Match Report: South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 Canberra Raiders 30

In a Nutshell

The Raiders surged to a shock 22-0 half-time lead at ANZ Stadium and the Rabbitohs were unable to catch them in the second half.

How it unfolded

The Raiders earned their first win at the Homebush arena in four years, leaving the Rabbitohs with just one win in the opening four rounds of the Premiership.

Canberra’s four tries in the first half included a brace by right winger Reece Robinson and a wonderful effort by Samoa’s World Cup fullback Anthony Milford, who swivelled when tackled on the tryline in a remarkable effort to get the ball down.

Two tries, including the first of the season to English international George Burgess, put Souths back into the picture.

But when Nathan Merritt was denied what could have been a record 145th South Sydney career try their momentum was halted.

Fiji’s World Cup hooker Apisai Koroisau made his NRL debut as a replacement for Kiwi international Issac Luke, recovering from shoulder surgery last week that will sideline him for 10 weeks.

A full roundup of all the weekend’s NRL action can be seen in Monday’s edition of Rugby League Express, which is available in the shops and online from 11.00pm on Sunday evening (UK time).