South Sydney underlined their favouritism for the NRL premiership with a 42-16 thumping of the Brisbane Broncos last night in Sydney.
Greg Inglis put on a masterclass with three tries, reaffirming the Rabbitohs premiership favouritism, and all but extinguishing the Broncos top-eight hopes.
They're first equal on points with Manly, but the Sea Eagles have a game in hand.
Brisbane's loss was compounded when fullback Josh Hoffman suffered a suspected broken leg in the second half.
The Broncos must win their last three regular-season games and hope other results go their way if they want to avoid missing the finals for a second straight year.