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Rabbitohs victory

Sunday, June 15, 2014

SYDNEY - A brutal South Sydney, led up front by all four Burgess brothers, have steamrolled to a 32-10 NRL win over Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium.

Sam and George Burgess starred for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in eating up the metres alongside brothers Tom and Luke on Friday night.

South Sydney Rabbitohs enjoyed a five-tries-to-two victory in front of 20,721 fans.

Winger Alex Johnston and stand-in centre Kyle Turner were the main beneficiaries as both scored try doubles.

Sam Burgess laid on the match-sealing try with a classy offload close to the line for a 54th minute.

Afour-pointer to Nathan Merritt that put South Sydney Rabbitohs ahead 24-6.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs led 12-0 at halftime on the back of their forward dominance.

South Sydney Rabbitohs began the secon half with Johnston scoring the opener in the 13th minute when Chris Lawrence made a meal of a John Sutton cross-kick.

With the Tigers on the back foot for much of the half, Turner then crossed on the half hour after a Sutton short ball split the Tigers' goalline defence from a scrum win.

A Blake Austin try from dummy-half two minutes after the break brought a desperate Wests Tigers back in the contest.

Some poor marker defence contributed to Johnston racing 60m to restore their 12-point buffer.

James Tedesco chased down his own well-weighted kick through for a 62nd-minute try.

Adam Reynolds landed a penalty goal and Turner scored out wide in the dying minutes.

South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Joe Picker left the field due to concussion.

This left the South Sydney Rabbitohs to a one man down in the first half and he didn't return in the remainder of the game.

Tigers utility Dene Halatau did likewise in the second half.

South Sydney Rabbitohs duo George Burgess and Kirisome Auva'a suffered second-half ankle injuries.

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