NRL: Sydney Roosters defeat South Sydney Rabbitohs 12-4

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Sunday, 23 September 2018, 7:03AM
James Tedesco of the Roosters celebrates winning the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium. (Photo / Getty)
James Tedesco of the Roosters celebrates winning the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium. (Photo / Getty)

Sydney Roosters 12
South Sydney Rabbitohs 4

The Sydney Roosters have advanced through to the NRL Grand Final after flooring long time rivals the South Sydney Rabbitohs in a tense clash at Allianz Stadium.

44,380 fans packed out the stands to produce the biggest crowd seen in the venue's history.

A litany of knock-ons from either side dotted the second Preliminary Final, which saw the Rabbitohs try-less. Despite being down a goal-kicker with Latrell Mitchell suspended, the Roosters were able to hold out and claimed victory.

But it wasn't all flowers and sunshine for the Roosters as million-dollar halfback Cooper Cronk pulled up with an injured shoulder at halftime. A late hit from Tevita Tatola sent the former Storm star to the deck and put a cloud over his grand final appearance against his old club.

The Roosters' last minute addition of Paul Momirovski, who played just one first grade game prior to Saturday night, was a winner as the 22-year-old plonked down the last try of the match after picking up a wild rebound off a Luke Keary bomb.

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