Rabbitohs struggle once again



SYDNEY ? Different opposition, same old story for South Sydney as the NRL struggler again threw away a handy halftime lead to go down 26-18 to the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium yesterday.

Just as they did in their opening round clash against the Sydney Roosters, the Rabbitohs somehow failed to go on with the job after leading 18-8 at the break, and again injuries were the primary excuse.

They lost winger Shannon Hegarty after only 10 minutes to a knee injury which will sideline him for a few weeks, while prop Luke Stuart is out for the season after he too injured his knee midway through the opening term.

The Dogs, buoyed by the return from injury of Sonny Bill Williams, took advantage of the tiring Rabbitohs after the break, with Luke Patten's crucial 100-metre dash after cleaning up a John Sutton grubber on his own line. The try locked up the scores at 18all on the hour before skipper Andrew Ryan finished the job with a typically bustling four-pointer six minutes later. "It wasn't pretty I guess but we got two points which was the most important thing,'' Folkes said. "Our first half was really lethargic and lacked any sort of real energy.

"The second half was certainly a lot better than the first in that respect, we pushed up a lot harder in defence and forced them into a few errors.



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