South Sydney Rabbitohs remain well-placed for a top-four finish in the NRL after easing past the New Zealand Warriors 31-10 in Auckland, while Brisbane Broncos edged Parramatta Eels 17-16 in golden point to boost their finals chances.
Rabbitohs moved up to third from fifth thanks to the victory, in which Cameron Murray and Adam Reynolds played starring roles.
The hosts lost centre Patrick Herbert to injury in the warm-up and Chanel Harris-Tavita early in the second half, doing little to help their cause.
Herbert’s replacement Adam Pompey went over for his first NRL try in the 34th minute, and that was followed soon after by Ken Maumalo touching down, leaving Rabbitohs with a slender 14-10 lead at the interval.
But Warriors failed to register a single point in the second period, with Reynolds taking his points total to 15, made up of four conversions, three penalty goals and a field goal in the last minute.
Murray’s brace of tries came either side of Alex Johnston’s solitary effort, with Dane Gagai getting in on the act 10 minutes from time.
— South Sydney Rabbitohs (@SSFCRABBITOHS) August 30, 2019
Jamayne Isaako got the decisive score for Broncos in Brisbane, despite visitors Eels outscoring them 3-2 in the try stakes.
However, Eels were unable to count on the reliable kicking of Isaako, who converted both his attempts for Broncos, added two penalty goals and sealed victory late on.
David Fifita’s powerful run opened up the play to Isaako, who, a minute after seeing a field goal effort come back off the post, made no mistake second time around.
They go seventh thanks to the victory, with one match left of the regular season.
— Brisbane Broncos (@brisbanebroncos) August 30, 2019