16 Mar 2009

Souths give Roosters a hiding

6:13 am on 16 March 2009

South Sydney handed old foes the Roosters an embarrassing 52-12 hiding in their traditional opening round National Rugby League match at the Sydney Football Stadium yesterday.

The rampant Rabbitohs ran in nine tries to the Roosters' two, in a relentless physical display that highlighted Souths' new all-round cohesion and the Roosters' concerning early-season frailties.

The heat is already on the Newcastle Knights after they blew a 14-nil lead and wilted 34-20 to Gold Coast.

So after the opening round the warriors are 4th after their 26-18 win over Parramatta on Saturday.