It is Fulltime! The Roosters have got over the line to defeat their bitter rivals by 18-14 in a crucial victory for the Tricolours. Stay tuned for the 3,2,1's and Match Report @LeagueUnlimited.
Cooper Cronk goes high again on the last and Dane Gagai takes it, but the Bunnies need to go 80m.
Sam Burgess drops the ball off a pass from Damien Cook. Huge error with the Bunnies on the charge!
Cody Walker grubbers calmly on the last and Joseph Manu is trapped in goal. Big play by Walker! Dropout Roosters.
Another belter of a kick on the last from Adam Reynolds and again Blake Ferguson takes it brilliantly. Roosters ball 30m from their own line.
Victor Radley passes to nobody and Braidon Burns swoops on it to toe it through he then shovels it back to Cody Walker but Cooper Cronk comes across in cover and Walker loses the ball! Very close call!
Latrell Mitchell puts a foot into touch after a loose offload from Daniel Tupou which collects Richard Kennar's leg. Scrum Rabbitohs 10m out from their own line.
Adam Reynolds puts a towering bomb up for Blake Ferguson and he takes it and then makes a strong run.
James Tedesco has left the field with a HIA.
Cooper Cronk bombs to Richard Kennar on the last and he again makes no mistake despite huge pressure from James Tedesco and Latrell Mitchell. Souths ball 5m from their own line.
Adam Reynolds misses from the sideline. Roosters lead by 4.
A terrific flick pass from Braidon Burns puts Hymel Hunt over in the corner. Bunnies are back in it!
Penalty Souths - High tackle from Jared Waerea-Hargreaves on John Sutton and Souths will take the tap 22m out.
Zane Tetevano drops the ball cold off the tap! Terrible error. Souths off the hook.
Penalty Roosters - Against John Sutton for laying on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves too long. Roosters find the line 30m out.
Sam Burgess having an unhappy night, loses the ball looking for an offload. Roosters scrum 15m inside their own half.
Latrell Mitchell makes it 5 from 5 and Roosters are up by 8.
Another Penalty Roosters - Late tackle from Sam Burgess for a late tackle on Cooper Cronk and the Roosters will take the two points.
Penalty Roosters - Against Angus Crichton for trying to slow down a Boyd Cordner play the ball. Roosters find the line 30m out.
Latrell Mitchell from the sideline and he hits the inside of the upright and it is over!
Joseph Manu gets the ball wide from Blake Ferguson and he spilts the defence and dives over in the corner for a sensational try! Roosters in front, kick to come.
Adam Reynolds kicks on the last and Boyd Cordner charges it down and Roosters have the ball 30m out inside their own half.
Penalty Souths - Against Boyd Cordner for not putting his foot on the ball! Bunnies on the attack 20m out!
Damien Cook takes off from dummy half and goes down on the last, Looking a little ginger but he is ok. Roosters ball 40m from their own line.
Adam Reynolds makes no mistake and scores are level early in the Second Half.
Penalty Souths - Against Zane Tetevano for holding the man down in the tackle. Right in front and the Bunnies will level it up. Kick to come.
VIDEO REF - NO TRY - Cody Walker grubbers for himself behind the line and James Tedesco gets across and shoulders him out of the way, Legal play. However Tedesco takes it dead so Roosters dropout.
Sam Burgess spills a ball close to the line. Poor pass from Cook and James Tedesco takes off and is tackled 30m from the Roosters line.
Penalty Souths - Against Latrell Mitchell for a strip. Souths find the line 20m out!
Huge bomb on the last from Cooper Cronk but Richard Kennar leaps high and takes it well. Souths ball 20m from their own line.
We are back underway @Allianz Stadium!
It is Halftime and the Roosters lead 10-8 in an enthralling match. Stay tuned for all the Second Half action @LeagueUnlimited!
Dane Gagai kicks for the in goal on the last and Daniel Tupou takes it in goal.
Latrell Mitchell gives the Roosters the lead.
Penalty Roosters - Rabbitohs inside the 10m and Mitchell will take the shot from right in front...gee the Roosters have Souths under the pump though.
Sam Burgess is snapped by Boyd Cordner and loses the ball. Roosters ball 35m from their own line.
VIDEO REF - NO TRY - Cooper Cronk bombs for Blake Ferguson and he drops it trying to plant it down! Huge let off!
John Sutton flicks a ball out close to the line but it is dived on by Zane Tetevano and the Roosters have the ball 1m from their own line.
Adam Reynolds converts his own try and levels the scores!
VIDEO REF - TRY - Adam Reynolds grubbers close to line and the ball bounces off Isaac Liu's foot and then off Reynold's chest. Reynolds dives on the ball to score. No knock on, and the Bunnies have their first try!
Daniel Tupou loses the ball with a poor loose carry. Rabbitohs scrum just 20m out.
Cooper Cronk gets a great kick away early and put Dane Gagai on his bike. Souths ball 30m from their own line.
Latrell Mitchell extends the Roosters lead to 6 points.
Penalty Roosters - Against John Sutton for tackling a man off the ball. Roosters will take the 2 points on offer.
Sam Burgess knocks on now trying to get a quick play the ball. Roosters scrum just short of halfway.
James Tedesco gets the ball stripped but manages to kick the ball backwards to Blake Ferguson and it is play on. Very lucky for the Roosters as they charge over halfway on the last.
Penalty Souths - Cooper Cronk gets a swirling bomb away but Dane Gagai lets it bounces and just gets the ball in time. Ryan Matterson was inside the 10m however and Souths find the line on halfway.
Latrell Mitchell makes no mistake and the Roosters lead by 4.
VIDEO REF - TRY - Victor Radley hits the line hard, bounces off two defenders and offloads to James Tedesco to score!
INJURY UPDATE - Alex Johnston will not be back tonight.
Cooper Cronk chips for Victor Radley and James Tedesco but Adam Reynolds is there and he is tackled in goal. Dropout Souths.
Penalty Roosters - George Burgess has a second effort on James Tedesco who is starting to look dangerous. Roosters find the line 30m out.
Penalty Rabbitohs - Against Joseph Manu for not getting to his feet to play the ball...tough call. Souths find the line on halfway.
Sam Burgess runs it on the last and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Isaac Liu shut the big man down close to the line. Blake Ferguson owes them plenty!
Adam Reynolds kicks to the wing of Blake Ferguson and he loses the ball. Souths scrum just 10m out. Costly error.
Jake Friend is pinged for a forward pass from dummy half. Souths ball just short of halfway.
Sam Burgess gets the ball on the last and puts a kick in like he is in the under 7's, tossing the ball in the air before making contact with the right foot. Decent enough though and Daniel Tupou has the ball just short of halfway.
INJURY UPDATE - Alex Johnston has left the field with a hamstring injury! Unlikely to be back!
Adam Reynolds gives the Rabbitohs the lead.
Roosters give up 2 quick penalties and the Rabbitohs will take the shot.
Sio Siua Taukeiaho loses the ball off the kickoff! Sam Burgess picks it up and Souths on the attack!
We are underway @Allianz Stadium!
Welcome to Allianz Stadium for the second match of Friday Night Football and it may just be the game of the year! The South Sydney Rabbitohs host bitter rivals and fellow premiership contenders, the Sydney Roosters in a real clash of the heavyweights of this years’ competition. The Rabbitohs have a late changes with Campbell Graham ruled out, which sees Braidon Burns come onto the wing in jersey #14 and Tyrell Fuimaono come into the 17 in jersey #21. The Roosters are 1-17. With the Rabbitohs in 1st place and the Roosters in the 3rd, the winner could go a long way to securing the Minor Premiership with less than a month to go in the regular season. This promises to be an absolute classic, so stay tuned for all the action @LeagueUnlimited!
Referees & scorers:
Referees: Gerard Sutton, Jon Stone
Touch Judges: Nick Beashel, Chris Butler
Video Referee: Ashley Klein, Ben Galea
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (14)
Tries: Adam Reynolds, Hymel Hunt
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Adam Reynolds (2/2)
SYDNEY ROOSTERS (18)
Tries: James Tedesco, Joseph Manu
Conversions: Latrell Mitchell (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Latrell Mitchell (3/3)