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Relentless Dogs kill fairytale

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The Bulldogs blew the Rabbitohs away with a near-perfect display, writes Glenn Jackson.

CANTERBURY 32 SOUTH SYDNEY 8

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Bulldogs trounce Rabbitohs

Canterbury will face Melbourne in next week's NRL decider after defeating South Sydney 32-8.

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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.

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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.

Bulldogs star Ben Barba is thrown to the ground by Andrew Everingham from Souths. Click for more photos

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