South Sydney have flexed their muscle tissues in spherical one, beating the Sharks 27-18 in Cronulla.
The Rabbitohs are thought-about among the many favourites for the premiership in 2023 and confirmed why towards a troublesome however Dally M winner Nicho Hynes-less Sharks.
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The Rabbitohs didn’t have all of it their very own manner by any means, having misplaced each Jai Arrow and Tavita Tatola early within the recreation.
However with quarter-hour remaining and Souths main 20-12, the Sharks’ Wade Graham obliterated Rabbitohs prop Davvy Moale with a monster hit.
Nothing was finished instantly after the hit and the Rabbitohs scored on the finish of the set of six, taking the lead out to an unassailable 26-12.
However as Latrell Mitchell was lining up the kick at purpose, the eye returned to the hit.
“We’re just one spherical in, however that was the most important hit I’ve seen in a very long time,” Greg Alexander mentioned on Fox Sports activities. “My god. That was one hell of a shot from Wade Graham.”
Dan Ginnane added: “How did he maintain onto it? That’s chest Brandy isn’t it? Certainly it’s wonderful.”
Alexander mentioned: “I believed it was ball and chest.”
However moments later, the Sharks veteran was referred to as out and given 10 within the bin for after he was deemed to have “left the bottom and had contact with the top”.
Alexander mentioned it knowned Moale’s head again however Ginnane mentioned: “It was a automotive crash.”
It was the second sin bin of the day after Bulldogs halfback Kyle Flanagan was sin binned after he appeared to barely brush the again of Tom Trbojevic’s jersey.
The Graham hit additionally divided followers with some believing he deserved the ship of
Bulldogs legend Willie Mason tweeted: “Wade Graham simply placed on top-of-the-line hit’s I’ve seen for years! PROPER DAAAWWG.”
The Illawarra Mercury’s Tim Barrow added: “Wade Graham and Kyle Flanagan obtained binned right now for excessive contact and minimal contact. Humorous recreation, rugba lerg.”
Coach Craig Fitzgibbon mentioned it was “spectacular” however any additional points from the incident will “be what it is going to be”.
Captain Dale Finucane mentioned: “The hit appeared actually good, however I wasn’t positive that he hit him excessive. From my first look at it, I didn’t suppose it was excessive. However on assessment, it’ll be clear whether or not it was or it wasn’t.
“Wade was seeking to change the momentum and trigger a collision to get the ball again for us. I feel any participant in any group would look to try this.”
Fox League’s Cooper Cronk mentioned the issue comes that Graham’s toes left the bottom.
“He took his toes of the bottom and made contact,” Cronk mentioned.
“I feel that could be the factor that comes again and hurts him however I don’t suppose it’s on the extreme finish.”
It wasn’t sufficient to shut the door on the Sharks nevertheless because the Sharks hit again by means of Teig Wilton who timed his run completely to latch onto a Matt Moylan grubber and make it 26-18.
It was as shut because the Sharks would get although as Latrell Mitchell sealed the sport with a area purpose.