5 Apr 2009

Rabbits bounce back to defeat Warriors 22-16

5:31 pm on 5 April 2009

The Warriors have crashed to back-to-back home losses in the National Rugby League --- conceding two tries in the last quarter as South Sydney sneaked a 22-16 win in Auckland.

The Rabbitohs showed their great start to the NRL is no fluke after fighting back from a 16-12 halftime deficit to score all the second half points at Mt Smart stadium.

The injury-hit Warriors led 12-0 early in the first half and scored three tries with their veteran halfback Stacey Jones setting up winger Aidan Kirk and fullback Wade McKinnon.

The stand-in skipper Michael Luck scored the other try but Souths' defence stiffened in the second spell as the Warriors relied too much on Jones to create chances.

And with about 10 minutes to go the New Zealand born wing Fetuli Talanoa leaped the highest to retrieve an attacking high kick from Jones and raced about 90 metres to score.

Chris Sandow's conversion put Souths in front and Nathan Merritt's try eight minutes from time made sure the Warriors couldn't bounce back from last week's loss to Brisbane.