Tries: Curtis Rona, Sam Perrett, Josh Morris
Goals:Trent Hodkinson 2/3
Field Goals:Trent Hodkinson
Tries:Isaac Luke, Dave Tyrrell
Goals: Adam Reynolds 4/4, Bryson Goodwin 1/1
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have beaten the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18-17 in a highly entertaining, yet controversial Good Friday match in front of 40,523 fans at ANZ Stadium.
A Bryson Goodwin penalty goal in the 78th minute proved to be the difference despite the Bulldogs scoring three tries to two in a match that pitted the 2014 Grand Finalists against each other.
Amongst a number of talking points coming out of the match was a knee injury to Rabbitohs skipper Greg Inglis which hampered him for much of the match, an 8-point try to the Rabbitiohs on the stroke of halftime and a knee injury to Bulldogs centre Tim Lafai that forced him from the field and prematurely ended his day.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the 5th minute after they were awarded a scrum. The ball found its way wide to Curtis Rona who showed great strength to force his way over.
In the 13th minute it was the Bulldogs’ other winger, Sam Perrett who crossed out wide, converted by Trent Hodkinson for a 10-0 lead.
In the 37th minute, Rabbitohs hooker Isaac Luke snuck over from dummy half and collected the boot of Bulldogs centre Josh Morris, who was placed on report for the incident. The try was converted by Adam Reynolds, who, as a result of the Morris incident, kicked a penalty goal from in front for a 10-8 half time scoreline.
In the 52nd minute Morris went some way towards redeeming himself when he scored a try off a Josh Reynolds grubber. Hodkinson converted and the Bulldogs led 16-8 with just under half an hour left in the match.
The Rabbitohs hit back through Dave Tyrrell in the 59th minute, the second rower chasing through a Reynolds grubber and collecting the ball to score a great try that was converted to make it 16-14.
A penalty goal to Reynolds in the 74th minute allowed them to draw level at 16-all but the Bulldogs got back in front thanks to a 77th minute field goal to Hodkinson.
With just two minutes left, Bulldogs skipper James Graham was penalised for diving at the legs of Reynolds and Bryson Goodwin stepped up to kick his side to a one-point victory.