The Rabbitohs carried on their fine run of form from the group stage of the Auckland Nines in their Quarter Final against the Newcastle Knights, securing an emphatic 30-6 victory to cement themselves a position in the final four.
The win set up a semi-final showdown with an in-form Parramatta Eels outfit for a spot in the tournament final.
Souths started their clash with the Knights in disappointing style, with the Novocastrians opening the scoring through Jake Mamo in the first set of the match. Jarred Mullen had no issues with the conversion, giving his team a 6-0 lead.
As they had done in their previous matches, the men in red and green worked hard on both sides of the ball and got themselves back into the contest. Chris McQueen made the most of a loose-ball in the Newcastle in-goal area, touching down for a bonus zone try. Reynolds converted, providing the Rabbitohs with a 7-6 lead and swinging the momentum back in South’s favour.
The Rabbitohs continued to dominate in attack, with Aaron Gray linking up with Matt King, sending the veteran over for his second try of the tournament.
Souths were unable to cross over for another try in the first half despite mounting considerable pressure. The side would ultimately go to the break leading 13-6.
On the resumption, the Rabbitohs continued to impress in attack, with Ben Lowe charging from 25 metres out to score a bonus try. Reynolds easily added the extras, extending the lead to 19-6. George Burgess then followed up his fellow forward, crossing over for his second five-point-try of the tournament. Once again, Reynolds had no issue adding the two points.
The Rabbitohs were not done yet though, with Joel Reddy grabbing the final try of the encounter in the dying moments of the game, securing a 30-6 victory and a spot in the top four.