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Four Pointers: South Sydney Rabbitohs 28 Canterbury Bulldogs 10

The Rabbitohs haven taken their revenge over Canterbury, paying back the earlier season thrashing with a convincing 28-10 win.

Souths finish on a high
Four wins from as many games, as well as a golden point loss to the Storm is how the Rabbitohs finished with a wet sail in season 2016. The unreliability of Greg Inglis at fullback, as well as Sam Burgess starting slow were problems that plagued them this year, and if they can address them over the off season, it’s reasonable to expect the Rabbitohs could content again in the 2017 season.

Ball control again an issue for the Bulldogs
Des Hasler is big on ball control. His team doesn’t seem to be, and, aside from the lack of Sam Kasiano, the problem with the Bulldogs has been a lack of ball control. They play with a high percentage and low risk style of play, which works if they can complete their sets. But if they are not completing, then they don’t have enough ball to grind the opposition down – and if they don’t improve their ball control, they are not going far in the finals.

James Graham on report for doing literally nothing
In one of the stranger calls of the season, James Graham was put on report for allegedly trying to get Sam Burgess with something that vaguely resembled a foot-based strike. Notwithstanding that if Burgess was holding on to Graham (he had just fallen off the tackle) it’d look as if he was trying to wriggle free from the tackle, Graham’s foot didn’t even come close to the head of Burgess. In fairness to the referees, it’s too much to expect consistency from them when they get paid for doing what they do, isn’t it?

And then there were two
The Bulldogs have made the top four equation easy by losing on Friday. The Cowboys would have to get past the Gold Coast to make the four, and if they don’t then Brisbane snag 4th. The winner of the Storm/Sharks clash is then their opponent, while it is looking like Canterbury will come against the Panthers, who they took down with a Kerrod Holland goalkick on the buzzer early in the season.

James Morgan is an aspiring writer, and also a mad Bulldogs supporter in the National Rugby League

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