Despite the bumpy road ahead, South Sydney’s top four ambitions remain unchanged after the NRL’s ruthless 48-10 victory over the Warriors.
The Rabbitohs easily handled the ill-fated Warriors outfit at Sunshine Coast Stadium, effectively ending the contest when they scored 6 tries-to-1 in the first half.
Adding two more to the tally in the second stanza, star full-back Latrell Mitchell was given an early 18-minute rest to play after a perfect game from the tees.
Mitchell kicked all eight conversions and added two tries and two try assists for two line assists and two line breaks.
Perhaps his choice of contribution was the sliced cut-out pass that Isaac Thompson found to score his first NRL try on debut and the seventh of the afternoon for Rabbit.
Skipper Cameron Murray was one of nine Bunny players to run over 100 metres, scoring three try assists in the first 16 minutes before beating the Lachlan Ilias in three minutes.
He also set up Souths’ second hooker by linking with hooker Damian Cook from the midfield linebreak.
A deft off-road to Tevita Tatra gave the Bunny their third victory, and Murray regained the ball with a powerful shot to Darin Waten-Zelezniak 25 meters from the Warriors’ line.
The Souths racked up 24 points in the first 21 minutes of the match, leading to the Ilias setting up Keon Koroamatangi.
Edward Kosi fought back for the away side on their first and only real chance of the first half, but Jay Arrow found offload from three tacklers for Mitchell to crash.
The full-backs then put in Alex Johnston for his 23rd try of the season and the Bunnies enjoyed a 36-6 advantage at the break.
It was the fifth straight game South Sydney have scored 30 or more points against the Warriors.
Their dominance continued in the second half, with a rare attacking opportunity inside South Sydney’s 20m line, which was only hit by a Sean Johnson try in the 50th minute.
With a win over the Warriors, the Rabbits overtook the Roosters and Broncos to move up to sixth on the ladder and was also their biggest win of 2022.
But making it to the finals has been tough for last season’s grand finalists.
Playing against Parramatta, competition leaders Penrith, North Queensland and the Roosters, the Souths have four games remaining against top eight teams to close out the regular season.
Souths beat Warriors to move up to No. 6
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