The Rabbitohs’ NYC side have defeated the Gold Coast Titans in a high-scoring encounter on the Gold Coast by 30-26.
A try-scoring double to winger Josh Ellison, plus a perfect afternoon with the boot from Jordie Hedges who kicked five goals from five attempts from all over the pitch, helped the Rabbitohs to the all-important win.
The Rabbitohs opened the scoring when Chad O’Donnell broke through the Titans defence before racing the remaining yards to score. Jordie Hedges converted to give the red and greens the early six point lead.
After just seven minutes of play, the Titans responded when they took advantage of a seven-tackle set before spinning the ball out to winger, Christian Mika who dived over in the corner. The home-side was unable to convert, leaving the Rabbitohs leading by 6-4.
Despite some promising attacking raids from the Titans right on the Rabbits’ line, Eli Levido made an opportunity out of nothing against the run of play when he dummied before going himself and stepping through the home-side’s defence to score a brilliant individual try right next to the posts. Hedges converted to make it 12-4 half-way through the opening stanza.
The teams were going tit for tat when Brian Kelly stepped through the red and green defence before bettering the position to score behind the sticks. A captain’s challenge from the Rabbitohs for an obstruction during the play was over-ruled by officials, the try ultimately standing. Shaun Hudson converted to make it a two-point ball-game at 12-10 in Souths’ favour.
A break from Toby Rudolf laid the platform for another Rabbitohs four-pointer – Liam Coleman putting the ball on the chest of an unmarked Josh Ellison on the wing as a result. Hedges converted from the touch-line to make it 18-10.
But Tevita Folau of the Titans was having none of it – the winger hitting back almost immediately on the touch-line unmarked to take the teams to the sheds with Souths leading 18-14.
On the resumption, the Titans wasted no time in scoring points with Hudson taking control by scoring a four-pointer and adding the extras himself to take the lead. Chris Law then grabbed the third try of his career by diving over the line before Hudson again added the extras to make it 26-18.
The Rabbitohs hit back when Wallace Tangiiti spotted an opening in the Titans’ defence and took full advantage. Hedges made no mistake again to bring the Rabbitohs’ within two points at 26-24.
With ten minutes in the match remaining, Josh Ellison grabbed his second of the afternoon when a Rabbitohs back-line movement saw the Titans’ defence drawn in, leaving Ellison unmarked on the flank. Hedges was on song yet again with the boot, kicking his fifth of the afternoon from five attempts to make it 30-26 to round out the match.
Rabbitohs 30 (Chad O’Donnell, Eli Levido, Josh Ellison 2, Wallace Tangiiti, tries; Jordie Hedges 5 goals)
Titans 26 (Christian Mika, Brian Kelly, Tevita Folau, Shaun Hudson, Chris Law, tries; Shaun Hudson 3 goals)