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Souths lead Roosters 12-10 at halftime

South Sydney are 40 minutes away from claiming the NRL minor premiership after opening up a 12-10 lead at halftime against the Sydney Roosters.
Souths lead Roosters 12-10 at halftime
by AAP

SYDNEY, Sept 6 AAP - South Sydney are 40 minutes away from claiming the NRL minor premiership after opening up a 12-10 lead at halftime against the Sydney Roosters.

The winner-takes-all encounter, in front of a crowd estimated to be more than 55,000 at ANZ Stadium, was played with huge intensity between the bitter rivals.

Souths made a blistering start and went over for the opening try after 12 minutes thanks to a piece of Greg Inglis brilliance.

The Queensland superstar picked the ball up 10 metres from the line where he was greeted by the sight of Sonny Bill Williams charging out of the line towards him.

But demonstrating tremendous strength, the fullback brushed aside the giant Kiwi and charged over much to the delight of the home crowd.

That setback jolted the Roosters into action after some poor handling in the opening 10 minutes and they levelled the score midway through the opening stanza when James Maloney latched onto a Mitchell Pearce pass to dart over.

And just two minutes later, Trent Robinson's side were in again when Aidan Guerra took advantage of some flimsy fifth-tackle defence and claimed his third try of the season, but Maloney was unable to add the extra two points.

Penalties have been the Roosters' achilles heel all season and, just before halftime, Souths took advantage when prop Jason Clark bagged his only his fourth try of his career after the visitors were penalised for being offside.

Adam Reynolds had the simple task of kicking the extras in front of the posts to give his side the lead.




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