Rugby League

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Wests Tigers

The Rabbits, after a slow start to the season, are on a roll. That's four wins in a row and six in their past seven games. They're up to second on the ladder - for now at least.

That's all from here.

Catch you next time.

The Rabbitohs just overpowered the Tigers tonight. The Burgess boys must have run for a kilometre between them. Souths have got some good young kids coming through too in Alex Johnston and Kyle Turner.

Both sides have got the bye next week.

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Souths 32 Wests Tigers 10

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79th min: And they've got more reason to cheer as Kyle Turner crosses out wide for his second of the night. He makes a bit of a meal of it as he slips over, but he scrambles across. Reynolds converts from out wide.

Souths 32 Tigers 10

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Just over 20,000 at the game tonight, which is not bad given the number of players out, and the Bunnies fans are in fine voice.

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George Burgess has left the field with an ankle injury. He won't be back. It didn't look too bad though.

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73rd min: Richards tries another trick play with the drop out - and sends it into row 6 of the crowd. Penalty in front to the Rabbits. Reynolds converts.

Souths 26 Tigers 10

Souths force a restart, and that's just about it for the Tigers. They'll need a miracle now.

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11 mins to go and Tigers on the attack. They need to score here ... and Blake Austin puts it down cold.

The Rabbitohs celebrate Nathan Merritt's try.
The Rabbitohs celebrate Nathan Merritt's try. Photo: Getty Images

Halatau is up and about in the Tigers dressing room and looks to be OK-ish.

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61st min: And Tedesco follows up the run to score the try that keeps the Tigers in the game. Lote Tuqiri puts down a Brooks bomb and Tedesco tows the ball through and wins the chase to score. Richards hits the post with the conversion attempt and it bounces away.

Souths 24 Tigers 10

Tedesco shows the Raiders what they'll be missing with a brilliant 70-metre kick return. Tigers on the attack.

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Halatau is taken off on the medi cab, and he is moving his head, which is obviously a good sign.

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Dene Halatau has collected the hip of the ball runner and is out cold. The stretcher is coming out for him. He's had a really ordinary run with injury in recent times, so let's hope he's OK. The Tigers have had some concussions this year.

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54th min: But it's not all about the newcomer, as the veteran Nathan Merritt extends the Rabbits' lead. He finds Sam Burgess with a short ball, wraps around and picks up the return pass to score beside the posts. It's just his second try of the season as he's spent a bit of time in the lower grades. Reynolds converts.

Souths 24 Tigers 6

Just for the record, Johnston was born in Sydney and has played for the NSW under 16s and 18s - so there's no way Queensland can pinch him. 

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