CANTERBURY 32 SOUTH SYDNEY 8
The Hollywood story of the season found itself a rather predictable finish. Canterbury, the minor premiers and heavy favourites, extinguished the South Sydney fairytale with a ruthless performance - after their opponents found themselves rudderless.
Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds's first-half injury was always going to be difficult to recover from. They had not played a match this season without Reynolds and five-eighth John Sutton in the halves. Against the Bulldogs, on such a stage, their season fizzled out. The Dogs will march on and Des Hasler will resume his grand-final rivalry with Melbourne, just wearing a different-coloured tie.
Canterbury Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
The Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs surge into the Grand Final after demolishing the South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-8 at ANZ Stadium at on Saturday night. The Bulldogs will meet the Storm next week to decide the NRL Premiership winner for 2012. Photos by Brendan Esposito, Quentin Jones and Chris Lane. Selected Images available from www.fairfaxsyndication.com Follow us at http://twitter.com/photosSMH Photo: Quentin Jones