The Rabbitohs last met the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in round 24 of the 2013 season, surviving a spirited performance from the Dogs to record a 28-20 victory. The victory marked the first time the Rabbitohs have defeated the Dogs twice in a season since 1992.
Dylan Farrell crossed for the first points of the night out wide after some well-timed passing from John Sutton. Adam Reynolds added the extras to give the men in red and green the early advantage.
A high tackle on Bryson Goodwin seemed to fire up the Rabbitohs, who managed to go the length of the field with Dylan Walker capping off the advantage by picking up a well-weighted Reynolds stab kick to cross for the Rabbitohs second try. Reynolds made no mistake to put Souths ahead by two converted tries.
A penalty to Souths after a high-tackle on Sutton from Tony Williams, allowed Reynolds to kick the Rabbitohs two points further ahead – the half adding another string to his bow with the 31 metre penalty kick for the Rabbitohs to lead 14-0 three minutes from the break.
But the Bulldogs wouldn’t go to half-time empty-handed, with Sam Perrett crossing out wide to take the sides to the break at 14-6.
On the resumption, the Bulldogs came out rejuvenated, with Josh Reynolds setting the tone after the Dogs five-eighth almost sliced through the Rabbitohs defence close to the line. Mitch Brown capitalised a play later, narrowing the gap to four points between the two teams.
Souths hit right back with John Sutton putting Greg Inglis through a hole who in turn drew the Bulldogs final line of defence before passing back on the inside to Luke who crossed for his third try of the year. Reynolds converted to push the Rabbitohs out to a 20-10 lead.
On the back of three repeat sets, the Bulldogs finally crossed the line through Dene Halatau who survived a valiant defensive effort from Greg Inglis to get the ball down, bringing the score to 20-16.
Just when it looked like the Bulldogs might have turned momentum in their favour, Nathan Merritt got the Rabbitohs back on the front foot with a break, culminating tackles later with a try to Bryson Goodwin out wide. Reynolds converted from the touch-line to give Souths a 10 point buffer.
The Bulldogs wouldn’t lay down though, with Michael Ennis electing to go the short-side before passing on to Mitch Brown who carried two Rabbitohs over the line to plant the ball over the stripe to narrow the gap to six.
With the clock winding down, the Rabbitohs were awarded a penalty, with Reynolds again adding two more points to the score-card to round out the match 28-20.
Kick-start your long weekend with the legendary EASTER SHOWDOWN as the South Sydney Rabbitohs battle it out against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Friday 18 April at 4:00pm.
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