FULL TIME in Perth and it's taken 22 years but the NZ Warriors have a win in Western Australia, a dominant performance from the visitors in the second half
Adam Reynolds doesn't take any time over the conversion and nails it, brings up his 1000th career point.
Cody Walker runs the ball and gets through to score
Greg Inglis thinks he has a try, wants Grant Atkins to send it to the bunker. Grant Atkins had correctly already called held
Shaun Johnson knocks the penalty goal over and extends the lead.
Alex Johnston clearly plays at the kick of Shaun Johnson, The Bunnies frustrated about the game give a spray to Grant Atkins who blows a penalty for dissent.
Another error from Crichton, dropping the ball trying to play it... Souths completion rate just over 50% for the second stanza.
Angus Crichton makes another error, the ball looked to have gone back but ruled a knock on.
Gavet puts the ball down and the Rabbitohs have it and go upfield
Blake Green absolutely nails a perfect 40/20, great kick from the new recruit
Dane Gagai was away, had Alex Johnston on his inside and went outside perfectly to Ken Maumalo, another blown opportunity for the Rabbitohs with the extra man.
Angus Crichton gets a half break then throws a pass that's not needed and it's gone forward, Warriors survive another set
No goal from Reynolds and the margin stays at 16.
The extra man works for the Rabbitohs but it's nice hands from Gagai to Richie Kennar who has the space and the Bunnies score in the corner.
Solomone Kata has been given a forced break by Grant Atkins after the Warriors have given away 3 consecutive penalties on tackle 1.
Back to back to back penalties for the Bunnies and they are on the attack, need a point a minute if they want to win...
PLAY THE BALL PENALTY!!! Adam Blair gets up and stands sideways and plays it and pocket ref Jon Stone is on it and the Bunnies get the penalty
Souths go high with the kick and Crichton gets up and takes it but drops it trying to offload it, Warriors putting the pressure on
Shaun Johnson makes amends for his goal kicking mistakes and nails that one
Solomone Kata has too much power and gets over the line, needed the bunker but Steve Chiddy gives the green light and the Warriors are running riot in Perth.
BUNKER TIME - Grant Atkins has a try to Solomone Kata but needs Steve Chiddy to confirm whether Kata has held onto it
Bunnies under all sorts of pressure as Hiku bursts through, momentum with the visitors
PENALTY WARRIORS - Rabbitohs penalised for a ruck infringement and something happened because it erupted into handbags
Another missed conversion from out wide for Shaun Johnson.
Warriors knock back the easy 2 points and it works, a peach of a pass from RTS to Ken Maumalo gives the big winger space in the corner and he gets it down with ease in the far corner.
Dane Gagai waits, waits goes for the intercept and just can't hold it cleanly, if he took it then the gate was shut, instead the Warriors have a scrum 20m out/
Took 43 minutes but we've got a Burgess error - Sam puts the ball down deep in attack, thinks he's been stripped but nope nothing according to the refs.
Ken Maumalo drops the ball deep in his own half and the Bunnies will attack
High kick from the Warriors to finish the set but Richie Kennar takes the kick easily, heat starting to affect the sides
Second half underway in Perth, Warriors leading 20-10 as the Rabbitohs juggle the ball multiple times in the set.
Shaun Johnson can't back up his magic on the stroke of HT with the conversion attempt hitting the post.
The Fus has a double BUT just stand and applaud the footwork of Shaun Johnson who dazzled and bamboozled the Souths defence then a great pickup around his ankles from the Fus who gets over the line.
TRY... No, Forward pass ruled by Grant Atkins and replays suggest it's a forward pass that isn't actually forward/
A bad ball from Blake Green to Sam Lisone is dropped by the big man and Souths are relieved of the pressure
DROPOUT TIME - Issac Luke forces a repeat set and the Warriors will be a big chance to end the half with points.
PENALTY WARRIORS - Another ruck infringement by the Rabbitohs and the momentum is swinging to the visitors.
Numbers left for the Bunnies but Adam Reynolds takes on the line then goes back inside and Tevita Tatola is brought down on the last.
Shaun Johnson nails the conversion for the Warriors and extends their lead.
No Try? Steve Chiddy doesn't agree with the live decision of Grant Atkins and clears the obstruction and Sam Lisone has his first NRL try.
BUNKER TIME - Is it inside or is it outside... Sam Lisone thinks he has a try but Grant Atkins has crossed the arms...
PENALTY WARRIORS - A pressure reliever for the Warriors has Grant Atkins penalises Souths for a slow ruck, definitely on a campaign tonight is the referee
Shaun Johnson puts the kick high but just too deep for his chasers and Jennings takes it before being almost pushed into his own in-goal.
Souths knock back the opportunity to take the lead with a penalty goal but maybe it was the wrong idea? Alex Johnston coughs the ball up in attack and the Warriors survive yet again.
PENALTY SOUTHS - Should have it on auto-type, as Grant Atkins penalises the Warriors for a slow ruck yet again, a complimentary chat now between Atkins & RTS.
PENALTY SOUTHS - Another ruck infringement from the Warriors and Souths go on the attack yet again off the back of a penalty.
Too much right to left in the conversion attempt from Adam Reynolds and the conversion goes across the face.
Beautiful hands from the Bunnies, finished off by a great tap on by Dane Gagai out to Richie Kennar who opens his account for 2018
PENALTY SOUTHS - "Unnecessary contact" the words of Jon Stone as Tohu Harris dives in at the legs of Damien Cook who was already held up by two men. Souths leading the penalty count 5-1
RTS makes a meal of the high kick then when he does clean it up he nearly goes head first into the post pads.
SJ pushes the conversion across the face of the posts
Swift ball movement from Shaun Johnson and Tohu Harris creates a gap out on the right for the Warriors and David Fusitua dives for the corner and gets it down one handed in the corner.
PENALTY WARRIORS - The Warriors get their first penalty off the whistle of referee Jon Stone, Warriors picking up the momentum big time now.
Shaun Johnson converts the try and we're all locked up
Isaiah Papalii gets the green light from Steve Chiddy, Set up by Solomone Kata who outjumped the defence to get the ball.
Perth getting a taste of the KFC bunker - Grant Atkins has a try with Bunty Afoa crossing, checking onside, contest and grounding...
First real sign of panic from the Rabbitohs as Sam Burgess pushes the pass to Crichton who puts it down. Warriors survive
PENALTY SOUTHS - A phrase coming up a bit too much for the Warriors, another ruck infringement spotted by Grant Atkins, Souths start well inside Warriors territory
Simple conversion for the Souths halfback
An up and over pass out to Robert Jennings sets up an opportunity with good footwork and Jennings gives the final ball to Walker who scores out on the left
PENALTY SOUTHS - Souths get another penalty inside the Warriors half, Warriors just doing too much in the tackles.
"YOU SHALL NOT PASS" - Alex Johnston looked certain to score but RTS had other ideas and holds him up before rolling him into touch.
PENALTY SOUTHS - "It's a leg pull" the words of Grant Atkins as Kata does too much at the end of the tackle, Souths in prime position.
PENALTY SOUTHS - First penalty in Perth goes to the Rabbitohs with Grant Atkins ruling the defence all offside. Souths start their set 30m out from the Warriors line
Ken Maumalo goes down the short side and some good defence pushes him towards the sideline and the flag of Tim Roby goes up. Souths scrum 20m out from their own line
56m set for the Rabbitohs but the Adam Reynolds bomb undoes the good work with RTS taking the catch in-goal and giving the Warriors a seven tackle set from the 20.
Good first set for the Warriors but the Rabbitohs start their set on their own 30 and work it over halfway on tackle 4.
HERE WE GO! Grant Atkins calls time on and we are underway in Perth
Optus Stadium hosting Rugby League for the first time today, Souths the regular home side in Perth taking on their usual visitors the NZ Warriors. The Warriors are 0/9 in Perth, a new stadium a new record?
Referees & scorers:
Referees: Grant Atkins, Jon Stone
Touch Judges: Tim Roby, Ricky MacFarlane
Video Referee: Ben Galea, Steve Chiddy
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (20)
Tries: Cody Walker (2), Richard Kennar (2)
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (2/4)
Tries: Isaiah Papalii, David Fusitua (2), Sam Lisone, Ken Maumalo, Solomone Kata
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (3/6)
Penalty Goals: Shaun Johnson (1/1)