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    Warriors Vs. South Sydney

    2012 NRL Premiership Season, 15 April, 2012

    Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
    Warriors 44 defeated South Sydney 22
    Warriors South Sydney
    44 FINAL SCORE 22
    8 TRIES 4
    0/0 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
    0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/0
    Top scorers:
    • Warriors - James Maloney 12pts (0T 6G)
    • South Sydney - Dave Taylor 8pts (2T 0G)
    Important moments:
    • Warriors took the lead at the 12 min. mark 1st half
    • James Maloney (WAR) scored at the 79 min. mark 2nd half
    Referee: Shayne Hayne
    Touch judges: Nick Beashel & Clayton Sharpe

    The New Zealand Warriors will look to atone for poor form on the road when they take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Mt Smart Stadium this afternoon. Join us for live scores and commentary from 12.00pm AEST.

    Last year’s NRL grand finalists, the Warriors, were the subject of high expectations coming into 2012, but they’ve failed to live up so far with just two wins from their first six outings.

    Meanwhile, the Rabbitohs are once again battling a mounting injury list, with the absence of Nathan Merritt, Sam Burgess and Roy Asotasi notable. Still, they’ve managed to grind out three wins this season and will be aiming for their third straight this week.

    The Warriors have traditionally dominated this fixture and last year won both matches home and away, putting the Bunnies to the sword in Round 20 in a 48-16 drubbing.

    Shaun Johnson and James Maloney stamped themselves as one of the most exciting halves pairings in the NRL in that contest, but they’ve shown only glimpses of that form in 2012.

    Indeed, Maloney – whose name was in the mix for Origin at the start of the season – has failed to prove himself a worthy contender so far in 2012, and he’ll be looking for a big game as NSW selectors watch on.

    Despite being named at fullback, Kevin Locke’s corked thigh is expected to keep him out for another week. Krisnan Inu has been called into the side and will take Locke’ place at fullback.

    For the Bunnies, Dave Tyrrell replaces Asotasi in the front row while debutant Neccrom Areaiiti joins an extended bench.

    Dave Taylor will once again need to put his hand up in the absence of Burgess and Asotasi — he is still arguably the most damaging runner in the competition, and with ball skills to match, there’s no doubt he and Greg Inglis are the game breakers for Souths.

    Can the Warriors get their season back on track with a big performance at home, or will the Rabbitohs win their third on the trot? Join us from 12.00pm AEST for live score updates and debate on our live blog, and be sure to give us your opinion in the space below if you’re watching.

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    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 1:52pm | ! Report

      That concludes today’s NRL live coverage of Warriors vs. Rabbitohs on The Roar. Thanks for joining us and stay tuned for two more NRL games this afternoon — Sharks vs. Eels and Panthers vs. Tigers.

      • 7:14am
        Ian Whitchurch said | 7:14am | ! Report

        Bloody Bunnies. Bloody playing-like-millionaires Bunnies.

    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 1:51pm | ! Report

      FULL-TIME: Warriors 44 – Rabbitohs 22

      James Maloney and Shaun Johnson were back to something approaching their best as well with a hand in almost all of the Warriors’ tries — Maloney with a great passing game and Johnson showing his explosive skills, particularly with the last try of the game to set up Krisnan Inu.

    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 1:49pm | ! Report

      FULL-TIME Warriors 44 – Rabbitohs 22

      That’s game over and the Warriors are too good for the Rabbitohs today. It looked from the early stages like there were going to be plenty of points scored, but it was the Warriors who controlled the ball best and took all of their opportunities, whereas the Rabbitohs made some crucial mistakes.

      The defence was enthusiastic and there were plenty of big hits but the goal-line defence from the Rabbitohs looked anaemic at times as they just couldn’t stop the Warriors once they got in the attacking zone.

      The Warriors’ pack were much better than the Bunnies’ too, with Ben Matulino particularly impressive and making plenty of yardage. Really looked like Souths were missing Asotasi and Burgess out there — they just weren’t making the same ground through the middle and relied heavily on penalties to get them up field.

    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 1:45pm | ! Report

      Live Score: Warriors 44 – Rabbitohs 22

      79′ CONVERSION SUCCESSFUL. Maloney makes an easy two points look difficult but the flags are raised.

      Incredible acceleration shown by Johnson for that try — he’s looked at his very best today.

    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 1:44pm | ! Report

      Live Score: Warriors 42 – Rabbitohs 22

      78′ TRY WARRIORS! Brilliant work by Shaun Johnson as he sniffs out a gap in the Rabbitohs’ defence. He throws a dummy and explodes through a hole before drawing the fullback to put Inu over the line.

    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 1:43pm | ! Report

      Live Score: Warriors 38 – Rabbitohs 22

      77′ Rabbitohs chancing their arm but they lose the ball on the left through Greg Inglis and the Warriors attack from the halfway line.

    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 1:41pm | ! Report

      Live Score: Warriors 38 – Rabbitohs 22

      76′ How did the Bunnies not score there?! Ben Lowe looked over for all money but he’s held up and tries to pop a ball back to his teammates, but it goes to ground and the Warriors come up with it.

    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 1:40pm | ! Report

      Live Score: Warriors 38 – Rabbitohs 22

      74′ Grubber from Issac Luke looking for Inglis has way too much on it and the ball goes dead. Warriors lose the ball on the next set though and the Rabbitohs will attack again.

    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 1:38pm | ! Report

      Live Score: Warriors 38 – Rabbitohs 22


      Rabbitohs go the short kick-off and come up with the ball — they’re not giving up yet but it’s a near-impossible task in front of them.

    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 1:35pm | ! Report

      Live Score: Warriors 36 – Rabbitohs 22

      71′ TRY WARRIORS! Russell Packer with an incredible offload just before the line finds Nathan Friend who puts Ukuma Ta’ai through a hole to score. That’ll be the winner for the Warriors.

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