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Souths storm home to down Warriors 30-13

Sam Burgess makes a break

South Sydney have scored 24 unanswered second-half points to reel in the Warriors and then press home their dominance with a 30-13 win in a high-quality NRL clash in Perth on Sunday.
Souths storm home to down Warriors 30-13
by AAP

By Chris Pike

PERTH, July 7 AAP - South Sydney have scored 24 unanswered second-half points to reel in the Warriors and then press home their dominance with a 30-13 win in a high-quality NRL clash in Perth on Sunday.

The Warriors headed west on the back of winning five straight games to put themselves right back into finals contention and produced an outstanding first half.


Tries to Simon Mannering in the 28th minute and Konrad Hurrell eight minutes later set up a 13-6 lead at the break.

However the top-of-the-table Rabbitohs, playing their fifth straight `home' clash at nib Stadium and in front of a record 20,221 crowd, put on a show in the second half to dampen the spirits of the predominantly pro-Warriors support in the stands.

Second-half tries to John Sutton, a double to West Australian product Bryson Goodwin and a late four-pointer to Chris McQueen lifted the Rabbitohs to a fifth-straight victory.

Even though the Rabbitohs had a moment of brilliance to open the scoring when a clever Adam Reynolds volley kick went out wide to put Andrew Everingham over for the game's opening try just six minutes in, the Warriors controlled the rest of the opening half.

Nathan Friend had one try disallowed for being held up but 27 minutes in a brilliant pass from Shaun Johnson put Mannering over.

Centre Hurrell couldn't quite get down his first try attempt with McQueen's tackle denying him, but only four minutes before halftime, he made sure there was no dispute as he bulldozed over Goodwin and through three more opponents to put the Warriors in front.

It was 12-6 when Johnson again converted and then 13-6 at halftime after the halfback nailed a field goal.

The Rabbitohs got far from an ideal start to the second half as well with Sam Burgess put on report for a high-tackle on Johnson, but then Souths got a bit of luck from the video referee.

Despite a potential knock-on from McQueen, the try to Sutton was given the all-clear and the Warriors' lead was cut to one with 30 minutes to play.

From there, the Warriors couldn't maintain the ball enough to put pressure on the slick Rabbitohs.

Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire didn't hit the panic button at halftime and was delighted with what Souths delivered after the break.

"We just spoke about what we weren't doing," Maguire said.

"Sutto (Sutton) spoke really well at halftime himself and just wound the boys up to make sure we got back to the game we know we can play. In the first half we just put too much pressure on ourselves and in the second half they just turned that around."

Warriors coach Matthew Elliott was reasonably pleased with his team but felt the Rabbitohs showed they are a well-oiled machine while his side are a work in progress.

"I would say that they are a little bit further down the track than us and it was a really good lesson that we have some ground to cover," Elliott said.

"At the end of the day, it was the subtlety that they've got in their game and had coached into them that was the difference. Their last plays were better than ours."


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