The South Sydney Rabbitohs person notched their 5th consecutive triumph successful a ascendant 46-18 show implicit the North Queensland Cowboys successful Newcastle.
Early connected contiguous an upset looked to beryllium brewing erstwhile the Cowboys crossed implicit for back-to-back tries to instrumentality a 10-point pb astatine the halfway people of the archetypal half.
But connected the backmost of immoderate Cody Walker brilliance, South Sydney notched 4 unanswered tries to decorativeness retired the fractional with a two-try lead.
Walker had a manus successful virtually everything tonight, finishing the lucifer with 5 line-break assists and 3 effort assists successful 69 minutes of action.
Both Sydney Sydney wingers - Alex Johnston and Taane Milne - finished with a hat-trick, with the second assisted by Walker connected each 3 tries.
Walker's show was lauded successful the commentary container by rugby league immortal Andrew Johns, who compared the South Sydney playmaker to Manly-Warringah fable Cliff Lyons.
"Cody Walker - what a shot player! He's a genius." Johns said successful commentary for Nine.
"The biggest wrapper I tin springiness for Cody Walker is helium is the closest happening I person seen to Cliff Lyons.
"I haven't seen a subordinate who tin ball-play arsenic bully arsenic Cliffie successful a agelong time.
"He's getting precise close, Cody. A masterclass tonight."
Asked astir the comparison, Walker said helium was honoured to beryllium mentioned.
"I really didn't get to spot him play but I heard a batch astir him," Walker said aft the match.
"He had outstanding vision. A batch of Steve Menzies' tries were disconnected the backmost of him.
"To beryllium considered successful the aforesaid ballpark arsenic a feline similar that, I'm wowed astatine that compliment."
In total, the Rabbitohs notched 8 consecutive tries aft going down aboriginal earlier the Cowboys recovered the enactment precocious with a consolation effort done Kyle Feldt successful the shadows of full-time.
South Sydney finished up the crippled with possession massively successful their favour astatine 58 per cent.
Coming disconnected 3 consecutive defeats, the Cowboys volition desperately request a triumph contiguous to support successful interaction with the apical eight.
While their points differential whitethorn beryllium 1 of the worst successful the competition, North Queensland lone beryllium 2 points extracurricular of the apical eight.
Both sides contiguous are missing a fig of stars who are retired with Origin commitments.
The Cowboys volition beryllium without Valentine Holmes, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Francis Molo, portion the Rabbitohs are missing 5 faces in, Cameron Murray, Jai Arrow, Dane Gagai, Damien Cook and Latrell Mitchell.
With South Sydney impacted conscionable that small spot other owed to adjacent week's Origin, could this beryllium the clip for North Queensland to backmost to winning ways?
"When we get punched successful the look oregon erstwhile we punch ourselves successful the face, however we grip that hasn't been bully enough," Cowboys manager Todd Payten said earlier this week.
"I would similar to bounds the opportunities we tin springiness to the absorption - and that's shot control, controlling wherever and however we crook the shot over, and past evidently our subject and ruck infringements.
"I cognize our crippled is bully enough, we've seen it successful weeks gone by. If we play the crippled the close mode we're bully capable to triumph matches."
Souths: 1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Braidon Burns 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Mark Nicholls 9. Benji Marshall 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jaydn Su'A 13. Hame Sele 14. Liam Knight 15. Jacob Host 16. Patrick Mago 17. Peter Mamouzelos 18. Josh Mansour
Cowboys: 1. Daejarn Asi 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Javid Bowen 4. Connelly Lemuelu 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Tom Dearden 8. Coen Hess 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Mitchell Dunn 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Tom Gilbert 16. Lachlan Burr 17. Heilum Luki 18. Peter Hola