South Sydney Rabbitohs beat Canterbury Bulldogs as Damien Cook scores hat trick

Bulldogs captain Josh Jackson and coach Trent Barrett refused to point the finger at referee Gerard Sutton after their 36-16 Good Friday loss to the Rabbitohs, saying their own mistakes were to blame.

“He did, yeah, there were a few repeat offenses there,” Jackson said when asked if his team had been warned before Jeremy Marshall-King was ejected from the field for 10 minutes. .

While Marshall-King was off the field, the Rabbitohs racked up an unanswered 18 points and didn’t even allow their opponents to touch the ball while down.

“Discipline is definitely something we’re going to have to work on… after losing Jez, we were poor, and after half-time we just invited them into our side and gave them too much position on the pitch.”

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Barrett said the call was tough, but it wasn’t the only reason the Bulldogs lost.

“The sin-binning hasn’t helped, but we just need to show more resolve during these times,” Barrett said.

“I talked before the game about putting 80 minutes together, and if you put four blocks of that first 20 together, you look good.”

But while he didn’t blame the sin tally or penalties for the loss, Barrett admitted the idea that “small” teams don’t get favorable calls was a real problem.

“There’s nothing I can say, but we certainly don’t get them [decisions] at the moment,” he said.

“There will be a day, hopefully, where we’ll be okay and we’ll get those calls – but there’s still things in there that we could have helped each other out with, so I’m not going to use that as an excuse.

“There are a few tries there that shouldn’t have been scored.”

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Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou hailed his side’s resilience after a slow start, where the Bulldogs opened the scoring through Brent Naden and could have easily extended their lead.

“It was a really important period for us. We talked about it all week, about being patient and accepting that there will be frustration in the game,” Demetriou said.

Damien Cook scored a hat-trick and Alex Johnston a double, while Isaiah Tass scored on his first-year debut for Souths.

It was a near-perfect day in both result and player health for the Bunnies, but it couldn’t have been much worse for Canterbury.

Patolo absent after a brutal shock to the head

Barrett has confirmed Braidon Burns will miss a few weeks with a hamstring problem, while striker Chris Patolo has been taken to hospital after a sickening head clash with his captain.

“He’s not great,” Barrett said.

“We’ll have to take care of him…hope he’s okay. We’ll find out tonight.”

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