The South Sydney Rabbitohs managed a tight win against the Gold Coast Titans 30-24 in Cairns, in a see-sawing contest that saw the lead change a number of times in front of a vocal crowd of 16,118 fans.


The Rabbitohs got first use of the ball in good field position with a well-timed inside ball to Greg Inglis from Issac Luke sending the Bunnies fullback over next to the posts just 10 minutes in.


With the Titans on the back foot, a good kick from Adam Reynolds in to the in-goal forced a repeat set, with Sam Burgess attempting to capitalise from short range, but the Englishman lost the ball over the line.


It was dj vu just minutes later when Burgess broke through the Titans line, reaching out for the try-line only to drop the ball again.


The Titans hit back through Kevin Gordon in the corner, with Aidan Sezer converting to lock the scores up at 6 apiece.


A penalty against the Bunnies for a stripped ball on Brad Takairangi led to an Albert Kelly try right under the posts for the Titans to take the lead in the match for the first time.


The Bunnies squared the ledger again in the 31st minute. Working the ball from left to right, Souths sent the ball through the backline before Adam Reynolds put a well-weighted grubber kick in to the in-goal for Issac Luke to score near the sticks with Reynolds adding the extras.


But the Titans hit right back five minutes from half-time after a missed tackle from the Bunnies allowed Titans fullback William Zillman to slice straight through to score, bringing the score to 18-12 in the Titans favour.


The game began to see-saw again though. Just seconds from half time, Nathan Merritt broke through the Titans defence and looked certain to score. With the winger almost caught, Merritt kept the movement alive with the ball eventually swinging out to Adam Reynolds who put a kick in for Dylan Walker to score what would be the try of the afternoon. Reynolds slotted the conversion to lock the game up again at 18-18 at half-time.


After the break, the Bunnies were the first to draw blood with Roy Asotasi taking an overhead pass from Greg Inglis close to the line for the big front rower to score adjacent to the posts. Reynolds made no mistake with the conversion for the Bunnies to lead 24-18.


A penalty to the Bunnies within kicking distance posed an opportunity for the side to extend their lead to eight points, but the team opted instead to take the tap. The decision paid dividends when Ben Teo slammed the ball over the line. Reynolds converted from out wide to take the score to 30-18.


Off the back of a Rabbitohs mistake, Albert Kelly capitalised out wide to bring the visitors back within striking distance.


Kelly wasnt done though. Just three minutes from full-time, the Titans looked to score a certain try after a break from Albert Kelly, but a beautiful cover defensive tackle from Greg Inglis diffused the opportunity just short of the line, giving the Bunnies victory.


South Sydney Rabbitohs 30 (Greg Inglis, Issac Luke, Dylan Walker, Roy Asotasi, Ben Teo; Adam Reynolds 5 goals)


Defeated


Gold Coast Titans 24 (Albert Kelly 2, Kevin Gordon, William Zillman; Aidan Sezer 4 goals)