South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury Bulldogs, live stream, live blog, SuperCoach scores, videos, Cody Walker, Matt Burton

The Rabbitohs have blown the Bulldogs away in their Easter weekend clash winning 36-16, courtesy of a Damien Cook hat-trick.

The Bulldogs opened the scoring and were dominant to start the game, with Kyle Flanagan spotting winger Brent Naden in space to cross for an easy try.

As the end of the first half loomed, the momentum completely shifted after hooker Jeremy Marshall-King was sin binned for repeated infringements.

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Jason Demetriou’s men went on to score four tries within 14 minutes, including two back-to-back four pointers from Blues and Kangaroos hooker Damien Cook.

Cody Walker was able to find glimpses of his sizzling 2021 form in the second half, hitting Alex Johnston with a familiar cut-out pass to cross in the corner.

Minutes later off a scrum, Cook was probing the line, slicing through the cross under the posts for his third to complete his first career NRL hat-trick,

With only four minutes left, outside back Isaiah Tass was able to burst through the line, getting an arm free to slam the ball down on his Rabbitohs debut to seal the dominant win.

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DUFTY CLAPS BACK AT CRITICS

After a horror showing against the Panthers in Round 5, Matt Dufty has shown his dynamic skills in a strong performance against the Rabbitohs.

The 26-year-old is currently playing for his future, coming off contract at the end of the 2022 season.

After heavy criticism of his performance last week, Dufty came out firing, doubling his 41 run meters against the Panthers within 20 minutes off kick-off against the Rabbitohs.

Dufty didn’t record a single tackle break last round, but finished the first half with 4.

“My goodness this is a completely different Dufty from last week,” Fox League’s Dan Ginnane said as Dufty threatened the line.

One particular moment in the first half caught the eye of Fox League’s James Hooper.

Lock Josh Jackson charged at the line, popping the ball off his inside hip to a flying Matt Dufty who was desperately close to breaking the line.

Hooper explained the former Dragons fullback was under fire for his lack of involvement in the attacking end against the Panthers, before explaining the run was “great signs” for Bulldogs fans.

Despite struggling for possession late in the first half and the whole second period, Dufty remained one of his side’s biggest threats in attack.

“Noone will be saying Matt Dufty didn’t put his hand up for his side this week,” Ginnane said as Dufty again looked threatening late in the second half.

Dufty finished the game with an impressive 170 run meters, 17 runs and six tackle breaks in a stark contrast to his Round 5 performance.

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Cody Walker recorded his first try assist of the season as he returned to the damaging playmaker Rabbitohs fans adore. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

WALKER’S RESURGENCE

Rabbitohs star playmaker Cody Walker’s early season form has been a major talking point when pundits discuss the South Sydney side.

Many have speculated the loss of long-term partner Adam Reynolds could have contributed to his struggles in the first five rounds, while others have pointed the finger at the Rabbitohs lacking outside backs.

But now, Walker has hit back with a strong performance against the Bulldogs.

Walker recorded only nine run meters, but chimed in with a try assist and line break assist, handling the ball 25 times — the most of any Rabbitohs player.

The elite five-eigth constantly had his head up, putting in deft kicks and putting his outside backs in space, having a large hand in Isaiah Tass’ debut try.

“He’s probing, he’s trying different things,” Fox League commentator Steve Roach said.

“The longer the season goes the better he will get.”

Reminiscent off the high-flying form fans came to love in the Redfern club’s premiership run in 2021, Walker threw a pinpoint cut-out pass to Alex Johnston to cross for his second on the left side of the field.

“Cody has awakened and now we are starting to see some smiles on the faces of the Rabbitohs,” Fox League commentator Dan Ginnane said.

“Cody Walker, it was only a matter of time before he struck back… he couldn’t carry on with the form he has had at the start of the season, he is too good a player,” Roach added.

“Beautiful double cutout pass from Cody Walker, he was always going to be too good to keep down,” Fox League’s James Hooper said.

“No try assists leading into this game but now he has opened the account.”

While hooker Damien Cook stole the show with a hat-trick, Rabbitohs fans will be excited to see Walker’s resurgence begin.

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BURTON CONTINUES TO BATTLE

Trent Barrett’s decision to introduce Kyle Flanagan into the halves had a specific purpose – unlock Matt Burton.

The former Panthers premiership winner is lethal when running the ball and can break the defensive line with ease.

But in the first half against the Rabbitohs, Burton didn’t record a single run.

Flanagan was tasked with steering the ship after his Round 5 selection, a job which had been lumped on Burton in the first four rounds of 2022.

But now it seems Flanagan has taken the sting out of Burton’s game, becoming the dominant playmaker in Trent Barrett’s team.

In the second half, Burton was moved to the centers after an injury to Braidon Burns and his impact didn’t increase.

After stating he would love to fill into Latrell Mitchell’s vacant center spot in the NSW Blues side, Burton’s audition wouldn’t have turned Brad Fittler’s head.

The 22-year-old Dubbo product finished the game with 32 run meters from four runs, but there was one positive in his Round 6 performance.

Even while he played centre, Burton held the kicking duties to finish the set, recording 305 kick meters from only eight kicks.

PRE-MATCH WRAP

The South Sydney Rabbitohs host the Canterbury Bulldogs in a Good Friday clash at Accor Stadium.

The Rabbitohs will be without Latrell Mitchell with Blake Taaffe coming in at fullback, while the heat is on Cody Walker to end his form slump.

Isaiah Tass is tipped to get his NRL debut from the bench with Davvy Moale making way.

For the Bulldogs Corey Waddell is out with Chris Patolo coming into the back row and Ava Seumanufagai joining the bench.

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Matt Dufty has been retained at fullback despite his horror night last week against the Panthers while Kyle Flanagan gets a second straight start at halfback.

The Bulldogs have been a bit of a bogey side for the Rabbitohs in recent years so it sets the scene for a tight encounter with both sides desperate to win to keep in touch with the top eight.

Rabbitoh’s team: 1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Taane Milne 4. Campbell Graham 5. Josh Mansour 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 14. Hame Sele 15. Jacob Host 17. Liam Knight 19. Isaiah Tass 18. Siliva Havili

bulldog team: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Brent Naden 3. Braidon Burns 4. Jake Averillo 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Luke Thompson 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13 Josh Jackson 15. Chris Patolo 14. Brandon Wakeham 16. Max King 17. Joe Stimson 23. Ava Seumanufagai 25. Corey Allan

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