The South Sydney Rabbitohs have defeated the Canberra Raiders 36-18 in front of 10,054 fans a ANZ Stadium.
In a match what was far from worthy of being a Friday night block buster both sides were slow to get off the mark.
Three tries in six minutes saw South Sydney right on the front foot in the opening 20.
Jason Hunt opened the scoring in the 12th minute, scoring courtesy of a wonderful pass from Greg Inglis. Adam Reynolds missed the conversion.
Dave Taylor was unstoppabble a few metres from the line four minutes later as he ran over the Raiders' defence to score. Reynolds missed the conversion again.
Inglis did it all himself in the 18th minute when he ran 40 metres to score. Reynolds had no problem converting on this occasion.
A break down the short side Edrick Lee saw the Raiders open up their scoring in the 25th minute through Jarrod Crocker. Crocker missed the conversion.
Crocker was over again in the 29th minute, this time it was courtesy of a Sam Williams grubber. Crocker missed the conversion again, leaving the Raiders a converted try behind.
Back-to-back penalties saw the Raiders in prime attacking position again shortly before half-time and they capitalised through Jeff Thompson who sliced through some soft defence to score.
Neither team could get their act together early in the second half, with both sides guilty of butchering opportunities.
The homeside finally found their stride in the 50th minute with Ben Lowe scoring under the posts. Issac Luke was given goal kicking duties and added the extras.
South Sydney were over again three minutes later through Dylan Farell. Luke added the extras from right in front.
Inglis put Taylor over in the 57th minute. Luke's boot was on the money again to increase the South Sydney lead to 20.
The homeside wasted several opportunities to extend their lead over the next ten minutes before Inglis claimed his second in the 71st minute.
A knock on from the kick off saw the Raiders go right on the attack moments later and the Raiders made the most of it with Reece Robinson running over the Rabbits' defence to score in the 73rd minute.
Four back-to-back sets following the try were not enough to get the Raiders over the try line again and the score was unchanged after the full-time hooter.
Despite scoring seven tries to the Raiders four, the South Sydney defence was guilty of going to sleep during several points of the game and will need to improve when they play a rejuvenated Bulldogs' outfit next Saturday.
As for the Raiders they will host the West Tigers in Canberra next week and will need to step up their game significantly.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 36 defeated Canberra Raiders 18
National Rugby League - Round 12 - Friday May 25, 2012 7:30pm
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Referee: Ashley Klein and Chris James
Video Referee: Bernard Sutton
Touch Judges: Steve Carrall and Grant Atkins
Halftime: South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 Canberra Raiders 12
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Greg Inglis (2 Tries)
2 Points - Issac Luke (3 conversions)
1 Point - David Taylor (2 Tries)
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (36)
Tries: Greg Inglis (2), Dave Taylor (2), Ben Lowe, Dylan Farrell, Justin Hunt
Conversions: Issac Luke (3/4), Adam Reynolds (1/3)
CANBERRA RAIDERS (18)
Tries: Reece Robinson, Joel Thompson, Jarrod Croker (2)
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (1/4)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Good evening folks and welcome to ANZ Stadium where the South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the Canberra Raiders.
The home side have announced a few late changes to their line up, Greg Inglis and David Taylor will play. Matt King and Josh Starling are out.
For the Raiders Dimitri Pelo will make his NRL debut tonight, he comes in for Jack Wighton.
1 min: Dylan Farrell kicks off to bring us under way at ANZ.
2 min: Reece Robinson makes a 30 metre kick return, before being brought down 40 out from his own line.
3 min: Raiders are 25 out on the last and Josh McCrone goes to the air, Sam Williams is there to contest the ball only a few metres out from the try line but knocks on.
4 min: Lucke Burgess knocks only 35 metres out from his own line and the Raiders should go on the attack.
5 min: Williams puts up a small chip kick on the last but John Sutton is there to take it.
7 min: Edrick Lee knocks on 40 out from his own line and the Rabbits will get a chance to go on the attack.
8 min: Souths receive a penalty on tackle four.
8 min: Sam Burgess knocks on and the Raiders are off the hook.
10 min: McCrone knocks on 12 metres from Souths' line.
10 min: McCrone knocks on 12 metres from Souths' line.
10 min: Souths receive a penalty 30 out from their own line.
13 min: TRY
TRY! The Rabbitohs take advantage of an overlap on the left side and Justin Hunt scores in the left corner. Adam Reynolds misses the conversion.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 4-0
14 min: Souths will get a penalty on halfway after Robinson sends the kick off out on the full.
15 min: Souths get a tackle count restart on the back of a penalty.
17 min: TRY
TRY! David Taylor runs over Jarred Crocker to score. Reynolds fails to convert again.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 8-0
20 min: TRY
TRY! Greg Inglis is put into a gap 40 out from the Raiders' line and scores under the posts. Reynolds adds the extras.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 14-0
21 min: Souths are on the attack again after Nathan Merritt makes a break down the right touch line.
21 min: Souths force a line drop out.
22 min: Inglis knocks on 15 out from the Raiders' line.
24 min: TRY
TRY! Edrick Lee makes a break down the left touchline and offloads to Jarrod Crocker who scores. Crocker fails to convert his own try
South Sydney Rabbitohs 14-4
28 min: Raiders get a tackle count restart on halfway.
28 min: Raiders get a penalty 21 metres out from the Rabbitohs' line.
29 min: Possible try to the Raiders.
31 min: TRY
TRY! Crocker has a double, after Nathan Merritt failed to clean up a Sam Williams try. Crocker misses the conversion.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 14-8
36 min: John Sutton forces a line drop out.
36 min: Sutton loses the ball 18 out from the Raiders' line.
37 min: The Raiders receive a scrum penalty.
38 min: Inglis is trapped in goal and the Raiders will get a line drop out.
39 min: Raiders receive a penalty 20 out.
40 min: TRY
TRY! Joel Thompson slices through the South Sydney defence and scores in the right corner. Crocker fails to convert again.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 14-12
41 min: The second half is under way.
42 min: The Raiders receive a penalty 30 out from their own line.
43 min: Andrew Everyingham is trapped in goal with the ball and the Raiders will receive a line drop out.
45 min: Inglis loses the ball 40 out.
46 min: Thompson is tackled into touch 40 out from the Rabbits' line.
46 min: Souths receive a penalty on halfway.
48 min: Taylor throws a pass to the touchie and the Raiders are off the hook.
48 min: Raiders receive a penalty 30 out from their own line.
49 min: Raiders fail to find touch of the penalty.
48 min: Souths receive a penalty.
49 min: Possible try to South Sydney.
51 min: TRY
TRY! Ben Lowe strolls over for a try after some woeful defence from the Raiders. Luke converts the try.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 20-12
53 min: TRY
TRY! Sutton makes a break and offloads to Inglis who is tackled only 20 out. The Rabbitohs spread it to the right and Dylan Farrell scores for the Rabbits. Luke adds the extras.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 26-12
54 min: Souths force a line drop out.
57 min: TRY
TRY! Inglis puts Taylor into a hole ten metres out from the Raiders' line and she strolls over for a try. Luke's conversion attempt is successful.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-12
60 min: Joe Picker knocks on 12 out from his own line.
62 min: Sam Burgess knocks on over the tryline on the last.
64 min: Souths receive a penalty 30 out from their own line.
65 min: Hunt loses the ball over the sideline and the Raiders are off the hook again.
67 min: Souths receive a penalty on halfway on the last tackle, that's exactly what the Raiders didn't need.
68 min: Farrell is pinned for a forward pass 10 short of the Raiders' line.
72 min: TRY
TRY! Inglis muscles his way over the try line. Luke misses the conversion attempt.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 36-12
72 min: Everingham knocks on a short kick off and the Raider have it 40 out from the Rabbits' line.
74 min: TRY
TRY! Robinson runs over the Souths' defence to score. Crocker adds the extras.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 36-18
75 min: Raiders receive a penalty 40 out from their own line.
76 min: The Raiders are right on the attack after Josh Papalii makes a break.
76 min: The Raiders will get a scrum ten out after Williams threw a pass to no one and Everingham got a hand to it and propelled it forward.
77 min: Crocker loses the ball one metre out from the Rabbits' line.
79 min: McCrone throws a pass over the side line on 40 out from the Rabbits' line just as the Raiders were looking dangerous.
80 min: Travis Waddell is caught with the ball after the siren sounds. The Rabbitohs have defeated the Rabbitohs 36-18.