When Latrell Mitchell is hot, he is arguably the NRL’s most destructive footballer.
And a brilliant moment from the South Sydney full-back left legendary No.1 Billy Slater almost speechless on Thursday night at the Accor Stadium.
The Bunnies were up 12-4 before halftime and the game seemed to be moving relatively slowly, before Mitchell produced a pass that no one – except Cody Walker – saw coming.
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In a quick move, Mitchell picked up a pass, absorbed contact from two Penrith defenders and managed to kick the ball into Walker’s path who only had to hang on and pull away for a try .
“Is there better partnership in the game?” Nine caller Mat Thompson asked, referring to the two Bunnies stars.
The Storm champion Slater described Mitchell’s move as “incredible”.
“I don’t know what to say,” Slater said.
“Really nothing happened… Latrell Mitchell puts on two defenders and then a shot over for Cody Walker.”
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Rugby League immortal and shrewd analyst Andrew Johns was stunned.
“I don’t think the super slow motion shows how quickly (Mitchell) made contact, picked up the ball and threw the pass,” Johns said.
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“It happens so fast.”
Mitchell missed 10 rounds of the season in order to get a troublesome hamstring back into shape, but since his return the Rabbitohs have been in tears.
They are now back in the premiership charts thanks to their hot form and that of the superstar full-back.
The Panthers, however, won Thursday’s clash 26-22 thanks to a late try from Liam Martin.
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