Rabbitohs' star Alex Johnston scores brilliant hat-trick as Warriors capitulate, suffer seventh straight loss

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The Rabbitohs have come from behind to dominate the Warriors 36-18 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney tonight.

FULLTIME - WARRIORS 18 RABBITOHS 36

73 mins - WARRIORS 18 RABBITOHS 36

TRY! Alex Johnston scores a hat-trick as the home side look to have sealed victory over the Warriors.

Adam Reynolds misses the conversion.

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TRY! Cody Walker finishes off an excellent play by the Rabbitohs, with the home side keeping the ball alive. Adam Reynolds lands the conversion.

65 mins - WARRIORS 18 RABBITOHS 26

PENALTY! Adam Reynolds slots another penalty kick from easy range to extend his side's lead.

59 mins - WARRIORS 18 RABBITOHS 24

TRY! Alex Johnston looms up on the inside and the Rabbitohs throw an inside ball to the speedster who finds himself into space. He takes on Tuivasa-Sheck one-on-one and gets arounds him and dives over the try-line for his 21st try of the season.

Adam Reynolds makes no mistake with the kick.

55 mins - WARRIORS 18 RABBITOHS 18

TRY! Rabbitohs' half kicks for himself on the last and the ball bounces his way - he crosses the chalk and converts his own try.

50 mins - WARRIORS 18 RABBITOHS 12

TRY! A brilliant set play by the Warriors and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck grabs a double. Issac Luke throws a massive wide pass to Ata Hingano down the left edge, he then in turn finds Simon Mannering who holds the ball up long enough for Tuivasa-Sheck to run in over the try-line to score.

Issac Luke continues his success with the boot.

47 mins - WARRIORS 12 RABBITOHS 12

NO TRY! Warriors' young half Ata Hingano saves the day getting under Rabbitohs' Kyle Turner who then loses the ball over the try-line.

44 mins - WARRIORS 12 RABBITOHS 12

NO TRY! Warriors get out of jail with Rabbitohs' centre Tyrell Fuimaono throwing the ball into touch, thinking his winger Bryson Goodwin was open down the left edge. 

42 mins - WARRIORS 12 RABBITOHS 12

MISTAKE! The Warriors struggle to make much metres outside their own 20m and Jazz Tevaga drops the ball cold and the Rabbitohs now have an attacking scrum just inside the Warriors' 30m line.

40 mins - WARRIORS 12 RABBITOHS 12

And we are back with Issac Luke kicking off for the Warriors to the Rabbitohs.

HALFTIME - WARRIORS 12 RABBITOHS 12

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PENALTY! Adam Reynolds levels the scores as his penalty kick goes straight through the uprights.

37 mins: WARRIORS 12 RABBITOHS 10

MISTAKE! Warriors' winger Ken Maumalo drops the ball cold and gives the Rabbitohs an attacking scrum from 15m out.

34 mins: WARRIORS 12 RABBITOHS 10

TRY! A bizarre try for the Bunnies as lock Cameron Murray strolls through the Warriors' defence and scores under the posts. Adam Reynolds lands the conversion. 

33 mins: WARRIORS 12 RABBITOHS 4

Some poor last kicking options from the Warriors hampers their chances of any good try scoring opportunities. They gift the Rabbitohs a seven tackle set.

27 mins: WARRIORS 12 RABBITOHS 4

TRY! After a nice wee break from Warriors' half Ata Hingano - showcasing some lovely footwork on attack. The Warriors earn themselves a penalty and work-horse Simon Mannering crashes over to score under the posts. He shaped to pass but opted to go himself, stepping off his right foot before barging over to score.

Issac Luke adds the extras.

23 mins: WARRIORS 6 RABBITOHS 4

What a tackle! Ata Hingano's kick is charged down and Rabbitohs' Angus Crichton looks to be in the clear. But Issac Luke chases him down and makes a try saving tackle. Warriors' Blake Ayshford dives onto the ball after a quick play by Crichton but officials rule he has knocked the ball on.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck heads towards the try line.
Vodafone Warriors v  Canberra Raiders. NRL Rugby League. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 13 August 2017 © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck heads towards the try line against the Canberra Raiders.

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20 mins: WARRIORS 6 RABBITOHS 4

MISTAKE! The Warriors throw the ball away just as they started to look to find some shape on attack. And the Rabbitohs are now on attack just outside their 30m line.

15 mins: WARRIORS 6 RABBITOHS 4

TRY! Alex Johnston crosses over the try-line untouched scoring his 20th try of the season, a gapping hole opens up in the Warriors' defence. A worrying sign for the visitors.

Adam Reynolds misses the conversion with the ball driffting left of the uprights.

12 mins: WARRIORS 6 RABBITOHS 0

GOAL-LINE DROPOUT! A lovely grubber from Ata Hingano and the Bunnies' fullback AleX Johnston is forced to play at the ball and knocks the ball dead.

10 mins: WARRIORS 6 RABBITOHS 0

PENALTY! The Rabbitohs have been penalised for an offside play and the Warriors have a tap restart just outside their 40m line after a kick to touch by Kieran Foran.

7 mins: WARRIORS 6 RABBITOHS 0

TRY! A miss-read by the Rabbitohs on defence and Adam Reynolds' attempt to bat the ball away lands straight into the arms of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and he crosses over for the first try of the match.

Issac Luke lands the conversion.

4 mins: WARRIORS 0 RABBITOHS 0

After three solid sets from the Warriors, a mix up at the back for the Rabbitohs gifts the Warriors an attacking scrum 10m out from the try-line.

WARRIORS 0 RABBITOHS 0 

KICK-OFF - And the Rabbitohs kick off to the Warriors, a solid first set for the Warrriors as they march their way into the Rabbitohs' half.

PRE-MATCH:

The Warriors suffered their sixth straight loss last Sunday at the hands of the Canberra Raiders in Auckland, going down 36-16.

The Rabbitohs and Warriors have no chance of making the playoffs this year sitting at 11th and 12th on the NRL ladder.

Mason Lino has been dropped out of the Warriors' team this week, with coach Stephen Kearney opting to start Ata Hingano and Kieran Foran in the halves.

Warriors prop Jacob Lillyman is set to play his 250th NRL first grade game tonight. 

WARRIORS: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. David Fusitua, 3. Blake Ayshford, 4. Solomone Kata, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Ata Hingano, 8. Jacob Lillyman, 14. Issac Luke, 10. Sam Lisone, 11. Bunty Afoa, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Simon Mannering.

RESERVES: 15. Tevita Satae, 17. Charlie Gubb, 18. Mason Lino, 23. Jazz Tevaga.

RABBITOHS: 1. Alex Johnston, 2. Bryson Goodwin, 3. Aaron Gray, 4. Tyrell Fuimaono, 5. Campbell Graham, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Adam Reynolds, 8. Thomas Burgess, 9. Damien Cook, 17. Zane Musgrove, 11. John Sutton, 12. Angus Crichton, 13. Cameron Murray.

RESERVES: 14. Robbie Farah, 15. George Burgess, 16. Kyle Turner, 18. Jack Gosiewski.

HALFTIME - WARRIORS 12 RABBITOHS 12
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73 mins - WARRIORS 18 RABBITOHS 36
73 mins - WARRIORS 18 RABBITOHS 36

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