FULL-TIME: And the red and green machine rolls on. That's now five on the trot for the Rabbitohs, who were flattered by the scoreline tonight. They lacked a clinical edge, and were far too generous to the Broncos. They will need to up their completions, but with the likes of Inglis, Tom and Sam, and Dylan Walker firing, and with Keary and Reynolds pulling the strings, they are going to be there or thereabouts.
Hats off to Greg Inglis, that was one of the most dominant individual showings of the year.
The Broncos have a mountain to climb if they are to have a hope.
Thanks for your company, we'll have reports, analysis, highlights and reaction up shortly. SOUTHS 42 BRONCOS 16
TRY: Kirisome Auva'a goes over with a flourish as Issac Luke breaks the line and offloads as he is ankle-tapped. There's the cherry on top. Ben Lowe is given the honours, and converts accordingly. SOUTHS 42 BRONCOS 16
Reynolds with a speculator - a missed dropgoal from halfway. The seconds tick away.
The Broncos go to the line twice by the right flag, and are twice held up by an unforgiving defence. They go touchline to touchline, but Inglis follows, and puts Jack Reed into touch in the corner. Huge.
Remember when the Raiders beat Souths in Sydney this year? #nrl — Jon Tuxworth (@Tuxy81) August 14, 2014
TRY: The Broncos hit right back in the 75th minute, as Jack Reed goes over in the corner. Alex Glenn got absolutely smashed in the offload. Good hands down the line through Hodges and Barba. Parker misses the conversion. SOUTHS 36 BRONCOS 16
TRY: All too easy for the Rabbits as Inglis claims a bomb off Barba, puts it in Luke Keary's arms for the easiest try he'll ever score. GI probably could have muscled his own way over then, but unselfishly passes. Reynolds adds the topping SOUTHS 36 RABBITOHS 12
Corey Parker got a scratch to the eye and still sits on the sideline but should be back #NRLSouBri — Brisbane Broncos (@brisbanebroncos) August 14, 2014
It comes to nothing as McQueen coughs it up. Not much doing in this phase, as the Bunnies have gone off the boil again, and the Broncos are looking battered and tired. Souths on the ball, on halfway through Luke.
Lachlan Maranta continues his nightmare half as he gives away a penalty on halfway. Broncos will come under pressure here. They come from 20m out with Tom Burgess on the burst.
That's @greg_inglis 2nd hat-trick against @brisbanebroncos, his first in @SSFCRABBITOHS colours #NRLSOUBRI #GoRabbitohs — NRL Stats (@NRLstats) August 14, 2014
So Vidot dropped one first half to present Tuqiri a try on a platter, now he's bombed one. #nrl — Jon Tuxworth (@Tuxy81) August 14, 2014
TRY: Guess who? Souths come back from the dropout. Te'o hits the ball up 6m out on the right. They go left, Reynolds puts in the bomb, and GI claims it for the hat-trick! SOUTHS 28 BRONCOS 12 KTC
It's all going wrong for Brisbane. Keary puts a harmless kick along the ground, and Lachlan Maranta knocks on while attempting to pick it up in goal. To add injury to insult, Corey Parker is sidelined with an eye complaint.
Heartbreaker for Brisbane, as Hodges puts Vidot over in the corner, but the winger spills the ball comically over the line.
So, just over 20 minutes to go here, and the Rabbits haven't really turned up this half. A try to the Broncos, and we're on for a grandstand finish here. SOUTHS 24 BRONCOS 12
Te’o surely will be sidelined for this on Thaiday… #NRL #NRLsoubri pic.twitter.com/e96wDLOdse — Aaron Thomas (@azsportza) August 14, 2014
Hodges' kick pinballs around, and Souths gratefully recover. Early word on Hoffman is a possible fractured fibula.
The Rabbitohs struggle to get out of their own half, and kick long towards Lachlan Maranta. The Broncos switch right, and are starting to really make inroads for the first time.
#NRLsoubri Oh no...poor Josh Hoffman! Good sportsmanship from Issac Luke there. — Crowdiegal (@crowdiegal) August 14, 2014
That's a big blow for Brisbane, as Josh Hoffman screams in agony in the tackle of Issac Luke. It looks like a lower leg injury, and he is carried off immediately by the trainers. Barba goes to fullback.
Here come the Broncos! Alex Glenn is stopped 2m short. They go right, and win a penalty as Ben Te'o is put on report for working Sam Thaiday's arm at the end of the tackle.
One J. Picker will have the last laugh if he wins a premiership this year. #nrl — Jon Tuxworth (@Tuxy81) August 14, 2014
The Rabbitohs are looking decidedly flat out there - to be honest, apart from that 10 minute blitz in the second quarter, they have looked a bit off all night. They make 40m, and Reynolds kicks harmlessly.
TRY: Nice work from the Broncos down the right, and Sam Thaiday gets the Broncos within sight again. Parker converts. SOUTHS 24 BRONCOS 12
And now it's Justin Hodges' turn to put the ball down from a Barba pass as the Broncos try to make something happen down the right. Scrappy.
Dylan Walker tries to wrestle his way through the Broncos defence. Photo: Getty Images
Can someone explain why McQueen just got put on report @NRL ??? — David Warner (@davidwarner31) August 14, 2014
And now Souths knock on. Easy turnover, and the second half goes to the script of the first. Rabbitohs haven't settled since the restart. SOUTHS 24 BRONCOS 6
Andrew McCullough goes close for the Broncos, but Greg Inglis puts in a big hit with Tom Burgess' help, and Souths come away. Hodges hits the runner high, and Souths can go long from the resulting pen.
Chris McQueen is on report for an unlikely looking crusher tackle. Not much to worry about there, by the look of things - there wasn't much in it.
Issac Luke sharks away from dummy-half, but is ankle-tapped and stumbles on the 20m. So close to being clean through then.
And we're underway again here for the second half. The Broncos receive the ball, and probe down the right. They make good gains, and then put it down Greg Inglis' throat. He wins a penalty as he is swarmed and prevented from going quick.
HALF-TIME: Souths are well on top here, after a blitz saw them score three of their four tries very close together in the second quarter. Greg Inglis is in another class tonight, and the Burgess brothers are making easy metres, all the while leaving bruises on the visitors.
The more you see that GI try, the better it gets. It'll be on the 2014 reel for sure.
The Rabbits have had 57% of the ball, and made 3 line breaks to zip. Their completion rate could be better though, having left six unfinished. The Broncos have completed 12/13 but have lacked penetration near the line in the face of a stubborn South Sydney defence.
The second half will make for some uncomfortable viewing north of the border. SOUTHS 24 BRONCOS 6
Our games does not have enough running play tries. That was a great example of what is missing in our game. #NRLSouBri— Tracey Rimland (@tassintheswitch) August 14, 2014
They go left, but the red and green defence holds firm. Barba sends a long pass wide to Hodges, before working hard to get there in support. Barba goes over the line, but Sam Burgess and Greg Inglis hold the ball up. Barba tries again, contorting his frame, but GI holds him, and Barba bounces it. No try.
That's more encouraging from the visitors, as Brisbane make 60m. They go high on the fifth, and are rewarded with a penalty 10m out as Souths infringe on the chase.
Relief for the Broncos as Luke Keary spills the ball. Brisbane are desperate to get into the sheds.
Brisbane put another kick down, and the Rabbits are rampaging towards the line again. Second tackle, 15m out with Reynolds.
GI is on fire tonight. Absolutely awesome. — Brad Walter (@BradWalterSMH) August 14, 2014
Reynolds converts for the fourth time. Brisbane are in for a long second half. They look absolutely shell-shocked out there. SOUTHS 24 BRONCOS 6
TRY: Lote Tuqiri scores off the back of that lightning set. Reynolds puts in the bomb. Vidot climbs, catches it under little pressure and drops it. Tuqiri can't believe his luck. SOUTHS 22 BRONCOS 6 KTC
The Broncos are in trouble here. Walker is tearing down the right touchline. He is tackled, but Souths play the ball quickly, and are suddenly on the attack close in.
Reynolds is making light work of these conversions. SOUTHS 18 BRONCOS 6
TRY: That's a four-pointer to Chris McQueen. Inglis' pass is knocked down by Hodges, it bounces kindly for Dylan Walker, who offloads as he hits the ground, and McQueen falls over the line. Great stuff, and the Rabbitohs are pulling away. SOUTHS 16 BRONCOS 6 KTC
So, about ten minutes to go until halftime here, and the Rabbitohs are increasing in confidence after a shaky start. We'll have a penalty to Souths on their own 40m. Reynolds sends it 40m downfield.
@SSFCRABBITOHS @Rendiggiti @greg_inglis wow, have just seen try of the year #GoRabbitohs — Ryan Harris (@r_harris413) August 14, 2014
TRY: That's a show-stopper from Souths! Adam Reynolds chips infield to Greg Inglis, who bounces off a tackler, finds Sam Burgess on the inside. Burgess is held, but waits and waits to offload until Inglis wraps around, and GI goes in close to the posts! That was an absolute cracker!
Maranta goes over, but play is correctly called back for a forward pass.
More sloppy play from Souths. Tom Burgess does the hard stuff, gets his arms free, and offloads straight into the arms of Sam Thaiday deep in their own half. The Rabbitohs are putting themselves under pressure by not completing their sets with these unforced errors.
The Rabbitohs try to force the offload, and the ball from Sam Burgess is spilled. The Broncos can come away off the back of their scrum.
Superb play from Souths. Tom Burgess goes up the middle, as he does. He plays the ball quickly, Luke finds Sam Burgess on the burst - and he looks through! He hands off to Alex Johnston, but the Broncos defence scrambles. Big pressure here, with two tackles to go, Souths 15 out.
TRYY!!! @greg_inglis scores for the Rabbitohs and breaks 500 career points! It's 6-4 KTC #GoRabbitohs #NRLSouBri pic.twitter.com/gKSKA7UGj3 — South Sydney (@SSFCRABBITOHS) August 14, 2014
Reynolds converts from about 12m in from touch. That's a beauty, and we're all square. SOUTHS 6 BRONCOS 6
TRY: Souths go right, Inglis gets within 10, fends two but can't find support. He takes it from Luke at dummy half two tackles later, and bulldozes his way over to the right of the posts. SOUTHS 4 BRONCOS 6 (KTC)
Good set from the Broncos, the kick is high and well weighted, but knocked on, and Souths get a breather from in front of their line. Two tackles in, and they get another penalty as the Broncos work the tackled player over. Big opportunity here for the home side.
Surprised to see Souths behind here after they won the premiership last Friday night — Fire Up (@FireUpOnFBI) August 14, 2014
Tom Burgess contributes a tidy gain up the centre, but Hayne blows up from a forward pass, and the Broncos are gifted the ball back on their own 30. Not going to plan for the Rabbits so far.
Corey Parker converts - that's a great start from the Broncos with a big play from their returning veteran. SOUTHS 0 BRONCOS 6
TRY: It looks like Justin Hodges has scored just to the right of the uprights! It comes from a lucky ricochet off Luke Keary from Ben Hunt's kick through. Hodges does well to drop, pick up the ball and spin over the line. It's hard to see whether he has dotted down, but the video refs will tell us shortly ...
The Broncos go right, then left, sweep, change direction. Nice Nines style, and the probing ends with a tasty grubber that is just cleaned up in the right corner. Broncos will go again from 50m out after a long dropout.
Cheap penalty to Brisbane as the Souths defenders flop. Broncos on the first tackle, 20m out. Big test here for the Souths defence.
The Broncos go wide right quickly. Hunt kicks low, but it ricochets off legs, and Dylan Walker breaks away with it. Souths on their 20, good start here - both teams feeling each other out. Souths making easier metres up the middle, but blunt close to the line so far. Reynolds struggling to find his length.
And they wonder why families don't want to take their kids to games on school nights when it starts at midnight. #tvrunsthegame #nrl — Jon Tuxworth (@Tuxy81) August 14, 2014
Chance for the Broncos here as Issac Luke fumbles the ball in the tackle. They pack down on halfway.
Ben Hunt sends a kick long to the Souths 20m line. Inglis lets it go - Hunt was outside the 40, so we'll have a Rabbitohs scrum. SOUTHS 0 BRONCOS 0
Big metres from Souths again, well over 60m - the Broncos are really struggling to contain the Souths forwards. Adam Reynolds' chip towards the right corner is harmless and Daniel Vidot gratefully accepts the freebie.
Tidy first set from Souths, who make 42 metres up the middle with little difficulty. The Broncos tidy up Reynolds' kick, but are struggling to get out of their 30 as the Rabbitohs' defence shows up yet again.
Aaaand finally, the Broncos are on the pitch. The Rabbitohs are still in the changerooms - these kick-off times aren't getting any better!
BRONCOS TEAM NEWS: Justin Hodges returns in the centre. Jack Reed moves to the bench, while Jake Granville misses out.
SOUTHS TEAM NEWS: Luke Burgess starts at prop instead of Thomas Burgess, who will start from the bench. Chris McQueen is in for Kyle Turner. Joe Picker named in the interchange.
G'day and welcome to our live coverage of the Thursday night clash from ANZ Stadium. It's a mild night in Sydney, where the Broncos will have to produce something very special to come away with anything at all.
Warm up time!! Let's #GoRabbitohs #NRLSouBri pic.twitter.com/ggcdTiEQME — South Sydney (@SSFCRABBITOHS) August 14, 2014
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Brisbane Broncos at ANZ Stadium, Thursday 7.45pm
Head to head: Broncos 21, Rabbitohs 7, drawn 1
Last clash: Round 8 2014 - Rabbitohs 28 bt Broncos 26 at Suncorp Stadium
Ladbrokes: Rabbitohs $1.35, Broncos $3.25
Betfair: Rabbitohs $1.38, Broncos $3.55
Michael Carayannis writes: Brisbane are clinging on to hopes of a finals spot but they face a rampant South Sydney side who have won their past four games. Both teams had arguably their best performance of the season last week, however South Sydney’s back line should prove too lethal for the Broncos.
Tip: Rabbitohs by 14.
AAP writes: South Sydney are the team to beat after knocking off ladder leaders Manly last weekend. Following four wins on the bounce, they are full of momentum and building nicely at the right time of year. Bunnies fans would be forgiven for thinking they had heard all this before. The past two seasons they appeared to be peaking at the right time, only to fall one game shy of the grand final. Can they finally break their 43-year premiership drought? They will be without suspended prop George Burgess for the next two weeks, but he will be replaced by his twin brother Tom. The Broncos rebounded with a badly needed win against Canterbury last week. They sit in 10th and will be desperate again. Queensland centre Justin Hodges (hamstring) has not been named but is expected to play.
Key: Can the Broncos contain Sam Burgess? The Sea Eagles failed to keep him under wraps last week and he ran for a massive 202m from 28 hit ups, made 31 tackles, two line breaks and bagged one try in a game-winning effort.