John­ston notches five tries

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

ALEX John­ston ran riot while Adam Reynolds put on a kick­ing mas­ter­class as South Syd­ney trounced Pen­rith 42- 14 at ANZ Sta­dium yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Rab­bitohs winger John­ston ran in five tries how­ever it was Reynolds who or­ches­trated the rout, kick­ing for four of his side’s seven tries in front of 14,103 peo­ple.

John­ston’s five- try haul equalled the club record jointly held by Nathan Mer­ritt, Eric Slad­den, Ian Moir, Johnny Graves, Don Man­son, Alan Quin­li­van and Harold Horder and took him to the top of the try- scorer leader­board for the sea­son with 15.

Michael Maguire’s play­ers dis­played a will­ing­ness to chance their arm and played with flair and pre­ci­sion. The re­sult means the Pan­thers are two wins be­hind eighth spot.

Af­ter Pen­rith skipped out to an 8- 0 lead, the game turned on a dime when Souths cap­tain Sam Burgess and Pan­thers winger Dallin Watene- Zelez­niak were sin- binned for slap­ping each other in an all- in push- and shove.

When Matt Moy­lan threw a loop­ing cut- out pass, WateneZelez­niak wasn’t there to clean it up and John­ston ran 90 me­tres to score the first of his first- half hat- trick.

Braidon Burns leaped over Pen­rith winger Josh Man­sour to score. John­ston crossed from a Reynolds bomb and to rub salt into Pen­rith’s wounds, Leilani Latu was put on re­port for a shoul­der charge.

John­ston was de­nied a club record by the video ref­er­ees when Cody Walker was ruled to have knocked on in the lead- up to what looked like his sixth try.

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