Souths drown Raiders in the rain
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have drowned the Canberra Raiders 32-2 at a water-logged ANZ Stadium as Sydney Olympic Park was drenched in rain. A faithful crowd of 11,167 turned out to support the ladder leaders.
The wet conditions made ball handling difficult for both sides as the Steeden resembled a cake of soap. However the Rabbitohs strung together some crafty tries to entertain the Rabbitohs faithful.
The Raiders' only points were posted four minutes into the game as Jarrod Croker opted to take a penalty goal.
Englishman Sam Burgess was awarded the first points for the Rabbitohs by the video referee as he slid over the try line, despite the attempted tackle of two. The Rabbitohs held an early lead, 6-0 after 17 minutes.
Just three minutes later, Justin Hunt finished off a left-to-right play as he dived in the corner off a short pass from Dylan Walker. The Rabbitohs out to a 10-2 lead.
Little master Issac Luke had a hand in two tries, including one of his own. He posted his own four-pointer in the 31st minute has he simply darted out from acting half to crash over next to the posts.
At the half time break, the Rabbitohs lead the Raiders 16-2.
South Sydney crossed for three unanswered tries in the second half with a dominate performance in the wet.
Fresh off his Origin debut for the NSW Blues, Nathan Merritt dived over in the corner courtesy of a pin-point pass from Greg Inglis.
Hooker Luke provided a short pass for Bryson Goodwin who strolled over as the Raiders defence were confused by the slower play of the ball. The Rabbitohs held a commanding lead inside the final 15 minutes, 26-6.
Adam Reynolds crafted a wonderful four-pointer with a chip kick up for Justin Hunt to break Raiders defence. Hunt kicked ahead for Dylan Walker who bolt downfield and dive on the slippery Steeden. Bryson Goodwin converted in place of Reynolds who came off to ice up his foot as he was struggling in the second half.
The Rabbitohs ended victors over the Canberra Raiders, 32-2 as they now hold a five point lead on top of the Telstra Premiership table.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 Canberra Raiders 2
Venue: Stadium Australia
Halftime Score: South Sydney Rabbitohs 16-2
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Sam Burgess
2 points - John Sutton
1 point - Greg Inglis
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (32)
Tries: Sam Burgess, Justin Hunt, Issac Luke, Nathan Merritt, Bryson Goodwin, Dylan Walker
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (3/5), Bryson Goodwin (1/1)
CANBERRA RAIDERS (2)
Penalty Goals: Jarrod Croker (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Rabbitohs: 1. Greg Inglis 2. Nathan Merritt 3. Bryson Goodwin 4. Dylan Walker 19. Justin Hunt 6. John Sutton 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Dave Tyrrell 9. Issac Luke 10. Roy Asostasi 15. Ben Lowe 12. Ben Te’o 13. Sam Burgess
Interchange: 14. Nathan Peats 16. Jeff Lima 17. Thomas Burgess 22. Josh Starling
Raiders: 1. Reece Robinson 2. Sandor Earl 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Jack Wighton 5. Sami Sauiluma 6. Terry Campese (c) 7. Josh McCrone 8. David Shillington 9. Glen Buttriss 10. Dane Tilse 11. Josh Papalii 12. Joel Thompson 13. Shaun Fensom
Interchange: 14. Anthony Milford 15. Joel Edwards 16. Sam Mataora 17. Paul Vaughan
TEAM NEWS - Canberra Raiders are as per program, with Jarrad Kennedy dropping off the extended bench. Josh Papalii cleared to back up from his Origin debut on Wednesday.
TEAM NEWS - Rabbitohs have lost QLD forward Chris McQueen for tonight's clash. Ben Lowe comes off the bench into the second row, with Josh Starling the new bench player.
Welcome to LeagueUnlimited.com's LIVE COVERAGE from ANZ Stadium as the South Sydney Rabbitohs host the travelling Canberra Raiders. Kick off is set down for 7:55pm tonight with just the one NRL fixture tonight.
There was no Holden Cup, Under 20s action tonight due to a rain logged ground at ANZ. The game has shifted to tomorrow afternoon at Mounties Sporting Complex at 1:15pm
LATE TEAM CHANGE: Andrew Everingham has sustained a rib injury in the pre-match warm up and is out of the contest. Justin Hunt replaces him in the Rabbitohs side
We are having a minutes silence at ANZ Stadium before kick off in honour of Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird.
1 min: We are UNDERWAY at ANZ Stadium as the Rabbitohs kick off, Raiders with first use of the ball.
1 min: The Rabbitohs caught with the ball on the last tackle, as a result the Raiders have a possession through a change over 40 metres from the Souths line
3 min: Penalty to the Raiders as Roy Asotasi played at the kick from Terry Campese and Dylan Walker ruled offside. The Raiders taking the two points on offer
4 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL CANBERRA RAIDERS
Penalty goal attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Jarrod Croker slots the penalty goal from out wide to give the Raiders an early two point lead
Canberra Raiders 2-0
5 min: Penalty to the Raiders against Dave Tyrrell for a hand in the ruck after the held call. Raiders with a rolling start as they attack 20 metres from the Rabbitohs goal line
6 min: The Rabbitohs earn a penalty and advance up field and attack 40 metres from the Raiders try line
7 min: Forward pass has been called as a short pass from Isaac Luke is ruled to have gone forward to John Sutton. The Raiders lucky not to concede points, they have a scrum feed on their own 10 metre line
10 min: Great take from Sandor Earl on the end of the Rabbitohs set as he took the kick on his own 10 metre line. The Raiders working it off their own try line as a result.
14 min: A charge down ruled as Adam Reynolds rocketed a kick away on the last tackle, the tackle count restarts as a result as Souths attack on halfway
15 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Rabbitohs, Sam Burgess has slid over the goal line despite a tackler on him. Looking at the grounding.
17 min: TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Sam Burgess. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.
The video referee awards the four-pointer to Sam Burgess as he managed to slide over the try line as the wet turf helped him. Adam Reynolds with a great short pass to put Burgess into a hole. Reynolds converted from in front to extend the lead
South Sydney Rabbitohs 6-2
18 min: Nathan Merritt has bolted down the touchline but was caught 10 metres away from the goal line. However on the next play the Raiders give away a penalty for being offside on the try line. Souths attack 10 metres out
20 min: TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Justin Hunt. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds unsuccessful.
Justin Hunt has dived over in the corner as the Rabbitohs spread the ball across the field from left to right. Dylan Walker provided the final pass as the Rabbitohs created the numbers. Adam Reynolds from the right touchline pushed it across the face of goal
South Sydney Rabbitohs 10-2
21 min: Penalty to the Rabbitohs as Sami Sauiluma is penalised for a shoulder charge on Jeff Lima. Sauiluma has been placed on report as a result
22 min: The free kick is touched by the Raiders as it crossed the touchline, so it's a South Sydney scrum feed 30 metres from the goal line
22 min: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Dylan Walker makes an unforced error.
Dylan Walker comes up with a simple mistake as he charged into the Raiders defence. Raiders with a scrum feed only 10 metres off their own line
24 min: Zero tackle is called for the Raiders as Josh Papalii put a grubber kick to the touchline on the last tackle and John Sutton fumbled the ball on pick up. Raiders attacking 30 metres from the Rabbitohs try line
25 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Sami Sauiluma makes an unforced error.
Sami Sauiluma comes up with a mistake as the pass goes up around his head, zero tackle called for the Rabbitohs 20 metres from their own goal line
26 min: Penalty to the Raiders for a slow release in the ruck. Terry Campese with the free kick finds the touchline on halfway
27 min: A simple mistake from the Raiders gives possession back on halfway
28 min: The Raiders are trapped in goal and a line drop out is called for the Rabbitohs as a result.
29 min: The Rabbitohs attempted to spread the ball but Sandor Earl jumped out of the line and forced it over the touchline. Scrum feed for the Rabbitohs 20 metres out
31 min: TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Issac Luke. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.
Issac Luke has taken a simple dart from acting half next to the post to score a solo four-pointer. Adam Reynolds slots the conversion from right in front to extend the lead
South Sydney Rabbitohs 16-2
33 min: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Thomas Burgess makes an unforced error.
Thomas Burgess has had the ball knocked free as Joel Edwards came in with a crunching tackle. Raiders pack down a scrum feed 20 metres away from the Rabbitohs try line
34 min: Terry Campese kicks across the field on the last tackle, it's knocked on short of the goal line. Change over called for the Rabbitohs 10 metres off their own goal line
35 min: There is an injury concern for Ben Te'o who is with the trainer with a possible lower leg/shin injury. He is coming straight off the field. Nathan Peats replaces him as a result.
39 min: Roy Asotasi is penalised for being offside on the goal line. But before the Raiders can apply pressure it's a knock on and the Rabbitohs have possession 20 metres off their line
40 min: HALF TIME at ANZ Stadium sees the Rabbitohs lead the Raiders 16-2 at a very wet Sydney Olympic Park
41 min: The second half is UNDERWAY at a very wet ANZ Stadium as the rain continues to pour around Sydney Olympic Park. The Raiders kick off and trail 16-2
41 min: Jarrod Croker forces the ball in goal, line drop out called for the Rabbitohs
42 min: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Greg Inglis makes an unforced error.
Greg Inglis is taken around the legs by Croker has he took a short pass and he dropped the ball. Raiders on the zero tackle 10 metres off their own line
43 min: Inglis drops the ball again under pressure as the water on the ground is making the ball like soap on the shower floor. Raiders attacking 10 metres out from the Rabbitohs line
44 min: Nathan Merritt is forced in goal off the kick in the corner from Josh McCrone. Line drop out is called for the Raiders
45 min: INJURY UPDAPE: Jack Wighton won't be returning for the Raiders with a groin injury. Meanwhile Ben Te'o is also out of the contest with a corked shin
50 min: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Sam Burgess makes an unforced error.
A dropped ball from Burgess gives possession to the Raiders on halfway through a scrum feed
51 min: Penalty to the Rabbitohs for a hand in the ruck against the Raiders. Souths push up over halfway and attack 40 metres away from the Canberra goal line
53 min: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Sam Burgess makes an unforced error.
Sam Burgess charged through three Raiders defenders and the slippery ball popped out. Scrum feed packs for the Raiders 10 metres away from their own line
54 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Dane Tilse makes an unforced error.
Dane Tilse made a meal of the ball as he lost possession in the tackle. The Raiders pack a scrum feed 30 metres out from the Raiders line. The rain continues to belt down here at ANZ Stadium
55 min: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Dylan Walker makes an unforced error.
Dylan Walker with a sloppy take of the pass from the scrum feed gives up possession to the Raiders
56 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Rabbitohs, Justin Hunt has come flying through of an Adam Reynolds chip kick which started 30 metres away from the goal line.
56 min: NO TRY is the call from the video referee as Justin Hunt didn't get a touch on the ball. However, it's a result in favour of the Rabbitohs as the Raiders grounding the ball in goal. Line drop out
57 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Rabbitohs again. Travis Robinson has come flying in off a John Sutton kick, it appeared he grounded the ball first but Bryson Goodwin came in after to claim a try
57 min: NO TRY again from the video referee as Robinson grounded the ball on replay. Line drop out called for the Rabbitohs
59 min: TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Nathan Merritt. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.
Greg Inglis provided the foundation with a cut out pass to the corner as Nathan Merritt dived in for the Rabbitohs fourth try of the evening. Adam Reyonlds from the touchline slots the extras to extend the lead
South Sydney Rabbitohs 22-2
60 min: John Sutton fired a kick downfield on the 3rd tackle, Nathan Merritt charged downfield to tackle Robinson short of the goal line
61 min: Time off here with Sandor Earl down short of the goal line as he has dislocated his elbow. Horrible injury as his screams could be hear as the pain was too great for the outside back. He comes straight off with the assistance of the trainer
62 min: Zero tackle for the Rabbitohs, they attack just 5 metres out from the Raiders line
65 min: TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Bryson Goodwin. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds unsuccessful.
Bryson Goodwin has simply strolled over in the corner as slow and somewhat confused play of the ball sees Issac Luke throw a cut out pass to the corner. Reynolds from the touchline fails to add the extras with the kick fading away from the posts
South Sydney Rabbitohs 26-2
68 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Jarrod Croker makes an unforced error.
Jarrod Croker ruled to have knocked on as Dylan Walker forced the mistake. Scrum feed packs for Souths in their own half
72 min: TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Dylan Walker. Conversion attempt by Bryson Goodwin successful.
The Rabbitohs have crafted a wonderful four-pointer as Reynolds put a chip kick up for Justin Hunt to break the line. He kicked ahead for Dylan Walker to bolt downfield and dive on the Steeden. Bryson Goodwin has been given the kicking duties with a possible injury concern for Adam Reynolds, he converted to make it a 30 point lead
South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-2
75 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Shaun Fensom makes an unforced error.
Shaun Fensom came up with a simple error and the Rabbitohs come up with possession 30 metres off their own line
76 min: Incredible play from Nathan Merritt, he managed to go 50 metres across field in goal to escape. The Rabbitohs working it off their 10 metre line
78 min: Adam Reynolds has gone into the sheds with his foot in an ice bucket. Let's hope it's not serious. Meanwhile the Raiders attack 40 metres off their own goal line
79 min: Penalty to the Raiders for a slow play of the ball from the Rabbitohs. Raiders attacking 20 metres out looking for the final say in the match
80 min: The siren has sounded, but we are off to the video referee as Reece Robinson dived in goal off a short kick from Josh McCrone.
80 min: NO TRY is spun up, it's FULL TIME at a water-logged ANZ Stadium, the South Sydney Rabbitohs march on as they defeat the Canberra Raiders 32-2.