Rabbitohs take back top spot with win against Storm

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South Sydney Rabbitohs 30 defeat Melbourne Storm 20.
Match Preview.
Possibly the match of the year as we see our first battle for the Minor Premiership take place as the first placed Melbourne Storm take on the second placed South Sydney Rabbitohs.
It was an interesting opening 20 minutes of the game full of action packed drama that was helping this game live up to the pre game hype. The Rabbitohs were quick to take the lead in the opening minutes through a penalty goal, however it was the Storm who went over first only a few minutes later. Off an attacking set, Cameron Smith dummied out the back before hitting Dale Finucane with the short ball to give his team a 6-2 lead not even 10 minutes in.
The Rabbitohs were able to strike back less than 10 minutes later when a penalty gifted them excellent field position before a set play saw Cody Walker through a long pass out to an unmarked Hymel Hunt to slide over in the corner and level the game.
Melbourne were able to have a few calls go their way to help them grab the lead again. First a clear strip by Cameron Munster was deemed a loose carry which ended the Rabbitohs attacking set, and that followed up with an attacking set of their own that lead to a try to Josh Addo-Carr who scored off what looked like a clear obstruction to lead to the open winger going over.
The Storm were able to extend their lead in the 30th minute when a dummy half run by Josh Addo-Carr saw him catch out the lazy defence and sprint off downfield before finding Curtis Scott in support who went over under the posts. That wasn't all for the half but, the Rabbitohs were able to grab one in the dying minutes when Damien Cook took on the line, drew in the defenders and found Sam Burgess flying through to crash over the defensive line and take us into the half with the Storm up 16-12.
The second half started exactly how the first half ended, high intensity and exciting footy! The opening 13 minutes of the half was back and forth as both teams looked to take advantage and get the early momentum. It was the Rabbitohs who were able to grab that early momentum when they grabbed the first try of the second half and grabbed the lead back when a set piece play went through the play makers hands before seeing Alex Johnston send Adam Doueihi diving over the line. Sadly less than 10 minutes later but Adam Doueihi went down with a suspected ACL injury.
South Sydney extended their lead past a converted try when the superstar hooker Damien Cook took on the defensive line and stormed through racing down field, beating multiple defender and going over next to the posts, giving the Bunnies a bit of breathing room with roughly 15 minutes remaining.
As time ticked down and the Storm were getting desperate, and the Bunnies were able to lift their intensity up even more with pressure on the kick return forcing Addo-Carr over the sideline to give South perfect attacking position. Off the scrum, a set piece saw Alex Johnston stroll right through the defensive line and snap his scoring drought and win the game for the Rabbitohs to give them top spot on the NRL ladder again. Josh Addo-Carr was able to get a late consolation try and a much needed for and against improver as he raced off down field, put a chip in over the top and was able to hunt it down and dive on the ball to score and lighten the scoreline against them a little. However South Sydney were too good and jump the Storm on the ladder to set up a monster game next week against the Sydney Roosters.
South Sydney Rabbitohs:
3' Adam Reynolds (Penalty Goal)
15' Hymel Hunt (Try)
36' Sam Burgess (Try)
38' Adam Reynolds (Conversion)
53' Adam Doueihi (Try)
54' Adam Reynolds (Conversion)
63' Damien Cook (Try)
64' Adam Reynolds (Conversion)
73' Alex Johnston (Try)
75' Adam Reynolds (Conversion)
Melbourne Storm:
7' Dale Finucane (Try)
8' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
19' Josh Addo-Carr (Try)
30' Curtis Scott (Try)
31' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
78' Josh Addo-Carr (Try)


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