NRL Round 18 – Match 2 Results: Sydney Roosters 18 v 14 South Sydney Rabbitohs

A rough and tough Sydney derby on Friday night saw the Roosters rocket into the top four with a close 18 – 14 win ahead of the Rabbitohs at Sydney Football Stadium in front of over 18,400 fans.

It was a thrilling showdown between the two Sydney clubs, the Roosters making it back to back wins following their 22 – 12 win over the Raiders last week. It was the first time Sydney had won two in a row since rounds one and two at the start of the season.

The Rabbitohs are still in finals contention sitting in seventh spot, but will have to pick up their game if they are to give those punters that backed them to make the top eight at a nice payout come September.

South Sydney were first to score just three minutes into the clash when Beau Falloon, replacing injured hooker Issac Luke, got over from dummy half for a four-pointer converted by Chris Sandow, putting the visitors in front by six.

It was over 20 minutes before the Roosters would open their account, but before they could the Rabbitohs were awarded a penalty kicked by Sandow to push South Sydney in front by another two points.

Our footy tip of the match for this game was for five-eighth Todd Carney to score the Roosters’ first try at $8 through and he came good for us in the 25th minute!

Our footy tip of the match was for Todd Carney to score the Roosters first try through and he came good for us!

Carney then converted his own try to bring them within two points, the Rabbitohs still leading 8 – 6 heading into the break.

In the second half the Roosters began their run to victory in the 57th minute when Sam Perrett scored their second, Carney converting again to push them in front 12 – 8.

South Sydney put in a gallant effort, with Fetuli Talanoa scoring a converted try off a nifty Dave Taylor pass in the 64th minute so the Rabbitohs stole the lead.

Then with just three minutes left on the clock Mitchell Aubusson scored the match winner for the Roosters, Carney making it three from three so the home side won the battle 18 – 14.

It was always going to be close and punters that jumped on the odds at for a winning margin of four points cleaned up!

It was always going to be a close clash and punters that jumped on the odds at for a winning margin of four points cleaned up

It wasn’t all good news for the Roosters however as winger Joseph Leilua suffered a nasty shoulder injury during the bruising battle that is sure to affect their odds at in their next clash.

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