Latrell Mitchell has produced arguably his best game in South Sydney colours to orchestrate a 32-12 win over Gold Coast, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Mitchell scored a try and set up three others to push his team into a 20-point lead on Saturday before the Rabbitohs were forced to withstand a second-half rally from the Titans.
Mitchell sealed the two points with a sublime shimmy and flick pass for Dane Gagai’s second try in the 76th minute at Bankwest Stadium.
The match also marked the anticipated return of Cody Walker following his controversial two-game ban for his role in a street fight in December.
The star five-eighth slotted seamlessly back onto South Sydney’s left edge, where he set up a try for Alex Johnston in the first half.
Rabbitohs skipper Adam Reynolds kicked a perfect six of six with the boot.
The win lifts the Rabbitohs to within sight of the top eight on four points, while Gold Coast remain rooted near the bottom of the table in 15th spot.
The contest started disastrously for Mitchell, whose kick-off sailed out.
But the clanger proved his only blemish, with the player immediately redeeming himself when he crashed over from close range just three minutes later.
Gold Coast opposite Phillip Sami got one back soon after, but the Rabbitohs responded quickly when Johnston pounced on a Walker grubber.
Wayne Bennett’s side looked set to run away with the game thereafter, with Mitchell putting Gagai over with his hands, then Braidon Burns with his feet.
A Reynolds penalty goal gave South Sydney a 26-6 lead at the break.
Bryce Cartwright’s try soon after resumption gave the Titans a glimmer of hope, and was the start of an improved showing in the second half from the Queenslanders.
But the visitors failed to convert their rise in possession into points, before Mitchell added the finishing touches late in the contest.
Rabbitohs second-rower Jaydn Su’a was put on report for a shoulder charge on Sam Lisone in the 72nd minute.