Montoya’s try not enough as Bulldogs lose to Rabbitohs

South Sydneys huge weapons barely fired a shot for the first half at before Cody Walker and Adam Reynolds rallied the cavalry.

Fiji born Marcelo Montoya scored a shot for the Bulldogs but that was inadequate as they decreased to Rabbitohs 10-26 at Bankwest Stadium.

The 2 points will be tempered by major concern for increasing centre Braidon Burns and a feared dislocated right knee after he fell awkwardly and required the medicab to leave the paddock in the 70th minute.

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That wasnt the case throughout, but Alex Johnstons third-minute shot loomed ominous– the Souths speedster putting his finest possession on show after being told there is no space for him at Redfern in 2021.

The former put the Dogs at ease with a creative 35th-minute chip kick for Canterburys first points, straight into the in-goal and the arms of Marcelo Montoya.

Rather it was Walker going to the line with intent for the very first time in the 58th minute, he and Cameron Murray trading functions for Walker to power over from a brief ball.

It was Latrell Mitchell sending him on his way with a catch and hand down the green and red side of halfway, Johnston duly leaving Dallin Watene-Zelezniak for dead as he entered, away and 60 metres for the first shot.

South Sydney return into the winners circle and ninth position, behind Cronulla and Wests Tigers by the smallest of points differential margins.

As they typically do, they hung and tough in, two times cutting the Rabbitohs result in within striking distance, however lacking the strike to go further.

They made it look a procedure early on.

The latter copped a dislocated finger late in the half for his difficulties.

Upon the resumption Reynolds found his range directly away, grubbering for Jaydn SuAs first shot in Rabbitohs colours.

As a result their efforts amounted to a fourth-straight loss, the last thing besieged coach Dean Pay requirements with a decision on his future still unknown.

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When he crashed over in the 54th minute, Raymond Faitala-Mariner offered the Bulldogs hope.

However Walker gave Souths breathing space soon enough, while Gagai got his try in the end, snaffling an intercept as the Bulldogs pushed with one last attacking raid and running 95 metres

After the break the pint-sized half laid on one try from the boot and wouldve had another however for a wicked bounce bamboozling James Roberts.

That produced a 10-point ballgame, not that the Bulldogs were to be intimidated.

The Rabbitohs left edge continued to collect steam and Damien Cook joined them as he went close to sneaking over, Souths settling rather for a 25th minute charge goal and an 8-0 lead.

Reynolds meanwhile simply couldnt kick one straight as 56 percent of very first half belongings only totaled up to an 8-6 Rabbitohs advantage.

Mistakes reversed the cardinal and myrtle while Canterburys halves Brandon Wakeham and Kieran Foran began to run with relish.

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