South Sydney spoil Broncos celebrations

IT was meant to be a night of celebrations for the Broncos with Wayne Bennett making his return and Corey Parker celebrating his 300th game but South Sydney came to spoil the party.

The defending premiers continued their triumphant run of form at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night, out-muscling Brisbane 36-6 in the NRL season opener.

The stage was set for the Broncos to make a bold statement under seven time premiership winning mentor Bennett in his first game back with the Brisbane reins since 2008.


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However, things seemed to be going wrong from the start when a power outage sabotaged the pre-match entertainment by singer Guy Sebastian.

Brisbane were unable to find any consistent form from that point on as the Rabbitohs stormed to a 10-2 lead at half time.

John Sutton, the man who replaced him as skipper Greg Inglis, Luke Keary and Joel Reddy all piled in for second half tries to silence a rabid Brisbane crowd.

Broncos forward James Gavet was placed on report for a shoulder charge on Rabbitohs rake Issac Luke, resulting in a final penalty goal on fulltime for the visitors.

In the only concern for Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire, South Sydney forward Ben Lowe was placed on report for a crusher tackle on Sam Thaiday.