South Sydney’s NYC (under 20s) side has gone down to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles by 38-12 at ANZ Stadium this evening in Round 16.
The Rabbitohs took the uncharacteristic step of kicking off short to the Manly side. But the decision would prove costly almost immediately when the Sea Eagles marched their way up-field to register first points through James Parker. Hugh Pratt converted to make it 6-0 after just three minutes.
The Sea Eagles would follow up 10 minutes later when they attacked the Rabbitohs line before swinging the ball out to Jesse Bogle who streaked over to score. Pratt added the extras again to make it 12-0.
The Rabbitohs’ woes continued when a Will Pearsall chip into the in-goal saw Darcy Cox swoop and score from close range. Pratt made no mistake to make it 18-0 after 19 minutes before a penalty goal saw them extend the lead further to 20-0.
Souths’ defence stiffened for the remainder of the half, but the two sides would ultimately go to the break with Manly ahead by 20 points.
On the resumption, the Rabbitohs looked a more determined outfit as they attacked the Manly line with intent. But poor handling would prove their undoing on a number of occasions and would ultimately serve to put the visitors further ahead.
In their first real attacking opportunity of the second half, Manly hoisted a bomb close to the line which was well taken by Addison Demtriou and planted firmly over the line. Pratt converted to take the score to 26-0.
With three-quarters of the game gone, the Rabbitohs finally got on the board when Angus Crichton broke through the Sea Eagles’ line before bettering the position to score. Eli Levido converted from close range to bring the score to 26-6.
The fight-back was short-lived though, as Manly attacked the short-side with intent to eventually put Brad Parker over in the corner with just under 17 minutes in the match remaining. Pratt converted to make it 32-6.
As the clock wound down, a series of quick play the balls saw Many halfback Riley Travers streak 15 metres to score out wide. Pratt’s conversion made it 38-6.
Souths got a consolation try through Devon Makoare-Boyce, with Levido adding the extras to bring the final score to 38-12.
Sea Eagles 38 (James Parker, Jesse Bogle, Darcy Cox, Addison Demetriou, Brad Parker, Riley Travers, tries; Hugh Pratt 7 goals)
Rabbitohs 12 (Angus Crichton, Devon Makoare-Boyce, tries; Eli Levido 2 goals)