Souths’ Indigenous trio run riot over Dragons

If there was ever any doubt about how profound an impact the Indigenous community has had on rugby league, look no further.

South Sydney Indigenous trio Cody Walker, Latrell Mitchell and Alex Johnston combined to score every one of the Rabbitohs’ points in their 32-24 comeback win over the Dragons on Thursday night, in perhaps the most perfect way to kick off Indigenous Round.

Rocked by three tries in the opening 20-minutes of play, the Rabbitohs faced the prospect of heading into the half-time break 16-0 down, and their game all but over when halfback Adam Reynolds was ruled out of the game with injury.

The scene was set for his partner in the halves, as Walker stepped up to become the general, orchestrating a sensational comeback that was spearheaded entirely by Souths’ Indigenous stars.

He took it upon himself to kick-start the comeback as he bamboozled the Dragons’ defensive line with a solo run to cross over midway through the first half.

Latrell Mitchell would follow suit when he pounced on a loose ball and crashed over, letting out a thunderous roar.

And while Walker was the man pulling the strings behind the attack, it was winger Alex Johnston who enjoyed the spoils, bagging a stunning hat-trick in what was the perfect advertisement for the attacking prowess of the NRL’s Indigenous stars.

“We didn’t have a half or five-eighth on the bench so I had to take a bit more control than I usually do,” Walker said at full-time.

“It wasn’t ideal that we lost our general, but you can’t dwell on that you just got to move on and get on with the job.

“Aboriginal culture is built on storytelling, and that’s how we educate ourselves about whats happened in the past and how we move forward together as a nation.

“Indigenous round means to me that we get to wear our family culture, our pride, on our jersey – it’s a really special round to be a part of.”

The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Wayne Bennett and his Bunnies as they storm back into the NRL top-eight.

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