By Matt Encarnacion, Western Sydney Correspondent
Sun, Mar 22, 2015 - 06:14PM
South Sydney have continued their unbeaten start to their premiership defence with a rugged 20-6 victory over the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on Sunday afternoon. In a game that conjured memories of former star Sam Burgess’ heroics in last year’s grand final, centre Dylan Walker showed extreme courage to play on after fracturing his finger in a try-attempt early in the first half.
Rabbitohs skipper Greg Inglis extended the lead early in the second period when he stampeded over opposite fullback James Tedesco. However, led by hitman Martin Taupau, a stubborn Tigers outfit stayed with the defending premiers in a spiteful second half that threatened to erupt on multiple occasions.
At one stage Rabbitohs forward Tim Grant and Tigers prop Keith Galloway “head-pressed” each other before the former Panther was put on report for a lifting tackle in the 64th minute.
On an overcast afternoon at Sydney’s Olympic venue, both sides spurned opportunities in the first half hour, the best of which was when Kevin Naiqama was forced out inches short of the corner in the 6th minute.
In fact, both sides had gotten themselves over the line in the opening stages but came away with nothing.
Movement on the scoreboard instantly sparked movement on the pitch, and the Rabbitohs clicked into gear when Inglis fired a bullet to Johnston in the 35th and then Walker scored on the halftime siren.
Richards was put on report for lifting Inglis into a dangerous position in the 19th minute.
Despite the loss, Tigers coach Jason Taylor said he was proud of his team’s performance.
“Yeah, that’s exactly how we feel,” he said. “We’re disappointed, very scrappy in attack. We’re way off there, and we have been for both of our games. We’ve played some patches, but the fact that we hung in there like we did and were still in the game with 10 or so minutes to go was really encouraging.”