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Live: Wests Tigers v South Sydney Rabbitohs

Post-game: Thanks for joining us. Wests Tigers are equal bottom of the NRL ladder after somehow squandering a 12-point lead with four minutes to go. That was reminiscent of their semi-final defeat to the Roosters in 2010. Greg Inglis didn't have his most dominant game but he was there when it mattered with the field goal three minutes into golden point. Here's how Issac Luke saw it: "It ricocheted off a Tigers player and we are just lucky it carried." 

FULL-TIME: Wests Tigers 16 South Sydney 17.

83rd min: SOUTHS FIELD GOAL. Forget Reynolds and Sutton, it's Greg Inglis! And he's landed it from 30 metres out. And not before hitting the left upright and crossbar. The refs had to check it but it went over!

82nd min: Souths are going to get first shot.

Golden point kick-off: The Tigers have first touch of the ball. How have they blown this? Get ready for a field-goal fest. The Tigers have Marshall, Souths have Reynolds and Sutton.

80th min: What a finish! Benji Marshall channels Paul Carige after the siren. The ball lands with him on his own 10 metre line and he goes for a chip. Matt King catches it and for a moment it seems as if Souths might make him pay. But it comes to nothing and we're into golden point.

80th min: Souths penalty, on their own 40 metre line. Seven seconds to go.

79th min: SOUTHS TRY. Now Sheens has his head in his hands. I know because he's sitting right next to us in the press box. It's Dave Taylor with a grubber kick again, and young Everingham has dived on it. Reynolds converts from a difficult position and it's all square. Tigers 16-Souths 16.

77th min: SOUTHS TRY. Tim Sheens will not be happy with that. Issac Luke has scooted over from dummy half easily again. To paraphrase Matthew Johns - that's soft. Reynolds converts. Tigers 16-10.

74th min: Marshall has really lifted in the last 20 minutes. He tries to weave his magic again and hands off to Beau Ryan but despite a video referee referral he was barrelled into touch and nowhere near scoring.

72nd min: Things just keep getting better for the Tigers. They've just landed a 40-20. Marshall? No. Sean Meaney was the man who has come up with that great play.

70th min: TIGERS TRY. Key play? You bet it is. Ayshford has scored in the right corner after a couple of lovely long passes from Tom Humble, then Marshall again. Lawrence provided the final pass in the overlap. Marshall converts from sidellne again. Tigers 16-Souths 4.

68th min: That could be the key play. Ingis tries to get out of his in-goal but is stopped by four Tigers: Tuqiri, Reddy, Fulton and Ryan.

66th min: Given that this is a Heritage Round game, what chance both sides thought tossing up a low-scoring affair, built on defence, was the perfect tribute to the 1952 Wests and Souths teams?

63rd min: Souths are right on top here. Dominating field position but the Tigers, desperate to get their season on track, are hanging on. On the Bunnies' latest raid Reynolds grubbers but it is cleaned up by Moltzen.

61st min: Today's crowd: 25,608. Good, solid turnout and it could well be a close finish. Souths have blown it for the time being, coughing up the ball on that second set of six.

60th min: Reynolds kicks cross field for Souths and after a scramble they've been given six more tackles, right on the Tigers line.

58th min: My colleague Greg Prichard is desperate for me to make a gag about Erica Albright, having seen The Social Network too many times. I've got nothing but unlike the Mark Zuckerberg character, I'm not drunk and blogging.

57th min: Greg Inglis takes a long kick and charges back from fullback. Not the most significant play but I'd just about forgotten he was out there so I'm reporting it anyway. Hasn't been too busy today.

55th min: TIGERS TRY. That was always going to happen. I've just bagged the Tigers' attack and, not 10 seconds later, Marshall produces a brilliant play. Lovely pass cuts out Joel Reddy and hits Lote Tuqiri wide on the left. Not done, Marshall steps up and converts from the sideline. Tigers 10-Souths 4.

53rd min: Two penalties in a row for the Tigers. They need them because they have looked pretty flat in attack so far today.

50th min: Now the Bunnies are finding space out wide. John Sutton strides out but things come unstuck when he tries to find Farrell on his left. Tigers off the hook.

48th min: SOUTHS TRY. That's reasonably soft. Issac Luke is over the line from dummy half and the Rabbitohs square it up. The Tigers, as they have been lately, looked very vulnerable up the middle. Thankfully for them, Reynolds has had a shocker with the conversion and it's even. Souths 4 Tigers 4.

46th min: Roy Asotasi loses the ball in the tackle after a super run. Tigers fans blowing up as the referees rule a strip.

44th min: Strange little kick by Marshall. He went for a short-side up and under and it's come off the outside of the boot and gone out on the full.

42nd min: Gareth Ellis is back out on the sideline but is sitting in the first row behind the bench next to the suspended Robbie Farah. Doubtful to come back on. Tigers get an early penalty and Marshall's kick takes them into Souths' half.

Second-half kick-off: Tim Moltzen puts boot to ball and we're away for the final 40 minutes.

Half-time report: A low-scoring but tense affair - like one from yesteryear in fact - and the Tigers will be content to have their noses in front given the level of possession Souths had in their territory. Tigers members gave their side a standing ovation as they jogged off - perhaps an indication of just how bad they have been before this afternoon. Both sides have concerns with injuries to Sam Burgess and Gareth Ellis and will have to get on without them.

HALF-TIME: Wests Tigers 4 South Sydney 0.

39th min: That wasn't pretty. Marshall spreads it wide and for a moment the Tigers look like splitting Souths open down the right side. Chris Lawrence's attempted chip, however, propels out on the full.

38th min: The Tigers get a rare opportunity down the opposite end but Marshall's grubber rolls straight onto the chest of Dylan Farrell.

36th min: Tigers still up 4-0 and some good news from the Souths sheds. Doctors saying Burgess's left knee injury is a medial strain, which is more likely to see him out for weeks rather than months.

34th min: Moltzen is back on the field. Tigers' official update on Ellis - a left-foot injury, and he's unlikely to be back.

33rd min: Almost a stink in the scrum! This is a heritage game. Crocker right in the middle of it but it fizzles out before it starts. Souths had the feed after an Ayshford knock-on but they've blown it after three tackles with their own error.

31st min: Injury update. Sam Burgess is gone for the game. He is on crutches in the Rabbitohs sheds. Gareth Ellis has a foot injury and is apparently a 50-50 shot of returning today. Tim Moltzen has had a concussion test and is sitting on the sideline.

30th min: Souths half Adam Reynolds goes down holding his neck but after a few moments he's OK. The Tigers have pulled off a great play off a drop out, with Beau Ryan picking up a short kick from under the sticks.

28th min: Now the Tigers' Englishman is down. Gareth Ellis has just limped off, sat down for a moment on the bench, and gone up the tunnel.

27th min: Dylan Farrell, former three-try hero of this fixture, makes a break and John Sutton subsequently goes close to scoring. The ball falls, though, to David Tyrrell on the fifth but he does well to throw in a grubber for a repeat set.

25th min: This is an awful development for Souths. Burgess is being assisted from the field by two trainers. The replay showed his leg was caught awkwardly in a three-man tackle on Aaron Woods.

24th min: Moltzen is off the field and being helped round to the bench. At least he's walking though. In the centre of the field Sam Burgess is down and clutching his knee.

23rd min: Souths are up the other end now and continue to pepper Tim Moltzen with high balls. He has been up to the challenge so far and is at the centre of some drama with Mick Crocker in trouble for taking him out after the fullback caught the ball. Crocker is put on report.

21st min: Tigers lock Chris Heighington is now the highest capped Wests Tiger in the merged club's history. They are on the attack now after forcing a Rabbitohs drop-out.

19th min: This has been a pretty clean start to the match. Hardly an error, and both teams seem to be just trying to work each other out.

17th min: We're celebrating the 60th anniversary of a grand final today and some things never change. One particular Tigers tragic has screamed "Get em onside!" at least half a dozen times already, the most recent when Souths were about 12 metres from the play the ball.

15th min: Speaking of Tigers in boxes, Robbie Farah was cited in the press box prior to kick-off. Can report no members of the media put any questions to him whatsoever.

13th min: Simon Dwyer sitting in the Tigers coaching box behind Tim Sheens. They could certainly have used him and a few other of the forwards they are missing during an ordinary start to their campaign. But good signs so far from Sheens' men here.

9th min: Teams wearing heritage jumpers for this clash today and sadly the 1950s internet speed is giving us a few dramas. But endeaving to work it out and get back to faster updates very soon. Tigers still up 4-0 and working way out of their own territory.

4th min: Apologies for the slow start to the blog here. Internet access at Allianz playing up big time. On the field it's been a red-hot start for the Tigers. They're over and up 4-0 already, with Marshall following up a 40-20 to then put Tim Moltzen in the left corner. Tigers 4-0.

Kick-off: Issac Luke gets us underway here for Souths. 

Team changes: Zero. Memo to all those punters who jumped on Souths in a frenzy last Wednesday night: Benji Marshall is on the field warming up and will play. The Tigers are, however, still outsiders at $2.40, with the Bunnies at $1.60. Wests are in traditional Magpies colours, and there's a marching band and laps of honour for Wests players and relatives from the '52 grand final. A nice occasion although it's slightly odd this Wests anniversary is in fact being held in the east. 

Pre-game: Good afternoon and welcome to our llive coverage of the Heritage Round match between Wests Tigers and South Sydney at Allianz Stadium. Unlike 1952, when Wests and Souths met in the grand final next door, both these sides are yet to set the world on fire in 2012. The loser today will be equal bottom of the competition with the Eels and maybe the Gold Coast if the Titans can't hold onto a lead over the Bulldogs.

2 comments so far

  • Come on the Bunnies. Not the start we were after. Who are you supporting here today Chris?

    Date and time
    April 01, 2012, 3:22PM
    • Chris is an impartial observer of proceedings. He can't be throwing his weight behind any one side.

      Jimmy Page
      Date and time
      April 01, 2012, 4:49PM

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