18 Jun 2011

Taylor stars in Souths win

2:25 pm on 18 June 2011

South Sydney's Queensland contingent guided the Rabbitohs to a comfortable 31-8 NRL rugby league win over a disappointing Gold Coast outfit at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.

Despite backing up from a State of Origin loss on Wednesday night, giant second-rower Dave Taylor was the Rabbitohs' best.

Taylor set up two tries in the crucial victory while his Maroons teammate Greg Inglis grabbed a runaway late try to finish the scoring and delight the crowd of 8021.

The Rabbitohs' hooker Nathan Peats was put on report in the 37th minute for pulling the hair of Titans' backrower Ryan James, who suffered a suspected anterior cruciate ligament injury right on halftime that looks likely to end his season.

The win breaks a three-game losing streak for the Rabbitohs and moves the South Sydney-siders within one win of the top eight, while the Titans were unable to build on their win last weekend over an Origin-depleted St George Illawarra.

John Cartwright's men, who have lost five of their past six matches, now slip back to 16th place.