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RugbyL: Sonny Bill dominant in Roosters win over Souths

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The Sydney Roosters finished top of the regular season standings with a powerful 24-12 win over National Rugby League title rivals South Sydney on Friday.

The Roosters bounced back from consecutive losses to claim the NRL minor premiership with New Zealand dual international Sonny Bill Williams and NSW State of Origin standoff James Maloney outstanding throughout.

Maloney scored two tries and scrum-half Mitchell Pearce scored under the crossbar for his side's decisive fourth try on the hour in front of a crowd of 59,780 at the Sydney Olympic stadium.

It was the first time since 2004 that the Roosters have won the the JJ Giltinan Shield as minor premiers.

However, it wasn't all good news for the Roosters' as New Zealand prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was placed on the referee's report for catching Chris McQueen with a forearm to the head.

He could be ruled out of a couple of finals matches if found guilty by the league's judiciary.

The night began promisingly for the Rabbitohs when their superstar fullback Greg Inglis pushed off a front-on tackle from Williams and beat three tackles to score the game's opening try, but it was the Roosters who went on to take control of the match.

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