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Penrith Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs

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Rabbitohs improve their record to 3-3 and move back into the top eight with a grinding 18-2 win.

SOUTH SYDNEY 18 (K Auva’a N Merritt K Turner tries A Reynolds 3 goals) bt PENRITH 2 (J Soward goal) at Sportingbet Stadium. Referees: Ashley Klein, Adam Gee.

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71 min: Rabbitohs put the result beyond doubt with Kyle Turner backing up to score after Josh Mansour had spilled a Reynolds bomb. Reynolds converts. RABBITOHS 18-2

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67 min: Well, wouldn't you know it, I had barely finished typing when rookie winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak spills the ball with try line wide open. It's just not the Panthers' night!

65 min: The Great Wall of Redfern just refuses to be breached tonight!

63 min: Not the great Ray Warren's finest moment as a commentator, confusing James "Chicko" Segeyaro and Kevin Kingston. Even the best make mistakes!

62 min: Great kick by Soward and chase by his teammates to force a Rabbitohs drop-out. Panthers desperately need a try here with less than a quarter of the match remaining.

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55 min: Another try to Souths, and a pretty special one, too. Merritt finally becomes the greatest tryscorer in Rabbitohs' history (145), overtaking Benny Wearing. Reynolds raises the flags. RABBITOHS 12-2

Milestone: Nathan Merritt breaks Benny Wearing 81-year-old try-scoring record.
Milestone: Nathan Merritt breaks Benny Wearing 81-year-old try-scoring record. Photo: Getty Images
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54 min: I don't think I've ever seen a bloke who can play the ball as quickly as Greg Inglis. Freak!

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45 min: Rabbitohs work the play down their favoured left corridor for Auva'a to score on debut, justifying an earlier decision to take a tap instead of a penalty goal. Reynolds's kick is astray. RABBITOHS 6-2

41 min: And we're under way in the second half, with the home side kicking off. Unconfirmed reports have the crowd figure at 11,674 ... all of 'em hardy souls indeed!

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After a scrappy first half, teams are locked at 2-apiece.

Panthers centre Jamal Idris throws his massive frame at Souths' line.
Panthers centre Jamal Idris throws his massive frame at Souths' line. Photo: Getty Images

39 min: Opportunity for Souths to post the first try of the match on the stroke of half-time. Such opportunities have been few and far between for them in the first 40 minutes but once again they are unable to control the ball.

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32 min: Panthers level the scores through a Jamie Soward penalty goal after Adam Reynolds' drop-out had gone out on the full. 2-all. Minutes earlier, Reynolds had been placed on report for a chicken-wing tackle.

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