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Souths see off PNG in Redfern NRL trial

Rabbitohs 38 Papua New Guinea 12
South Sydney have opened their NRL pre-season campaign with a comfortable 38-12 win over Papua New Guinea in Saturday's trial encounter at Redfern Oval.
With owner Russell Crowe watching on from the stands, a largely second-string Souths side dominated possession for most of the game, but were thwarted on several occasions by some fine defending from the competitive tourists.
Coach Michael Maguire handed debuts to winger Bryson Goodwin, an off-season acquisition from Canterbury, and prop Thomas Burgess, the fourth member of his family to turn out for the club.
His twin brother George was also included in the starting line-up with older brother Sam joining the remainder of the Rabbitohs' first-grade squad on the sidelines.
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Back-rower Ben Lowe opened the scoring for the hosts, crashing over from close range after nine minutes, but the Kumuls' response was immediate when halfback Israel Eliab got his fingertips to Dion Aiye's grubber-kick for a try.
Souths continued to press, but the tough-tackling PNG side kept them at bay before taking a shock lead on the stroke of quarter-time.
Eliab, who has been watched by a number of NRL clubs, picked off an erratic Souths' offload and raced 80 metres to put the ball under the posts, then added the extras.
The second period followed a similar pattern with the Rabbitohs seeing a lot of the ball and the Kumuls working hard to defend their goalline.
But that resistance was broken when Dave Tyrell darted over for his side's second score, with Goodwin kicking the conversion and, just before halftime, skipper Jason Clark restored Souths' lead from close range.
As the combative Kumuls tired, tries from Chris McQueen and Aaron Gray iced the game for Maguire's side, before Bennett Leslie and Clark added some extra gloss to the scoreline.
Goodwin finished with four goals for the game and Apisai Koroisau was also successful with a kick in front of the posts.

http://news.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/souths-see-off-png-in-redfern-nrl-trial-20130209-2e5cp.html 
ratz_man

ratz_man

Bryson Goodwin lays claim to centre position for Rabbitohs after strong trial against Kumul's

NEW recruit Bryson Goodwin is in poll position to start in South Sydney's NRL opener against the Roosters. Goodwin is competing with returning Rabbitoh Beau Champion for a centre spot with Matt King still battling a wrist injury.
The former Bulldogs outside back pressed his claims by helping the Rabbitohs to a convincing victory over the Papua New Guinea Residents.
In their first hit-out of the year, a makeshift Souths side survived an early onslaught from PNG before running away with the trial.
Playing outside makeshift halves Justin Hunt and Luke Keary, who were both outstanding, Goodwin did enough to impress coach Michael Maguire in the five-tries-to-two win.
"I am looking at him in the centres,'' Maguire said. "That will depend on Matt King's injury, but Bryson has been great since he has been here, a real pro.

"He goes about his business really well and he is happy to play anywhere.
"It is great to have a player like that and, without a doubt, he will be part of what we are doing.''
After bouncing back from a shock 12-6 deficit, with PNG halfback Israel Eliab scoring two tries and two goals, Maguire heaped praised on his rookie halves combination.

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Trone Phillips hits the ball up. Picture: Rohan KellySource: The Sunday Telegraph

Hunt, who played wing and centre last year, could become a Rabbitohs playmaker.
"He has played a bit in the halves in our second team at Norths,'' Maguire said. "He has had experience there, but I will be utilising John Sutton next week.
"I just wanted to roll around a few different combinations with Adam (Reynolds) being away. I think Luke went well, so we have really good options.
"There is always an opportunity for him there (in the halves) depending on how the teams goes.''
The Rabbitohs eventually ground down the PNG side with tries to David Tyrell and Jason Clark giving the home side an 18-12 halftime lead.
The points continued to flow in the second half with Chris McQueen, Arron Gray Bennett Leslie and Clark ensuring a big victory.
Young hooker Apisai Koroisau was dangerous early, showing plenty of potential with dangerous darts and light stepping.
Maguire said he was happy with the performance and would unleash a full strength side next week in the club's second trial.
"I was just happy we got through unscathed and I am happy with the way we went,'' Maguire said. "I also think the PNG boys came over and represented themselves really well. It was a tough game and a good hit up.''

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/bryson-goodwin-lays-claim-to-centre-position-for-rabbitohs-after-strong-trial-against-kumuls/story-e6frexnr-1226574549244 
annav3

annav3

well done Bryson, what I liked about him is that he is tough old school type player. I hope he does well, he had bad luck with injuries, new club new beginnings 
Souths09

Souths09

greg waddell played better then goodwin i recon he was strong and also the hooker 
SonicStar

SonicStar

Wouldn't say that but both had good performances today 
SonicStar

SonicStar

If I had of read this before would have caught up with you, I went to the leagues club after the game as well and watched the all stars game 
Zinga

Zinga

How did Tom Burgess go guys?? 
SonicStar

SonicStar

Probably the pick of the prop forwards, had a strong game. 
Rsag85

Rsag85

Rabbitohs 38 Papua New Guinea 12

BOASTING a prop named Loko and a back-rower called Mexico the Papuan New Guinea Residents sounded as though they could be a bunch of tough hombres, and on Saturday the pair played their part to ensure Souths' annual return to Redfern Oval was a bone-rattling occasion.

With their co-owner, the Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, watching proceedings from high in the stand, the Rabbitohs won the encounter 38-12 – but they suffered a few bruises along the way

Mark Mexico nailed Souths forward Dave Tyrrell when he returned the kick-off for the second quarter like a cannonball. The Souths faithful, and there were a few thousand of them, screamed “shoulder charge” to the referee as Tyrrell was presumably asked by his team's trainer what planet he was on.

He rallied a few minutes later when he dragged three defenders across the line to allow the Rabbitohs to level the scores 12-12 after they went into the first quarter a surprising six points behind the visitors.

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If any Souths player pulled his boots on thinking the trial against the Papua New Guineans was going to be a walk in a park, they were rudely enlightened by the men from Port Moresby, Lae and the Highlands.

They were subjected to some fierce hits, and it was a collective and committed effort in defence from the resident Kumuls. Time after time in the first half they repelled numerous Rabbitohs raids with scrambling defence.

Their try-saving feats were assisted, to a degree, by the Souths attack, which failed to keep the ball alive out wide when there were tries begging. There were plenty of players trying to make things happen, including halfback Luke Keary, a former Australian rugby union schoolboy representative who starred in last year's Souths under-20 side.

His halves partner, Jason Hunt, played some clever and skilful football and sparked some exciting raids. Hooker Apisai Koroisau, who is behind Isaac Luke and Nathan Peats, was another to make the most of his opportunity in the top team.

The Papua New Guineans were as keen to impress. Enoch Maki unceremoniously up-ended George Burgess; his brother Thomas was given a tough welcome to Souths when, as the fourth member of the Burgess clan from England to play for Souths, he was dragged down by a few defenders while making some mighty runs.

The visitors displayed some flamboyance to complement their toughness and the pick of them was their No.7, Israel Eliab, a 22-year-old with a promising future. He scored two tries in the opening 20 minutes, the most exciting of the pair a 70 metre intercept try.

They didn't get a look in from there. Souths, who played the game in a good spirit, seized control of the game on the back of tries to Jason Clark, who bagged a double, Tyrell, Ben Lowe, Aaron Gray and Bennett Leslie.

Souths 38 (Jason Clark 2, Dave Tyrrell, Ben Lowe, Chris McQueen Aaron Gray, Bennett Leslie tries; Bryson Goodwin 5 goals) beat PNG Residents 12 (Israel Elobi two tries)

Reposted from The Sydney Morning Herald 
Tiger1899

Tiger1899

I wonder what McGuire is going to do with Koroisau he was the only player who was really hit the PNG defence with venom and was dangerous in attack all game. 
Rsag85

Rsag85

I think he could replace Peats as our 2nd choice hooker 
Doyen

Doyen

I think Peats had a very good game in a match that PROBABLY had a higher status than the RTR!! 
Rsag85

Rsag85

Peats gave away some stupid penalty's last night needs to fix that problem both game where trials. 
SonicStar

SonicStar

Peats doesn't have issues with giving lots of penalties away though.

You just want Issac to play full 80 minutes and keep rubbishing Peats performances 
Rsag85

Rsag85

I would rather Peats put on some size and play in the lock position but give away penalty's can become a bad habit, he hasn't got the attacking ability in his game like Issac and Koroisau do. 
Doyen

Doyen

Peats,Smith & Farah are ALLSTARS--that's more than Issac can boast.
Apparently Bennett won't have a bar of Issac anyway---reckons he was disruptive & wouldn't follow game-plans[from Bennett's NZ days]--not the good team-man!!
If Koroisau is very good maybe Issac needs to watch out---he did get dropped last year! 
Doyen

Doyen

How close do you think Koroisau came to making the ALLSTARS game??
This is the second year running for PEATS in that game.
Laurie picked Peatsy again because he likes his game--SOO utility,maybe!!??
Would you say that the same calibre of players were in the RTR as the ALLSTARS? 
Rsag85

Rsag85

Issac is a World Cup winning player... No need for silly rumours like Bennett so called opinions on Issac.

Issac prove himself as the number one hooker out our club against the Raiders. 
Rsag85

Rsag85

That a stupid question mate, you know Koroisau is a rookie who hasn't made his debut yet... How can you take a trial game like the all stars serious when stars pull out every min eg. Gallen, Cronk and Slater if it was a real rep game those three would of played... To add on to that there was a player who hasn't even got a contract with any club yet. A trial is a trial. 
Souths09

Souths09

Anyone remember and old souths winger/center from 89-93 Darren Schott was with him at the game last night had some great expert tips for the arrangement of the team this year. 
Doyen

Doyen

It is more than a trial--it is recognised as a REP game!It had a number of the best players in the game on display.
GI,JT & the rest were fair-dinkum---they were chuffed at winning that game.It's more than a trial,especially for the Indigenous boys!
The RTR is a genuine trial.
There were 22 TEST &/or SOO players in the ALLSTARS game--how many in the RTR were there??
I asked the question about Koroisau to highlight you silliness in regard to comparing both games as ordinary trials,You're way off beam there.
Did you check Laurie DALY'S face out during the game??He wanted to win real badly!!! 
Doyen

Doyen

Do remember him--what's his opinions?? 
ratz_man

ratz_man

''Young hooker Apisai Koroisau was dangerous early, showing plenty of potential with dangerous darts and light stepping''
He has a good kicking game, sounding more and more like a 5/8 
Rsag85

Rsag85

If it was a Rep game Gallen, Slater ad Cronk wouldn't of pulled out ask them if they would of pulled out of a SOO or a Test for Australia I don't think so or a guy without a club, they even had Romelo who played basically in the NSW cup last year pick in this game 

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