NRL Round 20 – Match 6 Results: South Sydney Rabbitohs 38 v 28 New Zealand Warriors

The Rabbitohs returned to form on Sunday when they shut down the Warriors and their recent success with a tidy 38 – 28 win at ANZ Stadium.

South Sydney are now in the top eight and ready to fight for their spot in the finals, their confidence reignited after they finally won a match after two close results over the past fortnight.

The Warriors dropped into sixth spot on the ladder after their five-match winning streak was put to an end on Sunday, but they still look good to be here come September if they can get back on board this week.

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The Bunnies began their seven-tries-to-five victory just three minutes in when Eddy Pettybourne got over. Halfback and goal kicker Chris Sandow, who played a beautiful game, converted their first and they were in front by six.

Putting in a good early fight, New Zealand opened their account just six minutes later with a Lewis Brown four-pointer. James Maloney, however, missed the conversion and so they were still behind by two.

But it wasn’t for long as the Warriors dangerous attack saw them score their second in the 14th minute, Manu Vatuvei the tryscorer, so the visitors lead 8 – 6.

The Rabbitohs answered back with a 23rd Nathan Merritt try that pushed them in front 10 – 8.

New Zealand remained gallant and finished off the first half on a high scoring twice more before the break.

First Jeremy Latimore scored in the 31st minute and then Maloney got one for himself a minute from the break, Maloney also converting both so the Warriors went to sheds with a promising 20 – 10 lead.

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South Sydney burst from the gates in the second half, digging deep and coming up with the goods as they fought back from their 10 point deficit at half time to win by 10.

Scoring five more tries, including a double by Fetuli Talanoa and sensational four-pointer by Chris Sandow, the Rabbitohs flew to victory.

Talano was first to score in the 47th minute, followed moments later by Beau Falloon in the 50th minute to tie the score at 20 all.

Then their talented No. 7 touched his down in the corner and converted from the sideline giving South Sydney the confidence and momentum they needed to win.

Talanoa completed his double in the 66th minute and then Jamie Simpson iced the Bunnies’ cake a minute from full time with a final four-pointer.

During this onslaught of points from the Bunnies, the Warriors failed to find the same form that saw them take the lead after the first 40, and were only able to score eight more points. Two were from a 55th minute penalty kick, and then Lewis Brown scored his second of the match in the 73rd minute.

The final scoring play was a Warriors try, which was at great odds to occur through

In a blow for South Sydney, they have lost powerhouse forward Dave Taylor for up to six weeks after he broke his collarbone during the game.

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