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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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
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.
@denehalata. A true gentleman and gutsy player who deserves better than the hand rugby league seems to deal him #tenacious — Daniel Lane (@BombsAwayLane) June 13, 2014
George Burgess has left the field with an ankle injury. He won't be back. It didn't look too bad though.
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.
11 mins to go and Tigers on the attack. They need to score here ... and Blake Austin puts it down cold.
Halatau is up and about in the Tigers dressing room and looks to be OK-ish.
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.
Halatau is taken off on the medi cab, and he is moving his head, which is obviously a good sign.
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.
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.
Wow!!! How fast is Alex Johnston!!! Would love a foot race between myself and him. Test him out. Lightning. — george rose (@gorgeousgrose) June 13, 2014
Alex Johnston is a qlder………..,,,,just trickin!!! ���� — Chris C Close (@chop59) June 13, 2014
45th min: But not for long. Alex Johnston goes straight through the middle of the Tigers defence from dummy half and runs 60 metres to score. James Tedesco was struggling to get back on side after being injured and there was no one in front of Johnston. Reynolds converts from in front.
Souths 18 Tigers 6
43rd min: And the Tigers capitalise immediately. Blake Austin, who adds energy to the Tigers every time he steps on the field, sneaks over for a try. It's sent to the video ref, but it's a try. Richards converts and the Tigers, after being on the back foot for half an hour, are right back in it.
Souths 12 Tigers 6
Richards throws in some variety from the kick-off, smashing a grubber kick to Turner who is dragged over the touchline. Early chance for the Tigers.
Tigers coach Mick Potter is philosophical at half-time. He says his side started OK, but they need to hang onto the ball so they can build some pressure.
Brad Walter writes: Wests Tigers are lucky to be trailing just 12-0 at half-time after giving Souths so much possession through errors and penalties. Completing just 11 of their 17 sets, the Tigers have had to do a lot of defending and much of it near their own line.
As predicted, the Souths forwards started to get on top as the half rolled on. To their credit, the Tigers hung on manfully though and if they can score first they're right in the game.
But Brooks kicks on the 4th tackle and he turns the ball over. That was a real rush of blood. He's been very good up until then.
1 min to half-time and the Tigers have a great chance to attack. A try would give them something to take to the break.
But the Tigers hang on after Sam Burgess puts the ball down metres out. It's a pretty simple game plan for the Bunnies: big men running hard and straight. And it's effective - although they should be a bit further in front. The Tigers haven't been on the attack for quite a while.
The Tigers aren't doing themselves any favours either. Nofoaluma is dragged into touch on the halfway line and the Rabbits will get another chance.
The Rabbits are getting into stride now and their big forwards are rolling over the top of the Tigers. If the Bunnies can hang onto the ball there are points in them at the back end of this first half.
31st min: And the pressure tells as another Souths youngster Kyle Turner strolls over off a pass from John Sutton. Too much pressure and possession for the Bunnies. Reynolds converts from nearly in front.
Souths 12 Tigers 0
Richards gets a hand on a Reynolds kick to prevent Johnston getting his second try. But it's a Souths scrum feed and they're building some good pressure.
The Rabbits go close again through Auva'a - in the same corner as before. He might have been better offloading to the veteran Lote Tuqiri outside him.
28 mins gone and it's 6-0 Rabbitohs.
Adam Blair goes on report for a late hit on Issac Luke. Not a huge amount in it, but it's late.
Martin Taupau tries to evade the Souths defence. Photo: Getty Images
Souths Kirisome Auva'a is dragged down inches short after another last-trackle scramble following a Reynolds' bomb.
The Tigers are bit unlucky to be behind here. They've started pretty well and Brooks is controlling the game - certainly more so than his opposite number Reynolds.
Johnston is a promising type for the Rabbits - that's his 6th try in just 5 first-grade games.
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Great to hear Take a Long Line by The Angels being played at ANZ Stadium after Johnston try & Marseilles after Reynolds conversion — Brad Walter (@BradWalterSMH) June 13, 2014
13th min: And the Rabbits open the scoring. Issac Luke finishes with the ball after the Tigers could not clean up a Souths bomb and Luke puts Alex Johnston over in the corner. It came on the end of an ordinary set of six too. Adam Reynolds converts from touch.
Souths 6 Tigers 0
Brooks is in everything here, and he nearly pulls in an intercept as Souths attacked. But he puts it down.
Rabbitohs on the attack
I think the refs had already ruled a knock on before Richards produced one of the great bombed tries of all time. Fortunately for him Brooks' pass was touched on the way through to him, sparing his blushes.
No score after 10 mins.
Brooks forces another dropout with a grubber kick. The Tigers are targeting Souths' right-hand side early.
Merritt saves the Bunnies again, falling on a grubber from Luke Brooks.
Just before that Keith Galloway poked his nose into a bit of space a few yards out. Wouldn't it be something if he scored tonight? Gus would be beside himself!
Tigers on the attack again.
Super tackle from Nathan Merritt saves a try in the corner, knocking Pat Richards into touch a yard out.
And the Bunnies return the favour by putting the ball down. Tigers off the hook.
And Marty Taupau has dropped it in the first tackle. Less than ideal start for the Tigers
Apparently there have been some transport issues prior to kick-off around Homebush, which is why they're running a bit late.
But the players are taking the field now, and the crowd is building.
Nearly ready to go.
A few random facts: all four Burgess lads are playing tonight for Souths; the Tigers record without Robbie Farah is average, at best; and the Tigers caused a major upset when they won the other encounter between these sides in round 3.
That all adds up to an interesting match.
Welcome to tonight's coverage of South Sydney v Wests Tigers from the Olympic Stadium in Sydney.
Both sides are down on troops due to injury and Origin, but in very different areas. The Bunnies look thin in the backs and strong up front, while the Tigers look good out wide but a bit light on in the forwards.
You'd think the Souths pack will be the difference, but stranger things have happened.
Kick-off is not far away.
ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, Friday 7.45pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 3 2014 - Tigers 25 bt Rabbitohs 16 at ANZ Stadium
Head-to-head: Rabbitohs 13 Tigers 10
Referees: Gerard Sutton, Gavin Morris
TV: Live, Channel 9
Ladbrokes: Rabbitohs $1.33, Tigers $3.35
Betfair: Rabbitohs $1.43, Tigers $3.30
Tom Decent writes: The absence of Ben Te'o, Chris McQueen and Greg Inglis will hamper South's chances of winning their fourth game on the trot, but Michael Maguire's men have won seven of their last nine games against the Tigers. Wests are coming off a win against Newcastle, but will find it difficult without Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah up front to curb the in-form Burgess brothers.
AAP writes: It took a 15 point haul from NRL comeback king Pat Richards for the Tigers to down the cellar dweller Knights last week. The on-song Rabbitohs, who have won their last three, will be a much tougher challenge. The Tigers have had a disrupted week with Liam Fulton sitting out the match due to suffering his fourth concussion this season against Newcastle. They'll also lose Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods to the NSW Blues, while Souths will be minus Queenslanders Greg Inglis, Chris McQueen and Ben Te'o - with Nathan Merritt to slot in at fullback.
Key: Both teams have lost key forwards due to Origin, but the depth of Souths' pack will be too strong with the Burgess brothers set to dominate up front.
RABBITOHS: Nathan Merritt, Alex Johnston, Bryson Goodwin, Kirisome Auva’a, Joel Reddy, John Sutton (capt), Adam Reynolds, George Burgess, Issac Luke, Dave Tyrrell, Kyle Turner, Sam Burgess, Ben Lowe. Interchange: Apisai Koroisau, Jason Clark, Joe Picker, Thomas Burgess.
TIGERS: James Tedesco, David Nofoaluma, Tim Simona, Chris Lawrence, Pat Richards, Braith Anasta, Luke Brooks, Martin Taupau, Joel Luani, Keith Galloway, Curtis Sironen, Bodene Thompson, Adam Blair. Interchange: Dene Halatau, Sauaso Sue, Blake Austin, Ava Seumanufagai, Sitaleki Akauola, Keith Lulia (two to be omitted).