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The Warriors have handed the South Sydney Rabbitohs a hefty 46 points to 14 loss at Mt Smart Stadium in New Zealand this afternoon (Sunday).

The first half was tight, with both sides scoring two tries a-piece, but the home side ran away with the game in the second 40 minutes.

Both sides went at each other over the opening stages of the game, with the Warriors getting the better of field position.

The Rabbitohs eventually cracked in the 16th minute with big Warriors prop Albert Vete charging over under the posts from close range to score. Halfback Mason Lino converted to take the scoreline to six-nil in favour of the New Zealanders.

Four minutes later the home side crossed again with Solomone Kata making the most of some very poor South Sydney defence to stroll over under the posts. Lino converted taking the lead out to 12 points.

The Rabbitohs struck back immediately, making plenty of metres up field from strong charges out of dummy half.

In the 23rd minute of play, the ball went left and five-eighth Christian Hazard put in a perfectly-weighted grubber kick for centre Aaron Gray to score, taking the score to 12-4.

South Sydney scored their second try in the 36th minute of the first half, when a clever blind side play close to the line led to winger Siosaia Tanginoa spinning out of one tackle and bumping his way over the line in the south-eastern corner, taking the score to 12-8 at the half time break.

The Warriors came out firing in the second half, scoring three tries in an eight minute period through Trent Bishop in the 48th minute, Kata getting his second in the 52nd minute and Viliami Lolohea scoring in the 56th minute, extending their lead to 30 points to 8 with a quarter of the game to go.

The Rabbitohs pegged back six points when halfback Jake Watts sliced through to score, with Will Paterson's conversion taking the scoreline to 30-14.

The Warriors turned it on from that point in the match, with five-eighth Tuimoala Lolohea scoring in a double within ten minutes to extend the lead to 42-14 with five minutes to go.

To rub salt into the wound, the Warriors scored the simplest of tries with 20 seconds to go, sealing a big 46-14 win over the Rabbitohs.

Warriors 46 (Solomone Kata 2, Tuimoala Lolohea 2, Viliami Lolohea 2, Albert Vete, Trent Bishop tries; Mason Lino 7 goals)


South Sydney Rabbitohs 16 (Aaron Gray, Siosaia Tanginoa, Jake Watts tries; Will Paterson goal)
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