Reynolds forced off in defeat

11 August 2017 17:15:09 GMTPlus10

South Sydney Rabbitohs made it back-to-back victories as they used a strong first-half display to carry them to a 28-14 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs.

The Rabbitohs, who had edged out the Dragons last round and ended a four-match losing streak, continued that form against Des Hasler's out-of-sorts team.

Canterbury conceded the first 14 points of the match, and could only manage a penalty goal in the first half.

They finished the game with concerns over the fitness of departing five-eighth Josh Reynolds, who was forced from the field with a calf complaint.

The Rabbitohs had finished strongly against St George Illawarra and continued in that vein as they grabbed the first try of the match inside six minutes when Bryson Goodwin strolled over untouched.

The hosts were denied a second try when Aaron Gray was held up when he looked certain to score while at the other end Sam Burgess produced a terrific try-saver to thwart Reynolds.

It would prove to be a costly incident as Reynolds was forced from the field moments later with a calf injury.

The Bulldogs fell further behind when old boy Damien Cook set up fullback Alex Johnston for a try that took him to the top of the NRL list.

Adam Reynolds' penalty goal made it 14-0 before the visitors got on the scoreboard with Chase Stanley's penalty goal after the half-time siren.

Hasler's side, needing a strong start to the second half, were rewarded for a change of tactics to the high-ball game when Stanley scooped up a loose ball to score under the posts.

Their recovery was short-lived, though, as Raymond Faitala-Mariner's error from the next set gifted Souths field position which Johnston accepted to claim his second try of the game.

Gray then latched on to a bullet pass to score his first try of 2017 and extend the home side's lead to 18 points.

Skipper James Graham burrowed over for his first try since 2015 for the Bulldogs, but the last word went to the Rabbitohs as Reynolds kicked a penalty goal.

South Sydney areĀ 1/3 to win their next game against the Warriors, who are 5/2.

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