Wet conditions saw soaked turf in Moore Park as 32,481 fans braved the weather to witness what ended in a heart racer. Mitchell Pearce was the clear stand out on the field as his return to form saw the Roosters run riot for the majority of the game.
The game started slowly with both sides opting with penalties goals in the opening minutes to see the game locked up at 2-all.
Daniel Tuopu claimed the first four-pointer of the match mid-way through the first half. Tupou was awarded the points by the video referee after he cleaned up a one-on-one strip forced by Luke Keary.
The Roosters took an 8-2 lead into the half time break.
The second half didn't start well for the Rabbitohs as Kirisome Auva'a found himself sin binned for a professional foul. Auva'a pinged as he held down Mitchell Pearce after a making a line break. South Sydney down to 12 men as the Roosters capitalised and extended the lead to 10-2 with a penalty goal.
Anthony Minichiello celebrated his final regular season game with a try as Pearce provided the broken play to set up the points. This was followed up by James Maloney who scored the second try in five minutes to give the home side a 22-2 lead.
The game looked over with the Roosters in firm control of the game. However, it took a harsh turn in favour of the visitors as the Rabbitohs raced in three tries in 10 minutes. Dylan Walker (65th minute), Alex Johnston (71st minute) and Lote Tuqiri (75th minute) all breaking through the retreating Roosters defence to give them a scare in the final minutes.
The Roosters managed to hold onto the lead as they claimed victory, 22-18 with the Rabbitohs just falling short of stealing the two premiership points
Sydney Roosters 22 South Sydney Rabbitohs 18
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Halftime Score: Sydney Roosters 8 South Sydney Rabbitohs 2
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Mitchell Pearce
2 points - James Maloney
1 point - Boyd Cordner
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
LATE MAIL: Rabbitohs - Sam Burgess will take his place in the side with rumours circling this afternoon he would. Bryson Goodwin and Joe Picker drop out of the extend side which see the Rabbitohs take to the field, 1-17.
Welcome to LeagueUnlimited.com's LIVE coverage from Allianz Stadium as the rain belts down in this top of the table clash with the minor premiership effectively on the line. The winner of this game requires Manly to lose this weekend and they will claim top spot.
Kick off is coming soon as Anthony Minichiello runs out for his final home game of regular season
1: We are UNDERWAY at ALLIANZ Stadium as Greg Inglis kicks off for the Rabbitohs to give the Roosters first use of the ball.
1: Touch by the Rabbitohs off the kick from Maloney. Scrum for the Roosters 40m out
3: Michael Jennings is caught on last tackle. Change over inside the 10 metre zone for the Rabbitohs.
4: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Shaun Kenny-Dowall makes an unforced error.
Shaun Kenny-Dowall knocks on the bat back in field off the Mitchell Pearce cross field kick. Change over again for the Rabbitohs at the 10 metre line.
6: First penalty of the game against the Rabbitohs, strip is the call… penalty goal coming as Sam Burgess ruled to rack the ball out
13: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Penalty goal attempt by Issac Luke successful.
Penalty to the Rabbitohs 10 metres out from the try line. Two points being taken to give us a locked up game
15: Penalty for a shoulder charge against Dylan Napa, he didn't attempt a tackle at all. Souths advance to the half way line.
16: Penalty to the Roosters, markers not square. Roosters 10 metres short of half way.
19: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Daniel Tupou. Kick to come.
Daniel Tupou gets GREEN LIGHTS for the Roosters as he took a floating pass from Mitchell Pearce as he cleaned up from a one-on-one strip with Luke Keary
23: Greg Inglis has butchered a try… he threw it over the sideline. It may have been pulled back for obstruction, however it's know a scrum for the Roosters.
26: Dylan has Walker-ed Anthony Minichiello back in goal. Line drop out here to give the Rabbitohs a repeat set
29: VIDEO REFEREE for the Roosters, it's NO TRY for James Maloney. Looking at the grounding.
30: Mitchell Pearce has chased down Greg Inglis in a massive run down field. Inglis bolted 80 metres before being collared. It's followed up by a penalty for offside. Rabbitohs attack 10 metres out from a quick tap
32: INJURY UPDATE: Kyle Turner has returned to the field for the Rabbitohs after suffering a chicken wing tackle
35: Penalty to Rabbitohs, offside from the kick here… but GI has hooked the touch finder and the Roosters pick up possession just inside their own half
36: Penalty to the Rabbitohs, hand on the ball in the ruck. This time Inglis finds touch and the Rabbitohs have possession at their 30m line.
38: Penalty to the Roosters, Dylan Walker offside from the kick. Roosters march to half way
40: HALF TIME at Allianz Stadium sees the Sydney Roosters leading the Rabbitohs 8-2.
41: Second half is UNDERWAY at Allianz with the Roosters kicking off and leading 8-2
41: SIN BIN
Kirisome Auva'a is sent to the sin bin.
Kirisome Auva'a has been marched for 10 minutes for a professional foul as he held down Mitchell Pearce after a line break from SBW. Penalty goal coming up.
45: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Anthony Minichiello. Kick to come.
Anthony Minichiello has bolted away off a flat pass from Mitchell Pearce and the Roosters breaking the Rabbitohs defence to score their second try
52: Kirisome Auva'a is back on the field after being sin binned. Rabbitohs on the attack from a scrum feed 20 metres out
57: Luke Keary misguided with a chip kick on last tackle and the Roosters have possession 35 metres out
58: Michael Jennings forces another line drop out. Auva'a caught in goal to concede the Roosters' repeat set
59: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck makes an unforced error.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck ruled to have knocked down as he tipped on to Anthony Minichiello. Scrum for the Rabbitohs deep in their own half.
65: TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Dylan Walker. Kick to come.
Daniel Tupou offloaded straight into the hands of Issac Luke and the Rabbitohs spread to find Dylan Walker who races 20 metres untouched to score.
67: Lote Tuqiri is forced over the sideline. Scrum Roosters on half way as a result.
68: Aidan Guerra is HELD UP in goal by Inglis, brilliant effort. Roosters back to the 10m line
73: 7 minutes left, 7 tackles for the Rabbitohs as Maloney's kick is too long
75: TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Lote Tuqiri. Kick to come.
Lote Tuqiri takes a short pass from Dylan Walker after he was linked from Luke Keary. The quick passes from the Rabbitohs create the overlay on the eastern side
77: Mitchell Pearce aims the long kick for the sideline. Scrum for the Rabbitohs deep in their own half
78: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Kirisome Auva'a makes an unforced error.
Kirisome Auva'a juggled and lost it as the Rabbitohs allowed the last tackle kick to bounce. They shifted wide and almost came up with points. Roosters with possession
79: Time off and it's a scrum for the Rabbitohs 13 metres short of half way
80: FULL TIME at Allianz Stadium sees the Sydney Roosters in with a chance to steal the Minor Premiership as they claim a 22-18 victory over the Rabbitohs