Five things we learnt from yesterday's match
1.Greg Inglis is the current number one No.1.
It may seem like a big call given the form of Ben Barba, Billy Slater and Brett Stewart but Inglis boasts the complete package of size, speed, strength and skill. Not only did he barge his way over for two tries, but Inglis also laid on three others with perfectly timed passes and saved another by dragging Reni Maitua from the Rabbitohs try line to 10 metres out.
Chris Sandow should leave the shoulder charges to Sonny Bill Williams.
Sandow has ignored the advice of numerous coaches to cut the shoulder charge from his game but perhaps the embarrassment of his attempted hit on Inglis will finally persuade him to do so. Not only was the pint-sized Eels playmaker sent skywards but he bounced five metres backwards.
Nathan Merritt is arguably the game's best finisher.
Ray Warren asked during the Channel Nine commentary how Merritt had never played for NSW and it is a question people will be wondering in years to come when they look at his try-scoring record. Despite missing the first seven matches, the NRL's leading tryscorer in 2006 and last year has taken his tally to 14 this season after grabbing a double yesterday.
It's Michael Maguire's way or the highway at Souths.
The Rabbitohs may have only been playing Parramatta but they hardly missed a beat without Issac Luke in a sign that Maguire has built a culture where the team is bigger than any individual.
Ricky Stuart has a job ahead of him to turn around the Eels next season.
If farewelling Nathan Hindmarsh and avoiding the wooden spoon can't inspire the Parramatta players, what will? Perhaps that is why Stuart has ordered the Eels to continue training during the finals series. With almost the entire squad under contract next year, Stuart must have done it tough yesterday as he looked on from a box at ANZ Stadium.