World News – UA – Rabbit Stew: South Sydney Roosters on Record Rout


Wayne Bennett waved his magic dust at the Rabbitohs to blow up the title race as the Roosters tumbled to their biggest loss under Trent Robinson on a night that shattered a host of records

The Roosters are set to become the first top team in history to win a competition after conceding 50 points in a single game as the Rabbitoh mock their fiercest rivals, to the point of humiliation

Alex Johnston scored five tries for South Sydney, the fourth when Corey Allan passed him the ball through the Roosters try line, as the Habs have conceded the most points in a game since 2010

South Sydney avoided a trip to the Hunter with an astonishing 60-8 belt from their fiercest rivals at ANZ stadium, which was further soured for the two reigning prime ministers with doubts over the immediate playing future by Jake Friend

Club veteran Non9, who is set to announce a contract extension at the club, was escorted off the pitch after just three minutes after an accidental clash in the head with Campbell Graham He failed at the assessment of his head trauma, his second concussion within a month

And the Roosters’ clash put them on a collision course with Minor Premiers Penrith if the Eels can beat the Tigers, farewell Benji Marshall and Chris Lawrence, at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday night

A friend’s misfortune could hardly hurt Rabbitohs and Cody Walker’s scintillating five-star performance as Bennett’s chief architect revived a prime ministerial run most suspected was limited to minor prime ministers Penrith , Melbourne and the Roosters

Hearing that Newcastle had left the door ajar to host their sudden death final with a humiliating loss to the Titans hours earlier, South Sydney marched straight through one of the most compelling performances in memory recent

Robinson, who chose to rest Brett Morris, Joseph Manu, Isaac Liu and Lindsay Collins, will no doubt have been shaken by the worst performance of his reign – and on the eve of the final

The head coach gave his players an extended break at the start of the week and will now have to do a little miracle to get them back on track and solve their no9 puzzle

A friend, who was getting closer to a State of Origin first jumper, will be evaluated in the coming days with the tricolors already without a great finalist Sam Verrills and Victor Radley (the two tears of the ACL)

Lachlan Lam has returned from a syndesmosis injury to replace Friend against the Rabbitohs, while Robinson also has Freddy Lussick on standby backstage

Eight days ago his side was so ugly they sent the wooden spoon to Brisbane This week they were so good they blew the NRL benchmark and title favorites out of the park before half-time and stuck the knife after the break

His team were in good shape They beat the Roosters in the corresponding game a week before last year’s final, but certainly not in the same way a little over 12 months later

Josh Morris scored the first try for the Roosters in four minutes, just moments after Friend left the field The Nugget No 9’s teammates hope they can forget the rest of the opening period as easily

With Walker in imperious form, South Sydney was rampant in the opening stanzaAnd it could have been more if boffin Ashley Klein hadn’t denied Graham what seemed like a legitimate attempt as he burst above Daniel Tupou

Graham eventually found the scoresheet, hanging on to a spectacular inside kick from Mitchell substitute Corey Allan, who burst onto the sideline and delicately kicked the ball over James Tedesco

Before that, Walker, who finished with two tries, ruled and Alex Johnston finished with a club record tying five to send the majority of a healthy restricted crowd to COVID in raptures with the score of 26- 4 at break

Full time, Bennett gave a rare smile and even hoisted his blue-chip Non9 Damien Cook off the pitch

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS 60 (Alex Johnston 5, Cody Walker 2, Campbell Graham, Corey Allan, Cameron Murray tries; Adam Reynolds 10 goals) defeated SYDNEY ROOSTERS 8 (Josh Morris, Daniel Tupou tries) at ANZ Stadium Referee: Gerard Sutton Crowd: 7958

South Sydney Rabbitohs, Sydney Roosters, National Rugby League, Alex Johnston, Cody Walker, Newcastle Knights

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