Last Time They Met - Rd 11, 2013
A penalty goal was the difference between the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Sharks Stadium in round 11 2013 – the Sharks scoring a 14-12 win over the top-of-the-table Rabbitohs.
The Sharks were the first side to post points through hooker John Morris. On the back of three repeat sets, Morris slid across field in front of the posts, dummying and finding a small hole. He struggled to get the ball to the turf, but the video referee awarded the try, and Todd Carney's conversion gave the home side a six-nil lead.
A towering bomb from Adam Reynolds caused young Sharks winger Sosaia Feki all sorts of problems, and he knocked the ball on 12 metres out from his line.
The Rabbitohs would make the Sharks pay for their error, scoring three plays later in the left hand corner. Quick hands from Greg Inglis and Dylan Walker saw Bryson Goodwin slide over against his former Club, and Adam Reynolds' sideline conversion leveled the scores at six-all.
Isaac De Gois was held up for the Sharks in the 32nd minute by Ben Lowe, but three plays later they scored through Jayson Bukuya who picked up a rebounded Todd Carney grubber kick. Carney converted to give the Sharks a 12-6 lead going into the break.
The Rabbitohs worked the ball to the left before switching play back to the centre of the field. Sutton found Reynolds who put Sam Burgess into a hole, who went on to beat three defenders to score to the right of the uprights in the 44th minute. Reynolds converted to level the scores at 12-all.
Carney kicked a 59th minute penalty goal to establish a two-point lead for the home side with just over a quarter of the game to go – the Rabbitohs going down by 14-12.
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