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In the aftermath of the Rabbitohs' record-breaking 60-8 win over the Roosters on Friday night, there were plenty of plaudits rightly headed the way of match-winner Cody Walker and five-try hero Alex Johnston.

But the unsung hero for the Bunnies was fullback Corey Allan; he not only vindicated his coach's eyebrow-raising decision to overlook Johnston for the fullback role after Latrell Mitchell's injury, he produced a memorable piece of sportsmanship for the very man he usurped for the role.

With his side leading 48-8 and just over five minutes to go, Allan created a line break for Johnston on the left edge then back up in support to score the try.

Except he didn't; Allan reached the Roosters' in-goal, turned to see where his teammate was and, knowing Johnston needed one more four-pointer in this final round of the regular season to join Kyle Feldt at the top of the season try-scoring tally, passed back to his mate for what was his fourth of the night.

Allan makes sure Johnston equals Feldt

Remarkably that was still to be followed by a fifth as Johnston took the outright lead.

"I've seen a lot of things in football but I don't know if I've seen anything quite as unselfish as that last moment," Bennett said of the try.

"But if you don't think they know the stats and don't think they know what's going on you're kidding yourself because obviously they all knew he was equal try scorer.

"He stopped over the try line and looked for him, [Johnston] looked up and chased it, he gave him the ball, it was a wonderful moment in sport actually, it was what makes sport great to me."

It was just one of many wonderful moments from Allan as the former Bronco produced arguably his best game in first grade. He has blossomed into a genuine ball-playing fullback since being controversially given the job over Johnston once Mitchell was ruled out for the year.

His ball skills have come to the fore and he has provided a crucial linking role between the main playmakers and outside men. In three games at the back since Mitchell was hurt Allan has two tries, two try saves, three try assists and four line break assists.

"I was thinking how lucky we were we made the decision to put Corey at fullback and Alex on the wing," Bennett said.

"Because we were thinking about going the other way at one stage when Latrell got injured. But Alex is a genuine finisher and Corey has some lovely passes in him that link everybody up… They were great tries he scored too, they were Alex Johnston classics."

All five Alex Johnston tries against the Roosters

The nature of the win given the quality of the opposition would be a huge confidence boost heading into the finals and put to bed any suggestion the team cannot beat top four sides, according to Bennett.

"It's a huge thing for confidence, it's a quality team you're playing against, back to back premiers and having a great season, sitting in the top for comfortably. It would mean a lot to them," he said.

"We took the Storm to half-time, we had a good lead there, we played Parramatta in the last three weeks. No one has to ask the question anymore can we beat teams in the top four, because we can. Our challenge is to be that team every week for the next month."

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