The South Sydney Rabbitohs have booked their place in the Auckland Nines Final Four after demolishing the Newcastle Knights 30-6 in this afternoon’s Quarter Final.
The result means the Rabbitohs will take on an impressive Parramatta Eels outfit for a spot in the tournament’s Grand Final
It was a poor start for the Rabbitohs as the Knights streaked away for a try from the very first set of the match through Jake Mamo. Jarrod Mullen converted to give the Knights a six point lead.
But the Rabbitohs hit straight back through Chris McQueen after some pulverising defence from the red and greens. With the Knights desperate to avoid a line drop out, a loose pass was picked up by McQueen to score a bonus zone try. Reynolds converted from in front to take the lead 7-6.
The Rabbitohs continued to show enthusiasm in attack with Aaron Gray and Matt King linking up for King to grab his second of the tournament making it 11-6.
The ensuing kick-off saw the Rabbitohs receive a line drop out, placing them in prime attacking position instantly. But while Souths received two penalties on the Knights line as the first half wound down, they were unable to break through for a try. Instead, Adam Reynolds opted to take a shot at penalty-goal to extend the lead to 13-6 at half time.
On the resumption, Ben Lowe powered his way over in fine style from 25 metres out to extend the lead right next to the bonus zone. Reynolds added the extras to make it 19-6.
Souths then proceeded to tighten their grip on the match when George Burgess grabbed his second five-point try of the tournament before compounding the Knights’ woes by converting the try himself.
With the clock winding down, Joel Reddy grabbed a final try to make the final score 30-6, booking their place in the competition’s final four.
The Rabbitohs will now take on the Parramatta Eels in Semi Final 1 at 3:25 for a chance at a spot in the Grand Final.
Rabbitohs 30 (Chris McQueen, Matt King, Ben Lowe, George Burgess, Joel Reddytries; Adam Reynolds 3, George Burgess 1, goals)
Knights 6 (Jake Mamo tries; Jarrod Mullen 1 goal)