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NYC Rd 18 Souths 24 Newcastle 16

An explosive five minute period in the second half has helped the Rabbitohs Toyota Cup side dispatch a plucky Newcastle outfit at ANZ Stadium today (Sunday the 8th July).
NYC Rd 18 Souths 24 Newcastle 16
by NRL

An explosive five minute period in the second half has helped the Rabbitohs Toyota Cup side dispatch a plucky Newcastle outfit at ANZ Stadium today (Sunday the 8th July).

The Rabbitohs leapfrog the Knights into 7th spot with the solid, if unspectacular win.

There was one change to the starting squad with James Roberts replacing Dylan Walker in the side at five-eighth.

The Rabbitohs started the brightest and were able to cross in an early attacking raid in just the sixth minute. With the Knights camped on their line James Robert shaped to pass before stepping inside, palming off a defender and strolling over the try line. Apisai Koroisau converted from the left side for an early 6-0 lead.

The next scoring play came after 15 minutes when Newcastle prop Paterkia Vaivai easily bumped off four South Sydney defenders to cross just to the left of the posts. William Smith converted to draw level 6-6.

Just four minutes later Rabbitohs fullback Tyrone Phillips spilled a huge bomb and from the ensuing scrum the Knights scored through Chanel Mata'utai on the left wing. William Smith's conversion was short but Newcastle led 10-6.

Tyrone Phillips soon made amends with some excellent work at fullback including a fantastic 40 metre sideline run when he appeared to be cornered in-goal.

The end of the second half was a great defensive battle with neither team gaining much ascendancy. The score remained 10-6 at the break.

Both teams started the second half in a somewhat lethargic manner with very few attacking opportunities to either side. Both teams were guilty of ill discipline and poor handling early on.

The Rabbitohs were the first to have a decent opportunity in the half when Jordan Heyer made a break down the left side in the 53rd minute. He couldn't find a support runner but the Knights were offside from the following play. Unfortunately the Rabbitohs couldn't capitalise on the golden opportunity when Jordan Tuiavii spilled it 10 metres out.

Tuiavii was granted the chance to make up for his error 10 minutes later and he made no mistake, steamrolling two defenders on the line to score and give the Rabbitohs a 12-10 lead.

A couple of minutes later Brad Croad made a superb break and held up Knights fullback Kurt Mann superbly and offloaded to Apisai Koroisau. Koroisau juggled the pass but was able to hold onto it for a great try. Koroisau converted his own try to extend the lead to 18-10.

Jesse Roberts then added the Rabbitohs third try in five minutes and the contest was effectively over. His 68th minute try and Koroisau's fourth conversion from four attempt gave the home side a 24-10 lead.

Chanel Mata'utai crossed for a late try but the damage had been done and South Sydney ran out winners 24-16.

Rabbitohs 24 (James Roberts, Jordan Tuiavii, Apisai Koroisau, Jesse Roberts tries, Apisai Koroisau 4/4 conversions) def. Knights 16 (Chanel Mata'utai 2, Paterkia Vaivai tries, William Smith 2/3 conversion.

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