8 Mar 2013

Souths too good for Roosters

8:22 am on 8 March 2013

South Sydney underlined their National Rugby League premiership credentials Thursday night with an impressive 28-10 win over the Sydney Roosters in the opening game of the season.

The return of Sonny Bill Williams and the Roosters' recruitment of big-name stars Michael Jennings and James Maloney dominated the build-up, but Souths' superstars took the plaudits in front of a crowd of just under 36-thousand at Allianz Stadium.

A hat-trick of tries from Nathan Merritt laid the foundation for the victory along with Greg Inglis, who had a hand in four of his side's five tries.

Williams marked his debut with a consolation try late in the game.