As for Walker, after the win over the Dolphins, Southern coach Jason Demetrio called him one of the best fives in the game.
It was a big decision at the time, but he was clearly the most important No. 6 in the park as Melbourne rivals Cameron Munster remained silent.
Walker has been an excellent passer this year, and he’s also looking for a ton of work. He looked like he was losing his cool, especially after he claimed he was wiped out by Eli Katoa before the Storm’s first attempt, but he still looked his best.
Coach Jason Demetriou said of the win: “We’ve played three games here. [in Brisbane] Taking six points away from home in the last four weeks is quite pleasing. I’m really proud of the way the boys prepared this week, their approach to the game was top notch and they paid off. “
As for Mitchell and Walker’s first try, Demetrio said: “It’s instinctive football. That’s what they bring to those boys. Our main players are playing well at the moment, which is what you want need.”
Forward Liam Knight made a successful return to the NRL, while Johnston, the eighth player to reach 200 games for the South, celebrated a well-deserved victory.
When Walker sneaked a pass for him in the closing seconds, he should have had three attempts, only to tip the ball over.
The Wests Tigers await the Rabbitohs next Saturday, followed by Parramatta and Canberra.
The Origin campaign appears to be the only thing holding Souths momentum back.
Captain Cameron Murray said his side hadn’t “played a perfect 80 minutes” but it was important to celebrate the victory over a top rival like Melbourne.
The game started quickly, with lots of big hits and very few mistakes.
Walker scored on Mitchell’s kick, then Walker took the ball to the foul line and threw a short ball for the Jakob hosts to trample on Jahrome Hughes’ second.
The Storm then enjoyed most of the field position and possession, but couldn’t penetrate the red and green walls.
Melbourne have won an incredible 32 of their 38 matches against the South.
They now have a quick replacement against table-topping Brisbane on Thursday night.
The storm will still be deep into September. They still have Ryan Papenhuyzen returning. These two will most likely face off in the tiebreaker. That would be magical.
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