South Sydney Rabbitohs defeat Sydney Roosters: NRL 2018 season

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Southern Sydney has claimed raising rights over star-occupied NRL archrivals Sydney Roosters, downing them 26-14 at Allianz Stadium.

Slapped by their traditional rivals in four of their last five clashes, the big men robbed the Roosters package on Thursday evening to sit in the top eight.

Damien Cook was again dangerous out of dummy half and was easily Rabbitoh's best.

The NSW candidate country busted through the line a number of times for his 142 meters to set the tone of victory.

Thomas Burgess and John Sutton were both strong – the latter scored a try – when the rabbits controlled possession in the first hour and beat almost 200 meters more than their rivals.

After halving time 8-8, South took control of the competition after 43 minutes when Richard Kennar and Dane Gagai folded James Tedesco half in their own goal.

It asks the ball to play Just free and jump out of the three players before Angus Crichton picked it up and scored.

Their leadership then went to 10 moments later when Greg Inglis ran over Tedesco to collect a Cody Walker bomb and score.

The men threatened a comeback when Ryan Matterson crossed a Cooper Cronk kick but Sutton left the game without a doubt 65 minutes after a foul premiere from Adam Reynolds.

The loss was the third time of the year to put them 3-3 after six rounds despite the big name off-season signatures by Cronk and Tedesco.

After absorbing a pile of early South Sydney pressures, their attacks did not end in the second half when they were in possession and the territory swung back to their favor.

Tedesco gave their only real moment of excitement in the first half as he burst down to Latrell Mitchell to score a magic midair trial and give them an 8-2 lead.

But when the Rabbitoh hit back moments later through Robert Jennings, Rooster was behind for the rest of the match.

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