Damien Cook of the Rabbitohs.
Damien Cook of the Rabbitohs. DEAN LEWINS

Farah shines as Souths down poor Dragons

ROBBIE Farah and young gun Braidon Burns fired for the Rabbitohs as they buried a disappointing Dragons side 32-14 to retain the Charity Shield.

Farah scored the first try and was instrumental in Souths' dominant first-half performance, before returning to the field to combine with bench rake Damien Cook in the second half.

However, 20-year-old flyer Burns was perhaps the story of Souths' last trial, scoring an athletic double that could seal his selection on a wing for round one.

With Josh McCrone starting in the Dragons' hotly contested No.7 jersey, Paul McGregor's side was once again unconvincing, with young gun Jai Field putting in an impressive second-half cameo when the game had just about been put to bed.

For much of the game, the Dragons' attack looked slow and sideways, with the Rabbitohs' defensive line dealing easily with the majority of their raids.

Perhaps more concerning for McGregor however, was the sight of interchange forward Will Matthews being stretchered from the field in the first half after he dislocated his right hip in an awkward tackle.

The painful injury was confirmed by the Dragons, with Matthews unlikely to be available to play in round one.

News Corp Australia

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