The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NYC side has scored a 36-28 victory over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the second fixture of today’s Back to Belmore clash.
In a see-sawing match that saw some strong performances from Rabbitohs across the park, Coach Ben Gardiner’s men built on their performance against the Cronulla Sharks from last week.
The Bulldogs were in first when five-eighth Brandon Cox crossed out wide, with the conversion attempt unsuccessful less than ten minutes into the match. But a second try just two minutes later had the Rabbitohs on the ropes early, trailing 8-0.
The Rabbitohs hit back just before the first drinks break though, with Eden Syme showing good speed to outpace the Dogs defence to make it 8-4.
With the Bulldogs applying sustained pressure to the Rabbitohs line, Cox eventually went in again adjacent to the posts to make it 12-4 in the home-sides favour.
But Rabbitohs’ replacement forward Nick Millar brought the red and greens back into the game with his four pointer to make the score 12-8.
With the first half winding down, a determined Joe Gardiner hit the ball on the burst for the Rabbitohs before crashing over to make it 12 apiece.
On the resumption, it didn’t take long for the Rabbitohs to draw blood with centre Tom Hughes bagging the points to break the deadlock and 16-12.
But the Bulldogs were quick to hit back, with Jake Kamire spinning out of two Rabbitohs defenders before powering over the try-line to level it all up again.
The two sides continued to trade blows with Ofa Felila the next man in red and green to bag points, before Taylam Halls added his name to the score-card as well to make it 24-16.
The men in red and green looked well in control when Tom Hughes raced over for his second of the afternoon to make it 28-16, and things didn’t get better for the Dogs when they sailed the kick-off over the touch-line on the full. Souths took full advantage with Chad Porter bagging a try of his own coming off the bench.
The Bulldogs hit back with two tries to narrow the scores to 32-28 with 10 minutes in the match remaining.
But with four and a half minutes remaining, Rabbitoh five-eighth Wallace Tangiiti strolled over to all but seal the match.
Rabbitohs try-scorers: Eden Syme, Nick Millar, Joe Gardiner, Tom Hughes 2, Ofa Felila, Taylum Halls, Chad Porter, Wallace Taangiiti.