Depleted Souths tough out win against Knights
A depleted South Sydney Rabbitohs side has scored a come from behind 25-18 win over the Newcastle Knights in front of 13,255 fans at a wet ANZ Stadium.
South Sydney were missing key stars Greg Inglis, Ben Te’o and Chris McQueen through origin selection as well as Sam Burgess through suspension but that didn’t stop a strong showing from the Rabbitohs with many of their regulars putting in a good performance.
However early on it was the Knights who had the momentum with early tries to Alex McKinnon and debutant Josh Mantellato who also managed to put in one of the best conversions so far in NRL season 2013 continuing his good form from the NSW CUP.
Souths looked to be on the ropes in the opening 20 minutes but were helped with plenty of penalties against the Knights which helped them to get out of their own half and grow momentum. Souths capitalised on this momentum with tries to John Sutton and Beau Champion.
The first half ended up level at the break even though the Knights were able to cross the Souths line before the break but Joey Leilua was unable to get the ball down with the video referees agreeing with the call of referee Gavin Badger.
The second half started off with some risk free football although Souths won’t be happy with a couple of simple errors being made in the opening 10 minutes.
A barnstorming run by George Burgess gave him his fifth try of the season and
pushed Souths into the lead for the first time and then ten minutes later rookie Dylan Walker extended the lead with a try in the corner with both being converted by Adam Reynolds.
Soon after it was the Knights turn to score with winger James McManus scoring from a scrum after Jason Clark dropped the ball close to his own goalline early in the set of six.
That was to be the end of the tries for the night but the last point of the match was scored by Adam Reynolds who kicked a field goal from 45 metres out to take Souths lead out beyond a converted try.
Although it was a good game there was disappointment for both sides with Alex McKinnon suffering a bad ankle injury in the first half and then Beau Champion suffered an ankle/lower leg injury to put a sour touch on the night. Souths will also have a nervous wait with Isaac Luke put on report for a shoulder charge on Jeremy Smith.
Next week South Sydney get the enjoyment of having the bye while the Knights head back home to host the St George Illawarra Dragons on Saturday.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 25 Newcastle Knights 18
Venue: Stadium Australia
Halftime Score: 12 all
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - George Burgess
2 points - Josh Mantellato
1 point - John Sutton
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (25)
Tries: John Sutton, Beau Champion, George Burgess, Dylan Walker
Field Goals: John Sutton (0/1), Adam Reynolds (1/1)
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (4/4)
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (18)
Tries: Alex McKinnon, Josh Mantellato, James McManus
Conversions: Josh Mantellato (3/3)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Sides about to head out to a soggy ANZ Stadium tonight, Rain been around since mid afternoon, hopefully it doesn't get too damaged for origin on Wednesday night
Game Underway with the badge (referee Gavin Badger
) calling time on, Newcastle have first possession
PENALTY - Knights get the opening penalty after South Sydney have been ruled to have stripped the ball out of the tackle, Knights go on the attack
Both sides playing risk free Football at the moment, just looking like they are both seeing where the weaknesses lie
PENALTY - South Sydney get their first penalty of the night, Knights being penalised for being inside the 10m, Referee Gavin Badger
telling Jarrod Mullen
that they were offside for 2 plays in a row
South Sydney make an error on the set from the dropout giving Newcastle possession in their own half
10 min: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHSJeff Lima
makes an unforced error.Jeff Lima
makes an error 15m out from his own line, giving possession back to the Knights
14 min: 40/20 NEWCASTLE KNIGHTSJarrod Mullen
kicks a 40/20.Jarrod Mullen
puts in a 40/20 that will put Newcastle in to good field position to possibly puts some points on the board
PENALTY - South Sydney get their second penalty of the game after Tyrone Roberts
ruled to be too slow away from the tackle
South Sydney get a repeat set after Dylan Walker
slams the Newcastle defender in goal
PENALTY - South Sydney get their third penalty of the game, go on the attack from the touch finder 40m out from Knights line
25 min: Beau Champion
told by the referees to clean his face up with blood streaming from his nose
PENALTY - Souths get another penalty, this time its against Adam Cuthbertson
for being late into the tackle as well as being too slow away, Penalty count now 4-1 to Souths
PENALTY - Souths get their 5th penalty of the half and keeps the pressure on the Knights
Knights manage to force the ball loose from the Rabbitohs and go on the attack inside the Souths 10m
TIME OFF at ANZ Stadium with Alex McKinnon
receiving attention with a nasty head gash and as well as what could be a serious ankle injury
While Alex McKinnon
gets stretchered off with what could be a serious ankle injury, some trivia it is Wayne Bennett's 669th game as head coach equalling with Tim Sheens record
VIDEO REFEREE - Checking a possible Knights try, Joey Leilua the possible tryscorer, Referee Gavin Badger
says no try and wants the video referees to check grounding from a different angle
VIDEO REFEREE's put up the red lights and South Sydney get possession as it was the last tackle
A good kick from John Sutton
secures Souths a repeat set after Josh Mantellato
has to push the ball over the dead ball line
South Sydney get their third set in a row as Jarrod Mullen
is taken down in goal after Kevin Naiqama
is unable to clean up the kick on his on goal line
Souths release the pressure on the Knights with an error 30m out from the Knights line
PENALTY - Knights penalised yet again this time for Joey Leilua being offside from the kick, Penalty count now 7-1 to Souths
HALF TIME at ANZ Stadium and its all square at 12-12 with both sides scoring 2 converted tries, Knights looked the better side in the opening 20 but a 7-1 penalty count has helped the Rabbitohs back level
Second Half underway and this time its Souths who have the first possession of the half
41 min: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHSRoy Asotasi
makes an unforced error.Roy Asotasi
puts the ball down halfway through the set, giving Knights possession in the Souths half
Isaac Luke takes a 1 on 1 strip and gets to halfway before he was taken down
PENALTY - Newcastle get just their second penalty off the match, which will let them get away from their own line
45 min: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHSNathan Peats
makes an unforced error.Nathan Peats
puts the ball down, not a good start to the half for Souths with 2 errors in the opening 5 minutes
Both sides look to be playing risk free football although the Rabbitohs won't be happy with their second half completions
49 min: Jarrod Mullen
only just misses out on his second 40/20 with the ball going into touch just 1m short of the 20m line, Souths with possession
10 minutes gone in the second half and still no change to the halftime score, neither side really looking likely to score
51 min: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHSBryson Goodwin
makes an unforced error.Bryson Goodwin
makes an error in the play the ball, Souths complain that it was Matt Hilder
who forced the ball loose, referees Badger & Shortall not interested in his complaints
51 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTSTyrone Roberts
makes an unforced error.
Drops a high pass and gives Souths possession
PENALTY - Knights concede their eighth penalty of the half this time against Jeremy Smith
All the momentum looks to be with Souths at the moment, ahead on the scoreboard as well has being well in front of a one sided penalty count
PENALTY - Knights get their third penalty of the game and will be happy with the piggy back down field
Knights force a line dropout after Andrew Everingham
has to take the ball dead
60 min: Beau Champion
and Tyrone Roberts
are down injured after Roberts makes an error, but referee Alan Shortall
has given a tip off to the other referee Gavin Badger
about an Isaac Luke shoulder charge, so we should see a penalty and possibly place it on report
Isaac Luke placed on REPORT by referee Gavin Badger
, Knights get the penalty 10m out from the Souths line
But before we can get play back going the medicab has to come out and take Beau Champion
off the field with what could be a serious ankle injury
CROWD FIGURE: 13,255 a tad disappointing but considering the weather conditions in Sydney today is quite good considering Souths missing several starts
62 min: UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTSJoseph Leilua
makes an unforced error.
A strong Andrew Everingham
tackle has force Joey Leilua to drop the ball 10m out from Souths line
68 min: UNFORCED ERROR SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHSJason Clark
makes an unforced error.
Clark looks up at the defensive line before taking the ball securely
Souths come up with the ball after Isaac Luke gets his second one-on-one strip of the match, Souths just 30m out from the Knights line
PENALTY - Isaac Luke penalised for knocking the ball out of the hands of Kevin Naiqama
, Knights go down field and get over halfway
Knights grubber it on tackle four and goes touch in goal.
Knights try the short kickoff but doesn't work and Souths get the ball back from the scrum
Inside the final 30 seconds and Souths will look to play risk free football
FULL TIME at ANZ Stadium and Souths have showed why they are top of the NRL at the moment, fought hard without their big stars but still ground out an impressive win after trailing by 12 points early on in the game