NRL Round 11 – Match 4 Results: New Zealand Warriors 26 v 24 South Sydney Rabbitohs

On Sunday the Warriors recorded their second successive win, this time defeating the Rabbitohs by a narrow two point margin at Mt Smart Stadium to record their first win against the Bunnies in New Zealand since 2006.

Playing and winning their second game at home in as many weeks, the Warriors are now at number seven on the NRL ladder, two below South Sydney who despite their loss are still at number five.

The Rabbitohs were coming off a massive 50 – 10 win ahead of the Tigers from Round 10, but couldn’t quite find the same momentum this round.

New Zealand were first to score just four minutes into the match when fullback Lance Hohaia, appearing in his 150th first grade game for the Warriors, got over and the try was converted by Brett Seymour so the Warriors lead by six after the first five minutes.

The next try went to South Sydney, Colin Best putting their first points on the board in the 13th minute and with Issac Luke’s conversion the score was tied six all 15 minutes in.

In the 21st minute Brent Tate scored again for the home team, but Seymor missed the kick so the Warriors were in front by four.

They didn’t enjoy the lead long with South Sydney’s Fetuli Talanoa putting another four-pointer down just three minutes later and the kick from Luke gave the visitors the 12 – 10 lead.

Having gained some momentum, the Rabbitohs were next to score again when Rhys Wesser went over in the 33rd minute, Luke making it three from three with the kick to extend the Bunnies lead by another six.

Before the first half was over, however, the Warriors Jerome Ropati recorded his first try of an eventual match double in the 40th minute, but South Sydney still lead 18 – 14 going into the break.

In a strong comeback, New Zealand scored two more tries to South Sydney’s sole second half effort, fighting back from a half-time deficit to win the match.

Seven minutes back from the break Ropati completed his double with a converted try, and the Warriors snuck in front by two points.

Russell Packer backed this up just two minutes later with another try, kicked by Seymor, so the Warriors lead 26 – 14.

With half an hour left on the clock, there was plenty of time for South Sydney to still win, but they only managed one more try when winger Fetuli Talanoa went over in the 68th minute, Luke’s conversion brining them within two points of victory.

New Zealand’s victory was even more impressive when considering the extensive list of injured players they struggled on without including prop Sam Rapira and halfback James Maloney both injured in the match.

This weekend the Warriors play the team thrashed by the Bunnies two rounds back, the Tigers, while the Rabbitohs enjoy the home ground advantage when they play the Panthers. Check out the odds for these matches and many more at Ladbrokes.com.au.