The Courier-Mail

GI injury compounds Rabbitohs’ nightmare

- PAUL CRAWLEY BULLDOGS

A WORRYING knee injury to Greg Inglis and a 32-18 thrashing by the Bulldogs has delivered a shocking blow to South Sydney’s hopes for back-to-back NRL titles.

Last night’s grand-final rematch turned into a nightmare for the premiers after their inspiratio­nal skipper limped from the field in the 68th minute in obvious pain.

The Bulldogs were outstandin­g as they humiliated the Rabbitohs, totally dominating the exchanges in the forwards before blowing them apart in a six-tries-tothree belting.

The loss was a terrible blow for Souths’ chances of a top-four finish with the final score hardly a reflection of the Bulldogs’ dominance.

If Melbourne beat Newcastle on Monday, the Rabbitohs will drop to fifth, with games against ladder leaders Brisbane and the Sydney Roosters before the finals.

A week after Souths appeared to answer their critics with an emphatic win over the Cowboys, last night all the questions surfaced again.

Inglis will no doubt have to go for scans to confirm the extent of his injury and Bunnies fans will be crossing their fingers.

The victory was a big boost for the Bulldogs, who move to 28 points to basically lock up a finals spot with games against the Knights and Warriors before the play-offs.

Souths really missed suspended hooker Issac Luke last night as they struggled to get go-forward but the Bulldogs found a wildcard in the absence of injured hooker Michael Lichaa.

The Bulldogs had the Rab- bitohs rattled at the break on the back of four unanswered tries to claim a 22-0 lead.

Stand-in hooker Damien Cook was having a night to remember in just his fifth NRL game.

Cook scored the first try in the 10th minute after good lead-up work from Moses Mbye and Frank Pritchard.

And in the countdown to the break, Cook’s desperatio­n gifted Sam Perrett his second try of the half.

Perrett had crossed for the Dogs’ second try in the 17th minute after a superb cutout pass from Trent Hodkinson before Brett Morris crossed in the 28th minute as the margin stretched to 18-0.

All over the park the Bulldogs were well on top.

 ??  ?? CONCERN: An injured Greg Inglis is helped from ANZ Stadium last night during the Rabbitohs’ 32-18 loss to the Bulldogs. Picture: AAP
CONCERN: An injured Greg Inglis is helped from ANZ Stadium last night during the Rabbitohs’ 32-18 loss to the Bulldogs. Picture: AAP
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