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7:55pm Fri September 26, 2014
Preliminary Finals - Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park - Crowd: 52592
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FULL TIME: South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 defeated Sydney Roosters 22.

Well well well, the Rabbitohs are into their first Grand Final in a LOOONG time. Well done the Rabbits. Too strong. I'm Luke Wenitong and it's been an absolute pleasure to have you with us at leagueunlimited.com. Please keep an eye out for our match article shortly.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-22

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Conversion attempt by James Maloney unsuccessful.

Maloney misses the conversion from wide left.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-22

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TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Anthony Minichiello. Kick to come.

The Count goes over in the left corner after a break from Jake Friend.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-22

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.

Maloney adds the two.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-18

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TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Aidan Guerra. Kick to come.

Good opportunistic try by the QLD origin forward Guerra. He runs through a yawning gap after a Souths error. A consolation try at best.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-16

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Jake Friend caught on the last in attack. Souths work it out of their own end.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-12

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DECISION - NO TRY. Sam loses it on the line. 20 metre restart for the Roosters.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-12

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VIDEO REF - Possible Souths try to Sam Burgess. On field ref says no try.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-12

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Waerea-Hargraves loses it in the tackle of Sam Burgess. Souths with another shot.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-12

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Moa on report. Waerea-Hargreaves told to 'stay cool'.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-12

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PENALTY - Rabbitohs. Refs holding up play to look at a Sam Moa hit on Auva'a.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-12

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SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Penalty goal attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.

Reynolds sends the Rabbitohs into the Grand Final with the penalty two points.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-12

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PENALTY - South Sydney. Obstruction in attack inside their own half. Souths taking the two on offer.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 30-12

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Souths with some razzle dazzle on the last sees Tuquiri kick ahead but it's knocked into touch by the Roosters.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 30-12

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.

Reynolds adds the two and probably ices the game for the Rabbits.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 30-12

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TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Greg Inglis. Kick to come.

Inglis flies high to grab a cross-field kick just beside the left upright.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 28-12

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VIDEO REF - Possible Rabbitohs try to Greg Inglis. On field ref says try.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 24-12

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And the Roosters lose it on half way. Rabbitohs feed. The premiers are looking shaky.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 24-12

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PENALTY - Roosters. Alex Johnston is ruled to have been in front of the kicker. Roosters with it just inside their half. What can they do?

South Sydney Rabbitohs 24-12

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PENALTY - South Sydney. Inglis was taken out early by Minichiello.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 24-12

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You get the feeling if the Rabbitohs go over here that's all she wrote. Roosters are out on their feet.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 24-12

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PENALTY - South Sydney. Dylan Napa holding on too long in the tackle.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 24-12

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Dylan Walker defuses a tricky Pearce bomb.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 24-12

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Isaac Luke throws it over the sideline in a good position. If he had found his winger there were metres to be made. Roosters start their set on half way.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 24-12

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Jake Friend has gone to the sheds with an unspecified injury.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 24-12

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.

Reynolds converts from close in and to the left of the uprights.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 24-12

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TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Greg Inglis. Kick to come.

He couldn't stay out of the game big Greg. John Sutton shuffled and gave a late inside ball to Inglis who falls over the line and does his Goanna celebration to the joy of the Rabbitohs faithful.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 22-12

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Rabbitohs with another set as Tuivasa-Sheck knocks down a dangerous looking ball.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 18-12

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Roosters knock on through Minichiello in front of their posts and it's the Rabbitohs who have it on attack.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 18-12

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.

Reynolds adds the extras.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 18-12

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TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Ben Te'o. Kick to come.

Strong stuff from Ben Te'o who runs onto an inside ball from 10 metres out. He is too strong for the defence and drags them over the line.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 16-12

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PENALTY - Souths. Sam Moa smashed Luke Keary. What a mismatch as it crept high.

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PENALTY - Souths. Sonny Bill is ruled to have passed off the ground. Good call by the refs.

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Good set to open the second half is undone by a charge down on the last. The Roosters start their set on half way.

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Maloney kicks off and we're underway at ANZ.

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Teams coming back to the field now. Roosters to get us underway.

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HALF TIME: South Sydney Rabbitohs 12 Sydney Roosters 12.
Wow, that was a seriously good half of football. The Roosters out of the blocks early and the Rabbitohs dominated the second quarter to level it up. Phew, take a breath lads..! I'll see you all in a few minutes for the second half.

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DECISION - NO TRY. James Maloney is ruled to have just knocked on. Pity for Pearce as he jinked through 4 or 5 Souths defenders and set up his outside men well.

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VIDEO REF - Possible Roosters try to Daniel Tupou. On field ref says try.

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PENALTY - Roosters. Lifting tackle on Sonny Bill. Isaac Luke on report.

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Johnston defuses a Tuivasa-Sheck grubber and makes it back into the field of play. Good Dee from the Rabbits in that set.

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PENALTY - Roosters. Rabbitohs offside. Roosters will start the set in the Souths red zone.

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Sliding covering effort sees Minichiello defuse a Reynolds grubber under his posts. Well done Mini.

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Raining heavily as the Roosters lose it on the last. South Sydney on the attack again.

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.

Reynolds adds the extras from the left touchline this time. It's all square at ANZ.

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TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Alex Johnston. Kick to come.

Superb short side play on the last and the Rabbits use their one man overlap to set Johnston free and he's good enough to score in the left corner.

Sydney Roosters 12-10

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VIDEO REF - Possible Rabbitohs try to Alex Johnston. On field ref says try.

Sydney Roosters 12-6

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Roosters play the ball on their own 10 metre line after a last tackle knock on by the Rabbits.

Sydney Roosters 12-6

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Roosters lose it on the 2nd tackle. Souths on half way with tackles in credit.

Sydney Roosters 12-6

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PENALTY - Roosters. Rabbits players offside from a last tackle kick. Ball looked to have been touched and the ref called it as such, a bit perplexing that call.

Sydney Roosters 12-6

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Souths have gone up a level or two now. Some heavy hits coming in.

Sydney Roosters 12-6

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Hang on... Waerea-Hargreaves has head butted Ben Te'o off the ball. He's on report.

Sydney Roosters 12-6

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PENALTY - Souths. Boyd Cordner raked it in the tackle.

Sydney Roosters 12-6

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.

Lovely sideline conversion from Reynolds.

Sydney Roosters 12-6

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TRY SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Scored by Lote Tuqiri. Kick to come.

Simple right side spread on the last finds Tuquiri with just enough space to place it inside the touchline. Good work by the old fella.

Sydney Roosters 12-4

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VIDEO REF - Possible South Sydney try to Lote Tuquiri in the right corner. On field ref says try.

Sydney Roosters 12-0

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PENALTY - Souths. Last tackle penalty for offside defence on Dylan Walker who was close to the line.

Sydney Roosters 12-0

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James Maloney loses the ball in the tackle. Good pressure from Adam Reynolds helped. Rabbits scrum feed on half way.

Sydney Roosters 12-0

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PENALTY - Roosters. Ben Te'o lifts Maloney twice in the tackle.

Sydney Roosters 12-0

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PENALTY - Dylan Napa with his hands on the ball in the tackle. Souths marched down the filed by the refs.

Sydney Roosters 12-0

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PENALTY - Souths. Pearce used his knee to slow the play the ball illegally.

Sydney Roosters 12-0

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Jared Waerea-Hargreaves loses the ball in the tackle and it's a relieving scrum feed to the Rabbits.

Sydney Roosters 12-0

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Roosters will have a scrum feed inside the Souths red zone after an Inglis error again from the bomb.

Sydney Roosters 12-0

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Rabbitohs find the right touchline on the last and they get a breather, can they compose themselves...? They look nervous.

Sydney Roosters 12-0

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Look out Rabbits! A 70 metre set from the Roosters after the try. Lote Tuquiri saves the day with a nice take of the Pearce bomb.

Sydney Roosters 12-0

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Bad start from Inglis tonight.

Sydney Roosters 12-0

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.

Straight over the black one from Maloney.

Sydney Roosters 12-0

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TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Anthony Minichiello. Kick to come.

Minichiello plucks a towering bomb from Inglis' hands and touches it down to the left of the posts.

Sydney Roosters 10-0

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VIDEO REF - Possible Roosters try to Anthony Minichiello, checking onside. On field ref says try.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.

To easy for James Maloney from in front.

Sydney Roosters 6-0

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TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Mitchell Pearce. Kick to come.

WOW. Mitchell Pearce steps inside some lazy defence from Isaac Luke and he steps again past Inglis to score under the posts! Sensational effort from the enigmatic Junior Junior,

Sydney Roosters 4-0

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Roosters bomb on the last and Inglis flies above the crowd to take it beautifully and defuse the danger. Souths work it from their own line.

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Roosters make it to half way on their first set. Nice composed opening from both sides, as Souths return serve.

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Kickoff by Greg Inglis and we're underway at ANZ!

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Mini leads the Roosters onto ANZ. Fireworks, smoke and all that jazz. Here come the Rabbits, lead by John Sutton. The Gladiator applauds in the stands.

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Kickoff just a few minutes away. Awesome atmosphere at ANZ tonight, a real buzz in the air.

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TEAM LISTS: South Sydney are 1-17 per program, with Ben Te'o returning from suspension to take his place on the bench at the expense of Luke Burgess who misses out tonight. For the Roosters Dylan Napa returns from suspension and will run on at prop with Sam Moa going to the bench. That seems to be it folks, all that's left is to grab your beverage of choice, put the cat outside, kids inside, hope that your partner doesn't find the remote you've stashed, and...enjoy. By the way, remember people...It's just a game.

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Good evening to you all and a very, very big welcome to ANZ Stadium in Sydney for the big one tonight. By big, I really mean GARGANTUAN. This is it folks. It's the game the NRL wants, it's the game Channel 9 wants, it's the game we all want to see. The South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the defending premiers, Sydney Roosters for a spot in the big dance, the Gee Eff, the Granny, the Grand Final.
There are matchups all over the park tonight, though one in particular stands out... Yes, you know who I'm talking about.. The two Rugby bound Superstars, Sonny Bill Williams for the Roosters and Sam Burgess for the Rabbitohs.
For the Rabbitohs it will be their third straight Prelim and they'll be hoping for third time lucky for sure, having had the week off after doing a job on Manly in week 1. The Roosters will be hoping to build on their dramatic 1 point win over the hapless Cowboys last week and go into their third Grand Final in 5 years.
At the ground we've got a temperature of 16 degrees with the slight possibility of showers later on tonight. My name is Luke Wenitong and I'll be with you throughout. I'll be back just before kick off with final team lists, please do join me then.

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Referees & scorers:

Referee: Gerard Sutton, Ben Cummins

Touch Judges: Steve Carrall, Brett Suttor

Video Referee: Ashley Klein, Luke Patten

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (32)
Tries: Lote Tuqiri, Alex Johnston, Ben Te'o, Greg Inglis (2)
Field Goals:
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (5/5)
Penalty Goals: Adam Reynolds (1/1)

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (22)
Tries: Mitchell Pearce, Anthony Minichiello (2), Aidan Guerra
Field Goals:
Conversions: James Maloney (3/4)
Penalty Goals: