Souths come back to take win against Roosters
WHEN Greg Inglis performed his in-goal escape act to set up a 109m try for flying winger Alex Johnston to give South Sydney a 12-0 lead after 12 minutes, the much-billed blockbuster with the Sydney Roosters looked like being a box-office flop.
Just 45 minutes later when Roosters winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall crossed for his side's fifth try, putting his side ahead 26-18, it looked like the Rabbitohs' winning run had finally come to an end.
That was until Johnston (61st) Joel Reddy (69th) and finally Issac Luke, who missed the club's emotional grand final victory last October, showed what a champion side Michael Maguire is building at Redfern by taking the points 34-26.
Souths looked down and out with the score at 22-12 after the Roosters had piled on 22 unanswered points, and again at 26-18.
But after a determined Luke twisted, spun and plunged over for the match-winning try, few of 27,289 fans glued to the edge of their seats for most of the match doubted they had witnessed yet another fascinating battle between these two great clubs with a rivalry which could go to new heights this season.
The Roosters were far from embarrassed, showing they had enough power and strike weapons to give South Sydney a run for the title in October.
Inglis was once again inspirational on the big stage, running 184m, but his play to field a Mitchell Pearce kick a metre from his dead ball line and set up a length of the field try was simply breathtaking.
Souths halves Adam Reynolds and Luke Keary also promoted themselves as possible NSW
Origin halves, although Queensland-born Keary has been steadfast in his desire to play for the Maroons.
In yesterday's other game the Warriors go on the board for the season with an 18-6 win over the Raiders in Canberra.