Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Sat Sep 8, 5:45pm
Selected Finals Week 1 TeamsThis Weeks Cyberview from the Hill Late Changes
Late Changes Tyrrell, Lowe and Hunt dropped off the bench. Crocker was captain.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will need to take advantage of their second-bite-of-the-cherry next Saturday night having fallen to the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park tonight (Saturday), 24 points to six in front of 19,750 Members and supporters. The Storm were dominant throughout the match, scoring four tries to one in the Victorian capital. The Rabbitohs started the game with a very strong opening defensive set, but the Storm were equally as enthusiastic. The video referee was called upon in the seventh minute when Mahe Fonua crossed for the Storm. The Rabbitohs were deep on the attack, but a knock on from Eddy Pettybourne spilt the ball free which Billy Slater happily scooped up. He raced down field, turning the Rabbitohs' defence inside out on a 50 metre run. Offloads found Fonua, who was held up amazingly by Dylan Farrell and Andrew Everingham after a great chase. From the ensuing play, the Storm posted first points when Ryan Hoffman scored. Just minutes earlier he was stumbling around the field showing what appeared to be certain signs of concussion, but pulled himself together enough to cross for the first points. Cameron Smith converted to take the scoreline to six-nil. The Rabbitohs gave away two penalties to piggy back the Storm down field and give Smith a shot at penalty goal, extending the home side's lead to eight. Ill-discipline had crept into the Rabbitohs game, constantly giving the Storm the opportunity to relieve pressure and gain possession and field position, something you cannot do against a team like Melbourne. A penalty against Dave Taylor, plus a marching of a further tem metres for kicking the ball away, gave the Storm great field position and a fresh set of six in thwe 23rd minute, and one minute later the Rabbitohs were made to pay when international Billy Slater scored the Storm's second try. Hoffman made half a break and offloaded to Slater who appeared to be tackled short of the line. He rolled his body and the ball forward in the tackle, touching the goal line with the tip of the ball, giving the video referee the option to award the try by benefit of the doubt. Smith converted to establish a 14-nil lead for the men in purple. The Storm kept the Rabbitohs under pressure, forcing two goal line drop outs, but the Rabbitohs fought out of their own end, with a perfect kick from John Sutton and wonderful chase friom Matt King earning South Sydney a repeat set with a goal line drop out to the Storm. Another error from Cooper Cronk gave the Rabbitohs a chance to attack, something they had little of so far in the half, but the Storm were good enough to stop the attacking raids. A very tough call on Nathan Merritt in the 35th minute, with the referee ruling a knock on when the ball certainly appeared to be propelled back towards his own goal line, gave the Storm some outtanding field position, and they would register their third try of the half when Fonua crossed in the left hand corner. Smith missed the conversion, and the half time score remained at 18-nil. The Rabbitohs were their own worst enemy in the first 40 minutes, giving away penalties which led to increased pressure on their defence through a lack of possession and constantly having to defend, or work their way out of, their own 20 metre zone. Souths had not learnt their lesson during the half time break, giving away another penalty in the 43rd minute, with Andrew Everingham saving a try three minutes later when he knocked the ball down with the Storm having numbers outside of him. From the ensuing scrum, the Storm scored through winger Sisa Waqa, the seond time in the game they scored from the first play of the set following a scrum. Smith converted to extend the lead to 24 points. A little bit of ill-discipline started to creep into the Storm's game with Cooper Cronk kicking out on the full and a number of penalties giviung the Rabbitohs some much needed possession and field position. The Rabbitohs were able to mount some pressure, resulting in three crossings of the Storm line. The first was in the 64th minute when Nathan Merritt got across the line. A long break from Greg Inglis, then a long ball to the left wing found Merritt, He grubber licked behind the defence and was knocked off his path by Slater. Cronk tried to dive on the ball to ground it in goal, but it was not clear whether he had done so successfully, allowing Merritt to come through and pounce on the Steeden for a possible try. The video referee ruled no try and a penalty was awarded to South Sydney for the actions of Slater taking Merritt out of play. Six minutes later Adam Reynolds crossed for what looked like a certain try, only to have it called back because Taylor had caused an onstruction, giving the video referee reason to show the red light. It would only take the Rabbitohs two minutes to regroup and mount another attack, with Eddy Pettybourne crossing for a four-pointer. Some hot potato footy from the Rabbitohs led to some good field positions with the ball passing through seven sets of hands on the last play to set Pettybourbe on a path to the goal line. Reynolds converted to to take the scoreline to 24-6 in favour of Melbourne. The Rabbitohs mounted a couple of attacking raids over the finals few minutes of the match, but the Storm were too strong on the night running out 24 points to six victors. On the injury front, Matt King has injured his arm
9 min 0-6 12 min 0-8 26 min 0-14 35 min 0-18 47 min 0-24 72 min 6-24 Pettybourne tries Reynolds 1 from 1 goals Crowd 19,750 Referee S.Hayne / J.Robinson Penalities 9-8 Scrums 5-3 Min Tac Pe MT LB HU DR m Er OL K TA Inglis 80 3 - 1 1 18 2 203 - - 2 - Merritt.N 80 1 - 2 - 13 1 138 1 - 2 - King 56 5 - - - 6 1 39 - - - - Farrell 80 17 - 2 - 9 - 62 1 - - - Everingham 80 2 - 3 - 9 2 74 2 - - - Sutton 80 14 - 1 - 12 1 109 - 4 4 - Reynolds 80 22 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 1 11 - Burgess.S 70 36 - 4 - 19 - 150 1 - - - Peats 43 35 2 2 - 5 - 34 - - - - Asotasi 40 21 - - - 6 - 43 - - - - Pettybourne 74 31 - - 1 13 - 84 1 2 - - Taylor 57 25 3 2 - 13 - 105 1 3 1 - Crocker 60 38 2 2 1 15 - 126 - 1 - - Clark 15 15 - - - 4 - 25 - - - - Burgess.L 36 32 - 1 - 7 - 51 - - - - McQueen 51 21 1 - - 5 - 33 1 - - - Luke 58 34 - 2 - 9 7 114 - 1 - - TOTAL 352 8 24 3 1392 8 12 20 - Completion Rate 31/39 79% Effective 1st Tackles 1 min 30m Reynolds kick 3 min 14m M Err SCR / Taylor kick ChOv 4 min 24m Reynolds kick 6 min 92m SS Err (Pettybourne) (M NO TRY) / (M TRY) 9 min100m SS P (Crocker) 65m / SS P (Asotasi) (M GOAL) 13 min 11m Reynolds kick 15 min 35m Reynolds kick COF 7m / SS P (Taylor) 18 min 26m P / Reynolds kick COFIG 20 min 51m Reynolds kick COF 16m / SS P (Peats) 22 min 64m M Err SCR / Sutton kick 20m / SS P (Peats) 30m / SS P (Taylor) / (M TRY) 27 min 74m DO 28 min 70m DO 30 min 0m Sutton kick CIG 32 min 8m Reynolds kick 33 min 27m M Err / Reynolds kick COFIG 34 min100m SS Err (Merritt) SCR (M TRY) 39 min 2m P / Reynolds kick half time 40 min 14m Sutton kick 42 min 58m Inglis kick COF 36m / SS P (McQueen) 44 min 73m DO 45 min100m SS Err (Everingham) SCR (M TRY) 49 min 18m Reynolds kick 51 min 6m Reynolds kick 53 min 12m M Err ChOv / Inglis kick 55 min 40m P / SS Err (McQueen) 56 min 0m M Err SCR / Sutton kick CIG 58 min 18m ChOv 61 min 5m SCR / P / Reynolds kick COF 63 min 13m Merritt kick P / P / SS Err (Farrell) SCR 66 min 21m P / SS Err (SBurgess) 69 min 23m P / SS NO TRY SS P (Taylor) 71 min 0m TRY 74 min 12m Merritt kick 77 min 47m SCR / P / SS NO TRY ChOv 12m / SS P (Taylor) Average effective 1st tackle location - 34.9m - for the whole match - 42.8m - 1st half - 27.1m - 2nd half If you now remove the tries - 42.8m - 1st half - 28.8m - 2nd half Other FG Matches 16-10 StAu (1v4) Canterbury b Manly 32-16 Town (5v8) Nth Qld b Brisbane 34-16 Canb (6v7) Canberra b Cronulla
No one was placed on report.
NYC U20 2nd Elimnation Preliminary Semi-Final
(6v7) v Sydney
Sat Sep 8, 3:15pm
Late Changes Bryant started with Matthews on the bench. The South Sydney Rabbitohs under 20s Toyota Cup team have had their hearts broken in today's (Saturday's) Elimination Final against the Sydney Roosters at AAMI Park in Melbourne, going down 24 points to 22 in the final six seconds of the match. The Rabbitohs led eight-nil after 18 minutes, 14-8 at half time and 22-20 in the final minute of play, only to have the game literally stolen from their grasp in the closing moments of the clash. The opening ten metres was tough affair, as is expected whenever the Rabbitohs take on the Roosters. Both sides belted each other in attack, but it was the Rabbitohs who would get the better of the early exchanges. The Rabbitohs opened the scoring through prop-forward Jordan Tuiavii. The Rabbitohs earnt a repeat set and mounted some good pressure, with Tuiavii crashing over from close range to the left posts for a four-nil lead. Seven minutes later, South Sydney winger Aaron Gray crossed, when a pin-point Luke Keary crossfield chip kick hit its mark, sending Gray over in the right hand corner. Gray was denied a second try seven minutes later when he knocked on a Keary grubber kick to the same corner. The Roosters fought back to level the scores at eight-all through tries in Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in the 29th minute and Curtis Rona in the 32nd minute, with the Tricolours denied a try by the video referee in the 35th minute which would have given them their first lead for the match. South Sydney didn't waste any time capitalising on the Roosters mistake with centre Jordan Tongahai crossing in the 36th minute of play. It was Keray's boot which again did the damage, grubber kicking for the left corner this time, getting in behind the defence for Tongahai to pounce. Apisai Koroisau converted to establish a six-point lead at the half time break. The Roosters struck first in the second half with winger Usaia O'Sullivan performing some acrobatics in the right corner to score in the 42nd minute. The red, white and blue hit the lead for the first time in the match in the 45th minute when Sam Bernstrom made the most of an amazing offload from O'Sullivan, giving the Roosters 16-14 lead early in the second stanza. The Roosters had the better of the running in the first ten minutes of the half, but a massive tackle from Tongahai turned the momentum in favour of the red and greens. Three minutes later, Jesse Roberts crashed over adjacent to the posts for South Sydney after earning a repeat set and mounting some serious pressure on the Roosters line. Koroisau converted to give the Rabbitohs four-point advantage, 20 points to 16. In the 66th minute, Curtis Rona crossed for the Roosters' next points, leveling the scores at 20-all. The Rabbitohs then went on the attack, with big George Burgess ruled to be brought down short by the video referee in the 75th minute. The Rabbitohs edged in front through a Koroisau penalty goal in the 77th minute, and the Rabbitohs just needed to hold on for the final three minutes of the match. The Roosters went on the attack, with Curtis Rona being denied in the 79th minute having knocked the ball on in the left corner. But Rona would make up for his mistake, in the final minute, scoring a try after the Rabbitohs were stripped of the ball in a one-on-one tackle leading to the try and the eventual loss. Rona crossed with just six seconds on the clock, breaking the hearts of the South Sydney under 20s team. The Rabbitohs have now been eliminated from the Toyota Cup competition. The team should be congratulated for qualifying for the finals in sixth position this year.
11 min 4-0 18 min 8-0 28 min 8-4 31 min 8-8 37 min 14-8 42 min 14-12 45 min 14-16 55 min 20-16 65 min 20-20 76 min 22-20 80 min 22-24 Tuiavii, Gray, Tongahai, Je.Roberts tries Koroisau 3 from 5 goals Other NYC Matches 24-20 StAu (4v1) Wests-Tig b Canterbury 39-38 Canb (3v2) Canberra b Warriors 44-20 StAu (8v5) St Geo-Ill b Penrith
NSW Cup 2nd Major Preliminary Semi-Final
(2v3) v Newcastle, Kogarah Jubilee Oval
Sun Sep 9, 3:00pm
Late Changes Hawkins replaced Centrone on the wing, Leslie replaced Corrigan in the centers with Hyde starting Five-Eighth. Areaiiti replaced Leslie and started prop with Starling dropping back to Lock. Sukkar and Alley-Tovio were added to the bench. The North Sydney Bears have fallen two points short of defeating the Newcastle Knights in their NSW Cup Qualifying Final today (Sunday), going down 28 points to 26 at WIN Jubilee Oval. The Bears mounted an amazing second half comeback after trailing 28-4 early in the second half, fighting back to lose by just two points. The Knights led 22-nil in the first half through tries to Zane Tetavano, Shaun Boss, Josh Mantellato and Nathan Ross, with Mantellato kicking three goals. The Bears would score their first try through second-rower Blake Judd, taking the scores to 22-4 at the half time break. Newcastle would extend that lead earlier in the second half with Mitch Williams crossing, taking the scores out to 28-4, a seemingly unassailable lead to the men in red and blue. The Bears regrouped and mounted an amazing comeback, starting with a short kick off which led to a try to Chris Hyde, his own conversion taking the scores to 28-10. Off the back of a penalty and the ensuing repeat set, Norths would score again, this time through Kieran Vale, taking the scoreline to 28-14. The Knights were starting to make mistakes and the Bears capitalised, with hooker Brendan McKinnon forcing his way over the line to reduce the deficit to 28-20 with ten minutes left on the clock. With less than three minutes left on the clock, halfback Ryan Carr scored for the Knights, with the conversion taking the scores to 28-26. The Bears had one final chance to post points in the 80th minute, but they needed to go 90 metres in the one to steal a victory, a feat a stretch too far, and the Knights took out the game by two points. During the match Nicols was placed on report for a lifting tackle. No further action.
3 min 0-6 8 min 0-12 13 min 0-16 25 min 0-22 31 min 4-22 47 min 4-28 49 min 10-28 57 min 14-28 67 min 20-28 76 min 26-28 Judd, Hyde, Vale, McKinnon, Carr tries Hyde 3 from 5 goals Other NSW Cup Matches 38-34 Belm (1v4) Canterbury b Wntwrthvll 32-6 Belm (8v5) Balm-Ryde b Windsor 36-30 Koga (7v6) Newtown b Illawarra