South Sydney see off Raiders in NRL semifinal
South Sydney are one step away from a first grand final appearance in 41 years after brushing aside Canberra 38-16 in Saturday's NRL semifinal at ANZ Stadium.
Rookie halfback Adam Reynolds was the star of the show for the Rabbitohs, scoring a try and kicking seven goals on his way to becoming only the second player in the club's history to chalk up more than 200 points in a season.
Eric Simms was the last player to record that feat in 1970 - the year the Rabbitohs won the 19th of their 20 premierships - and they must now beat Canterbury next Saturday if they are to add to that tally.
The win was Souths' first finals victory in 25 years.
Tries from Reynolds, Andrew Everingham and Sam Burgess helped the home side into a 20-10 advantage at halftime, but despite being on the back foot for the majority of the opening stanza, tries from Sam Williams and Sandor Earl, just before the break, gave the Raiders some hope.
The second half started in a similar fashion, with Reynolds, criticised for his quiet performance in the loss the Melbourne last week, continuing to shine.
Despite being under pressure from two Raiders players, the 23-year-old somehow threaded a grubber towards the end-goal area that deceived Josh Dugan, and Dylan Farrell pounced to score.
Michael Maguire's side looked in full control, but a risky no-look pass from back-rower Dave Taylor was punished when the Raiders won possession, floated the ball out wide towards Reece Robinson, and the winger scored his 17th try in an impressive debut season.
Dugan's conversion closed the gap to 10 points once again, but Souths continued to press in attack.
John Sutton was held up just short of the line on the hour-mark, only for Shaun Berrigan to be punished for the Raiders for not being square of the marker.
Reynolds kicked the penalty and four minutes later the game was iced when a penalty try was awarded to the hosts after Greg Inglis was hauled back by Blake Ferguson without the ball.
And 10 minutes from time Reynolds produced a perfectly-weighted kick to the right corner after Inglis made a 50-metre break, to turn defence into attack, and Everingham did well to get the ball down and score.