded with a piece of history, as Johnston's third moved him to the top of the Rabbitohs all-time tryscorers list, fittingly coming in Indigenous Round.

Cody Walker wasn't going to miss out on the party, keeping his tradition of shining in the round.

His first effort to swoop on a loose ball helped to put the result beyond doubt, before his second just moments later put the icing on the cake.

It was a courageous effort to come back from two tries down early in the contest, and for the first time this season they were able to overturn a deficit at half time.

Match Highlights: Rabbitohs v Wests Tigers

Most importantly it keeps Souths in the eight, ahead of a well-earned bye this weekend before a trip to the Gold Coast as they look to keep the momentum rolling against the Titans in round 14.

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