Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
5 days ago
Wests Tigers were first to score but Souths struck back to go into the break leading 10-6.
In what proved to be an exciting match of rugby league, there was no clear winner after 80 minutes. With the scores locked up at 16-all, a match went into ?golden point time? for the first time in 2004.
It came down to the boot of halfback Willie Peters who potted a field goal in the 85th minute to kick the Rabbitohs to victory.
Scorers: RABBITOHS 17 Tries: Harrison, Fletcher. Goals: Riddle 4/4. Field Goal: Peters Defeated WESTS TIGERS 16 Tries: Moodie, Reynolds, Wilson. Goals: Hodgson 2/3.
By the clock: 0 min: KICKOFF. A sparse crowd gathered at Aussie Stadium for this clash between Wests and Souths.
9 min: TRY - Tigers. Wests lead 6-0 through a Jason Moodie try. Benji Marshall made the decision to run on the last tackle and turned the ball to Moodie who ran through feeble Souths defence. Hodgson converts. Tigers 6-0
18 min: PENALTY GOAL - Rabbitohs. Riddle kicks the goal, Souths trail 6-2.
23 min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Harrison scores what is a soft try beside the posts. Riddle converts. Souths lead 8-6.
30 min: NO CHANGE - General poor showing in defence from both sides, easy line breaks being made at both ends. Surprising that the score is not higher for both sides yet.
37 min: PENALTY GOAL - Rabbitohs. A silly penalty for not getting off the tackled player allows Riddle to put 2 more on the board. Souths 10-6.
38 min: NEWS - from the kickoff, a silly mistake of kicking the ball dead on the full gives Souths another chance at points before the break.
HALFTIME - both sides not giving sterling performances, Souths seem to have the upper hand at halftime after an early showing by the Tigers. Souths have the lead at the break 10-6.
41 min: Second half underway, no change.
42 min: NEWS - Kearney (Souths) taken from field, suspected broken arm.
47 min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Fletcher hits the ball at pace and scores near the posts. Riddle converts and Souths now 16-6 up.
52 min: NO TRY - Rabbitohs. Video ref says no to a Souths possible try after a player was deemed not held by referee Lyons. Penalty instead goes to Wests.
53 min: TRY - Tigers. After the let down at the other end, Souths let in a Wests try for Ben Reynolds. Hodgson converts. Souths 16-12.
60 min: NO CHANGE - Both teams making a real go of things now, attacks on both lines happening. Could still go either way.
66 min: TRY - Tigers. Wilson for the Tigers evens it up. Hodgson's conversion attempt misses off the post and Aussie Stadium erupts. 16-all.
67 min: NEWS - from the ensuing kickoff Wests lose the ball giving Souths field position 20 out.
72 min: NEWS - scintillating stuff as Moodie (Wests) is away, certain to score, and Harrison (Souths) executes a Sattler-esque tackle to take Moodie into touch. Souths ball.
76 min: NEWS - field goal attempts by both sides hopeless, both teams now just plugging away. Tense stuff at Aussie.
79 min: NEWS - looks like it's going to go to Golden Point for the first time in 2004! More field goal attempts gone wrong. Souths have one last shot before the siren.
FULLTIME. 16-16. Golden Point Extra Time. Souths to receive kick off.
80 min: GP-ET underway. Souths have first set.
82 min: Wests on attack early in the Golden Point first half, consecutive sets to them in field goal range.
84 min: A silly decision may cost them the game as a penalty which would've given them the win is changed to a kick for touch. Souths on the attack.
85 min: VIDEO REF FOR FIELD GOAL. Possible Souths field goal. NO FIELD GOAL. Wests ball.
87 min: FIELD GOAL - Souths WIN! WILLIE PETERS wins the game for Souths Sydney.
GAME OVER. A good win all up for Souths, in what was a truly amazing game. A slow start made way for a very tense ending. Congratulations to Souths for sticking it out and also to the Tigers for hanging in there.
----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - B Fletcher (Rabbitohs) 2 - W Peters (Rabbitohs) 1 - B Marshall (Tigers) -----------------------------------------