The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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The South Sydney Rabbitohs have emerged with a 32-26 victory over the Cronulla Sharks in a free-flowing match in front of 11,200 fans at ANZ Stadium.
The Rabbitohs jumped out of the blocks to open up a 16-0 lead after the first quarter thanks to a solid run of controlled possession and some lack-lustre defence from the Sharks. The halves combination of John Sutton and Chris Sandow produced plenty of attacking spark, with Sandow especially producing some dazzling touches.
Just when it looked like the home side were about to post a cricket score, the Sharks began to control possession and found plenty of gaps of their own. Returning skipper Paul Gallen opened their account and two further tries before halftime to wingers Luke Covell and David Simmons closed the gap to 22-18 at halftime. The Sharks have certainly had their problems on attack recently, and while it