2019 NRL Premiership - Round 23

South Sydney v Brisbane

Lang Park Stadium

Fri Aug 23, 7:50pm

Selected Round 23 Teams

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Late Changes

Sam Burgess and Tracey were trimmed 24 hours before the match. Turner and Lowe were 18th and 19th men.

WIN 22-20

A Damien Cook try saving tackle for the ages on Corey Oates in the final minute and all-round masterclass has inspired a stunning and brave Rabbitohs to a 22-20 win over the Broncos in a game worthy of the intense and controversial build-up that preceded it. The lead-up focused on the coaches but it was the players that delivered an end-to-end spectacle worthy of a grudge match that had plenty on the line. With the Broncos storming home and the Rabbitohs ahead by two, Darius Boyd turned Oates inside and he powered towards what seemed certain to be the winning try. Cook cut the flying winger down like an axeman felling a giant oak tree, just centimetres from the line. Souths somehow held the Broncos out with last-ditch defence but it was the Cook tackle that will be replayed for a long, long time. The Rabbitohs hooker’s speed and game awareness was on song as he set up two Bunnies tries and finished another to lift South Sydney back into the top four. The Rabbitohs victory had plenty to recommend it with Souths playing with 12 men for 20 minutes of the match due to former Broncos James Roberts and Jaydn Su’A spending time in the sin bin. South Sydney’s spine was the difference in the clash with Cook and halves Cody Walker and Adam Reynolds on fire. The Broncos were inspired by 19-year-old back-rower David Fifita whose power and speed earned him 16 tackle breaks in an awe-inspiring two-try display. Roberts returned to Suncorp Stadium keen to make a point to his former coach Anthony Seibold. The Rabbitohs centre had a killer look in his eyes and soon found himself in the sin bin after applying his forearm to the head of Oates after the Brisbane winger had lost the ball over the tryline. Oates left the field for an HIA assessment as well but the Broncos were unable to make the most of the one-man advantage and it was Souths that landed a penalty through Reynolds. South Sydney’s first try was a cracker. Cook out of dummy half was greased lightning and John Sutton motored up in support to throw a trademark offload to Cody Walker who timed his inside pass to Dane Gagai to perfection. Reynolds added the extras and the Rabbitohs led 8-0. The Broncos looked in deep trouble until Fifita scored a freakish try with a 30-metre charge which showcased his raw power and game sense. He sliced past his former teammate Su’A, raced around Adam Doueihi and then did a trademark swivel move near the line to score. Fifita busted through again minutes later before deciding to kick for himself. It was scintillating stuff and ignited a late Brisbane surge to end the half. The latent tension that was building in the match exploded early in the second half when Ben Te’o clone Su’A went high on Alex Glenn before players from both sides piled on each other on cue. The forearm that Su’A finished off with on Glenn earned him 10 minutes in the sin-bin and Jamayne Isaako landed the penalty to level it up at 8-all. The desperation of both teams was epitomised when an Anthony Milford bomb was somehow caught by a flying Oates who sent Darius Boyd scurrying under the posts. But Campbell Graham and Reynolds appeared from nowhere to hold the Brisbane captain up. A Roberts 70-metre special got Souths close and a penalty soon afterwards was slotted by Reynolds. Then came what seemed certain to be the coup de grace when Cook put on the afterburners out of dummy half. Reynolds, who minutes earlier had been down for the count, sprinted up in support and put a sublime kick on the toe for Walker to finish other classic. A minute later Cook screamed over after Gagai sliced past a Matt Gillett tackle and the Rabbitohs led 22-8. The Broncos weren’t done and from a short kick-off the ball eventually found that man Fifita again who wrestled and rumbled his way over from close range and the margin was back to eight with 12 minutes remaining. Souths appeared to have the game in the bag before veteran Gillett busted the line out of nothing in the 77th minute to link with a rampaging Kotoni Staggs to cut Souths' lead to two. When Isaako broke clear in the final two minutes the Broncos faithful were on their feet. Then Joe Ofahengaue stole the ball off Gagai in a one-on-one strip and the Broncos had one last chance to win it. It was then that Cook somehow chopped down Oates to give the blockbuster clash the finish it deserved. The Rabbitohs have their mojo back and the win may well be the one that gives them the momentum coach Wayne Bennett was seeking into the finals series.

17 min  2-0  Reynolds goal
23 min  8-0  Gagai try Reynolds goal
33 min  8-6
HT      8-6
49 min  8-8
59 min 10-8  Reynolds goal
60 min 16-8  Walker try Reynolds goal
63 min 22-8  Cook try Reynolds goal
66 min 22-14
76 min 22-20

Gagai, Walker, Cook tries
Reynolds 5 from 5 goals

Crowd      33,225
Referee    B.Cummins/H.Perenera

Scrums      8-5 (1H  4-4 )
Penalities  5-4 (1H  3-2 )

13 min Roberts, James     10SB Using Forearm to the head
48 min Su'A, Jaydn        10SB Using Forearm to the head

Final Line Up -                      
                                 Min Tac Pe MT LB  Rn  DR    m Er OL   K TA  T  G/A  FG

Flbk -  1 - Doueihi, Adam         80   3  -  2  -  16   -  142  2  2   -  -  -  -     - 
LWng -  5 - Graham, Campbell      80   9  -  2  -  12   1   96  2  -   -  -  -  -     -
LCnt -  2 - Gagai, Dane           80  18  -  2  1  11   3   83  1  -   -  1  1  -     -
RCnt -  3 - Roberts, James        70  15  1  4  2   8   1  165  1  1   -  -  -  -     -     [0-13,23-80]
RWng - 19 - Allan, Corey          80   4  -  2  -   8   -   51  -  -   -  -  -  -     -
5/8  -  6 - Walker, Cody          80  17  -  4  1   7   -   58  -  -   4  1  1  -     - (c)
Half -  7 - Reynolds, Adam        80  26  -  8  1   5   -   28  1  -   6  1  -  5/5   - 
Prop - 17 - Tatola, Junior        37  24  1  2  -   8   -   61  1  -   -  -  -  -     -     [0-22,65-80]
Hook -  9 - Cook, Damien          80  50  -  4  -  13  11  131  1  4   -  -  1  -     -     
Prop - 10 - Knight, Liam          50  27  -  2  -  15   -  150  -  3   -  -  -  -     -     [0-30,54-74]
SRow - 11 - Sutton, John          80  26  -  1  -  17   2  170  -  4   1  -  -  -     -     
SRow - 12 - Su'A, Jaydn           55  20  1  3  -   6   -   49  -  2   -  -  -  -     -     [0-48,58-65]
Lock - 13 - Murray, Cameron       64  34  1  4  -  11   -   93  2  1   -  -  -  -     -     [0-35,51-80]

Int  - 14 - Nicholls, Mark        38  25  -  2  -  11   -  112  1  -   -  -  -  -     -     [22-54,74-80]
Int  - 16 - Britt, Dean           24  19  -  3  -   7   -   57  -  -   -  -  -  -     -     [30-54]
Int  - 18 - Amone, Tom            26  10  -  -  -   4   -   54  1  -   -  -  -  -     -     [35-51]
Int  - 20 - Sironen, Bayley       20  13  -  2  -   3   -   19  -  -   -  -  -  -     -     [60-80]

                                     340  4 47  5         1527 13 17  11  3  3  5/5   -

Completion Rate      - 23 / 34  68%

Opposition Offloads  - 10

Effective 1st Tackles

 0 min  19m KO
 1 min  38m Walker kick DIG
 4 min  64m Walker kick SCR 17m / SS P(Tatola)
 8 min  18m BB Err SCR / Reynolds kick COF
11 min  12m P / SS Err(Cook)
12 min  88m SS Err(Doueihi) SCR 94m / (BB NO TRY) SS P-10SB(Roberts)
17 min   0m BB Err SCR / BB 6TG / P GOAL
18 min   1m Sutton kick
20 min  90m SS Err(Graham) SCR
22 min  68m DO
23 min   0m BB Err SCR / TRY
26 min   0m Reynolds kick COF CIG
28 min  11m SS Err(Roberts) SCR
31 min   1m P / Reynolds kick
32 min  18m SS ChDn(Nicholls) / (BB TRY)
34 min  15m KO
36 min  64m SS Err(Amone) / (BB NO TRY) 
39 min  41m BB Err SCR / Reynolds kick COF

half time

40 min   9m Walker kick
42 min  65m SS Err(Doueihi)
45 min  21m BB Err SCR / P / SS Err(Reynolds) SCR
47 min 100m DO 68m / SS P-10SB(SuA) (BB GOAL)
50 min  17m KO
52 min  22m Walker kick COF / (BB NO TRY)
55 min  86m SS Err(Graham) 53m / SS 6TG(Murray)
59 min   0m BB Err SCR / BB 6TG / P GOAL
60 min   0m Reynolds kick TRY
63 min   0m TRY
65 min  99m Sh-KO SS Err(Murray) / SS P(Sironen) / (BB TRY)
67 min  17m KO
71 min   5m BB Err SCR / BB 6TG SCR / ChOv
73 min   8m Reynolds kick
75 min 100m SS Err(Tatola) 34m / SS 6TG(Nichols) (BB TRY)
76 min  14m KO
78 min  97m SS Err(Gagai)

Average effective 1st tackle location
- 37.4m - for the whole match

- 32.2m - 1st half  
- 43.7m - 2nd half  

Other First Grade Matches

12-6  WSS  Canterbury b Parramatta
24-10 Town Nth Qld    b Penrith
42-16 Ende Cronulla   b Warriors
46-4  Camp Wests-Tig  b Newcastle
34-12 Koga Syd Rstrs  b St Geo-Ill
24-8  MRSt Melbourne  b Gold Coast
18-14 Bruc Manly      b Canberra

               W D  L B Diff PT
MELBOURNE     18 -  4 1 +293 38
SYD RSTRS     16 -  6 1 +254 34
CANBERRA      14 -  8 1 +149 30
MANLY         14 -  8 1  +96 30
SOUTHS        14 -  8 1  +77 30
PARRAMATTA    13 -  9 1  +45 28
CRONULLA      11 - 11 1  +34 24
BRISBANE      10 1 11 1  -42 23
Wests-Tig     10 - 12 1  -22 22
Penrith       10 - 12 1  -89 22
Newcastle      9 - 13 1  -27 20
Canterbury     9 - 13 1 -160 20
Warriors       8 1 13 1 -120 19
Nth Qld        8 - 14 1 -117 18
St Geo-Ill     7 - 15 1 -128 16
Gold Coast     4 - 18 1 -239 10
      

Judiciary News

Rabbitohs centre James Roberts has been charged with a Grade 2 Dangerous Contact with the Head/Neck, which carries a charge or 300 base points. Roberts has since taken the early guilty plea for a 25% reduction resulting in a 225 points charge, or 2 games with 25 carryover points.

Rabbitohs second rower Jaydn Su'A has been charged with a Grade 1 Contray Conduct, which carries a charge of $1500 fine. He also has one non-similar offence in the last 2 years and incurrs a 20% loading bring his charge up to $1850 fine. Su'A has taken the early guilty plea for a 25% reduction resulting in a final $1388 fine.

Reserve Grade - Canterbury NSW Premiership Round 22

v Newcastle, Maitland Sports Ground, Sun Aug 25 1:30pm

WIN 32-4

Late Changes - Allan, Amone, Dillon, O'Brien and Sironen are out Higgins starts fullback, O'Connor on the wing, Gray and Hills at prop, Lowe at second row, Peoples at lock, Gordon, Aiden Manowski, Butler and Jurd on the bench. The South Sydney Rabbitohs Canterbury Cup side have gotten one hand on the Minor Premiership after a convincing 32-4 victory over the Newcastle Knights. Winger Mawene Hiroti racked up 20 points in the victory, with two tries and six goals, with Ethan Lowe scoring a try in the dying minutes after his first Canterbury Cup appearance of the season. Continuing their trend of scoring the first try of the match, the Red and Green came out firing with Hiroti scoring his first try of the day in the eighth minute. With his first conversion of the afternoon, the Rabbitohs took an early six-point lead. In a back and forth contest, the Knights would continue to hold out the Rabbitohs’ attack, however Hiroti would continue his side’s lead with another four-pointer and conversion after a quarter of the match. This saw the Rabbitohs lead 12-nil after 23 minutes. A Yileen Gordon sinbin with five minutes left in the first half would see the Rabbitohs under pressure with just twelve men, but the Cardinal and Myrtle would hold on to maintain a 12-nil lead at the break. Ironically, it was immediately after the match returned to a thirteen-a-side contest when the Knights struck, with winger Kiah Cooper scoring and bringing his side into the contest. But less than ten minutes later, five-eighth Connor Tracey would continue his run of tries as he swooped to score and extend the side’s lead to eighteen after 55 minutes gone. Not to be outdone, Tracey’s halves partner Dean Hawkins nabbed himself a try with five minutes to go to seal the result, while Ethan Lowe also saw his name on the scoreboard with a try in the dying stages which saw the Rabbitohs mount a dominant victory.

 8 min  6-0 Hiroti try Hiroti goal
21 min 12-0 Hiroti try Hiroti goal
HT     12-0
47 min 12-4
55 min 18-4 Tracey try Hiroti goal
71 min 20-4 Hiroti goal
75 min 26-4 Hawkins try Hiroti goal
78 min 32-4 Lowe try Hiroti goal

Hiroti 2, Tracey, Hawkins, Lowe tries
Hiroti 6 from 6 goals

Scrums     8-7 (1H  5-3 ) 
Penalties  5-8 (1H  2-7 )

35 min Gordon, Yileen     10SB Professional Foul

Final Line Up -
                                 Min Tac Pe MT LB  Rn  DR    m Er OL   K TA  T  G/A  FG

Flbk -  2 - Higgins, Leigh        80   7  -  -  -  21   1  224  1  -   -  -  -  -     -
LWng -  5 - Paulo, Jaxon          80   5  1  -  2   9   2  143  -  -   -  -  -  -     -
LCnt -  4 - Dodd, Levi            80  10  1  1  -   9   -   94  -  2   -  1  -  -     -
RCnt -  3 - Hiroti, Mawene        80  19  -  5  2  10   -  151  2  -   -  -  2  6/6   -
RWng - 16 - O'Connor, Dylan       80   -  -  2  1  11   -  129  1  -   -  -  -  -     -
5/8  -  6 - Tracey, Connor        80  12  -  2  1  11   -   90  1  -   9  -  1  -     -
Half -  7 - Hawkins, Dean         80  23  -  6  -  13   -  112  -  -   5  2  1  -     -
Prop - 14 - Gray, Brock           41  21  1  1  -   7   -   81  -  -   -  -  -  -     -     [0-26,61-76]
Hook -  9 - Brittain, Billy       80  37  3  2  -   9   5   55  -  -   1  -  -  -     - (c)
Prop - 15 - Hills, Lyndon         58  29  1  2  -  10   -  124  -  1   -  -  -  -     -     [0-31,53-80]
SRow - 13 - Lowe, Ethan           80  27  -  5  1  16   -  156  1  -   -  -  1  -     -     
SRow - 12 - Johns, Jack           61  20  -  2  -   8   -   79  1  -   -  -  -  -     -     [0-61]
Lock - 11 - Peoples, Trent        64  30  -  5  -  10   1  115  1  1   -  -  -  -     -     [0-45,61-80]

Int  - 18 - Gordon, Yileen        25  16  1  1  -   3   -   40  -  -   -  -  -  -     -     [26-35,45-61]
Int  - 19 - Manowski, Blake       24   6  -  2  -   3   -   27  -  -   -  -  -  -     -     [45-65,76-80]
Int  - 20 - Butler, Tarquinn      15   3  -  1  -   4   -   46  -  -   1  1  -  -     -     [65-80]
Int  - 21 - Jurd, Matthew         18  10  -  1  -   3   -   28  1  -   -  -  -  -     -     [31-53]

                                     275  8 38  7         1700  9  4  16  4  5  6/6   -

Completion Rate      - 24 / 32  75%

Opposition Offloads  - 10

Other Reserve Grade Matches

42-14 Hens Newtown    b Wests
28-20 Ring Wntwrthvll b Canterbury
28-0  Koga St George  b Warriors
42-24 NSO  Norths     b Penrith
30-26 Bruc Mt Prtchrd b Blacktown

                W D  L B Diff PT
SOUTHS         14 -  7 1  +90 30
ST GEO-ILL     12 3  6 1 +165 29
CANTERBURY     12 1  8 1   +3 27
NORTHS         12 -  9 1  +44 26
PENRITH        12 -  9 1  +28 26
MT PRITCHARD   11 1  9 1  +90 25
NEWTOWN        10 1 10 1  -12 23
WENTWORTHVILLE 10 - 11 1   -1 22
Warriors        8 2 11 1  -39 20
Wests           7 3 11 1  -51 19
Newcastle       7 - 14 1 -146 16
Blacktown       5 1 15 1 -163 13

U20 NSW Jersey Flegg Cup - Round 19

v Newcastle, 12:00pm

LOSS 32-36

Late Changes - Cook and Manowski are out. Zaurini starts fullback, Tautaiolefua at centre, Mamouzelos hooker, Taumoepenu prop, Frasca and Stowers on the bench. The South Sydney Rabbitohs Jersey Flegg side have fallen just short against the Newcastle Knights in a 36-32 thriller in Newcastle on Sunday. With both sides scoring six tries each, a James Tautaiolefua double wasn’t enough for the Rabbitohs as they came close to securing victory after a last-ditch flurry of tries. The match began hard and fast, with both sides striking within the first four minutes. The Knights would score soon after, but a try to Marc Zaurrini would see the sides level 10-all at the break. It was a fast and frantic second 35 however, with Blake Taaffe putting the Rabbitohs in front with a try of his own, before the Knights struck back immediately. Two more tries to the Knights would see the scores blow out to 30-16 with less than 20 left on the clock, before Tautaiolefua’s first try sparked a short-lived comeback with Tevita Taumoepenu also scoring to narrow the deficit. Their opponents would seal the match with a decisive try just minutes from fulltime, but the young fullback would earn his double with just over a minute and a half remaining, but the Red and Green were unable to snatch a late victory.

 1 min  0-4
 4 min  6-4  Dut try Taaffe goal
15 min  6-10
29 min 10-10 Zaurini try Taaffe miss
HT     10-10
37 min 10-12
39 min 16-12 Taaffe try Taaffe goal
42 min 16-18
48 min 16-24
52 min 16-30
57 min 20-30 Tautaiolefua try Taaffe miss
60 min 26-30 Taumoepenu try Taaffe goal
65 min 26-36
68 min 32-36 Tautaiolefua try Taaffe goal 


Tautaiolefua 2, Dut, Zaurini, Taaffe, Taumoepenu tries
Taaffe 4 from 6 goals

Scrums     7-5 (1H  6-2 )
Penalties  9-5 (1H  6-2 )

Final Line Up -
                                 Min Tac Pe MT LB  Rn  DR    m Er OL   K TA  T  G/A  FG
                                                                                                         
Flbk - 21 - Zaurini, Marc         70   4  -  4  1   -   -   65  -  -   1  -  1  -     -                  
LWng -  2 - Dut, Muong            70   4  -  2  1   -   -   48  1  -   -  -  1  -     -                  
LCnt -  1 - Tautaiolefua, James   70   5  -  3  -   -   -  119  1  2   1  1  2  -     - (c)              
RCnt -  3 - Mougios, Nick         70   1  -  3  -   -   -   35  1  -   -  -  -  -     -                  
RWng -  4 - Allan, Kane           70   1  -  1  -   -   -   62  -  -   -  -  -  -     -                  
5/8  -  7 - Ilias, Lachlan        70  11  -  5  -   -   -   87  1  -   4  -  -  -     -                  
Half -  6 - Taaffe, Blake         70  12  1  5  1   -   -  146  2  1   3  1  1  4/6   -                  
Prop -  8 - Bain, Luke            44  19  -  2  -   -   -   84  -  -   -  -  -  -     -     [0-44]  
Hook - 14 - Mamouzelos, Peter     61  21  2  8  -   -   -   89  1  1   -  -  -  -     -     [0-61]             
Prop - 15 - Taumoepenu, Tevita    39  14  -  -  1   -   -   72  1  -   -  -  1  -     -     [0-16,44-67] 
SRow - 11 - Angianga, Tallis      70  12  1  4  -   -   -   61  1  -   1  -  -  -     -                  
SRow - 12 - French, Matt          70  22  -  4  -   -   -   73  -  1   -  -  -  -     -                  
Lock - 13 - Fepuleai, Joshua      51  14  -  2  -   -   -  107  -  -   -  -  -  -     -     [0-25,54-70] 

Int  -  5 - Frasca, Jack           9   -  -  -  -   -   -   35  -  -   -  -  -  -     -     [61-70]       
Int  - 16 - Puru, Luke            35   7  -  3  -   -   -   65  -  -   -  -  -  -     -     [16-25,54-70]      
Int  - 17 - Iti, Iizayah          32  14  1  2  -   -   -   26  1  -   -  -  -  -     -     [25-54,67-70]      
Int  - 18 - Stowers, Augustine    29  13  -  2  -   -   -   15  -  1   -  -  -  -     -     [25-54]      

                                     174  5 50  4         1195 10  6  10  2  6  4/6   -

Completion Rate      - 22 / 32  69%

Opposition Offloads  - 6

Other U20 Jersey Flegg Cup Matches

28-10 WSS  Parramatta b Canterbury
24-16 Ende Cronulla   b Syd Rstrs
28-8  Camp Wests-Tig  b Victoria
42-22 Koga St Geo-Ill b Warriors
56-6  NSO  Penrith    b Norths
48-12 Bruc Canberra   b Manly

                W D  L B Diff PT
CRONULLA       13 1  5 - +157 27
SYD RSTRS      13 1  5 - +143 27
PENRITH        11 2  6 - +208 24
NEWCASTLE      12 -  7 - +205 24
CANBERRA       11 2  6 - +198 24
SOUTHS         10 3  6 - +116 23
CANTERBURY     10 3  6 -  +39 23
ST GEO-ILL     10 1  8 -  +82 21
Wests-Tigers   10 1  8 -  +50 21
Warriors        8 2  9 -  +16 18
Parramatta      8 - 11 -  -85 18
Victoria        3 3 13 - -343  9
Norths          2 1 16 - -339  5
Manly           2 - 17 - -487  4


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