The Rabbitohs held off a quick-finishing Warriors side to return to the winners list on Saturday, but the triumph was marred by a serious injury to Jacob Host.
The second rower left the game with the help of a coach after aggravating a right shoulder injury in the first set of the match.
Host combined with Jai Arrow for a tackle on Aaron Pene and walked out of it grimacing, after dislocating his shoulder.
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“I think he dislocated his shoulder again,” Souths coach Jason Demetriou said.
“He will have to go see the specialist, it is more than likely that he will have surgery.”
The Rabbitohs took a 26-6 halftime lead, but the Warriors fired in the second 40-minute period, cutting the deficit to 32-30.
The Warriors scored their final two tries with the Rabbitohs down to just 12 men on the field, after hooker Damien Cook was booked for getting in the way of Reece Walsh as the speedster chased grubber Shaun Johnson.
Cody Walker had looked lost without former halves partner Adam Reynolds in the first nine rounds of the season, but the five-eighth gun returned to form in brilliant fashion on Saturday.
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Perhaps bolstered by securing the captaincy in the absence of injured Cameron Murray, Walker set up three tries and showed glimpses of his outstanding attacking best.
“It’s no surprise to me how he played,” Demetriou said.
“He’s had moments like that over the past few weeks, it’s just a bit more responsibility, I think he handled it very well. His kicking game was exceptional.”
Warriors coach Nathan Brown had to lament a disastrous start, which effectively cost his team the game.
“We have to focus on why the first half happened,” he said.
“It’s definitely not where you want to be as a football club.”
The Warriors meet the Dragons at Jubilee Oval next Saturday, while the Rabbitohs are set for a clash with the Raiders in Dubbo next Sunday.
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