NRL & NYC Previews - Rd 21, 2014

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Rabbitohs v Knights
Sunday 3 August
Barlow Park, Cairns
3:00pm – NRL Kick Off

The Rabbitohs will return to Cairns this Sunday 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’.

For the second placed Rabbits, victory will keep them in touch with the ladder-leading Sea Eagles (currently four points ahead on 30), as well as providing the potential to pull away from the Panthers and Bulldogs – both of whom sit equal with Souths on 26 points.

But the Knights also have plenty to play for. Despite a tumultuous start to the season, a recent run of good form has seen the men in blue and red take out four of their last five matches, including an impressive last-ditch victory against defending-Premiers, the Roosters.

Rabbitohs forward, Ben Lowe, is in no doubt that the Knights will be a dangerous proposition on Sunday afternoon at Barlow Park.

“We’re expecting to play them at their best I suppose,” said Lowe.

 

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“They’re going to come up there and probably put in a great performance. Their season probably hasn’t been the greatest, but look we’re heading up there as well and looking forward to a good battle.

“We’ll be heading up there to make sure we go up and play an 80 minute game of footy, and making sure we’re doing the best we can.”

To watch the full interview with Ben, please click here.

Souths will be without the services of John Sutton at five eighth, after the skipper sustained a medial ligament injury against the Canberra Raiders on Monday night – an injury which opens an opportunity for recently returned playmaker, Luke Keary.

Keary this week said that while the loss of Sutton was not ideal for the team, it presents an opportunity for him to grow into the five-eighth role alongside halfback, Adam Reynolds.

“It’s obviously not ideal for the team,” said Keary of losing Sutton.

“I guess it’s a good opportunity for me to have a crack there at six for a couple of weeks and work really hard there with Reyno (Adam Reynolds) for the next couple of weeks and see how we go there.”

To watch the full interview with Luke, please click here.

 

Last Time They Met

Despite missing Origin players Greg Inglis, Ben Te’o and Chris McQueen, the Rabbitohs rallied to come back from an early 12-0 deficit to beat the Newcastle Knights 25-18 in round 12.

The wet conditions did the side no favours early with a myriad of drop balls keeping the home side under pressure before Newcastle opened the scoring 12 minutes into the match through Knights back rower Alex Mckinnon.

The Knights went on with the job from the ensuing kick-off with a perfect backline movement resulting in Knights winger Josh Mantellato racing over in the corner for the visitors. Mantellato converted his own try for the Knights to lead 12-0.

Thirteen minutes from half time, John Sutton seized an opportunity close to the line to open the Rabbitohs’ account for the night, slamming the ball down next to the sticks.

The try breathed new life in to the Rabbitohs’ attack from the restart – a short ball from Nathan Merritt sending Beau Champion in for Souths’ second of the night.

After the break, George Burgess finally broke the deadlock in the 54th minute, bringing the Rabbitohs faithful to their feet with a barnstorming run from the 20 metre line, shrugging off five defenders in the process to score.

A beautiful cut out pass from Ben Lowe then sent Dylan Walker to score out wide for his second career try in the top grade. Adam Reynolds converted from the sideline to increase the lead to 24-12.

But a mistake on the first tackle from Jason Clark allowed Newcastle back within a converted try when James McManus capitalised by crossing in the corner, bringing the scores to 24-18.

With two minutes in the match remaining, Adam Reynolds put the result beyond doubt when he landed a booming 45 metre field goal to break the Knights’ backs and end the match 25-18.

 

Escape the winter and catch The Big Show @ Barlow Park in Cairns. Visit www.ticketscairns.com.au to purchase tickets.

 

Matchups

Intrust Super Cup - Northern Pride v Tweed Heads Seagulls
Sunday 3 August
Barlow Park, Cairns
12:30pm – Kick Off

Just when you thought the NRL action wouldn’t be enough at Barlow Park, fans will get the chance to see a top of the table blockbuster from the Intrust Super Cup before the Rabbitohs take on the Knights. The first placed Northern Pride will take on the second placed Tweed Heads Seagulls in what promises to be a classic encounter and pre-cursor for things to come in the NRL fixture.

The Pride sit atop the competition ladder by an impressive six points, having won 16 of their matches and lost only three. But if there’s any team who can rein the Pride back in, it’s the Seagulls, who have managed to win five of their last six encounters against the Cairns-based outfit.

Working against the Tweed Heads side though, is an imposing record held by the home-side. The Pride have won their last nine fixtures at Barlow Park, and with the best defensive record in the Intrust Super Cup so far in 2014 (with only 337 points scored against), the Seagulls will have their work cut out for them.

Rabbitohs Members and supporters and rugby league fans are urged to get out to the ground early to take in the first of what will be two blockbuster encounters at Barlow Park this Sunday.

 

Escape the winter and catch The Big Show @ Barlow Park in Cairns. Visit www.ticketscairns.com.au to purchase tickets.

 

NYC
Rabbitohs v Knights
Saturday 2nd August
Redfern Oval, Kickoff: 2pm

With the Rabbitohs heading north of the border to play in Cairns on Sunday, Ben Gardiner’s NYC side will keep the red and green flags flying high back at the Club’s spiritual home of Redfern Oval, when they take on the Newcastle Knights in round 21 of the Holden Cup competition.

After bagging a 22-18 victory over the Canberra Raider in the nation’s capital, the Rabbitohs NYC side sits in 11th place on the Holden Cup ladder, just three points out of the top eight.

Ben Gardiner’s men will face stiff opposition this week though, as they take on the table-topping Newcastle Knights – a team that has proven to be prolific at scoring points. With 632 points for and 410 against, the Knights will be looking to solidify their reign at the top.

Their motivation will no doubt be the 40-16 drubbing they were dealt at the hands of the Roosters in round 20 – their biggest loss of the season thus far.

But with the Rabbitohs in the familiar surroundings of their home-base of Redfern Oval, coupled with a positive showing against the Raiders mere days earlier, Souths will no doubt put the Knights to the test.

Rabbitohs Members and supporters are urged to get out to Redfern Oval to throw their support behind their team at the Club’s spiritual home.