Just for the final party piece. Reynolds nails a field goal on his left.
Reynolds bombs the easiest try! Souths just throwing it about, it went right and Graham tried to flick one to the half who had it bounce off his chest.
Blake Green takes it to the line, tries the late offload but it just spills out.
PENALTY WARRIORS! Chance for some late consolation here.
Mid range, Reynolds kicks his seventh of the night.
That will finish this game off! It looked routine then Campbell Graham just burst through some tired defense. The centre set sight for the tryline but is taken down. Souths stretch it left, soft touch from Sutton puts Gagai over.
PENALTY WARRIORS! It still isn't the finished product for the Rabbitohs. John Sutton was caught in the line and took out a defender. Walker had to fall to the floor but the referee still calls it. Walker is pinged for dissent as well. Ten extra metres.
It is starting to click for the Rabbitohs. Corey Allen tried to dance through the defense after a Doueihi flick pass but it is knocked down by Nikorima.
PENALTY RABBITOHS! Warriors look to have squashed the Rabbitohs chances. It is brought back for an offside call. We've now had our warning.
PENALTY RABBITOHS! Luke just laying on the tackle. Souths looking for the killshot here.
PENALTY RABBITOHS! Another easy piggyback for the visitors.
PENALTY WARRIORS! A damp last tackle kick from Gagai is compounded with his crusher tackle on the line.
Another two for Reynolds.
The slippest man in league Cam Murray does it again! Cody Walker burst through the line, lofted one to Murray who was tackled but kept moving and goes over.
BUNKER TIME! Cam Murray might have slid over again!
PENALTY RABBITOHS! Sam Lisone throws out a lazy arm and catches a Rabbitoh high. Easy stroll out of danger.
PENALTY WARRIORS! A THIRD fifth tackle penalty tonight. Both coaches will be fuming with the discipline. Warriors start their set just over halfway.
Reynolds takes another gift two.
dear, oh dear! I thought the Dragons dropout would take the title for the worst.. but that attempt will go close from the Warriors. It looked short off the boot then rolled back to the try-line.
Souths on a roll now! Sublime runs from Cook opened them up to send Gagai away. Walker stabbed one through on last which RTS had to touchdown. Dropout.
Souths look to calm things down and point to the posts. Reynolds nails it.
PENALTY RABBITOHS! Lucky break there for the Rabbitohs. They decided to run on last, Sutton shanked the kick which hit a Warrior on the arse then knocked on by Pompey. Quickly followed by ANOTHER.
More bad luck for the Warriors. After holding the Rabbitohs out, Harris-Tavita heads off with what looks like an arm injury. The interchange half made an impressive legs tackle on Darren Nicholls.
Cook tries to slide another kick through but it rebounds off a Warrior. Six more.
RED LIGHTS.. NO TRY! It wasn't going to be a try BUT it will be a dropout. Kodi Nikorima cleaned out Adam Reynolds as he tried to chase the kick. Referee cleared it all.
Cook tried to stab one through but we're going to the BUNKER. Checking for a penalty try because it definitely rolled dead.
PENALTY RABBITOHS! A fifth tackle penalty to open the second half. This time to Souths, won by Damien Cook. We have a slight break as Issac Luke is assisted from the field.
KICK-OFF! Here we go! Second half is go!
The game is back on, and the weather has arrived during the break. It is bucketing down in Auckland as Damien Cook and Adam Reynolds try to plot a way to get back into the top four. Warriors stroll back out ready to go again after their two late tries.
HALFTIME :: Souths sprung out to a 14-nil lead but the Warriors have shown some fight clawing it back with two tries in as many minutes. 14-10 at the break.
Tough kick on the left side for Luke this time. He studies the kick, moves it inside slightly.. steps back and hooks this wide.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Nothing to see here.. TRY! Kodi Nikorima just sprung through the line, surveyed his options and kicked ahead for Ken Maumalo. The rampaging winger won the race to the ball and slams it down.
BUNKER TIME! Hang on here! Warriors might have gone back-to-back.
Mid range from Luke. He doesn't take long over the kick, bends it over.
He drew the penalty and gets the points! RTS chimed into the backline, got it to Pompey who strolls across.
PENALTY WARRIORS! A killer on fifth tackle. Adam Pompey draws the whistle.
Reynolds is 3/3 tonight.
PENALTY RABBITOHS! Souths opt for the easy points.
Rabbitohs are firmly on the front foot now. They have started looking out the back to stretch the Warriors and a final tackle kick sees RTS thrown over the sideline.
Tougher second effort for Reynolds. Left-hand side, near the margins. The half strides in, nails it.
GREEN LIGHTS. TRY! Wonderful work from Rabbitohs! In his return on the wing, Johnston shows a wingers finish after some slick passing.
BUNKER TIME! Souths might have made them pay. Alex Johnston in his return!
PENALTY RABBITOHS! After what has been end-to-end football a flop from Isaiah Papalii has drawn the referee's ire.
Green tried to stab another kick through but the half missed it! One that will feature highly on the end-of-season blooper reel.
Warriors have grown into the contest. Blake Green earnt a repeat set with a thunderous banana kick which trapped Adam Doueihi. They have looked much brighter in their defense and restricted Souths to range kicks in the last few sets.
Souths are hopping along now! The visitors decide to spread the ball in their own half which created space for Campbell Graham to sprint down the right. The centre was unable to position his inside man and lost it.
Reynolds from close, nails it.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Murray bent the line, fell, got himself back up and in the greasy conditions he got over the stripe.
BUNKER TIME! Cam Murray might have slipped and slide as he fell over the line.
PENALTY RABBITOHS! That was much needed. Warriors muscled up in defense which had the Rabbitohs on the backfoot but a last-tackle penalty has them on the attack..
The game has started to fall into a rhythm now. Souths have found the dirt with their last two kicks which has pushed the Warriors back and forced them into the arm wrestle.
First chance is prised open by the Warriors. They stripped the numbers on the left but the final pass to Maumalo went to ground.
PENALTY WARRIORS! Second of the evening. Warriors about to go on the front foot.
PENALTY WARRIORS! That was an impressive first set from the Rabbitohs. Two strong charges late in the count from Sam Burgess and Cameron Murray almost put them across. It was all undone by a silly flop by Jaydn Su'A on first.
..and it's gone! RTS tries to spear through the line but he is pulled up for an obstruction. PENALTY RABBITOHS!
Vibrant start from the Warriors. Issac Luke with a few bursts from dummy-half and he aimed to go down the short-side late in the count which was knocked down by a Rabbit. Warriors scrum.
Souths trot onto Mt Smart replete in their cardinal and myrtle, ready to do battle. Next out, the Warriors led by Agnatius Paasi in his 100th NRL game! After the ceremonial stuff is done. KICK-OFF! Warriors with first use.
Friday, Friday gotta get down on Friday! Thanks Rebecca, now after the proper introduction, we have our first game of the Friday (I have written that so much it has lost meaning) double header. Souths looking to get themselves back into the top four against the spoiling Warriors. Souths come off the emotional win against Brisbane last weekend in the battle of Bennett while NZ were left licking their wounds after the Sharks thrashed them in the Shire. Can they mount a comeback? Will Souths roll over them easily? Find out at 6pm!
Referees & scorers:
Referees: Grant Atkins, David Munro
Touch Judges: Chris McMillan, Clayton Sharpe
Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Bryan Norrie
Tries: Adam Pompey, Ken Maumalo
Conversions: Issac Luke (1/2)
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (31)
Tries: Cameron Murray (2), Alex Johnston, Dane Gagai
Field Goals: Adam Reynolds (1/1)
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Adam Reynolds (3/3)