Rampant Raiders hammer pitiful Bunnies


South Sydney Rabbitohs' dismal season took another turn for the worse when they were thumped 54-4 by Canberra Raiders at ANZ Stadium on Sunday to extend their losing streak to eight NRL matches.

The Raiders increased the pressure on Bunnies coach Michael Maguire by running in 10 tries in a one-sided encounter to move up to third in the ladder, also recording their biggest win over the 2014 premiers.

Elliott Whitehead set Ricky Stuart's in-form side on the way to a fifth consecutive victory after grabbing an offload from Jordan Rapana for the opening try five minutes in, before the Rabbitohs lost five-eighth Luke Keary to a hamstring injury.

Rapana helped himself to two tries of his own, while Edrick Lee and Joey Leilua also dotted down to put the Raiders firmly in command with a 26-0 advantage at the break.

Souths' confidence was shattered and there was no let up from the Raiders, with Jack Wighton punishing a stray pass to scamper away for another try before John Sutton finally got the home side on the board with their solitary score.

Jarrod Croker - who scored 14 points with the boot - touched down to get in on the act, with Blake Austin, Whitehead and Iosia Soliola crossing the whitewash in the closing stages as the Rabbitohs were humiliated.

Manly Sea Eagles are just two points outside the top eight following a seven-try 36-16 hammering of bottom side Newcastle Knights.

Brayden Wiliame grabbed a brace as Manly opened up a 36-0 advantage just under 10 minutes into the second half and, although the Knights responded with three tries, they were never going to avoid a 13th straight defeat which equals the club record from 2005.