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Walker and Mitchell torture Dragons' hopeless defence in 50-14 win

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1st August, 2021
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The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ win streak has extended to eight straight after a brilliant performance from Cody Walker and Latrell Mitchell.

The Bunnies put 50 points on a Dragons side that missed 57 tackles and ran for only half the metres the Rabbitohs did.

The Dragons team combined for 1072 run metres, while the Rabbitohs ran for 2044 metres.

The Rabbitohs have to thank their forwards, who combined for 1090 run metres – more than what the entire Dragons team managed.

Prop forwards Tom Burgess and Mark Nicholls both ran for over 200 metres and the Bunnies’ starting second-row forwards, Jaydn Su’A and Keon Koloamatangi, both scored a try and combined for 294 metres.

Jaydn Su'A

Jaydn Su’A (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Rabbitohs’ back five all ran for over 100 metres, besides Taane Milne who ran for 98 metres but Latrell Mitchell was on fire against the Dragons.

The fullback scored two tries, ran the ball ten times for 164 run metres, broke an extraordinary 15 tackles, made three linebreaks and had a linebreak assist.

Mitchell played the last ten minutes out in the centres when Dane Gagai went off the field for an early rest and Blake Taaffe went into the fullback position.

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The halves had a day out against the Dragons after Cody Walker tortured them with his one try and four try assists, while Adam Reynolds scored off a short chip kick from himself and had two try assists.

Dummy-half Damien Cook and lock forward Jai Arrow were really good defensively, combining for 82 tackles and just the two misses.

No Souths player had more than two missed tackles, which is why this was their best defensive performance this season.

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I know it was against the Dragons who were missing players and have problems themselves, but this Bunnies side were conceding 20 points on average against the bottom sides like the Bulldogs, Cowboys and Warriors.

The Rabbitohs debuted a young 18-year-old forward by the name of Davvy Moale, who has been compared to Payne Haas.

The youngster played 17 minutes and ran for 53 metres but he went off early after copping a high shot and had to undergo a Head Injury Assessment.

He did end up passing the HIA and coming back on the field but only for a short period.

The Dragons’ defence was extremely poor and a few individuals really got caught out by the Rabbitohs on multiple occasions, which is very worrying.

Fullback Tyrell Sloan missed seven tackles, centre Talatau Amone who had to mark up on Walker, Mitchell and Gagai missed six tackles and five-eighth Jayden Sullivan missed nine tackles for the Red V.

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