RICKY Stuart's "Green Machine” slipped quietly into third place on the NRL ladder after handing out an old-fashioned 54-4 flogging to a struggling South Sydney.
The 2014 premiership winners conceded 10 tries to Ricky's Raiders, including doubles to winger Jordan Rapana and man-of-the-match Englishman Elliott Whitehead, who scored the first and ninth tries..
"They're a good team, they won the premiership two years ago,” said Whitehead, who ran 156 metres.
Souths' only try came in the 55th minute scored by John Sutton on a pretty grim day for the Rabbitohs, who have to regroup to play the Storm next weekend.
The Raiders can convince their final doubters when they play Cronulla, who could be shooting for a 17th straight win if they beat Gold Coast tonight.
Jarrod Croker, Rapana, Whitehead, fullback Jack Wighton, centre Joseph Leilua and Luke Bateman, who clocked up 153 metres off the bench, were outstanding.
Souths could not handle Canberra's power game with 12 of their 17 players running for more than 100 metres each.
Meanwhile, Manly kept in touch with the top eight with its fourth-straight win, coming against bottom-placed Newcastle, 42-10, at Brookvale Oval.
Manly's fourth straight win moved them to 20 premierships one win behind the eight placed Warriors with five games to play against Parramatta, Canterbury, Melbourne, Canberra and Penrith.
It's a task ask to win four of them but they are a team on the rise at the right time of the year.
Newcastle was never in the game after winger Jorge Taufua, who scored in the fourth minute, and late inclusion Brayden Wiliame, who scored a first-half double, set the tone for the Sea Eagles, who led 26-0 at the break.
After running up a 26-0 lead at half time, Manly switched off in the second 40 minutes as Newcastle, who didn't see a lot of the football in the opening half, outscored them 16-10 in the second stanza with young 22 year-old winger Brendan Elliott scoring an athletic try on the full time siren.
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