Nathan Merritt has added his name to the South Sydney history books in his side's 18-2 victory over the Penrith Panthers at Sportingbet Stadium. In wet conditions the Rabbitohs winger, notched up his 145th try to surpass Benny Wearing's highest try scoring record which has stood at 144 since 1933.
The rain stormed across Penrith just as proceeding kicked off, which saw the 11,674 in attendance dash for cover. Points would become a premium in the first half as the Steeden become slippery to handle with 13 errors racked up.
Both sides took penalty goals on offer when presented. Rabbitohs through Adam Reynolds converted his opportunity after 6 minutes, while the Panthers took theirs through Jamie Soward mid-way through the opening 40 minutes.
After a scrappy half, both teams headed for cover in the sheds locked at 2-all.
A turn in momentum saw the Rabbitohs go on a roll to post three tries in the second half.
Former Melbourne Storm junior, Kirisome Auva'a was presented a chance with the Rabbitohs tonight as he made his NRL debut for the club. He made it a night to remember as he crossed with a charging run into a hole off a Greg Inglis short pass. South Sydney extended their lead to 6-2 after 45 minutes.
Nathan Merritt made history in the 55th minute as he posted his 145th try for the Rabbitohs in the eastern corner via a brilliant short side play featuring Inglis and Dylan Walker.
The final points of the match came as another rookie, Kyle Turner, bolted into a hole again thanks to the skills of Man of the Match, Inglis. The Rabbitohs sealed the two premiership points, 18-2 over the Panthers.
Next week the Rabbitohs return to ANZ Stadium on Good Friday to clash with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Meanwhile on Easter Monday, the Panthers open up Sportingbet Stadium to host the Gold Coast Titans.