The South Sydney Rabbitohs have turned in a strong performance on the back of their forward pack to record an away win over the Gold Coast Titans, 24 points to 14 at Cbus Super Stadium tonight (Saturday).
Rabbitohs prop PJ Los’e scored two tries in a game which was dominated by the Rabbitohs’ forward pack.
The Rabbitohs struck first when Los’e crashed over next to the posts in the second minute of play. Irae Simone converted to give the Rabbitohs an early six-nil lead.
The sides went end-to-end for the next 25 minutes before the Rabbitohs struck again, this time through livewire Devon Makoare-Boyce. A quick play-the-ball from Cheyne Whitelaw in front of the sticks gave Makoare-Boyce a chance to step his way through the defence to score under the black dot. Simone converted the try to give the Rabbitohs a 12 point advantage after 29 minutes.
The Titans struck back immediately through captain Kane Elgey who crossed under the posts. He converted his own try to reduce the Rabbitohs’ advantage to six points, with the half time score line remaining at 12-6 in favour of South Sydney.
The Titans scored after nine minutes of the second half through left winger Brian Kelly in the left hand corner, but Elgey missed the conversion, meaning the Rabbitohs had a two-point advantage.
Both sides had numerous attacking opportunities but it was not until the 69th minute that more points would be posted, with Rabbitohs lock Cheyne Whitelaw making the most of a great offload from five-eighth Brad Wall to score under the posts. Simone made no mistake with the kick, establishing an 18-10 lead with nine minutes left on the clock.
The Rabbitohs put the result beyond doubt when Los’e crashed over under the posts to score his second try for the afternoon, Simone’s conversion taking the score-line to 24-10 with three minutes left.
The Titans scored a consolation try in the 77th minute when they kicked off the back of a scrum for right winger Zac Spring to score, taking the final score to 24-14 in favour of South Sydney.
The Rabbitohs were on the front foot for much of the game courtesy of forwards Whitelaw, Los’e, Eden Syme, and 18-year-old Zane Musgrove. Straight, hard running hurt the Titans and gave the visitors great go-forward throughout the 80 minutes. The defence was also strong, forcing the Titans into error on numerous occasions.
Rabbitohs 24 (PJ Los’e 2, Devon Makoare-Boyce, Cheyne Whitelaw tries; Irae Simone 4 goals)
Titans 14 (Kane Elgey, Brian Kelly, Zac Spring tries; Kane Elgey goal)