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Round 9’s Rabbitohs-Sharks clash at ANZ Stadium featured one of the most absorbing individual battles so far in 2012. There was little stopping Todd Carney and Greg Inglis in this clash – both were in an aggressive frame of mind and proved, at times, untouchable. 

Inglis, however, finished with the points decision – his performance (10 runs for 107 metres, 12 tackle-breaks, three tries, three line-breaks and a try assist) led the Rabbitohs to a memorable 34-28 victory. 

The Sharks five-eighth was almost as destructive, scoring a try, busting seven tackles, carving through the defence three times and kicking four goals. 

Ultimately, Cronulla had only themselves to blame – a total of 12 errors (compared to Souths’ five) cruelled any chance of a comeback, despite the fact they cracked their opponent’s line six times to four.