The Rabbitohs will return to Cairns on Sunday, August 3, 2014 – in what will be the second time the Club will take a home match to tropical North Queensland – this time to take on the Newcastle Knights in ‘The Big Show @ Barlow’.
NRL action will return to Barlow Park this season when the Rabbitohs – currently in fourth position – look to defeat a Knights outfit desperate to get their season back on track.
The standard was set on a hot and fast track in 2013 in the first ever instalment of Rabbitohs home-games in Cairns, when the red and green’s notched up their 11th win of the season against the Gold Coast Titans in a round 14 clash dubbed ‘Rumble at the Reef’.
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.
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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 Newcastle Knights in the Big Show at Barlow on August 3rd 2014 at Barlow Park in Cairns. You can purchase tickets via the following methods:
Ph: 07 4053 8333
BROTHERS LEAGUES CLUB, Anderson Street, Manunda
FULLER SPORTS CLUB, Armstrong Street, Edmonton
CDRL OFFICE, Barlow Park (General Admission Only)
STOCKLAND EARVILLE, Mulgrave Road (General Admission Only)