2020 NRL Premiership - Major Semi-Final

(6v3) South Sydney v Parramatta

Western Sydney Stadium

Sat Oct 10, 7:50pm

Selected Semi-Final Teams

CyberView from the Hill - Last Week

CyberView from the Hill - This Week

Late Changes

Dargan and Mago were trimmed 24 hours before the game. Marsters and Sele were 18th men.

WIN 38-24

South Sydney will march on to their third grand final qualifier in as many seasons after a stunning 30-point fightback ended Parramatta's horror week with more finals heartbreak. By all rights, not least their pre-game lead-in, the Eels were dead in the water. A simply electrifying first-half flurry by Clint Gutherson and co proved otherwise, with three tries in five minutes as "The King" reigned supreme making for a shock 18-8 Eels lead. The Bankwest crowd was duly in raptures, only for Damien Cook to answer in kind and run riot himself. Cook had a hand in three tries as the Rabbitohs rattled up 30 points in 40 minutes after the break, ruthlessly exploiting critical errors from first Mitch Moses and then Gutherson himself. With South Sydney storming back to a 20-18 lead after halftime, Moses lined up a penalty goal from point blank range with 19 minutes to go. Instead of levelling proceedings, Moses' shot cruelly struck the upright, ricocheting straight to Jaxson Paulo for a 60-metre run downfield. By the set's end Gutherson, until this point a moral for man-of-the-match honours, was fumbling a Cook grubber straight to Bailey Sironen. Parramatta's week started with first Maika Sivo being lost to injury, then Blake Ferguson being scratched as well. For Michael Jennings to be rubbed out 12 hours before kick-off by a failed drug test, and then the Eels to fight back in spectacular fashion, said plenty about the resolve in Brad Arthur's maturing squad. The Rabbitohs' own rise spoke just as much about their form with ball in hand, which has delivered 35 points a game for the past 10 weeks. A showdown with minor premiers Penrith next Saturday night is their reward, Wayne Bennett once more delivering them to within 80 minutes of another grand final. Having been in this same spot twice before in the past two seasons, Bennett revealed a tapered approach for his Rabbitohs side in what has been topsiest of turvy seasons. "The good thing is [this team] don't want to be beaten, they just keep turning up," Bennett said. "When we had the break for COVID, some teams trained really hard and flogged their players, but we weren't in that category. I wanted them playing well this time of year. "We played well at the beginning of last year and then lost our mojo. Parramatta are pretty much in the same boat to what happened to us last year. You can't do it [all year]. "I think they've played to about 70 per cent of their ability tonight. We need to find a bit more, we've got an opportunity to do that, and I'm confident we can.'' For the first 20 minutes, progress to another preliminary final looked a formality as Souths made all the running and led 8-0 Junior Paulo changed that in an instant as Parramatta pushed one, then two, then three picture-perfect offloads. The first had Phil Gould dubbing Junior Paulo's effort Arthur Beetson-esque in commentary, the 123-kilo big man laying on Gutherson's first try with defenders hanging from his every limb. Within two minutes Lane produced a fair imitation for Gutherson to streak into the backfield. "The King" trumped both with his effort on the fly, matched by George Jennings as he collected it around his ankles and crossed for the Eels to lead. When Gutherson dummied and darted over for his second, Parramatta suddenly held a 10-point advantage and the 14,510-strong crowd in raptures. But with halftime the Bunnies took a breath, and then Cook took charge. Springing to life as the game opened up, Cook did the same to Parramatta's marker defence with a simple ball for Liam Knight to go over. Adam Reynolds then produced a pretty offload of his own to bust the Eels' left edge, Cameron Murray looming in support for South Sydney to hit the front. Showing the finals nous still lacking from the Eels, Souths went for the throat and found fortune in the errors from Moses and Gutherson. Long-range tries to Jaxson Paulo and Cook made sure of the result, a late salvo from Jennings just not enough to save Parramatta from more post-season pain.

 4 min  2-0  Reynolds goal
17 min  8-0  Paulo try Reynolds goal
23 min  8-6
25 min  8-12
28 min  8-18
HT      8-18
45 min 14-18 Knight try Reynolds goal
54 min 20-18 Murray try Reynolds goal
62 min 26-18 Sironen try Reynolds goal
70 min 32-18 Paulo try Reynolds goal
74 min 32-24
78 min 38-24 D.Cook try Reynolds goal

Paulo 2, Murray, Knight, Sironen, D.Cook tries
Reynolds 7 from 7 goals

Referee    G.Sutton
Crowd      14,510 (Match played with 50% capacity restricted attendance due to COVID-19)

Scrums      8-6 (1H  5-4 )
Penalities  2-3 (1H  1-1 ) 
6 Again     5-4 (1H  4-3 )


Final Line Up -                      
                                 Min Tac Pe 6A MT LB  Rn  DR    m Er OL   K TA  T  G/A  FG

Flbk -  1 - Allan, Corey          80   4  -  -  1  -  17   1  145  3  -   -  1  -  -     -     
RWng -  5 - Paulo, Jaxson         80   7  -  -  1  3  15   -  233  -  2   -  -  2  -     -
RCnt -  3 - Graham, Campbell      75  22  -  -  2  1  10   -   91  1  1   -  1  -  -     -     [0-75]
LCnt -  4 - Gagai, Dane           80  13  -  -  5  2  18   -  153  1  1   -  -  -  -     -
LWng -  2 - Johnston, Alex        80   5  -  -  1  -  10   -   99  1  1   -  -  -  -     -
5/8  -  6 - Walker, Cody          80  12  -  -  3  -  12   -   78  2  1   2  -  -  -     -
Half -  7 - Reynolds, Adam        80  17  1  1  2  -  15   -   78  1  1  13  -  -  7/7   - (c) 
Prop -  8 - Tatola, Junior        43  23  -  -  -  -  10   -   92  -  1   -  -  -  -     -     [0-24,61-80]
Hook -  9 - Cook, Damien          80  47  1  1  1  1  14  10  162  -  2   3  2  1  -     -     
Prop - 10 - Burgess, Tom          49  22  -  1  2  -  14   -  151  1  -   -  -  -  -     -     [0-24,55-80]
SRow - 11 - Su'A, Jaydn           61  26  1  -  1  -   8   -   67  -  1   -  -  -  -     -     [0-61]
SRow - 12 - Sironen, Bayley       80  38  -  -  2  -  14   -  110  1  -   -  -  1  -     -    
Lock - 13 - Murray, Cameron       59  34  -  -  1  -   7   -   65  2  -   -  -  1  -     -     [0-31,52-80]

Int  - 14 - Nicholls, Mark        31  23  -  -  -  -   8   -  110  -  -   -  -  -  -     -     [24-55]
Int  - 15 - Knight, Liam          41  28  -  -  -  1  11   -   98  1  2   -  -  1  -     -     [24-61,75-80]
Int  - 16 - Cartwright, Jed       19   5  -  -  -  -   2   -   34  2  -   -  -  -  -     -     [61-80]
Int  - 17 - Koloamatangi, Keaon   21   8  -  -  -  -   8   -   86  -  -   -  -  -  -     -     [31-52]

                                     334  3  4 22  8         1860 16 13  18  4  6  7/7   -

Completion Rate      - 30/42 71% 

Opposition Offloads  - 15
 
Effective 1st Tackles

 0 min  14m KO
 2 min  10m Pa Err SCR / Pa-6A / Reynolds kick
 4 min   0m Pa Err SCR / Pa-6A P GOAL
 5 min  15m Reynolds kick
 7 min   8m Reynolds kick COF
 9 min  89m Walker kick COF 7m / SS P(Graham) 59m / SS-6TG(Graham) 76m / SS-6A(DCook)
12 min  63m SS Err(Walker) SCR 16m / SS-6A(Reynolds)
16 min  10m Pa Err SCR / Reynolds kick COF
17 min   0m Pa Err SCR TRY
19 min  91m Reynolds kick COF 9m / SS-6A(Burgess) 33m SS-6TG(Murray) SCR 36m / SS-6TG(CAllan) SCR / (Pa TRY)
24 min 100m KO 15m / (Pa TRY)
26 min  15m KO
28 min 100m SS Err(CAllan) SCR (Pa TRY)
29 min  16m KO
31 min  55m Reynolds kick OOF
34 min  18m Pa Err SCR / Pa-6A / Reynolds kick
36 min  10m SS Err(Sironen)
38 min   0m Pa-6A / DCook kick CIG
40 min  15m SS Err(Knight)

half time

40 min  26m Reynolds kick COF
42 min  18m Reynolds kick COF
44 min   0m Reynolds kick CIG
45 min   0m TRY
48 min  19m Walker kick
49 min  84m Reynolds kick 58m / SS-6A(Reynolds)
52 min  79m Pa Err SCR / Reynolds kick COF 39m SS P(Reynolds)
54 min   0m TRY
57 min  20m Pa-6A / SS Err(Walker)
58 min  94m Pa Err / SS Err(Burgess) SCR 48m / SS-6TG(CAllan) SS P(DCook) (Pa NO GOAL)
62 min   0m DCook kick TRY
64 min  10m Sh-KO Pa Err SCR P / SS Err(Johnston)
68 min   0m DCook kick CIG
69 min  29m SS Err(CAllan) SCR
70 min   0m Pa Err TRY
71 min  61m Sh-KO
73 min  93m Pa Err / SS Err(DGagai) 43m / SS-6TG(Reynolds) / (Pa TRY)
75 min  18m KO
77 min  10m Pa Err SCR / Reynolds kick
78 min   0m TRY
79 min  55m Sh-KO SS Err(Cartwright)

Average effective 1st tackle location
- 32.3m - for the whole match

- 35.2m - 1st half 
- 29.9m - 2nd half 

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Judiciary News

No one was charged out of the match.


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