South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Brisbane Broncos highlights: NRL live scores, blog

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    Rabbitohs vs Broncos

    NRL, 21 April, 2017

    ANZ Stadium
    Fulltime - Rabbitohs 24, Broncos 25
    Rabbitohs   Broncos
    24 FINAL SCORE 25
    4 TRIES 4
    3 CONVERSION KICKS 3
    1 PENALTY GOALS 1
    0 FIELD GOALS 1
     
     
    Referee: Ashley Klein
    Touch judges: Jason Walsh & Dave Ryan
    Video Referee: Bernard Sutton

    The Brisbane Broncos will travel to Homebush in Round 8 as red-hot favourites to push back into the top four against a struggling South Sydney Rabbitohs outfit. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:50pm (AEST).

    The Rabbitohs enter this game in form that speaks volumes about where the club is at. While injuries haven’t helped their cause so far this season, they sit with just three wins – two of them coming in back-to-back weeks and outside the eight.

    In fact, it’s just one win from their last four and their last start loss to the Bulldogs on Good Friday summed things up for them.

    They haven’t had the consistency in attack or the strength in defence to compete with most sides they have faced. Errors have mounted far too regularly, and with the exception of a little bit of form from Cody Walker, who looks dangerous they have struggled to do much.

    The fact they have only scored 122 points, which is the fifth worst in the league illustrates exactly how bad the attacking situation is at Redfern, and even with a stable side – having no changes for this clash – they are going to need to pull some magic out.

    The Broncos, on the other hand have been inconsistent but still firing. Their performance two weeks ago to beat the Sydney Roosters was their best so far this season, before dropped ball, poor discipline and ordinary options almost cost them a win against the Gold Coast Titans last Friday.

    After a somewhat dour start to the season, where it seemed Brisbane weren’t going to be able to score enough points to be a competitive force, they came out firing against the Roosters, running up 32 in an attacking display from start to finish.

    If they can play anything like that, it could be a cricket score. Ben Hunt, who has been in strong form during the year though started his spell on the sidelines last week with injury, and it throws a spanner into the works.

    While Kodi Nikorima will be better for the run, he needs to play his role alongside Milford if the points are going to keep ticking over for Brisbane, and a match against the vulnerable Souths defence could be the perfect way to get his season into gear.

    Prediction
    No Ben Hunt could be an issue for the Broncos, but the Rabbitohs haven’t challenged many sides in the past month and don’t expect that to start here. Could get a little bit ugly.

    Brisbane by 20.

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    • 6:19am
      Tom said | 6:19am | ! Report

      If the NRL aren’t instructing referees to favour one team for the sake of “entertainment” or “business” which I suspect, then there is major problems with our referee’s abilities. It feels like every game a winner has been chosen to receive all of the 50/50 calls. Additionally, at times new rules will be invented or current rules ignored to also give the chosen side a leg up. Newcastle, Wests, Gold Coast and Manly can’t take a trick from the refs. Broncos, Eels, Storm and Sharks appear to get the rub of the green almost every game. Something needs to be done. The NRL has gone away from facilitating a fair competition to promoting entertainment and its killing the game.

    • 5:40am
      The spectator said | 5:40am | ! Report

      The NRL need to take serious measures to structure the ref system and promote recruitment for more depth in the ref ranks, the way it is now isnt working while the biggest gripe about the game is growing. How the bejebus did any of that happen last night, ive sat through the yrs souths then roosters were suppose to win the comps and the frustration watching the officials screw up your night, they fall into a pattern of reffing to the bookies, look at the howlers and they seem to always be against the under dogs!

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      11:55pm
      Nicholas Nakos said | 11:55pm | ! Report

      I think we can all agree that Ashley Klein needs a break. No first grade refereeing needed, bunker included. He has been the worst official by far this season! I am not usually a referee basher, but some of his decision tonight were downright horrendous!

      Can anyone clarify whether or not the bunker can rule on a knock on during a scoring play? The field goal which Milford score was a scoring play and I assumed they were able to check such things in that instance?

    • 11:12pm
      cam said | 11:12pm | ! Report

      Haha another controversial win to the broncs hehe hehe . my crystal ball sees disaster ahead for the game . NRL is heading to the scrapyard .

    • 10:24pm
      grahame said | 10:24pm | ! Report

      watch every friday with mate in victoria whilst trying to explain the rules. tonight’s refereeing is beyond being able to explain and i am an ex player not very good result for the game

    • 10:20pm
      Chris Donohoe said | 10:20pm | ! Report

      The worst referreed game ever. 9 points awarded to the Broncos were errors from refs, without any doubt. Well done Souths you beat the Broncos clearly tonight except for the muppets with a whilstle.
      Discipline the muppets or give them a guide dog

    • 10:20pm
      M A Wilson said | 10:20pm | ! Report

      What sort of one eyed knob is Andrew Johns & the rest of the Channel 9 NSW commentary team!!!!!
      When can we get some unbiased commentary v the anti QLD sentiment.
      Johns has a hide considering he played as drug taking Fwit
      An immortal my arse…..at club level Alan Langer ran rings around him!

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