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
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.
We are UNDERWAY at ANZ Stadium as the Rabbitohs kick off, Raiders with first use of the ball.
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
4 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL CANBERRA RAIDERS
Penalty goal attempt by Jarrod Croker
slots the penalty goal from out wide to give the Raiders an early two point leadCanberra Raiders
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
The Rabbitohs earn a penalty and advance up field and attack 40 metres from the Raiders try line
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
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.
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
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
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 leadSouth Sydney Rabbitohs
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
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
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
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
Penalty to the Raiders for a slow release in the ruck. Terry Campese
with the free kick finds the touchline on halfway
A simple mistake from the Raiders gives possession back on halfway
The Raiders are trapped in goal and a line drop out is called for the Rabbitohs as a result.
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
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
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
HALF TIME at ANZ Stadium sees the Rabbitohs lead the Raiders 16-2 at a very wet Sydney Olympic Park
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
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
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
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
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.
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
NO TRY again from the video referee as Robinson grounded the ball on replay. Line drop out called for the Rabbitohs
60 min: John Sutton
fired a kick downfield on the 3rd tackle, Nathan Merritt
charged downfield to tackle Robinson short of the goal line
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
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
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 postsSouth Sydney Rabbitohs
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
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
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
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
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