16 Sep 2012

Rabbitohs beat Raiders in NRL semi final

1:10 pm on 16 September 2012

The Canberra Raiders halfback Sam Williams says his team blew its strong end to the season with with one miserable outing in the National Rugby League.

The Raiders were chucked unceremoniously from the finals race after succumbing 38-16 to a dominant South Sydney in their sudden-death semi-final.

Nothing seemed to go right for the Raiders, who were rattled early and managed to gift the ball to the Rabbitohs time and again with some basic errors.

It's a bitter pill for the young squad, who pulled off the biggest Lazarus act of the season by vaulting themselves into the finals with five straight wins.

Midway through the year, they'd just been trying to avoid the wooden spoon.

The Rabbitohs next play minor premiers the Canterbury Bulldogs for a place in the grand final, while the Manly Sea Eagles and the Melbourne Storm renew their bitter rivalry in the other semi-final.