The Melbourne Storm have beaten the South Sydney Rabbitohs 26-8 in a game that showed the Rabbitohs have a a way to go if they really want to mix it with the contenders come finals time.
While the Rabbitohs were missing John Sutton and Greg Inglis, two of their better players, there were signs throughout the game that the Bunnies are not quite there yet.
Adam Reynolds has has a fantastic start to his career. You can take nothing away from him in that sense. Right now though he is being asked to lead the Rabbitohs for the first time and you can see that the extra responsibility is forming him to over play a little bit.
The good news is that Reynolds is trying hard and getting himself involved in the game. At this stage of his career you have to expect him to learn from mistakes….its the only way a young halfback gets any better.
His halves partner in this game, highly rated youngster Luke Keary, showed once again that he has a touch of class that could see him playing rep football in the near future. Every time he touched the ball he looked dangerous and made something happen. It will be interesting to see how long the Rabbitohs wait before they move Sutton into the back row to accomodate Keary.
the thing that worried me the most about the Rabbitohs in this game was the way the Storm were able to work their forward pack over early on. Cameron Smith and Billy Slater were masterful out of dummy half and the Storm simply killed the Rabbitohs around the ruck.
Once the Storm got on a roll there wasn’t much the Rabbitohs could do about it. The Rabbitohs big pack has been brilliant this season, but you get the feeling the Storm found a chink in their armor.
The Storm got off to a good start, fall away a little heading into half time, and then kicked away again in the last 20 minutes. It was a very typical Melbourne Storm performance on a day when the club celebrated signing up their 15,000th member.
The Rabbitohs will have taken a lot out of this game and I dare say they know they have a lot to work on now. Yes they were under strength compared to the team they will hopefully be running out come finals time, but other areas of their game also come up short tonight in Melbourne.
As for the Storm, they look fantastic right now. Right where you would want them to be heading towards the finals series. They are not playing their best football, but they are getting close!
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