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Souths lead Manly 14-6

A breathtaking start and desperate goaline defence handed South Sydney a 14-6 halftime lead over Manly in their NRL preliminary final at ANZ Stadium.
Souths lead Manly 14-6
by AAP

SYDNEY, Sept 27 AAP - A breathtaking start and desperate goaline defence handed South Sydney a 14-6 halftime lead over Manly in their NRL preliminary final at ANZ Stadium.

Chasing their first grand final berth in 42 years, the Bunnies piled on 14 points inside the opening 12 minutes as Manly back-rower Glenn Stewart endured a horror opening to the contest.

His high tackle on Sam Burgess that will likely rub him out of the decider if the Sea Eagles progress allowed Adam Reynolds to open the scoring via a penalty goal before his missed tackle on the line gifted John Sutton a soft four-pointer.

Stewart then knocked on on halfway with the Nathan Merritt crossing moments later - and it seemed a case of by how many for the Rabbitohs.

Glenn Stewart redeemed himself with his clever kick setting up brother Brett in the 20th minute, a try which swung the contest wildly.

The Sea Eagles were now dominating but they could not break the Rabbitohs' line - one set including four try-saving tackles right on the tryline.




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