Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: 2012 NRL live scores, blog
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Roosters Vs. South Sydney
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 17 July, 2012
|Allianz Stadium, NSW|
|South Sydney 24 defeated Roosters 22|
|Referee: Shayne Hayne|
|Touch judges: P Holland & Clayton Sharpe|
The Sydney Roosters will need to be at their best tonight if they are to beat eternal rivals the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the second time this season. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7:00pm AEST.
The Roosters produced a Houdini act against the Rabbitohs back in Round 1 and will look to once again ruin South Sydney’s plans of finals football when they clash tonight.
Despite their low position on the NRL ladder, Sydney’s record against South Sydney is an imposing one and Brian Smith’s men will look to continue their strangle hold over the Rabbitohs by securing another important victory.
South Sydney, however, has won seven of its past nine games and is in terrific form after disposing of the Knights last week.
The Roosters on the other hand are coming off a draw against Cronulla last Monday night and need a win to keep their faint finals hopes alive.
The Roosters are the most penalised side in the NRL this season and will be in for a long night if their ill discipline continues against South Sydney.
Whether it be Issac Luke up the middle, Adam Reynolds in the halves or Dave Taylor and Greg Inglis on the edges, the Rabbitohs possess great firepower and will tear Sydney apart if the home side fails to maintain discipline tonight.
Brian Smith’s men must also respect possession and avoid shooting themselves in the foot against a South Sydney attack that has made a recent habit of punishing opposition mistakes.
Despite their inconsistency this season, the Roosters usually perform well against South Sydney so expect the chooks to play with high intensity for as long as the match stays close.
Sydney has won four of its past five matches against the Rabbitohs, meaning that South Sydney will have to turn up with their best if they are to upset their recent negative record against the Roosters.
With this in mind, the Rabbitohs will be keen to get off to a fast start tonight.
The Roosters have severely struggled to claw back deficits this season, and more worryingly, often fall apart when quick tries are scored against them.
If South Sydney manages to score an early try, it could well end up being a long night for the Roosters, particularly if Inglis and Taylor begin to cause havoc.
While the Roosters will start enthusiastically, the Rabbitohs simply possess too much firepower across the park, and at their best, should secure a win over their rivals.
Rabbitohs by 14.
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