Bennett’s South Sydney points should not as diabolical, however equally urgent after they plunged to a shock 26-16 loss to Canterbury on Thursday evening.
On a wild evening through which Jaydn Su’A faces a battle to play once more after being sin binned for an obvious shoulder cost which collected the pinnacle of Lachlan Lewis and South Sydney benefited from an officiating howler, the Rabbitohs’ title ambitions took a battering.
Bennett’s facet has lurched out and in of type from week to week, half to half, virtually minute to minute.
Just a few weeks after belting top-four contenders Parramatta 38-Zero, the Rabbitohs regarded feeble at ANZ Stadium.
Inside the primary half-hour they trailed 20-Zero, a margin exacerbated when Su’A, one among their greatest this season, was despatched to the bin, on the recommendation of a streamlined bunker, for an enormous hit on Lewis. The Canterbury No.7 went for a head harm evaluation and by no means returned to the sphere.
Su’A was solely suspended final month on a harmful contact cost and can want the match assessment committee to seek out favourably if he is to not have performed his final sport of the season.
When Su’A did return to the sphere, so seemingly did the Rabbitohs. And just like the hit on Lewis, it got here with controversy.
Jaxson Paulo began the fightback when he slid over within the nook, just for replays to obviously present his proper boot scraping the contact in objective line earlier than he grounded the ball. Referee Ashley Klein awarded the attempt on subject on the recommendation of his sideline official, a ache which solely intensified when Campbell Graham hauled the Rabbitohs to inside 10 factors at half-time.
It virtually appeared a formality the Rabbitohs would win when Alex Johnston eased over 9 minutes into the second half, however Bulldogs caretaker coach Steve Georgallis wasn’t going to complete the 12 months with out his first win.
In Josh Jackson’s 200th NRL sport, the person who was sporting the captain’s customary No.13, Chris Smith, grounded a bouncing ball after Brandon Wakeham’s kick had ricocheted off Johnston.
Extra importantly on the different finish, twice Jackson clawed Cameron Murray again with determined try-saving tackles on his personal line.
A person for all events, Jackson has all the time carried out his greatest work on the final line.
Which is precisely the place Brisbane by no means thought they might be. And certainly deep down Bennett would take some enjoyment out of that.
CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS 26 (Tim Lafai, Reimis Smith, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Chris Smith tries; Jake Averillo four, Brandon Wakeham objectives) defeated SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS 16 (Jaxson Paulo, Campbell Graham, Alex Johnston tries; Adam Reynolds 2 objectives) at ANZ Stadium. Referee: Ashley Klein. Crowd: 4859.
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Adam Pengilly is a Sports activities reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.