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Friday, 19 April 2019

Lewis and Burgess kick off in Good Friday clash


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The Rabbitohs have seen off the Bulldogs 14-6 inside of 40-minutes to win their first match of the post Greg Inglis era and claim bragging rights on Good Friday at ANZ Stadium.

It was a heated opening session that gave way to a scoreless second half as Dean Pay’s men, for all their possession, struggled to find a way across the line.

Rising star Lachlan Lewis’ heated clash with newly crowned Bunnies captain Sam Burgess was a highlight of the afternoon that eventually boiled over to an all-in scuffle at the stroke of half time.

In lieu of injured Bulldogs play-maker Kieran Foran, Lewis was stretched in the middle of the park. His commendable kicking game saw the Dogs press into dangerous territory but they ultimately lacked the conviction to find the scoreboard for a second time.

Lewis and Burgess go at it

His counterparts, Cody Walker and Damien Cook, pulled the strings behind the Bunnies’ attack resulting in a stunning cut-out pass and an inch perfect grubber that saw Wayne Bennett’s men take their record to 5-1.

Souths skipper Inglis called time on his illustrious career during the week but the Rabbitohs still had enough star power to get the job done through Cook, Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker.

The Bulldogs put in a much-improved effort after last week's 40-4 drubbing to St George Illawarra but, at times, looked devoid of ideas without injured five-eighth Kieran Foran.

Lewis managed to get under Burgess' skin on a number of occasions and, to the Queenslander's credit, refused to be intimidated by the English international who was clearly targeting him on Souths' right edge.

Lewis and Burgess kick off

Wayne Bennett's side had 66 per cent of possession and 63 per cent of territory in the first half, but only led 14-6 at the break.

The Bulldogs were denied by the bunker when Kerrod Holland pushed Dane Gagai in the back before grounding the ball.

However, they couldn't be turned down when Ofahiki Ogden crashed over the top of Cook to make it 6-6.

But, when Cook trickled the ball behind the line, he found a flying Johnston to give the Rabbitohs an eight-point advantage at the break.

They could have led by more if Liam Knight had not obstructed Lewis which led to a Corey Allan try being turned down.

- with AAP

The Rabbitohs have seen off the Bulldogs 14-6 inside of 40-minutes to win their first match of the post Greg Inglis era and claim bragging rights on Good Friday at ANZ Stadium.

It was a heated opening session that gave way to a scoreless second half as Dean Pay’s men, for all their possession, struggled to find a way across the line.

Rising star Lachlan Lewis’ heated clash with newly crowned Bunnies captain Sam Burgess was a highlight of the afternoon that eventually boiled over to an all-in scuffle at the stroke of half time.

In lieu of injured Bulldogs play-maker Kieran Foran, Lewis was stretched in the middle of the park. His commendable kicking game saw the Dogs press into dangerous territory but they ultimately lacked the conviction to find the scoreboard for a second time.

Lewis and Burgess go at it

His counterparts, Cody Walker and Damien Cook, pulled the strings behind the Bunnies’ attack resulting in a stunning cut-out pass and an inch perfect grubber that saw Wayne Bennett’s men take their record to 5-1.

Souths skipper Inglis called time on his illustrious career during the week but the Rabbitohs still had enough star power to get the job done through Cook, Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker.

The Bulldogs put in a much-improved effort after last week's 40-4 drubbing to St George Illawarra but, at times, looked devoid of ideas without injured five-eighth Kieran Foran.

Lewis managed to get under Burgess' skin on a number of occasions and, to the Queenslander's credit, refused to be intimidated by the English international who was clearly targeting him on Souths' right edge.

Lewis and Burgess kick off

Wayne Bennett's side had 66 per cent of possession and 63 per cent of territory in the first half, but only led 14-6 at the break.

The Bulldogs were denied by the bunker when Kerrod Holland pushed Dane Gagai in the back before grounding the ball.

However, they couldn't be turned down when Ofahiki Ogden crashed over the top of Cook to make it 6-6.

But, when Cook trickled the ball behind the line, he found a flying Johnston to give the Rabbitohs an eight-point advantage at the break.

They could have led by more if Liam Knight had not obstructed Lewis which led to a Corey Allan try being turned down.

- with AAP

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