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Late Changes Reynolds, G.Burgess and Stewart are out. Hughes starts at center, Walker five-eighth, Keary half, Grant prop. Puaru, Lose, Roberts, Whitelaw, Teteh, Coleman and Olive added to the bench.
DRAW 12-12 (Rabbitohs Retain)
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have retained the Charity Shield after drawing with the St George Illawarra Dragons in a low-scoring affair at ANZ Stadium. Missing key names such as Greg Inglis, Adam Reynolds, George Burgess, Thomas Burgess and a host of others, the men in red and green were kept scoreless for 65 minutes of the game, before tries to young-guns Sam Manuleleua and Chris Grevsmuhl – plus two conversions to Issac Luke – confirmed that the Shield would return to Redfern. After five minutes of the match that saw a penalty go each way, a promising Dragons play right on the Rabbitohs’ line saw Mitch Rein come within a whisker of scoring. Referee Adam Devcich sent the try to the video referee, eventually ruling against it. As the red and green’s attempted to grind their way out of their own red zone without the aid of some of their big men, mistakes allowed the Dragons to keep the pressure up inside the first ten minutes of the match. It wasn’t until after 15 metres had elapsed that the Rabbitohs got into prime attacking position. But despite some promising combinations, another mistake courtesy of some stinging Dragons defence saw the ball fly loose. An arm-wrestle ensued, but yet another mistake from the Rabbitohs gifted the Dragons territory, and 24 minutes in, Benji Marshall finally broke through the red and green defence for a solo try. Gareth Widdop converted to make it 6-0. With less than two minutes on the clock left in the first half, Souths had their best opportunity yet to get on the board when Luke Keary sent the ball out to Bryson Goodwin, who in turn threw the ball on to Tom Hughes who looked certain to score. But the young gun couldn’t hold onto the pill – the two sides going to the break with the Saints leading 6-0. On the resumption, the Dragons went straight on the front foot thanks to a series of penalties that gave the red v repeat sets. Jason Nightingale seemingly got the ball down for a try inside the first four minutes of the second stanza, but a tackle from Setefano Taukafa jolted the ball loose. The Dragons grabbed their second try of the night 55th minutes into the match when Charly Runcimen took a tap-back from Eto Nabuli right on the touch-line to extend the Saints’ lead. Widdop added the extras to make the difference two converted tries. It took 65 minutes for the Rabbitohs to get on the board, and it would come ironically courtesy of a Benji Marshall pass. The Kiwi’s wayward pass hit the dirt and found another Kiwi – only in red and green – in the form of Sam Manuleleua, who showed plenty of pace to streak 60 metres to score. Issac Luke converted from short range to make it 12-6. With the clock winding down and the game slowly slipping away for the red and green’s, Chris Grevsmuhl hit a short-ball hard close to the line to score a crucial four-pointer. Issac Luke converted to lock the game up at 12 apiece with three minutes later.
23 min 0-6 52 min 0-12 64 min 6-12 75 min 12-12 Manuleleua, Grevsmuhl tries Luke 2 from 2 goals Referee A.Devich / D.Munro Crowd 16,821 Penalities 4-7 Scrums 6-10 Min Tac Pe MT LB HU DR m Er OL K TA T G/A FG Flbk - Johnston, Alex 80 2 - - - 18 - 149 2 - 1 - - - - LWng - Hughes, Tom 40 1 - 2 - 5 1 26 2 - - - - - - LCnt - Goodwin, Bryson 68 18 2 1 - 11 - 84 - 2 - - - - - RCnt - Millard, Daryl 80 8 - 1 - 11 - 78 - 1 - - - - - RWng - Reddy, Joel 64 9 1 - - 7 - 95 1 1 1 - - - - 5/8 - Walker, Dylan 68 17 1 - - 5 - 20 2 - 6 - - - - Half - Keary, Luke 80 16 - 1 - 3 - 13 - - 12 - - - - Prop - Grant, Tim 30 16 1 - - 7 - 68 1 - - - - - - Hook - Luke, Issac 59 27 - 2 - 6 5 51 1 - 2 1 - 2/2 - (c) Prop - Tyrrell, Dave 62 32 - - - 9 - 52 - - - - - - - SRow - Turner, Kyle 56 33 - 1 - 9 - 61 2 - - - - - - SRow - McQueen, Chris 61 25 1 1 - 9 - 58 - - - - - - - Lock - Clark, Jason 48 24 - - - 8 - 58 - - - - - - - Int - Lose, PJ 4 1 - - - 2 - 18 - - - - - - - Int - McInnes, Cameron 39 30 - - - 3 1 26 - - 1 - - - - Int - Grevsmuhl, Chris 49 25 1 - 1 14 - 109 1 - - - 1 - - Int - Goseweski, Jack 14 11 - 1 - 2 - 16 - - - - - - - Int - Sorensen, Scott 5 7 - - - 5 - 31 - - - - - - - Int - Gray, Brock 23 7 - 1 - 5 - 31 - - - - - - - Int - Crichton, Angus 9 4 - - - 4 - 46 - 1 - - - - - Int - Whitelaw, Cheyne 8 9 - - - 3 - 22 - - - - - - - Int - Manuleleua, Sam 37 1 - - - 5 2 100 - - - - 1 - - Int - Taukafa, Stefano 40 3 - - - 6 - 28 2 - - - - - - Int - Coleman, Liam 12 - - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - Int - Olive, John 3 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TOTAL 331 10 13 1 1241 15 5 23 1 2 2/2 - Completion Rate - 29 / 41 71% Opposition Offloads - 4 Effective 1st Tackles 1 min 46m P / SS P(Walker) 3 min 73m DO / (SI NO TRY) 5 min 85m Walker kick SS Err(Walker) 66m / SS P(Grant) 7 min 80m SS Err(Grant) SCR 65m / SS P(Goodwin) 10 min 40m Luke kick COF 11 min 28m SI Err / Luke kick 13 min 27m Walker kick COF 16 min 17m SI Err SCR / P / SS Err(Luke) 18 min 73m Keary kick COF 22m / SS P(Goodwin) 21 min 12m SI Err / P / SS Err(Luke) 23 min 100m SS Err(Hughes) SCR (SI TRY) 27 min 19m SI Err SCR / Keary kick COF 28 min 18m Walker kick 29 min 25m SI Err / SS Err(Grevsmuhl) 30 min 27m McInnes kick 32 min 22m Keary kick 34 min 31m Walker kick SCR 36 min 7m SI err SCR / Keary kick 38 min 30m SS Err(Goodwin) 40 min 60m DO half time 40 min 91m SS P(Grevsmuhl) 83m / SS 6TG(Taukafa) SCR / (SI NO TRY) 43 min 2m SI Err SCR / P / Keary kick 49 min 13m SI Err SCR / Walker kick SS Err(Taukafa) 51 min 50m Walker kick 16m SS P(McQueen) / (SI TRY) 55 min 10m Keary kick COF 57 min 0m Keary kick CIG 59 min 31m SS Err(Johnston) SCR 61 min 50m Walker kick COF 13m SS P(Luke) 63 min 47m Keary kick COF 64 min 0m SI Err TRY 66 min 25m Luke kick 68 min 24m Keary kick SCR 70 min 75m Keary kick 71 min 12m SI Err SCR / Keary kick 74 min 16m SS Err(Reddy) SCR 75 min 0m SI Err TRY 77 min 22m Keary kick SCR 78 min 75m SS Err(Coleman) SCR 79 min 32m SI err / SS Err(Turner) SCR Average effective 1st tackle location - 35.7m - for the whole match - 41.0m - 1st half - 30.3m - 2nd half If you now remove the tries - 41.0m - 1st half - 33.8m - 2nd half Other FG Trial Matches 18-6 Mack Nth Qld b Brisbane 32-20 Grif Canberra b Melbourne 42-22 Pitw Manly b Cronulla 22-12 Toow Gold Coast b Warriors 56-8 Belm Canterbury b Newcastle
No one was charged out of the match.
U20 National Youth Holden Cup - Trial
v St-George-Illawarra, 5:15pm
Late changes Coleman, Lose and Whitelaw were out. Hedges played five-eighth, Timoteo prop, Suamamao lock and Morgan Stevens was added to the bench.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have snatched victory from St George Illawarra’s grasp in the NYC, defeating the Dragons by 20-18. In a match played over four 20 minute quarters and with 60 players used between both sides, Ben Gardiner’s Rabbitohs put up a brave fight against a Dragons outfit that used two different teams in the first and second half of the match. Just five minutes in to play, the Rabbitohs had managed to march themselves right into Dragons territory and centre, Haimona Hiroti punctuated the movement by grabbing the first try of the afternoon out wide. Aaron Booth narrowly missed the conversion, leaving the score at 4-0. The Rabbitohs continued to attack down the Dragons’ flanks and came up with a result on the opposite side through winger Josh Ellison, who took a well-timed cut-out pass to bag a four-pointer to make it 8-0. One minute before quarter time, Rabbitohs forward Tulsa Saumamao steamed onto a short-ball before proceeding to carry three Dragons defenders over the line with him to score right next to the posts. Booth grabbed his first conversion of the afternoon to make it 14-0 at the first break. Straight after the break, it was the Dragons’ turn to take control, with the side’s first points coming through late inclusion, Zac Young, who raced down the touch-line to grab a four pointer. Jack Kavanagh then narrowed the gap even more when he crashed over, with five eighth Paora Kemp adding the extras to make the half-time score 14-10. The second stanza started poorly for the Rabbitohs as the Dragons injected a completely new and fresh line-up into the match. Winger, William Tom, completed a series of Dragons draw and passes to score eight metres in from touch to lock the game up at 14 apiece. The Saints revival continued just before three-quarter time when Danile Stojanovski scored to give the Dragons the lead for the first time in the match at 18-14. With the clock winding down, the Rabbitohs rallied and Damon Goolagong came up with the all-important equaliser ten metres in from touch. Jordie Hedges calmly slotted the conversion to steal victory by 20-18.
5 min 4-0 13 min 8-0 19 min 14-0 22 min 14-4 39 min 14-10 42 min 14-14 59 min 14-18 79 min 20-18 H.Hiroti, Ellison, Saumamao, Goolagong tries Booth 1 from 3, Hedges 1 from 1 goals Final line up is - T G/A FG Flbk - Perrin, Tom - - - Wing - Ellison, Josh 1 - - Cntr - Hiroti, Haimona 1 - - Cntr - Olive, John - - - Wing - Goolagong, Damon 1 - - 5/8 - Hedges, Jordie - 1/1 - Half - O'Donnell, Chad - - - Prop - Timoteo, Dominic - - - Hook - Booth, Aaron - 1/3 - (c) Prop - Williams, Clayton - - - SRow - Syme, Eden - - - SRow - Tangiiti, Wallace - - - Lock - Saumamao, Tulsa 1 - - Int - Besgrove, Joe - - - Int - Garlick, Bronson - - - Int - Gardiner, Joe - - - Int - McCudden, Jacob - - - Int - Widders-Leece, James - - - Int - Leuluai, Treyvon - - - Int - Mikaele, Emiliano - - - Int - Stevens, Morgan - - - 4 2/4 -
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