Monday night’s clash between the Rabbitohs and Titans marks just the twelfth time the two sides will come together. But despite the relative youth of South Sydney and Gold Coast hostilities, the rivalry has seen its fair share of memorable encounters – among them, the Rabbitohs’ round 14 victory over the Titans in Cairns in 2013.
With everything from a thrilling finish that involved cousins Greg Inglis and Albert Kelly taking each other on in the dying seconds, to Dylan Walker bagging what would become the try of the year off some brilliant footwork from Adam Reynolds.
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 him over next to the posts just 10 minutes in.
The Titans hit back through Kevin Gordon in the corner, with Aidan Sezer converting to lock the scores up at six apiece, before a penalty against the Souths 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 Rabbitohs 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 and the season. Reynolds slotted the conversion to lock the game up again at 18-18 at half-time.
After the break, the red and greens were the first to draw blood when Roy Asotasi took 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.
Ben Te’o slammed the ball over the line to add his name to the score-card with Reynolds converting from out wide to take the score to 30-18.
Albert Kelly then brought the Titans back within striking distance with a try, but he wasn’t 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 Souths the victory.
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The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Gold Coast Titans this Monday 7th July at ANZ Stadium. To purchase tickets, please click here. Pre-purchase your tickets to take advantage of free rail travel to and from ANZ Stadium to get behind your Rabbitohs (Rabbitohs Members get free rail travel with the Members passes).