The South Sydney Rabbitohs have held out a fast-finishing Cronulla outfit, snaring a 14-12 victory at ANZ Stadium tonight (Monday).


Both sides scored two tries-a-piece, with the boot of Adam Reynolds proving to be the difference in the end.


The Rabbitohs opened the scoring in the fourth minute of play when a cross field bomb from Adam Reynolds found an open Andrew Everingham on the right wing to score a fairly easy try. Reynolds converted to take the scoreline out to six-nil in as many minutes.


South Sydney would be the next to cross, with Dylan Farrell pouncing on a Reynolds grubber kick, Farrell timing his run perfectly to register the four-pointer. Reynolds converted to take the lead out to 12.


The Sharks struck back almost immediately through fullback Michael Gordon in the 19th minute, slipping through the defensive line close to the goal to score. Gordon converted his own try to reduce the deficit to six points.


The sides then got into an arm wrestle, with Greg Inglis and John Sutton looking particularly dangerous and Ben Te'o working himself into the ground.


The Sharks were turning over some ball which was hurting them, but when they had the opportunity to offload in the tackle, they were making metres on the Rabbitohs. Luke Lewis was especially strong for the Sharks, as was five-eighth Todd Carney.


Reynolds was able to slot a penalty goal after the half time siren, giving the Rabbitohs a key eight-point lead at the break.


The Second half was at times a dour and frustrating affair, with the Rabbitosh dropping the ball and giving away penalties, all of which kept the men in red and green under pressure.


Huge bomb diffusals by Bryson Goodwin and Nathan Merritt saved tries against the Rabbitohs, and South Sydney was denied a couple of try scoring opportunities by the video referee for obstruction.


The Sharks scored an opportunistic try in the 66th minute when Beau Ryan cleaned up a dropped ball and raced 95 metres to score a four-pointer against the run of play. Gordon converted reducing the deficit to two with just over ten minutes to play.


The Rabbitohs put pressure on the Sharks, who were playing some adlib football, trying to find a chink in the Rabbitohs' armour, but the red and green defensive line held strong, taking the home side to a 14-12 victory.


The Rabbitohs came through the game relatively unscathed with bumps and bruises to a few players at full time.


The Rabbitohs will now face the Penrith Panthers at Centrebet Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 3pm.


South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 (Andrew Everingham, Dylan Farrell tries; Adam Reynolds three goals)


defeated


Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12 (Michael Gordon, Beau Ryan tries; Michael Gordon 2 goals)