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Fulltime score: Round 24 RABBITOHS 17 v ROOSTERS 16 Match summary: A Ben Walker field goal has seen the South Sydney Rabbitohs come from behind and defeat the Sydney Roosters 17-16 at Aussie Stadium tonight.
Following tries to winger Amos Roberts and full back Anthony Minichiello, the Roosters raced away to handy 12-0 lead after just 15 minutes.
But the Rabbitohs came back through forward Ashley Harrison in the 30th minute. At half time, the Roosters held a 12-6 lead.
Referee Russell Smith sin binned Shannon Hegarty (Rabbitohs) and David Shillington (Roosters) in the 46th minute, the resulting penalty putting the Roosters further ahead at 14-6.
South Sydney half back Ben Walker reciprocated with a successful penalty goal in the 55th minute before Scott Geddes scored to make it 14-all after 60 minutes of play.
The Roosters woes compounded when forward Michael Crocker was sin binned in the 68th minute.
More penalty goals, one to each team, saw the scores locked up at 16-all with eight minutes to go. Then with the clock winding down, Ben Walker put the icing on a fine performance with a match winning field goal.
The result keeps the wooden spoon at bay for Souths while for the Roosters, any outside chance of making the finals are now gone.
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Scorers: STH SYDNEY RABBITOHS 17 Tries: Harrison, Geddes Goals: B Walker 4/4 FIELD GOAL: B Walker 1 SYDNEY ROOSTERS 16 Tries: Roberts, A Minichiello Goals: Fitzgibbon 4/4
Aussie Stadium Crowd: 17,319 Referee: Russell Smith Half time: Roosters 12-6
Live commentary: 0 min: Kickoff!
7 min: Still 0-0
11 min: TRY - Roosters. Amos Roberts scores to put the Roosters on the board. Conversion Fitzgibbon. Roosters 6-0
15 min: TRY - Roosters. Anthony Minichiello scores. Fitzgibbon converts. Roosters 12-0
25 min: Still 12-0 to the Roosters.
30 min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Ashley Harrison scores. Ben Walker converts, the ball hitting the crossbar and going over. Roosters 12-6
35 min: Still 12-6. Possession almost evens.
Half time: Roosters 12-6 Roosters on top and enjoying a 7-3 penalty count in their favour. Too early to call.
Second half underway...
46 min: BIFF - A bit of a flare-up 70s style. SIN BIN - Shannon Hegarty (Rabbitohs) and David Shillington (Roosters) sin binned! Roosters get the penalty and have a shot.
47 min: PENALTY GOAL - Roosters. Fitzgibbon makes no mistake. Roosters 14-6
55 min: PENALTY GOAL - Rabbitohs. Ben Walker successful. Roosters 14-8
60 min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Scott Geddes scores. Ben Walker converts 14-all
64 min: ON REPORT - Souths' centre Luke MacDougall on report for a lifting tackle on Anthony Minichiello.
68 min: SIN BIN - Roosters forward Michael Crocker sin binned.
70 min: PENALTY GOAL - Rabbitohs Ben Walker successful from 25m out. Rabbitohs 16-14
72 min: PENALTY GOAL - Roosters. Fitzgibbon locks it up again. 16-all
75 min: FIELD GOAL - Rabbitohs. Ben Walker pots a field goal. Rabbitohs 17-16
79 min: Roosters on the attack... FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT UNSUCCESSFUL. Rabbitohs now winding down the clock.
Full time: The Rabbitohs have come from behind to defeat the Roosters 17-16 at Aussie Stadium tonight.
----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - A Minichiello (Roosters) 2 - B Walker (Rabbitohs) 1 - A Harrison (Rabbitohs) -----------------------------------------