Johnston breaks Rabbitohs try scoring record

4 weeks ago

South Sydney winger Alex Johnston has eclipsed Nathan Merritt's grounds of 146 tries, lasting unsocial arsenic the greatest-ever effort scorer for the NRL's oldest club.

The Rabbitohs bounced backmost from past week's decision with a crushing triumph implicit the Wests Tigers, wherever they came from 18-12 down astatine halftime to tally successful 32 unanswered 2nd fractional points.

It was the archetypal clip successful 2022 that Souths had been trailing astatine the interval and gone connected to triumph - arsenic their near borderline yet got humming - Johnston grabbing his 2nd and 3rd tries, with wrong men Campbell Graham crossing and Cody Walker scoring a treble arsenic well.

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"It means a batch to me, there's nary nine I'd alternatively play for," Johnston said afterwards.

"I emotion this nine and to interruption this grounds is thing I could ne'er imagination of."

Johnston debuted successful the Rabbitohs' 2014 title-winning season, scoring successful the expansive last - and has been a imperishable fixture connected the near helping for the Rabbitohs ever since, speech from immoderate appearances astatine fullback.

Alex Johnston celebrates aft scoring. (Getty)

"He's 1 of the champion finishers I've ever travel across," Walker said.

"He knows wherever to beryllium successful definite positions connected the footy field, and we've built up a large narration connected that near edge.

"He makes maine look good," helium added.

The adjacent halt for Johnston is immortality passim the full league, not conscionable the cardinal and myrtle. At conscionable 27, Johnston trails Ken Irvine's all-time grounds of 212 by a healthy, but not insurmountable number.

Johnston would request 65 much tries to drawback the Bears legend, which, assuming helium stays healthy, would beryllium bully worth to scope successful the adjacent 3 oregon 4 seasons.

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But beyond the record, it was a sorely-needed triumph for the Rabbitohs, who've languished successful mid-table mediocrity for overmuch of the year.

After going down 12-0 aboriginal connected acknowledgment to a Asu Kepaoa intercept and a Ken Maumalo score, Souths battled backmost to level the scores earlier the erstwhile Warriors winger grabbed his 2nd connected halftime, putting the visitors backmost successful front.

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It would beryllium the past clip they scored, arsenic Souths yet took vantage of a upland of possession and tract presumption to steamroll the Tigers successful the last 40 minutes, capping disconnected the scoring with an intercept of their ain done Jaxson Paulo successful the dying stages.

Cameron Murray got done his instrumentality from wounded without issue, and looks acceptable to instrumentality to the fold for the archetypal State of Origin game, portion some teams person a bye adjacent week successful the Origin-affected week.

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