Posted: 5 March, 2015
The defending champions sent the rest of the competition a clear message after a big win in Brisbane
Dylan Walker celebrating his try, the first of five tries for Souths Photo: Getty Images
After a quiet first half the Rabbitohs showed their class in the second half to smash the Broncos and send a message to the rest of the competition.
Isaac Luke was named man of the match by the Triple M team but in truth it could have gone to any of the Souths back line who ran rings around the Broncos in the second half. Read the 10 Key Moments from the match below.
10 Big Moments From The Opening Game
*27 mins: Typical set up the middle from Souths. Dylan Walker scores in the corner. Adam Reynolds dummies kick and Walker beats Jack Reed to cross for the first try of the season.
*40mins: Keary with a superb break down the short side and offloads in field to Alex Johnston who in turn puts in a kick for GI who knocks it on just short of the Broncos line. Would have been a special try, amazing defence from Hunt to catch Keary.
In what was a boring first half the highlight was the Broncos mascot nearly stacking it by the in goal area.
*42 mins: Kahu looked suspect under the high ball in the first half and is tested again by a Reynolds bomb. Fails the test and knocks it on just 10 metres from his own line. Souths test the Broncos defence with a few big carries and then Sutton crashes over after a short ball from Luke.
*47 mins: The Bunnies cross the line again and are looking very impressive. Last years Champions work the short side again and quick hands from Sutton and Keary send Johnston down the wing who offloads to Inglis and he crosses over to extend their lead.
*52 mins: Penalty for Broncos as Lowe put on report for hit on Thaiday who goes off. Hand on ball in ruck gets them another penalty and quick tap sets up an overlap on the rleft hand side of the Souths defence and Gillett crashes over after TMO confirmation.
*57 mins: Issac Luke has been lively all night and finds a lot of space in behind,the hooker looks for Inglis on his inside who draws the last man and puts Keary in to score and extend the lead. 'could put anything on this second half.
*63 mins: Alex Johnston takes the high one and races to the 20m line for quick tap, confusion with the ref blowing his whistle but the speedster makes it to the half way and is set to send Keary off to score again but the five-eighth knocks it on and gives the Broncos a needed breather.
*68 mins: Souths get yet another penalty and a slick backs move sends Joel Reddy into the corner and Reynolds nails yet another for seven out of seven. Dan Ginnane comments that Souths are producing 'mid season play' already!
*75 mins: Reynolds and McCulloch have a bit of a wrestle but nothing to write home about. Back to back penalties leave the Broncos just 10 short of the Souths line but they cant take advantage as Corey Parker throws a hilariously poor pass from dummy half which is intercepted and that sums up their night.
*80 mins: Gavet poor night gets worse as he is put on report. Reynolds lines up a 51 metre penalty on the buzzer and nails it, of course.
GAME OVER: Broncos 6 - 36 Rabbitohs. Issac Luke named man of the match.
Broncos: 1 Kahu 2 Copley 3 Reed 4 Hodges (c) 5 Maranta 6 Milford 7 Hunt 8 McGuire 9 McCullough 10 Blair 11 Glenn 12 Thaiday 13 Parker Interchange: 14 Dodds 15 Gavet 16 Gillett 17 Whitchurch
Rabbitohs: 1. Inglis 2 Johnston 3 Walker 4 Goodwin 5 Reddy 6 Keary 7 Reynolds 8 Burgess 9 Luke 10 Tyrrell 11 Stewart 12 Sutton 13 Lowe Interchange: 14 Grevsmuhl 15 Clark 16 McQueen 17 Burgess
Broncos Assistant Coach Kevin Walters on Triple M
Glenn Stewart on Triple M
Earlier on Triple M
It has been a long five months with no NRL on the television, but it is back with a bang as the Rabbitohs take on the Broncos in Brisbane.
Triple M are at Suncorp Stadium with live coverage from 6pm.
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Everyone and their dog has had their say on who will win tonight, how Souths will fare without Slammin' Sam and if Wayne Bennett will be a success on his return to Brisbane. It's now time to hear from the experts and get their thoughts just before kick-off.
Gorden Tallis on Triple M
Former Broncos hardman Gorden Tallis has his say on the game. "You have to improve to go back to back, everybody's going to improve but losing Sam Burgess and Ben Teo, mate their forward pack can't improve that much...of course they're going to get better but losing those two guys, reading it now they just don't look as bruising now the South Sydney forward pack."
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