Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
With plenty on the line for both sides it was the Raiders who got off to the better start with Marshall Chalk scoring his first try of the night.
The Rabbitohs briefly took the lead through a Mark Minichiello try but Drew scored minutes later and Marshall went over a further two times to give the Raiders a 22-10 lead at half time.
The second half didn?t get much better for the Rabbitohs as Canberra piled on four unanswered tries to put the game out of reach and seal their spot in the finals with the Cowboys beating the Sharks in Townsville and the tigers losing earlier in the night.
Unfortunately for South Sydney the loss has almost certainly sealed another wooden spoon for the club with the Warriors needing to lose by 136 points to the Bulldogs tomorrow afternoon to slip into last place.
Canberra Stadium Referee: Tony Archer Forecast at kickoff: 5% chance rain, 5kph ESE wind, approx 3?C
Scorers: RAIDERS 62 Tries: Chalk 4, McLinden 2, Crocker 2, Drew, Mogg, Schifcofske Goals: Schifcofske 8/10, Crocker 1/1 defeated RABBITOHS 22 Tries: Minichiello 2, Watts, Bell Goals: Williams 3/4
By the clock: 0 min: Kick-off!
7th min: NEWS - Still no change in score with the Raiders dominating possession in the early stages.
13th min: TRY - Raiders Canberra have struck first through Marshall Chalk. Schifcofske fails to convert. Raiders 4-0
19th min: TRY - Rabbitohs South Sydney have struck back through their second rower Mark Minichiello. Joe Williams converts to give the Bunnies the lead. Rabbitohs 6-4
23rd min: TRY - Raiders The Green Machine quickly nab back the lead through Brad Drew. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 10-6
31st min: TRY - Raiders Marshall Chalk picks up his second try of the night. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 16-6
34th min: TRY - Raiders Marshall Chalk scores his second in several minutes and third of the night as the Raiders pull away leading into half time. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 22-6
39th min: TRY - Rabbitohs Brad Watts has scored for Souths on the stroke of half time. Williams fails to convert. Raiders 22-10
40th min: HALF TIME The Raiders have really pulled away with three quick tries leading into half time and if Souths don't get it together in the second half they could be facing another wooden spoon. Half Time Score: Raiders 22 Rabbitohs 10
41st min: The second half is underway!
48th min: TRY - Raiders Mark McLinden has extended the Raiders lead after the break. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 28-10
52nd min: TRY - Raiders Marshall Chalk is having a blinder as he scores his fourth try of the night. Schifcofske fails to convert. Raiders 32-10
57th min: TRY - Raiders Hard head Jason Crocker joins in on the try scoring action as the Raiders start to run away with this match. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 38-10
65th min: TRY - Raiders Adam Mogg as scored and with the Tigers loss and the Cowboys in the lead against Cronulla, the Raiders look to have sneaked into the finals with an unbeatable lead. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 44-10
68th min: TRY - Rabbitohs Mark Minichiello scores a try for Souths but it's all a bit too late. Williams converts. Raiders 44-16
71st min: TRY - Rabbitohs Little Roy Bell scores another consolation try for the Bunnies. Williams converts. Raiders 44-22
75th min: TRY - Raiders Clinton Schifcofske brings up the half century for the Green Machine and converts his own try. Raiders 50-22
77th min: TRY - Raiders Mark McLinden rubs salt into the wounds of the Rabbitohs with his second try of the night. Clinton Schifcofske converts. Raiders 56-22
79th min: TRY - Raiders Jason Crocker scores his second try and gets the honour of taking the conversion in which he is successful. Raiders 62-22
80th min: FULL TIME The Raiders really ran away with the match in the second half and with the Sharks and Tigers both losing tonight they have made it through to the finals while the Rabbitohs on the other hand have all but rapped up the wooden spoon. Full Time Score - Raiders 62 Rabbitohs 22
----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - M Chalk (Raiders) 2 - M McLinden (Raiders) 1 - T Thompson (Raiders) -----------------------------------------