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Rabbitohs defeated by Raiders in Dubbo

The Raiders ensured Josh Papalii celebrated his 250th game in style with a romping 32-12 win over a lacklustre Rabbitohs at Apex Oval on Sunday.

Match Highlights: Rabbitohs v Raiders

The Raiders picked up where they left off in last week's big win over Cronulla to piled on four answered tries in the first half as the Bunnies struggled with their completion rate in a trend during games lost this year.

Tries to Papalii, Nick Cotric, Hudson Young and Sebastian Kris in the opening 40 minutes set up a 20-0 lead before both side's exchanged tries early in the second half.

A penalty goal with a quarter of the game left put the Raiders up by 20 before a blistering try to Xavier Savage sealed victory.

South Sydney's efforts in attack weren't helped by two failed HIA's to Taane Milnes and Tevita Tatola but overall they struggled to produce any points with a lack of cohesion in attack. 

Match snapshot

  • The Rabbitohs suffered a blow immediately at the kick-off with Tevita Tatola suffering a head knock before failing a HIA after a heavy collision.
  • Raiders forward Josh Papalii scored a try in his 250th game to give the visitors an 8-0 lead early after Nick Cotric crossed untouched in the fourth minute.
  • Tom Starling came onto the paddock with immediate impact, setting up Hudson Young on the left edge with a short ball in similiar to Papalii's try a few moments earlier.

Cook makes something out of nothing

  • South Sydney lost Taane Milne to a head knock to compound their woes with Kodi Nikorima playing fullback and Blake Taaffe shifting to the centres.
  • The Raiders lost Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad to a hamstring injury at half-time, shifting Xavier Savage to fullback for the second half.
  • South Sydney completed at 66% for the match, well below their 72% average for the season.
  • Josh Papalii finished his milestone game with a try, 116 metres and eight tackle busts.
  • Alex Johnston's second-half try took him to 144 tries, equal second alongside Benny Wearing for most in South Sydney history.

Johnston gets consolation for Souths

Play of the game

The Raiders produced one of the tries of the season, started by a charging carry from Corey Horsburgh and finished off by Sebastian Kris. In between that was a flick pass from Horsburgh, a no-look pass from Hudson Young and a one-handed pass from Tommy Starling. 

What's next

The Rabbitohs are back in Sydney after a couple of weeks on the road to host the Wests Tigers at Accor Stadium. After a poor showing in front of their Dubbo faithful, the Bunnies will look to bounce back against a Tigers outfit that got them only a month ago.

For the Raiders, they return to GIO Stadium after three-straight wins and will aim for a fourth against the Eels, who are coming off their last-minute win over Manly.

NRL Press Conference: Rabbitohs v Raiders - Round 11, 2022

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