Congratulations Nathan Merritt , try number 145 , a new club record for South Sydney, 2nd most capped player in the clubs history— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 11, 2014
What about the Rabbits. Absolute mudlarks. GI should run in the Doncaster.— Phil Lutton (@phillutton78) April 11, 2014
Rabbitohs improve their record to 3-3 and move back into the top eight with a grinding 18-2 win.
SOUTH SYDNEY 18 (K Auva’a N Merritt K Turner tries A Reynolds 3 goals) bt PENRITH 2 (J Soward goal) at Sportingbet Stadium. Referees: Ashley Klein, Adam Gee.
Great achievement by Nathan Merritt to become greatest try-scorer in the history of the NRL's oldest club. Legend.— Brad Walter (@BradWalterSMH) April 11, 2014
71 min: Rabbitohs put the result beyond doubt with Kyle Turner backing up to score after Josh Mansour had spilled a Reynolds bomb. Reynolds converts. RABBITOHS 18-2Back to top
67 min: Well, wouldn't you know it, I had barely finished typing when rookie winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak spills the ball with try line wide open. It's just not the Panthers' night!
65 min: The Great Wall of Redfern just refuses to be breached tonight!
63 min: Not the great Ray Warren's finest moment as a commentator, confusing James "Chicko" Segeyaro and Kevin Kingston. Even the best make mistakes!
62 min: Great kick by Soward and chase by his teammates to force a Rabbitohs drop-out. Panthers desperately need a try here with less than a quarter of the match remaining.
55 min: Another try to Souths, and a pretty special one, too. Merritt finally becomes the greatest tryscorer in Rabbitohs' history (145), overtaking Benny Wearing. Reynolds raises the flags. RABBITOHS 12-2Back to top
54 min: I don't think I've ever seen a bloke who can play the ball as quickly as Greg Inglis. Freak!
Souths too big like the look of korasoui— Paul Langmack (@PaulLangmack) April 11, 2014
45 min: Rabbitohs work the play down their favoured left corridor for Auva'a to score on debut, justifying an earlier decision to take a tap instead of a penalty goal. Reynolds's kick is astray. RABBITOHS 6-2
41 min: And we're under way in the second half, with the home side kicking off. Unconfirmed reports have the crowd figure at 11,674 ... all of 'em hardy souls indeed!
The mighty Rabbits flogging Penrith 2-2 at halftime. All over.— Phil Lutton (@phillutton78) April 11, 2014
After a scrappy first half, teams are locked at 2-apiece.
39 min: Opportunity for Souths to post the first try of the match on the stroke of half-time. Such opportunities have been few and far between for them in the first 40 minutes but once again they are unable to control the ball.
32 min: Panthers level the scores through a Jamie Soward penalty goal after Adam Reynolds' drop-out had gone out on the full. 2-all. Minutes earlier, Reynolds had been placed on report for a chicken-wing tackle.