Inglis on report in Souths big NRL win
South Sydney keep marching on, moving into equal second on the NRL ladder after Saturday night’s 36-14 win over St George Illawarra but face the prospect of losing superstar Greg Inglis to suspension.
The monster fullback, who also scored a try in another powerhouse performance, was placed on report just before halftime for a sickening shoulder charge on Dean Young that left the Dragons’ utility heavily concussed.
Young, who was taken from the field on a medicab and put in a precautionary neck brace, was levelled by the Queensland and Australian star after making a break.
The hit sparked an all-in brawl and added an element of spite in a game in which the Rabbitohs continued to mount their case as one of the competition favourites as winger Nathan Merritt finished with a hat-trick.
He had a double after just 26 minutes, with Souths picking up right where they left off in Monday night’s last-ditch victory over the Sydney Roosters.
After just two minutes, winger Andrew Everingham had crossed following impressive lead-up work from five-eighth John Sutton.
It was Everingham and Inglis who combined to give Souths the field position for Merritt’s first try, while the star grubbered for himself to bag his second.
The Dragons had several chances to reduce the deficit but routinely came up short, most notably when centre Chase Stanley was ruled to have not grounded the ball by the video referee shortly before halftime.
They managed a minor impact on the scoreboard with winger Brett Morris finishing off crisp backline movements in both halves while back-rower Ben Creagh steamed onto a flat pass late in the second.
The match was all but ended with more than 20 minutes remaining when Inglis ripped through the Dragons defence on a 40-metre burst for a superb solo try, but the Rabbitohs weren’t done yet.
Matt King muscled his way past Jason Nightingale for just his second try of the season, while Sutton capped off a wonderful individual performance when he sliced through with 10 minutes remaining.
The loss continued the Dragons horrible record on the road in 2012, with the joint-venture club successful just once from nine away games this year.© AAP 2013
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