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Rabbitohs v Titans

ANZ Stadium

Monday, 7pm

If round nine from this season is anything to go by, then Monday night could be a good night for the Rabbitohs. But with the Gold Coast Titans desperately looking for a win after going down in six consecutive games, you can bet the visitors won’t be laying down too easily come Monday.

That’s certainly the opinion of Rabbitohs skipper John Sutton, who believes the depleted Titans will be ready to lay it all on the line in the round 17 clash.

“I guess they haven’t been in the best of form lately, so I think they’ll be putting their season on the line this week – they’ll be coming fired up,” said Sutton.

But despite his side grabbing four wins in a row before round 16, the Rabbitohs had a sluggish start against the Cowboys in their last outing, a fact that had them on the wrong end of a 14-0 score-line inside the first 10 minutes of play.

“After our last performance, we definitely need to play a lot better and improve on our starts. Hopefully we can do it this week,” admitted Sutton.

“The first 20 minutes we didn’t touch the ball and gave them (the Cowboys) a big lead and it was hard to pull them back after that.

“We did a review, like we do after every game. We’ve just been training hard early in the week – it’s been a long turn-around, so we’ve still got a couple of sessions to go. Hopefully we just keep improving at training and hopefully it shows on the park.”

To see Sutton’s full interview, please click here.

Both teams will be missing Origin stars, forcing reshuffles on both sides of half-way. The Rabbitohs will be without Greg Inglis and Ben Te’o thanks to the Game III, while the Titans will be without the services of Greg Bird, Dave Taylor and Nate Myles.

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).

Last Time They Met

Dylan Walker helped the Rabbitohs to a 40-18 victory over the then-competition leading Titans on the Gold Coast in round nine – the Souths Junior grabbing four tries in front of 19,107 fans to score Souths’ fifth win of the season.

To watch all the highlights, please click here.

To watch the post-match press conference, please click here.

To watch the Fujitsu Post-match reaction of Michael Maguire, please click here.

To watch the Fujitsu Post-Match Reaction of Dylan Walker, please click here.

Walker was in scintillating form from the get-go with elusive running resulting in the first try of the game before proceeding to trouble the Titans for the remaining 80. Another Souths Junior in the form of Alex Johnston also grabbed a double.

But it wasn’t just the Rabbitohs’ attack that had the Gold Coast fighting to breathe. Another mammoth defensive effort saw the red and greens miss just six tackles – reminiscent of this year’s much talked about defensive effort against the Panthers.

With their first touch of the ball, Dylan Walker crabbed across field, creating an over-lap for Kirisome Auva’a who raced through and passed back on the inside to Walker to cruise over and score inside the first two minutes. Adam Reynolds added the extras right next to the sticks to make it six points to nil.

It became a double-punch from the red and green centres just three minutes later when Auva’a inched his way over the try-line himself – the video referee awarding the four-pointer after a brief look for a double-movement. Reynolds missed the conversion leaving the score at 10-0.

Another strong set from the kick-off saw the Rabbitohs back in attacking position, and it was all about the red and green centres again, with Dylan Walker darting down the short-side just five metres in from touch and powering over to score out wide. Reynolds used the upright to bounce the ball back between the sticks to make it 16-0 after just ten minutes.

Souths seemed to be making metres and breaks effortlessly – in the 14th minute, a Greg Inglis offload on the 30 metre line to Adam Reynolds put the little half in the clear before passing on to Alex Johnston who raced the remaining distance to score on the touch-line. Bryson Goodwin lined up the shot at goal and made no mistake with his first attempt of the year making it 22-0.

It took 20 minutes for the Titans to finally get within striking distance thanks to a penalty. But the Rabbitohs defence held strong, managing to force an error from former Rabbitoh Dave Taylor right on the try-line.

In the 24th minute, the Titans finally managed to open their account for the night when Anthony Don intercepted a lobbing John Sutton pass to race 70 metres untouched. Aidan Sezer converted to make it 22-6 after 26 minutes.

The Titans began to gain in confidence in the latter stages of the half. Don made it two tries three minutes from half-time when he diffused a cross-field kick in the in-goal to plant the ball down. Sezer converted to make it 22-12 to take the teams to the sheds.

On the resumption, it took just two minutes for the Rabbitohs to get back into gear – Adam Reynolds putting a kick in behind the Titans defensive line for Dylan Waker to swoop and score his third try of the evening. Goodwin added the extras to make it 28-12.

Just two minutes later, Alex Johnston took a Titans bomb beautifully before racing 85 metres to outrun all defenders and seemingly score. But the video referee ruled against the try on the grounds of the Rabbitohs blocking Titans defenders during the kick.

George Burgess barnstormed his way over the line, but the Titans stripped the ball, before Chris McQueen in turn stripped the ball from the Titans to make his own claim for a four-pointer. The video referee ruled against the try.

The Rabbitohs had a third try disallowed just minutes later when Dylan Walker was denied his fourth for an ‘alleged’ knock-on – Rabbitohs Members and supporters left the Gold Coast in no doubt about their frustrations.

But Walker made no mistake in the 64th minute when he took a an offload from Greg Inglis inside the 20 metre line for the Souths Junior to notch up his fourth try of the night. Goodwin converted to make it 34-12.

The floodgates then opened up for the Rabbitohs when George Burgess busted through and flicked a pass inside to Alex Johnston who crossed for his second under the black dot. Goodwin made no mistake to notch up 40 points for the men in red and green.

The Titans scored a late consolation try through Dave Taylor, but the damage had been done – the Rabbitohs defeating the Titans by 40-18.


Keys to Victory

If the Rabbitohs took anything out of last week’s loss to the Cowboys, it’s the importance of starting well. This will no doubt be the mantra of Michael Maguire’s men leading right up until kick-off. Avoid the lacklustre start, and the men in red and green could be in the box-seat.

Expect both Rabbitohs hookers, Apisai Koroisau and Issac Luke to put in big performances and act as a one-two punch against the Titans. Both players bring unbounded energy to the hooking role, and set the tone for Souths’ attack. If both players can get good ball away from the ruck, while also taking any and all opportunities to run the ball and make easy metres, the Titans could find themselves on the back foot.


The Matchups


Rabbitohs v Titans

ANZ Stadium

Monday, 4.25pm

After getting up against the Cowboys in round 16, the South Sydney Rabbitohs’ NYC side will take on the Gold Coast Titans on Monday night in an attempt to leapfrog their way into the top-eight.

With a bottle-neck in the under 20’s ladder between seventh and tenth that includes the Rabbitohs (10th) on 18 points, victory over the 15th placed Titans, coupled with favourable results, could see Souths come into the top-eight.

And with a points differential of -16, the Rabbitohs are in the box-seat to take victory over the Titans who are coming off a string of losses and a points differential of 158 – just above the last placed Bulldogs.

But Souths Coach Ben Gardiner isn’t looking at the stats, citing that the Titans have plenty of strike power that can cause damage across the park.

“They have some good halves as well as a good back-three,” said Gardiner.

“It’s been a mixed few weeks for us for sure, but If we stick to our game-plan and put the things that we talk about into practice, we’ll put ourselves in a good position.”

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).

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