The Wests Tigers have scored a comfortable 25-16 win in a physical affair against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in front of 20,061 at ANZ Stadium.
The Rabbitohs got off to the best start possible with Ben Lowe taking adavantage of a massive gap that opened up in the Tigers defence and they took an early lead.
Things then got very bad for the Bunnies, when Pat Richards put a trademark spiral kickoff in and Greg Inglis slid in to take it before being accidentally hit high by Tim Simona. Greg Inglis was knocked out cold and played no further part in the match whilst Tim Simona was placed on report.
From there it was the Tigers who had all the momentum with tries going to Bodene Thompson who was went through after a beautiful pass from Luke Brooks whilst Tim Simona picked up a double, firstly off a Braith Anasta bomb and then an easy try in the corner. The Tigers were also on the end of a couple of first half no try decisions, Keith Galloway was ruled to have lost the ball short of the line, whilst Pat Richards was ruled to have gone into touch then hit high although replays suggest it could have been a penalty try.
The second half was not much better for the Rabbitohs, with the Tigers putting on another try just two minutes through Pat Richards.
The Tigers were able to keep all their momentum with all the running and were assisted by the Rabbitohs constant drop ball.
Tigers young gun halfback Luke Brooks showed why he is a star of the future when he combined with another future superstar James Tedesco to score for the Tigers once again.
That was the end of the tries for the Tigers although Braith Anasta did kick a field goal to extend the lead out to 19.
The Rabbitohs did manage to put some respectability into the scoreboard with a late double to Joel Reddy to bring the score back to 25-16.
Both sides will have some major concerns with at least 5 players going on report and several more incidents that will be scrutinised by the NRL's match review panel, which could see some suspensions for both sides. Injuries could also be a concern for the Rabbitohs with Greg Inglis being knocked out early then late in the match Isaac Luke came off with a serious shoulder injury.
Next weekend, the Tigers have to make the trip across the Tasman to take on the Warriors whilst the Rabbitohs stay at ANZ, although the home team this time taking on the Canberra Raiders.