Rabbitohs head into finals with big win

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South Sydney Rabbitohs 51 defeat Wests Tigers 10.
 
Match Review:
The first game on Round 25 had the South Sydney Rabbitohs hosting the Wests Tigers. The Rabbits had a home top 4 final to play for, while the Tigers has nothing but pride and passion to play for along with the send off of Kevin Naiqama and Sauaso Sue.
 
The first try of the game came to the Tigers early and it was the ideal start they were looking for. With their first try attacking set on the Bunnies line, halfback Luke Brooks drew in the Rabbitohs defence before putting a chip in over the top for Chris Lawrence to dive on.
 
It wasn’t much longer though before the Rabbitohs worked their way up into an attacking set of their own. The fast paced play caught the Tigers out and a penalty game the Bunnies ideal attacking position. A beautiful set piece play was run between the back line which ended in winger Robert Jennings going over in the corner. A penalty goal on the very next set for the Rabbitohs gave them a quick 8-6 lead.
 
That lead also was slim, as this quickly turned into a back and forth tennis match. Errors and penalties helped the Tigers up field, and Benji worked his magic to take back the lead again. A run one way before pulling a 360 and going the other way, a well placed grubber in goal was then dived on by David Nofoaluma.
 
For the fourth time in the game, we had another lead change, as Angus Crichton grabbed a try in the final 10 minutes. The Tigers line once again being caught out for being offside and the penalty resulted in the Rabbitohs once again being marched downfield. A massive George Burgess run put them on the front foot before Damien Cook caught the defence out and hit Crichton with a short ball on the line.
 
The Rabbitohs were able to extend their lead going into half time when more penalties against the Tigers put them under threat. The defence of the Tigers stood strong and firm, but it was a cheeky offload by Jennings that gave Cody Walker daylight down the middle and he raced over to score the try on the buzzer for a 12 point half time lead.
 
South Sydney extended their lead out to 16 through Campbell Graham only 10 minutes into the second half. An error by the Tigers gave the Bunnies attacking position and the Bunnies quick play once again burnt the Tigers as a fast paced right side attack saw Dane Gagai and Graham connect for the try.
 
Adam Reynolds got in on the spoils as the game quickly became a one sided affair. More errors gave the Bunnies field position in the Tigers half, and a set play resulted in Adam Reynolds catching out the Tigers defence sliding too fast as he straightened up and slid through the defence to score a try. The Bunnies quickly backed it up the next set when John Sutton split the defence open and found Alex Johnston in support who then raced away to extend the lead to 28 points.
 
After a sensational game, George Burgess finally got his, when the errors and penalties stacked up against the Tigers outfit. The huge gap in gained metres proved the difference and before you know it, George Burgess crashed over the top of the defensive line for a try.
 
South Sydney were able to hit the 50 mark in the final 5 minutes when 300 gamer John Sutton got in on the action. As the Tigers line got weaker, the holes opened up and the backline of the Rabbitohs combined before finding John Sutton who crashed over through the middle. Jason Clark got his retirement gift with a conversion in front to seal the win. Adam Reynolds kicked a field goal to add insult to injury add secure a 51-10 win for the Rabbitohs.
 
Blake.

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