George Burgess of the Rabbitohs makes a break during the round four NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
George Burgess of the Rabbitohs makes a break during the round four NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

Burgess helps Bunnies remain unbeaten with round 5 win

THE Rabbitohs have kept their unbeaten record so far this season in tact, but not before a big scare, downing the Warriors 24-22 at Mt Smart Stadium yesterday.

In the end it took another incredible show of strength from big forward George Burgess that got the visitors home.

After 68 minutes, the Englishman drove Simon Mannering back five metres, and somehow planted the ball down despite the efforts of three other defenders.

The Rabbitohs found their way up 12-0 after 16 minutes, with both tries coming against the run of play.

The first went to Nathan Merritt who intercepted a Kevin Locke pass before turning the Warriors' cover defence inside-out.

Then in the 15th minute, Greg Inglis ran 90m to score after picking up a stray Mannering pass close to the Rabbitohs' line.

The Warriors responded when Ben Matulino charged through a hole to score, but South Sydney took an 18-6 halftime lead, when Bryson Goodwin crossed in the 34th minute.

The Warriors enjoyed some second-half momentum, with Ngani Laumape, Konrad Hurrell and Pita Godinet scoring to give the home side a 22-18 lead after 64 minutes before Burgess produced his match-winning effort.


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