The Bunnies run riot on the road and blow the Titans away.
South Sydney Rabbitohs centre Dylan Walker has inspired his side to a 40-18 thrashing of the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday.
Walker was in the thick of the action from the opening minute and scored four tries, in his side’s lop-sided thumping of a team that has been a surprise packet to date this year in the form of the Titans.
Walker set up the Rabbitohs first try of the night with a lateral run seeing link up with Kirisome Auva’a, before backing up on the inside.
Adam Reynolds showed why he is the best kicker in the NRL, and the Bunnies enjoyed a six-point lead after just three minutes.
Auva’a then got his name on the scoresheet when he burrowed his way from in close, and his effort survived the scrutiny of the video referee, as the away side leaped out to a 10-0 lead.
A third try in quick succession, this time to Walker, and the game was quickly getting out of hand with another try in the 16th minute to Alex Johnston continuing the devastating start to the game.
It was not only the defence out wide that led to the Titans being behind by 22 points early, but the South Sydney pack gave their outside backs plenty of time to move thanks to early easy metres up the middle.
The Titans also gave away several penalties late in the tackle account, inviting the away side into the game with every passing second.
Anthony Don finally gave the home fans, and Titans coach John Cartwright, something to smile about when he created a try against the run of play to see the margin close to 16.
With the six minutes remaining in the half, a penalty to Souths straight out in front saw Reynolds miss a golden chance to give his side a three-try converted lead.
After the missed goal, and a spilt pass which was cleaned up by Albert Kelly, the Titans scored through Don, his first career double in what was a crucial blow for his side’s chances leading into half-time down by 22-12.
South Sydney got the perfect start to the second half when Walker secured his hat-trick for the game, after cleaning up a clever grubber kick into the in-goal.
Bryson Goodwin slotted the conversion and the score became 28-12, with South Sydney bouncing back after stern words from coach Michael McGuire at the break.
Reynolds, who copped several hard knocks in the game came from the field in the 52nd minute, as the Titans continued to battle hard despite being outplayed for much of the game.
Walker capped his sensational individual performance, after surging across the line off the back of a run from Greg Inglis.
However, Souths showed they were not done yet as Alex Johnston scored his second for the game in what was quickly becoming a lop-sided game with the score moving on to 40-12 with 11 minutes remaining.
Dave Taylor scored a consolation try for the Titans, but it did not mask how well the Bunnies had played and how outclassed the Titans looked for much of the time.