Rabbitohs Holden Cup Side Outgunned by Knights

The Rabbitohs Holden Cup side have been outgunned 30-22 by the Newcastle Knights at ANZ Stadium. Leading 12-8 at half time, the Knights broke the Rabbitohs spirits with three quick tries after the break before holding on for a win that puts them in the top eight.


The Rabbitohs skipped to an early lead, from a Knights mistake Tyrone Phillips made a left hand side break and raced 50 metres. The Knights defence wasn't able to regroup quick enough and five-eighth Jake Watts strolled over on the right hand side for an early lead. Will Paterson was unable to convert but the Rabbitohs led four-nil after just six minutes.


The Knights hit back soon after when Jake Mamo dived on a perfectly weighted Eddie Proudler grubber deep in the in-goal. David Oakes couldn't convert and the score was locked up 4-4 after 13 minutes.


Some tough goal line defence held the Knights out with Luke Pollard doing the bulk of the defensive work. South Sydney soon took advantage when Aaron Gray skipped to the left and slammed the ball over to restore the lead. Will Paterson missed his second conversion but the lead was 8-4.


The see-saw continued when Mona Seumanufagai powered over the Rabbitohs line, locking it up again at 8-8. The goalkicker's curse continued when David Oakes missed a fairly easy one, failing to break the deadlock after 31 minutes.


With the Knights giving away a penalty late in the half, the Rabbitohs were given a last chance to attack. A lovely move down the left saw Aaron Gray throw an inside ball for Alex Johnston who had the ball knocked out over the line. Christian Hazard dived on it and the try was awarded. The Knights used a captains challenge and it seemed as if the decision would be reversed but controversially, it stood. Paterson struck the post from the sideline conversion with the sides heading into halftime with the Rabbitohs leading 12-8.


After the break the Knights hit the lead, fullback Honeti Tuha beating some lazy defence and David Oakes adding the extras. The Knights led for the first time, 14-12.


Not long after, they extended their lead to 18-12 when Jackson Hill scored his first before Jake Mamo scored off the restart and the Knights seemingly pulled away with a 24-12 lead in the 53rd minute.


Some poor errors cost the Rabbitohs as they found it difficult to breach the halfway line. The pressure mounted and soon the line cracked again, Michael Steele scoring again on the left through some weak defence. Shipard landed his second conversion for a 30-12 lead.


Cameron Mcinnes breathed some light into the Rabbitohs when he dived over to reduce the margin to 30-18 with just 11 minutes remaining in the game.


It looked like an exciting finish was to come when Tyrone Phillips tiptoed down the touch line, brushed off a defender and casually planted the ball down with 7 minutes on the clock. Paterson was left with a very tough conversion from the sideline which went very close, leaving a tricky defecit of 30-22.



Rabbitohs 22 (Gray, Hazard, Watts, Phillips, McInnes tries. Paterson 1/5) def by Knights 30 (Mamo 2, Steele, Hill, Tuha, Seaumanufagai tries. Shipard 2/2, Oakes 1/4 goals)