South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canberra Raiders: NRL Finals live scores, blog
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South Sydney Vs. Canberra
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 16 September, 2012
|ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW|
|South Sydney 38 defeated Canberra 16|
|Referee: M Cecchin|
|Touch judges: S Carrall & R Turner|
Its week two of the 2012 Telstra Premiership Finals and a huge elimination semi-final between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders from ANZ Stadium. Live blog and scores from 7.45pm AEST.
Souths return to Sydney after a disastrous trip to Melbourne which saw Michael Maguire’s men go down in flames against the Storm. Souths need to turn it around quickly against a red hot Canberra outfit.
Skeptics believe the Bunnies are done for 2012 after the 24-6 defeat last weekend at AAMI Park.
Canberra on the other hand are on a roll and eliminated the Cronulla Sharks last Sunday at Canberra Stadium. Momentum is with the Raiders but it only takes 80 minutes to turn everything around. The big question is, are the Rabbitohs capable of doing it?
In a poor showing last Saturday night, playmakers Adam Reynolds and John Sutton lacked polish and leadership and were outplayed by Cooper Cronk and Gareth Widdop.
There are big question marks over Reynolds’ ability to deliver the attacking kicks which make or break a set of six. The Rookie of the Year needs to find the ingoal on a regular basis and put pressure on the young Raiders.
Josh McCrone and Sam Williams on the other hand have come on in leaps and bounds and continue to deliver results for David Furner. In the absence of Terry Campese, the young halves have put their stamp on many of their recent victories.
Fear of failure does not seem to be a problem for McCrone or Williams.
The Storm continually pinned Greg Inglis to the corners last weekend and it paid dividends with the big fullback barely seen throughout the 80 minutes. If McCrone and Williams can keep Inglis quiet, they will go along way to winning at ANZ Stadium.
But any finals match needs to be won in the forwards first.
Josh Papalii’s running battle with Cronulla captain Paul Gallen last weekend proved the Raiders don’t care who you are. Papalii, David Shillington and company have another big assignment tonight.
Dave Taylor had a shocker last weekend and was a passenger for the Rabbitohs. The big backrower would be looking for a big game and seeking out the Raiders’ little men. If Canberra defend well on their edges, Taylor would be looking at another quiet night.
Canberra are rolling and Souths need to turn it all around in a hurry.
Join the chat from 7.45pm AEST as the Rabbitohs do battle with the Raiders to stay alive in 2012.
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