Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The South Sydney Rabbitohs went into last nights game against the Melbourne Storm as huge underdogs never having won a single game against the Storm in Melbourne.
Brisbane also humbled the Bunnies last Friday night sowing the seeds of doubt into the minds of many over South Sydney’s chances in this game.
Melbourne on the other hand were coming off of a gutsy victory against the Wests Tigers and were looking to put on a big performance for coach Craig Bellamy in his 500th game.
Latrell Mitchell and Cameron Munster returned for the Rabbitohs and Storm respectively after missing round one through suspension as did Harry Grant.
The game was closely contested for the first 20 minutes with the game’s only try to that point being scored by Xavier Coates.
Ryan Papenhuyzen would then score in the 21st minute followed by another Melbourne try courtesy of Cameron Munster just two minutes later and the Bunnies just unravelled for the remainder of the half.
Souths made ten errors in the first 40 minutes alone with a couple of those errors costing them potential try-scoring opportunities.
Melbourne headed into the sheds at halftime having dominated the game and led 14-0.
A penalty against Munster for obstruction in a little over five minutes into the second half was overturned after the Storm challenged the call and ended up getting a penalty out of it as the bunker deemed that Munster was taken out of play without the ball.
The Rabbitohs then looked to capitalise on a disallowed Storm try before Tepai Moeroa was sin-binned for taking Cameron Murray out when rookie Davvy Moale made a break.
South Sydney’s completion rate would then drop down to an embarrassing 48% due to botched opportunity after botched opportunity before finally scoring the first try of the second half through Alex Johnston with a little under 12 minutes to go, giving the Bunnies a slither of hope that they could win this game.
Xav's first try at @AAMIPark 🤌 Chef's kiss.
Relive it. Match highlights up now 👇
— Melbourne Storm (@storm) March 17, 2022
Melbourne then gave the Rabbitohs multiple repeat sets just ten metres out from their line after a dropped ball from Dean Irermia with just nine minutes to go.
Justin Olam was then sin-binned in the 75th minute which allowed South Sydney to capitalise on a chance for just the second time in this game when Jaxson Paulo got on the scoresheet.
Campbell Graham then crashed over for a try with two and a half minutes to go but Latrell Mitchell would miss the attempt at conversion which meant the Bunnies still trailed by two points.
Then with just 30 seconds to go Mitchell made up for it by kicking a two-point field goal from 40 metres away, sending the game to golden point.
Papenhuyzen went on to slot a field goal in the first half of golden point and hand Melbourne a 15-14 victory in an absolute thriller!