NYC Rd 17 Souths 46 Penrith 16
The Rabbitohs NYC side have scored a stunning 46-16 win over the top of the table Penrith Panthers.by NRL
The Rabbitohs NYC side have scored a stunning 46-16 win over the top of the table Penrith Panthers.
With the North Sydney Bears having a bye this weekend, the Rabbitohs Toyota Cup side welcomed back stars Luke Keary and Adrian Ha'angana. James Roberts was once again named and George Burgess, initially selected to play in the NRL side, made way for a couple of returning stars and took his place in the NYC side.
Harry Seijka was omitted from the first grade side and was a welcome return for the Panthers at halfback.
The Rabbitohs started the brightest of the sides but were unable to score until the 10th minute when a flurry of tries gave them an 18-0 lead.
Dylan Walker scored the first from a scintillating run where his sheer pace beat the left side defenders and Panthers fullback Kieran Moss was unable to hold him up. Koroisau converted for a 6-0 lead.
From the kickoff, James Roberts highlighted his incredible power and speed to beat a number of tacklers. Dylan Walker finished off the move, holding the ball up beautifully to put Jordan Tongahai over. It was soon three tries in five minutes when George Burgess' clever offload after a bustling run from the kickoff put fullback Tyrone Phillips away for his first try of the night. Koroisau had 3/3 and the Rabbitohs held an 18 point lead.
With the Rabbitohs absolutely dominating up front, especially giant Englishman George Burgess, Tyrone Phillips was again the benefactor as he busted over for another try, again converted by Koroisau for a 24-0 lead in the 30th minute.
The Panthers were soon on the board as a rare attacking opportunity in the 34th minute led to their first points of the afternoon, Bryce Cartwright skipping over on the left side untouched for a 24-4 scoreline.
Right on half-time Luke Keary skipped through the line and put Jesses Roberts in under the posts for a 30-4 half time lead.
The Rabbitohs led by 26 points last week against the Broncos and surrendered the lead, this time there would be no repeat. In the 55th minute James Roberts leapt acrobatically to score in the right hand corner. The Rabbitohs drew away further 34-4.
Jordan Tongahai became the second Rabbitoh to score a double as he barged over in the 59th minute and the Panthers were shellshocked. Koroisau's great afternoon with the boot continued as he converted again and the Rabbitohs led 40-4.
The Panthers enjoyed a brief period of ascendancy where they heaps pressure on the Rabbitohs line but were only able to convert it into one four-pointer, interchange player Jake Butler-Flemming scoring in the 66th minute to close the gap 40-10.
Tyrone Phillips soon scored his hat-trick and it was officially a romp as Koroisau converted again from the sideline for a 46-10 scoreline. Penrith scored a consolation try on the buzzer through Harry Seijka but the damage was done as the Rabbitohs ran out 30 point winners.
Rabbitohs 46 (Tyrone Phillips 3, Jordan Tongahai 2, Jesse Roberts, James Roberts, Dylan Walker tries. Apisai Koroisau 7/8 goals) def. Panthers 16 (Bryce Cartwright, Jake Butler-Flemming, Harry Siejka tries. Harry Siejka 2/3 goals).
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