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Aaron Gray scored a first-half hat-trick against Newcastle in Round 2.

The Rabbitohs make the best attacking start in their 109-year-old history as Sam Burgess leads the club to a massive 48-6 smashing of the Newcastle Knights.


Rabbitohs' slice of history

Factoring in their 42-10 flogging of the Roosters in Round 1 the Rabbitohs have managed to kick off their 2016 in the best fashion possible.

Their 90 points scored so far this year is the most they have ever scored in the opening fortnight of a season.

Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire commended his troops' attitudes especially with how annoyed they were by Nathan Ross's 78th-minute try for Newcastle. 

"The work the boys put into their pre-season with their attack is paying off. But there are times where a game turns and challenges you when you have to defend so I was pleased with that," Maguire said. 

"The boys were annoyed there in the back end with their late try so I am pleased with how their attitudes are."

Adam who?

Rabbitohs fans feared the worst when it was confirmed Adam Reynolds had broken his jaw last week. But the emergence of Cody Walker and Luke Keary's return from suspension has eased their minds for the time being.

For the most part Keary controlled Souths' kicking game which come up trumps for Bryson Goodwin's first try of the match and Hymel Hunt's late effort.

Walker's passing game meanwhile was the catalyst for a further two tries as Souths finished with nine overall.

"They were good. Luke Keary came in and started where he left off and Cody is growing as a player," Maguire said.

"That's from the enjoyment we're getting around the organisation and we just have to make sure we take that into training and keep doing it."

Something's gotta give Newcastle... but what?

Greg Inglis offered some kind words at full-time but something has to give for Newcastle's already fleeting season.

Inglis said there was no doubt Nathan Brown's young side would improve, but there are certainly some question marks over some of his young players.

Leaving out veteran Kade Snowden from his final 17, Brown backed the young Saifiti twins in the forward pack and was hopeful he would be able to add some much-needed experience in the form of Mickey Paea, Pauli Pauli and Jack Stockwell when the Knights face the undefeated Raiders next weekend. 

"If the Saifiti boys and Danny Levi played for South Sydney everyone would be saying how outstanding they were," Brown said.

Slammin' Sam shows glimpses of past glories

A tally of 189 metres and 27 tackles was a typical showing for Sam Burgess two years ago, but not many would have expected it from him in only his second game back in rugby league.

Burgess also produced arguably the best play of the game, with a line break and flick pass that led to Keary's 23rd-minute try.

"He learnt a few skills while he was away," Maguire laughed. 

"It's off the back of the team working together. We all know that each individual plays their part and the opportunity comes where you have star players or the bigger names in your team bring out their skill. 

"Fortunately for Sammy he had some good times out there."

Sione Mata'utia's push for recall pays off

Newcastle's Sione Mata'utia made his return from suspension earlier in the afternoon in the National Youth Competition. 

Playing at fullback Mata'utia produced a try and try assist in the first half, before leaving proceedings so he could prepare as 19th man for first grade.

Newcastle's outside backs have produced mixed performances in the past two weeks, meaning the Mata'utia's recall to first grade should almost be a certainty against Canberra next Saturday. 

Nathan Brown said just as much post-game: "Sione will definitely come back in."

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