Benji Marshall fitted in perfectly with the Rabbitohs to help out-of-contract skipper Adam Reynolds guide them to a comfortable 35-6 win over the Broncos at Stadium Australia on Thursday night

Full-back Latrell Mitchell was at his best with two tries and a try assist while Reynolds ruled out huge interest around his contractual future to score a try and start a historic two-point basket

The losses of suspended duo Cody Walker and Keaon Koloamatangi were barely felt as Marshall showed his vast experience to his partner Reynolds, supporting the crossover for the team’s first try and showing a nice touch to create a second half try

Jacob Host was powerful on the left edge replacing Koloamatangi in a performance that will give coach Wayne Bennett food for thought when Koloamatangi is available in the seventh round

Australia Stadium, Sydney

Bennett praised the way his team covered up Walker’s loss, with Marshall in the first half and Dean Hawkins making his NRL debut on the bench for the final 15 minutes of the game

“I always train teams to play with what we have, not with what we don’t have,” Bennett said

“I don’t think anyone has looked over his shoulder that Cody wasn’t here this week We all know how wonderful he is for us and what he brings to a team

“We had to do without him and we did it I thought Benji was exceptional he did a great job for us That’s what you want, you want guys to come on the team and we did it last year when we had a lot of injuries late in the season and guys kept showing up”

Marshall, who turned the game in favor of the Rabbitohs in the first round when he was injected, has been as valuable off the field as he has been on him so far this year, Bennett added

“He’s been wonderful, it’s not just what you see on the pitch, it’s also what he does off the pitch,” Bennett said

“I just can’t figure out why the clubs – why we were so lucky to have it”

“It was wonderful” said Bennett “It’s one of the great joys of what you’ve been doing since he was a little boy, he wanted to play for South Sydney”

After dropping 10-0 early on, Brisbane impressively rallied to race for much of the first half, but lingering defensive issues on both edges and some killing errors in the ‘coaches kept the Rabbitohs never in serious threat of losing the game

The ominous signs started early for Brisbane as the home side made some easy yards and Marshall opened the scoring in the seventh minute on a kick from Reynolds

After a failed conversion, the Bunnies turned down the option of a full offensive set in favor of a penalty to bring the score to 6-0 after 12 minutes

Brisbane’s right-side defense was deemed insufficient in the 16th minute as Souths moved to the left and a cut from Mitchell helped Johnston cross completely intact, with ominous signs at 10-0

However, a few huge plays from half-back Tom Dearden turned the tide; he first produced a clean break but failed to beat Mitchell one-on-one, then forced a roll with a big blow when Souths then got the ball

Attacking territory led Jamayne Isaako to beat Reynolds and Jaydn Su’A to get his side on the board after 20 minutes

With halftime looming, the Broncos were poised to take a respectable 10-6 in the hangars until Dane Gagai straight through Jordan Riki to put Reynolds in, then the halfback crowned the last one. Halftime set with a booming 43- one meter drop goal, the first in the match since the 1970 grand final, to make it 18-6 at the break

Despite a rambling opening in their second 40 minutes, the Bunnies went further when Mitchell pushed his way through Brisbane’s right defense in the 53rd minute

Isaako kicked off the full kickoff with play slipping away from Brisbane and skillful work from Marshall created a Campbell Graham try from a scrum to stretch the score to 28-6

Mitchell leaped forward to a Reynolds bombshell to pocket his second shortly before full time before freezing the win with a bit of basket practice – this one just for one point – in the dying moments

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