A COURAGEOUS Dylan Walker almost single-handedly led defending premiers South Sydney to a 20-6 win over a spirited Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium.
Despite suffering a hand injury in the first half, the dynamic centre scored crucial tries in the 39th and 75th minutes, as the young Tigers tried to man-up on the big Souths side that just had too much class and firepower.
That was exemplified by fullback and new captain Greg Inglis, who laid on a try for winger Alex Johnston in the 35th minute, before scoring one himself just after half-time for a 16-6 cushion.
Inglis served up a brilliant face ball for Johnston to notch his 24th try in just his 21st game.
Walker, who defied excruciating pain to stay on the field, will have scans on his left hand with fears he may have fractured his metacarpal.
Tigers winger Pat
Richards is likely to be charged with a dangerous throw after he tipped Inglis on his head in the first half.
Rabbitohs forward Tim Grant was also reported after an incident with rival forward Keith Galloway when tempers became heated in the second half.
The Tigers got off to the perfect start after hooker and skipper Robbie Farah burrowed over for a 6-0 lead, but they were the only points they could muster.