A strong second half saw the Rabbitohs Holden Cup side defeat the Sharks 32-18.


It was the worst possible start for the Sharks as Prop Eronny Mareko fell awkwardly in the first tackle injuring his knee. From the subsequent scrum, Siosaia Tanginoa caught the Sharks defence napping, diving in out wide.


From the restart Aaron Gray capitalised on a quick play the ball to run 35 metres and score. Dylan Walker converted both early tries for a 12-0 lead in just the 5th minute.


Cronulla camped out on the Rabbitohs line for several sets but couldnt capitalise until the 12th minute when Anthony Moraitis completed a sweeping move to score out wide. Jake Walsh couldnt convert and the score remained 12-4.


The Sharks tightened things up and soon crossed under the posts through halfback Faamanu Brown to reduce the margin to 12-10. Minutes later Alan Nuilesa he scored on the right flank and after a bright start the Rabbitohs trailed 14-12 at the break.


The Rabbitohs again started strongly with Aaron Gray scoring his second to restore the lead in the 43rd minute. This time Walker couldnt land the wide conversion and the scores remained 16-14.

Walker soon extended the lead to six when he dummied and easily sliced his way over. He missed the relatively simple conversion but the lead was 20-14.


The Sharks hit back quickly with a second try to Anthony Moraitis but tries to Nick Hedley and Tyrone Phillips gave the Rabbitohs a 32-18 lead as time ticked away.


Cronulla fought hard but the Rabbitohs held strong and earned a gutsy 32-18 win.


South Sydney 32 (Gray 2, Tanginoa, Walker, Hedley, Phillips tries. Walker 4/6 goals) def. Cronulla 18 (Moraitis 2, Nuisela, Brown tries. Walsh 1/4 goals).