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Graham failed a fitness test and Marsters were trimmed 24 hours before the game. Dargan and Mago were 18th men. Murray started at centre and Knight at lock.
A couragous South Sydney bowed out of the semi-final race after going down 16 to 20 to the minor premiers Penrith, who recorded their 17th win in a row. The triumph at ANZ Stadium was as thrilling as it was ugly, Penrith bombing a number of scoring opportunities against a busted Bunnies outfit. South Sydney lost Graham with a groin injury before the game, Sironen with a knee injury at the 30 minute mark and Tatola leaving the field but did not return from after a head high tackle. From the outset nervous moments abounded for Penrith, starting with a stumbling charge-down attempt from skipper James Tamou in the first minute. Reynolds sprayed the early penalty shot at goal. But it was South Sydney who go off to the early lead, after Allan stripped the Steeden from Edwards a well placed cross-field kick from Reynolds on the second tackle put Alex Johnston in for a try. Reynolds conversed and Souths led 6 nil after 3 minutes. Within minutes Brian To'o was crossing for a square-up from Johnston's own fumble flying through the air, Cleary with the nudge for a 6-6 game. The score hadn't changed by the 17th minute but both sides had already burned their captain's challenges with ill-advised efforts. Up the middle and down the left edge Penrith began to split the Rabbitohs defence, targeting Souths disrupted right side with fortune and then some. An inexplicable forward pass from Josh Mansour to Kurt Capewell with a try on offer kept South Sydney level. A high shot from James Fisher-Harris on Tevita Tatola then landed the Kiwi enforcer on report and gave the Rabbitohs yet more relief. It proved fleeting though as Penrith's momentum piled up, Cleary once more putting boot to ball and this time his housemate May latched on for a 12-6 lead. Another pin-point Cleary kick saw Cartwright take out a Panthers chaser, the mercurial No.7 knocking over the penalty for 14-6 at the break. A botched try from centre Stephen Crichton, fluffing another Cleary chip that sat up for him in the in-goal, kept the Bunnies in it. So too Johnston's determined grassing of Crichton when he was en route to the line with one of 2020's finer try-saving tackles. Souths came out in the second half down to 15 men, when early in the half Corey Allen went down with a hamstring injury and limped his way through the rest of the second half on the wing, with Johnston moving to fullback. But in a never say die attitude South Sydney were next to score when Dane Gagai finished of move out wide and scored in the corner, Reynolds converted from the sideline and it was now 12 to 14 after 49 minutes. Just as a cardinal and myrtle upset loomed, Isaah Yeo busted up the middle with the type of run that has him in line for a NSW Origin call-up, Dylan Edwards's four-pointer in support providing much-needed breathing space taking the score to 12 to 20 after 66 minutes. With eight minutes remaining the Rabbitohs faithful drowned that out. Despite carrying a significant cork that had him operating at little more than a limp, Allan's effort was Herculean as he grubbered ahead a Cody Walker pass and dotted it for a thrilling finish. With 2 minutes on the clock, Adam Reynolds' toes being four centimetres the wrong side of a critical 40-20 kick allowed Penrith to cling on for their 17th win in a row.
1 min 0-0 Reynolds miss 3 min 6-0 Johnston try Reynolds goal 7 min 6-6 26 min 6-12 39 min 6-14 HT 6-14 49 min 12-14 D.Gagai try Reynolds goal 66 min 12-20 72 min 16-20 C.Allan try Reynolds miss Johnston, D.Gagai, C.Allan tries Reynolds 2 from 4 goals Referee G.Sutton Crowd 30,116 (Match played with 50% capacity restricted attendance due to COVID-19) Scrums 7-9 (1H 5-4 ) Penalities 3-2 (1H 2-2 ) 6 Again 2-2 (1H 1-1 ) 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 - - 3 1 15 - 112 1 2 2 - 1 - - RWng - 5 - Paulo, Jaxson 80 4 - - 2 - 14 - 117 1 1 - - - - - RCnt - 13 - Murray, Cameron 80 38 - - 3 1 13 - 132 2 1 1 - - - - LCnt - 4 - Gagai, Dane 80 13 - 1 2 1 19 1 129 1 2 1 - 1 - - LWng - 2 - Johnston, Alex 80 3 - - - - 9 - 62 1 - - - 1 - - 5/8 - 6 - Walker, Cody 80 14 1 - 3 - 14 - 89 2 4 4 2 - - - Half - 7 - Reynolds, Adam 80 12 - - 3 - 15 - 102 - - 17 1 - 2/4 - (c) Prop - 8 - Tatola, Junior 23 12 - - 1 - 10 - 76 1 - - - - - - [0-23] Hook - 9 - Cook, Damien 80 51 - 1 3 - 4 3 21 - - 1 - - - - Prop - 10 - Burgess, Tom 44 30 - - 6 - 10 - 96 1 1 - - - - - [0-22,49-71] SRow - 11 - Su'A, Jaydn 80 36 - - 2 - 10 - 74 - - - - - - - SRow - 12 - Sironen, Bayley 29 11 - - 3 - 3 - 22 - - - - - - - [0-29] Lock - 15 - Knight, Liam 44 29 - - 2 - 14 - 128 - - - - - - - [0-24,51-62,71-80] Int - 14 - Nicholls, Mark 49 30 - - 2 - 12 - 121 1 1 - - - - - [22-51,60-80] Int - 16 - Cartwright, Jed 56 10 1 - 3 - 15 1 108 - - - - - - - [24-80] Int - 17 - Koloamatangi, Keaon 46 23 - - - - 12 - 109 - 2 - - - - - [23-60,71-80] Int - 19 - Sele, Hame 29 19 - - 2 - 9 - 97 1 - - - - - - [29-49,62-71] 339 2 2 40 3 1602 12 14 26 3 3 2/4 - Completion Rate - 30/40 75% Opposition Offloads - 4 Effective 1st Tackles 0 min 0m Reynolds kick P NO GOAL 3 min 15m Pe 20-DO / Murray kick 4 min 0m Pe Err / Reynolds kick TRY 6 min 27m Walker kick 7 min 100m SS Err(Johnston) (Pe TRY) 8 min 15m KO 9 min 70m DO 11 min 34m Pe Err Pe-CC(x) SCR / Pe-6A / Reynolds kick COF 2m / SS-6A(DGagai) / (Pe NO TRY) 14 min 15m Pe Err (Pe NO TRY) SCR / Walker kick COF / (Pe NO TRY) 17 min 65m Pe Err / SS Err(Tatola) SS-CC(x) 26m / SS-6TG(Murray) 19 min 11m Reynolds kick 20 min 39m Reynolds kick COF 23 min 20m Pe Err SCR / P / SS Err(Walker) SCR 26 min 35m Reynolds kick / (Pe TRY) 28 min 14m KO 30 min 56m SS Err(Nicholls) SCR 32 min 4m Pe Err / Reynolds kick COF 34 min 36m SCR / SS Err(Paulo) SCR 37 min 100m Pe Err SCR / SS Err(Sele) SCR 49m / SS P(Cartwright) (Pe GOAL) 39 min 58m KO 17m / SS P(Walker) half time 40 min 8m KO 41 min 18m Reynolds kick COF 43 min 80m SS Err(DGagai) SCR 45 min 0m Pe Err SCR / Reynolds kick DGagai kick CIG 47 min 17m Reynolds kick 49 min 0m P / TRY 51 min 28m Reynolds kick 53 min 90m SS Err(CAllan) SCR 95m / SS-6A(DCook) 56 min 33m SS Err(Burgess) SCR 58 min 39m Pe Err / Reynolds kick COFIG 60 min 8m Pe Err SCR / Walker kick COF 62 min 9m Reynolds kick COF 64 min 15m DCook kick SCR 66 min 37m Walker kick / (Pe TRY) 68 min 39m Sh-KO 69 min 16m Pe Err / SS Err(Walker) 72 min 0m Pe-6A / CAllan kick CAllan kick TRY 74 min 28m Reynolds kick COF 76 min 16m Reynolds kick SCR 78 min 22m Reynolds kick COF 80 min 54m Reynolds kick SS Err(Murray) Average effective 1st tackle location - 31.7m - for the whole match - 38.1m - 1st half - 25.9m - 2nd half Other First Grade Matches 30-10 LngS (2v4) Melbourne b Canberra Other First Grade Matches - Grand Final 26-20 StAu (2v1) Melbourne b Penrith (Oct 25)
Corey Allan has been charged with a grade 1 shoulder charge on Penrith Panthers Winger Josh Mansour in the 15th minute of last Saturday's Preliminary Final. The base penalty is 200 points. He has since taken the early guilty plea reducing the charge by 25% to 150 points and will miss one game with 50 carry over points.
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