Rabbitohs defeat Manly in NRL

BIG WIN: The Rabbitohs celebrate Chris McQueen’s try last night. Picture: Getty ImagesSTAR fullback Greg Inglis made a triumphant return from injury as South Sydney came from behind to beat Manly 22-10 at Gosford last night.
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Inglis scored under the posts with just over 10 minutes remaining in a tight contest between two of the NRL’s genuine contenders.

Dylan Farrell crossed out wide in the 78th minute to complete the scoring.

Tries from Jamie Lyon and Jorge Taufua helped Manly open up a 10-6 lead.

Lyon opened the scoring after just three minutes with Glenn Stewart orchestrating the move with a sweet pass to Daly Cherry-Evans, who outpaced Bryson Goodwin before passing inside for his skipper to finish.

It looked an ominous sign for the faltering Rabbitohs, who had lost their previous two matches to slip off the top of the ladder, but their giant forward pack cranked into gear after a slow start to create a try for Chris McQueen.

The Queensland back-rower used all his skills from his days as a winger to jump high and grab an Adam Reynolds kick with two hands and dive over from close range.

Reynolds levelled the scores with the kick, but it was Manly who went in at the break with the lead through Taufua.

A swift move from the Sea Eagles saw the ball spread wide to the left and the powerful winger barged over Reynolds and the onrushing Inglis to touch down.

The try left Inglis, who had only just returned from a knee injury suffered in the Origin decider, writhing in agony.

However, he was able to return to action and play a defining role.

Souths got their noses in front after the break with a converted try to winger Nathan Merritt.

Souths’ Jeff Lima was placed on report for a spiteful ankle twist on Anthony Watmough, who made a shock return to action after initially being ruled out with a knee injury.

In last night’s other match, Eels star Jarryd Hayne suffered a thigh injury as the Broncos kept their slim finals hopes alive with a 22-12 win at Suncorp Stadium.

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