That’s all from us for the blog tonight. If any other match during Indigenous Round is as good as this one then we’re in for a treat.
The Rabbitohs claw their way back into the top eight – for now at least – with a 32-24 win over the Dragons, whose season is officially on life support before clashes with the Roosters and Eels in the next fortnight.
Man of the match Cody Walker has been in the news all week leading into Indigenous Round. And he finishes it on the best possible note.
“We didn’t have a half or five-eighth on the bench so I had to take a bit more control than I usually do,” Walker tells Nine of Adam Reynolds’ injury early in the first half. “It’s not great you lose your halfback and general, but you’ve just got to get on with the job.
On Indigenous Round, he says: “We move forward together as a nation. Indigenous Round to me … means we get to wear a part of our family on the jersey.”
What a crazy, crazy game. South Sydney have marched back to within touching distance of the top eight with a 32-24 win over the Dragons at Kogarah’s Netstrata Jubilee Stadium to start Indigenous Round.
How fitting that all 32 of the Rabbitohs’ points were scored by their Indigenous contingent with Alex Johnston bagging three tries, Cody Walker a double and Latrell Mitchell the other. No doubt, Walker was the absolute star of the show.
And to think the Rabbitohs were down 16-0 after almost as many minutes – and without injured halfback Adam Reynolds.
The Dragons are in. Mikaele Ravalawa scores after Tristan Sailor stabs a neat kick in behind the Rabbitohs’ line. Zac Lomax’s conversion attempt to give them a shot in the last 30 seconds … hits the post and then the crossbar – and bounces out. It’s been one of those nights for the Dragons.
South Sydney are home. It’s 32-24 inside the final minute.
The moment that sealed it…
Just another little nail in the coffin for the Dragons after Zac Lomax is pinged for being offside on the last tackle with the Rabbitohs deep on the attack. You knew something had to be amiss as he managed to stop Cody Walker. How else could you do that without it being illegal tonight?
Latrell Mitchell kicks the penalty and it’s 32-20 with a little over four minutes left.
Game. Set. Match.
Alex Johnston has done it again, this time robbing Tristan Sailor to score a 75-metre intercept try. First half it was Matt Dufty, this time it was Sailor. What a play by the Rabbitohs winger, who looks every bit as good as the player who was scoring tries at will six years ago when South Sydney won their drought-breaking title. That’s three for him tonight.
Latrell Mitchell misses the kick, but that should be enough now with South Sydney leading 30-20 with six minutes left.
South Sydney’s Indigenous players have scored every one of their 26 points tonight. This man is largely the reason why.
Inside the last 10 minutes now…
Tristan Sailor on for the Dragons in the last 14 minutes as they try to claw back this six-point deficit. Ben Hunt straight into dummy-half. St George Illawarra running out of time to save their season.
And as I was saying … Cody Walker is the man. It’s just felt like it was always going to be his night.
The Rabbitohs almost score down the left, but on the next play the No.6 hits a beautiful line from a Mark Nicholls ball against a retreating Dragons defence and slices over to give South Sydney the lead again.
Latrell Mitchell kicks the conversion. South Sydney on top again 26-20 with 18 minutes left.