The Cowboys continued their dismal form on Monday night suffering their third straight loss, this time going down 32 – 4 to the Rabbitohs.
North Queensland has sunk to the last of the Premiership contenders, now at number 15 on the ladder after suffering their ninth loss for the season.
Meanwhile South Sydney have charged into the top four, now at number three on the NRL ladder after winning seven of their 12 matches played this year.
It was one of the Cowboy’s worst embarrassments on Monday night as they were kept scoreless until the final five minutes of play, while the Rabbitohs had a field day scoring an impressive seven tries including doubles from Nathan Merritt and Beau Champion.
South Sydney began their assault seven minutes in when Merritt opened their account with a four pointer. Big Dave Taylor backed up six minutes later with their second, but both conversions were unsuccessful so despite their hard work they lead by only eight after the first quarter.
Before the first half was over, however, the instrumental Beau Champion scored a stunning double to give the Rabbitohs a strong half-time lead.
Champion’s first came in the 29th minute and he backed it up eight minutes later. Again South’s kicking left a lot to be desired, and neither of the tries were converted, but they still were in front by 16 heading into the break.
It was much of the same in the second half, the Rabbitohs giving North Queensland little relief.
Just six minutes in Merritt completed his double, and finally a conversion was successful as livewire Issac Luke booted it through the posts extending their lead 22 – nil.
Before the Cowboys could get any points on the board, they let in another two from South Sydney with Fetuli Talanoa and Issac Luke getting one each in the 60th and 66th minutes, Chris Sandow converting the second to give the Bunnies a total of 32 points.
North Queensland’s only points came in the 75th minute when Ashley Graham scored their sole try, but missing the kick did nothing to ease the pain of their huge loss.
But it wasn’t all good news for the Rabbitohs either with Issac Luke under question over a nasty high hit on Cowboys’ skipper Johnathan Thurston, while they have lost prop Scott Geddes for the remainder of the season after he fractured his knee cap.
This weekend the Cowboys will be pleased to be playing at home when they face the Raiders, while the Rabbitohs travel to Brisbane to play in one of Round 14’s best games. Check out the odds for both matches at Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of the weekend!