Sunday Territorian




AND they said Souths couldn’t do it without Latrell Mitchell.

Just as they were being written off by your accountant, your bin man and that bloke you met on holiday five years ago and you don’t know why you’re still friends with him on Facebook, the Bunnies downed Penrith to give themselves a week off.

The Rabbitohs sealed a 16-10 victory in Townsville on Saturday night to go through to a fourth-straight preliminar­y final after overcoming the side who ended their grand final dream last year. By their usual standards Penrith's defence, temperamen­t and discipline all lacked, and souths benefited as a result. They scored the opening try through Stephen Crichton, but from thereon in it was the Rabbitohs' game. Cody Walker scored before the break, with Jaxson Paulo crossing after it, as captain Adam Reynolds kicked four goals. The Bunnies' skipper steered his side around, rookie Blake Taaffe filled the void left by Mitchell and Tom Burgess delivered one of his best solo performanc­es this year to get Wayne Bennett's side over the line. For Penrith, this will be a game of what might have beens. Crucially, it means they are going to have to beat Melbourne to get to the grand final.

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Souths’ Adam Reynolds.

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