Bryson Goodwin figuratively rose from the canvas to inflict the knock out blows in his match-up with New Zealand Warriors battering ram Konrad Hurrell as South Sydney defied a heroic defensive effort to create their own five-match winning streak with a 30-13 win at NIB Stadium in Perth.
Seeking a sixth consecutive victory for the first time since 2002, the Warriors winless record in Western Australia continued as the Rabbitohs completed the double over the New Zealanders for only the third time in 19 years.
The Warriors lost by two points at Mt Smart in round five and this contest also went down to the wire until former Kiwis international Goodwin, who is in contention for a World Cup recall, crossed in the 67th and 75th minutes and Chris McQueen touched down with the last play of the game.
A fifth loss in Perth leaves the Warriors in 11th place but they at least have ample time to recover from the longest road trip in the competition with their second bye next week providing a two-point boost before they take on Benji Marshall's Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on July 19.
Although the Warriors dominated the bulk of the first half, South Sydney, who maintain their four point lead at the top of the table, underlined their title credentials with a dominant second spell.
They clawed back into an enthralling contest eight minutes after the break when Hurrell could not handle an Adam Reynolds cross kick and John Sutton pounced on the ball after video referee Steve Chiddy ruled a nudge from Chris McQueen went backwards.
Goodwin then regathered his own grubber to skip clear and then sealed the points by surging 50m after a desperate Warriors back move went awry.
Hurrell scored the match-winner against the Brisbane Broncos last weekend with an intercept and he proved even more damaging in the 35th minute when he left a trail of South Sydney players in his wake shortly after being held up by McQueen.
Gifted field position with a penalty, the Warriors swept onto attack and Shaun Johnson recorded his second try assist by targeting the Rabbitohs' left edge defence.
Johnson put Hurrell on a beeline for Goodwin and although the 2009 Four Nations rep had done a decent job containing one of the NRL's irresistible forces, he was the first of four would-be defenders skittled by the Tonga-aligned finisher.
After knocking Goodwin backwards, Nathan Merritt made a desperate grab before McQueen and Greg Inglis could only collide after being bumped off.
Johnson added the extras and a last minute field goal to cap a classy opening half by the Kiwis playmaker.
He was initially overshadowed by counterpart Reynolds, who set up Andrew Everingham's sixth-minute opener after his stab at a loose pass created a perfect chip kick for the wing.
The Warriors worked their way back from that early set back and gained parity when Johnson drifted sideways before putting Simon Mannering through a hole and under the posts in the 27th minute, shortly after Nathan Friend's dart out of dummy half was thwarted over the line by Sam Burgess and Inglis.
Manu Vatuvei was ruled out of the starting line-up with a shin injury but rookie Ngani Laumape again proved an able substitute, particularly when tracking back to scrag Dylan Walker after the centre pounced on a loose pass and hared 70-metres.
Despite the result it was also a memorable night for interchange forward Charlie Gubb who made his first grade debut midway through the first half.
South Sydney 30 (Bryson Goodwin 2, Andrew Everingham, John Sutton, Chris McQueen tries; Adam Reynolds 5 goals)
NZ Warriors 13 (Simon Mannering, Konrad Hurrell tries; Shaun Johnson 2 goals, field goal)
- © Fairfax NZ News
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