Disappointment didn't begin to describe the collective mood after the Vodafone Warriors were left to reflect on a grim loss in a contest South Sydney were able to dominate in Perth last night.
The score-line of 4-36 was built on a raft of team and individual statistics which further underlined the ultimate outcome.
The Rabbitohs completed an impressive 31 of 39 sets while the Vodafone Warriors managed just 19 from 32. The metres gained favoured the victors 2007 to 1424 while they had 196 runs in total to the Vodafone Warriors' 144; the line breaks were 9-2 and tackle breaks 37-14 while the Rabbitohs had to make only 282 tackles to 366 for the Vodafone Warriors.
As well as that the Vodafone Warriors lost experienced outside back Jonathan Wright for more than half the match after a head knock while captain Simon Mannering went off just before halftime for the same reason. The fact South Sydney scored 14 points in those critical few minutes before halftime when Mannering was off the field was more than coincidental.
He returned for the second half and once again finished the match as the Vodafone Warriors' busiest and most effective defender, making 46 tackles without a miss.
While the magnitude of the defeat and the manner of it disappointed all concerned, there were some strong individual displays. Check out the numbers here:
STATISTICS | v SOUTH SYDNEY, nib STADIUM | LOST 4-36
Penalties | Vodafone Warriors 2, South Sydney 4.
Completions | Vodafone Warriors 19/32 (69%), South Sydney 31/39 (80%).
Total runs | Vodafone Warriors 144, South Sydney 196.
Metres gained | Vodafone Warriors 1424, South Sydney 2007.
Dummy half runs (metres) | Vodafone Warriors 6 (65), South Sydney 14 (131).
Line breaks | Vodafone Warriors 2, South Sydney 9.
Tackle breaks | Vodafone Warriors 14, South Sydney 37.
Kicks (kicking metres) | Vodafone Warriors 15 (361), South Sydney (450).
Tackles | Vodafone Warriors 366, South Sydney 282.
Missed tackles | Vodafone Warriors 37, South Sydney 14.
Offloads | Vodafone Warriors 11, South Sydney 7.
Errors | Vodafone Warriors 14, South Sydney 8.
Runs | Vodafone Warriors: Manu Vatuvei 14, Ken Maumalo 14, Jacob Lillyman 13, Ben Matulino 10, Tuimoala Lolohea 10, Ryan Hoffman 10, Chad Townsend 10, Simon Mannering 10, Bodene Thompson 10, Solomone Kata 10. South Sydney: George Burgess 18, John Sutton 16, Ben Lowe 15, Tom Burgess 14, Tim Grant 14, Dylan Walker 14, Greg Inglis 13, Issac Luke 13, Chris Grevsmuhl 13, Aaron Gay 11, Chris McQueen 10, Bryson Goodwin 10.
Metres gained | Vodafone Warriors: Manu Vatuvei 167, Ken Maumalo 155, Jacob Lillyman 129, Tuimoala Lolohea 115, Solomone Kata 114, Ben Matulino 110. South Sydney:Greg Inglis 250, George Burgess 181, Dylan Walker 154, Chris Grevsmuhl 145, Bryson Goodwin 139, Tom Burgess 139, Tim Grant 133, Aaron Gay 126, John Sutton 124, Ben Lowe 117.
Tackle breaks | Vodafone Warriors: Manu Vatuvei 4, Ben Matulino 3, Ken Maumalo 2.South Sydney: Chris Grevsmuhl 6, Greg Inglis 5, Dylan Walker 5, Bryson Goodwin 5, Alex Johnston 4, Aaron Gay 4, Tim Grant 4.
Tackles | Vodafone Warriors: Simon Mannering 46, Nathan Friend 38, Ben Matulino 36, Jacob Lillyman 33, Bodene Thompson 30, Chad Townsend 26, Siliva Havili 24, Albert Vete 24, Sam Lisone 24, Sebastine Ikahihifo 22, Ryan Hoffman 20. South Sydney: Ben Lowe 35, Chris McQueen 28, Nathan Brown 22, George Burgess 22, John Sutton 21, Issac Luke 20, Luke Keary 20, Tim Grant 20.
Missed tackles | Vodafone Warriors: Simon Mannering 0, Chad Townsend 0. South Sydney: Issac Luke 0, Chris Grevsmuhl 0, Tim Grant 0, George Burgess 0, John Sutton 0, Dylan Walker 0, Bryson Goodwin 0, Aaron Gay 0.
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