26 Jul 2016

Video ref ends Souths' season

6:23 am on 26 July 2016

Another bunker howler has officially put South Sydney's NRL finals hopes to bed, with the Rabbitohs going down 20-12 to Manly in Sydney.

The Rabbitohs playmaker Adam Reynolds.

The Rabbitohs playmaker Adam Reynolds. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The defeat was Souths' seventh in a row and means they will miss the finals for the first time under coach Michael Maguire.

The Rabbitohs were poor in a first half dominated by Tom Trbojevic and trailed 18-0 at the break.

They surged back into the contest in the second stanza through tries to Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker before the bunker controversially disallowed a Joe Burgess try in the 59th minute.

The four-pointer was referred as a try but the bunker turned it down, claiming Burgess dropped the ball, despite no clear evidence he did.

That stopped Souths' comeback in its tracks.

A Jamie Lyon penalty goal soon after gave Manly an eight-point buffer they held for the rest of the contest.

The win was Manly's third in a row and keeps intact their September dreams.

They are four points behind eighth-placed Penrith but face Newcastle and Parramatta over the next fortnight.

So after 18 rounds the Warriors are ninth.