The Rabbitohs’ under 20’s side have gone down to the Penrith Panthers in round six of the NYC Premiership by 26-10.
The night didn’t start well for the red and greens, at one stage trailing the home-side by 22 points in the first half.
It didn’t take long for first points to be scored, with Brendan Attwood crossing right next to the sticks inside the first couple of minutes of the match. Bryce Cartwright converted to give the Panthers an early six point lead.
A final tackle, short-side play from the Panthers yielded their second of the evening, this time Cartwright bagging the four-pointer himself to make it 10-0 half-way through the first period.
Despite two promising attacking raids on the Penrith line, the Rabbitohs came up short on both occasions, with poor ball-handling undoing the good lead-up work.
With six minutes in the first half remaining, the Panthers mounted another attacking raid on the Rabbitohs line with winger Joshua Jay finishing off a movement to cross in the corner before Cartwright grabbed his second of the evening in similar fashion. Corey Harawira converted on both occasions to make it 22-0 in the home-sides favour going into the sheds.
It took 65 minutes for the Rabbitohs to finally get on the board, with winger Sam Young breaking the Panthers’ defence for the first time to cross right next to the sticks. Irae Simone converted to make it 22-6.
The red and greens continued to attack the Panthers line, but again it was ball-control that undid Souths’ effort on a number of occasions before a rampaging Tulsa Saumamao raced 30 metres – taking Panthers along for the ride – to score out wide to bring the score to a more respectable 22-10.
With the Panthers yet to score in the second half, the Rabbitohs had all the momentum, but Penrith’s Brendan Attwood had other ideas, racing over for his second try of the evening to make it 26-10 to round out the match.
Panthers 26 (Brendan Attwood 2, Bryce Cartwright, Joshua Jay, tries; Bryce Cartwright 2, Corey Harawira 2 goals)
Rabbitohs 6 (Sam Young, Tulsa Saumamao, tries; Irae Simone 1 goals)