Rabbitohs beat Roosters 34-26 in seesawing NRL 2nd-rounder
Mar. 15, 2015
SYDNEY (AP) — Defending champion South Sydney continued its winning form with a 34-26 victory over Sydney Roosters in a second-round National Rugby League match featuring 11 tries.
The Rabbitohs raced to a 12-0 lead after 10 minutes with Dylan Walker and Alex Johnston crossing for tries, before the Roosters hit back with three tries — two to Michael Jennings — in the 11 minutes while Adam Reynolds was on the sidelines getting treatment.
The 2013 champion Roosters led 16-12 at the break, missing a chance to extend the margin when Shaun Kenny-Dowall dropped the ball over the line.
Dylan Napa scored his first NRL try to make it 22-12, and the Roosters led 26-18 after an exchange of tries.
Then the Rabbitohs hit back with tries to Johnston and Joel Reddy before Issac Luke finished it off when he touched down under the posts in the last minute.
The New Zealand Warriors scored three tries to one later Sunday in an 18-6 win over Canberra.
Daly Cherry-Evans inspired Malnly to a 24-22 win over Melbourne Storm to keep critics at bay after a week of controversy surrounding his move next season to the Gold Coast.
In another tight finish Saturday night, Joey Leilua scored twice for Newcastle, including a leveler in the first half and the winning try in the 73rd minute of a comeback 16-14 win over the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville.
Tyrone Roberts kicked the match-winning conversion and Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt missed with a 57-metre penalty attempt after the final siren.
In other results, the Broncos gave Wayne Bennett his first win in his return to Brisbane as head coach with a dour 10-2 result against Cronulla, Penrith thumped the embattled Gold Coast Titans 40-0 and Canterbury had a 32-12 win over Parramatta.