18 Jul 2009

Bad goes to terrible for Queenslanders

9:55 am on 18 July 2009

It's been a bad week for Queensland rugby league - after losing the State of Origin dead rubber midweek, South Sydney have embarrassed Brisbane 44-12 in the first game of the NRL double header at Suncorp Stadium.

Referee Tony De La Heras was taken off on a medicab after a nasty collision during the game.

De Lar Heras was bowled over by Souths winger Jamie Simpson and as he tried to regain his feet was hit on the head by Brisbane forward Tonie Carroll's knee.

It was the Rabbitohs' first win over the Broncos in Brisbane in 20 years.

That was followed by state rivals the Gold Coast Titans losing 23-16 to Sydney side the Bulldogs, with New South Wales' veteran halfback Brett Kimmorley again having the last laugh.

Just days after silencing the critics with a stirring comeback for the Blues in Origin III, Kimmorley returned to the same venue to again put on a masterclass before kicking the match-sealing field goal to kill off a fast finishing Titans.

The win seals outright second on the NRL ladder for the Bulldogs.