Rabbitohs crush Eels for seven wins in a row.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs 42 defeat Parramatta Eels 24.
Match Review.
Last start winners against the flailing Cowboys, Parramatta were looking for win number 4 for the season against the high flying South Sydney Rabbitohs had won their last 5.

 A scrappy opening 10 minutes started with Parra getting a penalty 30 metres off their own line before Corey Norman chipped for Josh Hoffman to score off a Hymel Hunt fumble. The errors continued with confusion between Hoffman and Manu Ma'u allowing the ball to bounce into touch off the kickoff. From the ensuing scrum, through the hands of Walker and Inglis, Robert Jennings was able to score in the corner to give the Bunnies a 6-4 lead.

Yet another early mistake saw Sutton drop the ball on the second tackle where the Eels were able to capitilise on repeat sets and a crisp Gutherson ball for George Jennings to score out wide. Gutherson misses the conversion for Parra to lead 8-6. Another error, this time in the form of poor ball control saw Parramatta get the ball 20 metres from Souths line but even after 3 back to back penalties Parramatta failed to take the advantage. The Eels do however score next when in the 23rd minute Peni Terepo beats an obviously tiring Rabbitohs defence to put Bevan French over. Gutherson kicks the goal and the Eels lead 14-6.

Souths finally saw a a bit of possession and looked to claw back some ascendancy after an Eels fumble close to their line and Souths scored an almost identical try to Robert Jennings first as the young speedster goes over in the corner for his second. Reynolds converts to trail Parra 14-12.
Souths were able to breach the line after more possesion as Parramatta's left edge were again caught out of position from the previous play. Walker was able to identify and kick to open space for Alex Johnson to chase and score and after Reynolds fails to convert. The Bunnies to take the lead into halftime 16-12.

The second half starts poorly for Parra after a dangerous tackle saw Reed Mahoney on report in the 43rd minute. After exchanging possessions Souths opened the scoring in the 48th minute when Terepo rushes into create a huge hole as Crichton puts Johnson away for his second. Reynolds hits the post and Souths lead 24-12.

Souths trouble the scorers again in the 58th minute after an Eels mistake. Walker again dazzles the defense to then put the ball through the hands for Hymel Hunt to score. Mistakes again cost Parramatta 3 minutes later when Souths go wide on the 2nd tackle, sending George Jennings over for his 4th for the night.
The woes continued for Parramatta with another mistake deep in their half, knocking on off a Souths attacking kick in the 63rd minute. Souths Tom Burgess crashes over under the posts off a deflected Cook grubber from the following set. Reynolds converts to push it out 40-12. Parra score two late tries in the 68th and 75th to Hayne and Hoffman and Souths took a 79th minute penalty goal in a game that produced 13 tries.
Tonight though Parramatta were left behind after the 30th minute. The Parramatta right side defense was sorely lacking in a 42-24 point loss as the high flying Rabbitohs claim their sixth win on the trot. A Man of the Match performance from Adam Reynolds, with his halves partner Walker firing, along with the Burgess brothers, Sutton, Crichton and Cook all playing well, then Inglis in career best form and with speedy finishers at the back, South Sydney are really making a strong claim for a top 2 finish.
Parramatta Eels:
4’ Josh Hoffman (Try)
12’ George Jennings (Try)
24’ Bevan French (Try)
26’ Clint Gutherson (Conversion)
68’ Jarryd Hayne (Try)
69’ Clint Gutherson (Conversion)
75’ Josh Hoffman (Try)
South Sydney Rabbitohs:
6’ Robert Jennings (Try)
8’ Adam Reynolds (Conversion)
32’ Robert Jennings (Try)
33’ Adam Reynolds (Conversion)
36’ Alex Johnston (Try)
48’ Alex Johnston (Try)
51’ Roberts Jennings (Try)
57’ Hymel Hunt (Try)
61’ Robert Jennings (Try)
62’ Adam Reynolds (Conversion)
65’ Thomas Burgess (Try)
66’ Adam Reynolds (Conversion)
79’ Adam Reynolds (Penalty Goal)



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