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Rabbitohs breeze past Wests Tigers as Broncos celebrate win over Sharks

Wests Tigers’ defensive flaws have again come to light after South Sydney recorded a comfortable 38-22 win at Leichhardt Oval.

In Sunday afternoon’s earlier match, Brisbane beat Cronulla 26-18 at Lang Park to relieve some of the pressure surrounding first-year coach Kevin Walters.

At Leichhardt Oval, the Rabbitohs piled on 26 points before half-time, a fortnight after the Tigers conceded 66 points in their humiliation against the Melbourne Storm.

The Tigers at least showed some resilience in the second half as the Rabbitohs fell away, but by then the damage was done.

Slumping to third last on the ladder, Michael Maguire’s Tigers have let in an average of 30 points per match this year.

And while it always looked like it could be one-way traffic on Sunday, the ease at which Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker picked them apart on the edge is a concern.

Cameron Murray was also superb, playing the linking role he does best at lock, while Alex Johnston bagged a double to take his try tally to the year to 19.

It took NSW Origin hopefuls Reynolds and Walker just one set to break their defence, running the ball on the last and linking to put Taane Milne over.

Three sets later and the Rabbitohs were in again, this time when Johnston got into space on the left wing and kicked back inside for Walker.

And the match was virtually up by the 16th minute, when Walker kicked through for Johnston to cross the stripe.

Campbell Graham got the Rabbitohs’ other try in the first half, easily slicing through and beating Adam Doueihi from a Reynolds pass.

The Rabbitohs also left points on the park, with Reynolds inexplicably stepping on the dead-ball line while scoring what should have been a simple try.

Graham and Murray claimed second-half tries, while Doueihi bagged two for the Tigers and Daine Laurie one.

David Nofoaluma reduced the margin late with a 90-metre intercept effort after picking off a Walker pass.

The win puts the Rabbitohs two points ahead of Parramatta, in third place on the ladder, safely inside the top four.

Broncos post upset win over Sharks

Cronulla’s Ronaldo Mulitalo is tackled into touch by Brisbane’s Kotoni Staggs.(

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Kotoni Staggs’s return has breathed life into the beleaguered Broncos, with the centre starring in the win over the Sharks.

Staggs transformed the Broncos’ right edge, where they peppered the Sharks all match in a rare NRL arm wrestle.

Last year’s Dally M centre of the year had been missing all season because of injury and suspension.

But his comeback gave Broncos fans hope, as he linked with impressive fullback Tesi Nui and emerging back rower TC Robati for the club’s best win under Walters.

The result dragged the Broncos off the bottom of the ladder, with the Bulldogs now occupying 16th position.

Broncos halves Tyson Gamble and Brodie Croft were composed, while hooker Jake Turpin ran the ball out of dummy half to provide another attacking option to end the Sharks’ four-match winning streak.

The Sharks lost Matt Moylan (calf) before the match and were denied the opening try in bizarre circumstances.

Sione Katoa’s final pass to Jesse Ramien was obviously forward, but the try was only disallowed on review because of a knock-on when Katoa was deemed to have bobbled and lost control of the ball as he made the pass.

They were also lucky to avoid a penalty when Ronaldo Mulitalo, in his first match since his sensational last-minute State of Origin scratching, pulled Staggs back without the ball.

The Sharks recovered best to score first when Aiden Tolman dived on a loose ball, while Mulitalo threw a brilliant no-look flick pass to set up Connor Tracey on the stroke of half-time.

In between the Sharks’ tries, the Broncos scored two of their own through Alex Glenn and Nui — both of which were converted — with the score deadlocked 12-12 at half-time.

The home side began the second half in positive fashion, pressuring the Sharks’ defence before Payne Haas’s short ball close to the line put Ethan Bullemor over.

Jamayne Isaako then knocked the ball out of Mulitalo’s hands as he went to score, before Siosifa Talakai did the same to deny Turpin a four-pointer for the Broncos.

With Staggs benched after his predetermined 50-minute stint, Cronulla took the ball 80 metres to score from the next set, with Tracey bagging a second try in a 12-point swing that levelled the scores.

The Broncos enjoyed a 12-point swing of their own, with Gamble forcing Ramien to spill the ball in a tackle, before Nui ran 90 metres to score from the scrum that followed the knock-on in the 61st minute.

Staggs’s replacement Jesse Arthars then scrambled over to create an eight-point buffer with 13 minutes to play.

Arthars left the field with eight minutes to go after being poked in the eye, allowing Staggs to return before Haas ran back 80 metres to defuse a potential runaway Sharks try on the full-time siren to seal the win.

AAP


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