SYDNEY- Adam Reynolds with one foot and Greg Inglis on one leg combined to all but secure South Sydney a top-two finish with a 28-20 win over Canterbury in a sumptuous NRL finals entree.
In a result which will virtually put paid to the Bulldogs' top-four hopes, the Rabbitohs finished the stronger in an absorbing duel — the two sides alternating tryscorers in a second half in which Souths never managed to get more than 10 points in front.
It was down to just a converted try when Mitch Brown scored his second of the night nine minutes from fulltime, but the Bulldogs' inability to hold onto the ball during the opening half-hour proved costly.
It was only fitting then that their last crack at the Bunnies' line ended with Michael Ennis innocuously knocking-on from dummy-half with five minutes to go.
The Rabbitohs will have some concerns over the health of Inglis, however, the Queensland and Australian Test star limping noticeably throughout the second half after copping yet another knock on the right knee.
It is the same knee which caused him to miss four games after Origin III — of which the Bunnies lost three matches — but he was good enough on one leg to set up second-half tries for Isaac Luke and Bryson Goodwin.