South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Brisbane Broncos, result, SuperCoach scores, video, Reece Walsh


The Broncos are on top of the NRL ladder after overcoming two sin-binnings to stun the Rabbitohs 36-20 in a thrilling clash that had everything from vomit to backflips.

South Sydney kicked the spectacle off when Alex Johnston crossed in the corner for his 181st try, taking him to outright third on the all-time tally.

But it took the Broncos just four minutes to respond through Kotoni Staggs… Before things took a bizarre turn.

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Veteran prop Martin Taupau was sin-binned after he led with his knee as he was about to be tackled.

Fox League expert and former NRL coach Anthony Griffin said in commentary: “I’ve never seen that before… I think he’s lucky to stay on the field.”

Corey Parker, meanwhile, called it “one of the dumbest, most irresponsible acts I’ve seen in recent years.”

The Broncos held on for 10 minutes and then scored through Selwyn Cobbo just over a minute after Taupau returned to the game.

South Sydney hit back with a crucial try through Campbell Graham to go into the sheds with a two-point lead.

Brisbane came out firing in the second half though with three tries in 11 minutes to swing the momentum. But suffered a setback when Jesse Arthars was sin-binned for a high tackle and another when Ezra Mam left the field with a leg issue.

The Rabbitohs took advantage of being up one-man with Isaiah Tass crossing less than a minute after Arthars was binned.

However the Broncos sealed the win when their chief playmaker Adam Reynolds crossed for a well-deserved try in the 74th minute.

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If Reece Walsh wasn’t already a superstar, he is now.

The Broncos fullback returned from suspension in spectacular style — and had a new move in his bag of tricks.

Walsh threatened many times before he finally broke the game open in the 50th minute when he scored under the posts… And he followed it up with a backflip.

“It’s brilliant work,” Michael Ennis said in commentary before he was dazzled by Walsh’s acrobatic ability.

“We haven’t seen that since Anthony Mundine… This kid is special, slides over, get that into you, how good is that?”

Ennis dubbed Walsh a “whiz kid” who is a “genuine star.”

“He’s been threatening all night, he’s been dangerous every time he touched the ball,” he added.

The 21-year-old looked to be in all sorts afterwards though when he was spotted vomiting in back play before shifting to the wing for the rest of the game.

Fox League’s Lara Pitt reported that Walsh had battled a virus all week and vomited “eight or nine” times on the field.

Despite being a little worse for wear, Walsh finished the game with a try, two try assists, two linebreaks, three linebreak assists, five tackle busts and 158 running metres.


This time last year the Broncos were starting to crumble. But this time round they’re going to “another gear,” according to former coach Anthony Griffin

The game seesawed in the first half, but the Broncos blew the Rabbitohs away in the first 15 minutes of the second half when they ran in three tries — and then the match-sealer then in the 74th minute.

Michael Ennis said they “won the battle physically” and were “overpowering” South Sydney and Griffin agreed, saying they “turned the game around with their defence” and earnt good field position after “bashing” the bunnies for five minutes.

Griffin, who coached the Broncos from 2011 to 2014, took his praise one step further though, declaring it was the best patch of football he’s seen from the Broncos all year.

“This is as good as 15 minutes I’ve seen from Brisbane all season,” he said.

“Against a really good side, in the back-end of the year, in 15 minutes they’ve gone to another gear and dismantled South Sydney.”


The Rabbitohs were their own worst enemy, conceding 15 errors in what Ennis said was an “odd” performance from the usually slick side.

The Broncos weren’t far behind with 11 errors, but the difference was the Bunnies’ were at crucial times and they couldn’t make up for them.

Star five-eighth Cody Walker had moments of brilliance but also had four errors. Alex Johnston, Campbell Graham and Tom Burgess finished with two errors, while five other players had an error each.

“We said at the start of the second half, whoever holds the ball there’s going to be points. A couple of errors from (Damien) Cook and Walker continues what’s been an odd night for them,” Ennis said during the game.

A stunned Jason Demetriou was shown in the coaches box late in the game.

“You can see Jason Demetriou is absolutely filthy, disgusted with what he’s seen from his side — particularly in the second half,” Ennis said in commentary.

“We heard Craig Bellamy earlier this year use the word ‘putrid’ and it may be coming from Jason Demetriou. Their ball-handling tonight has been disgraceful — it really has.”

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