The Rabbitohs secured a position in the 2015 Auckland Nines Grand Final after easily accounting for the Parramatta Eels 37-6, setting up a showdown with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.
Souths once again highlighted their attacking prowess in the nine a side format of the game, with doubles to Bryson Goodwin and Adam Reynolds – the performance against the Parramatta side arguably the Club’s most impressive victory in the competition to that point, providing the team with momentum leading into the final with the Sharks.
Souths capitalised on the mistakes of Parramatta early on in the game, with Bryson Goodwin crossing over for a try out wide after an Eels lost ball 20 metres out from their try line. Reynolds missed the conversion attempt, leaving the score at 4-0.
Ill-discipline from former Rabbitoh Chris Sandow, who threw the ball at a Rabbitohs player, saw Souths easily progress up the field, resulting in a try to Adam Reynolds, who also slotted the conversion.
Some impressive combinations up the middle of the field between forwards Isaac Luke, George Burgess and Jason Clark had the Rabbitohs charging up the field, leading to Bryson Goodwin scoring his second out wide. Reynolds was unable to kick the conversion, meaning the score remained 14-0.
Off the re-start the Rabbitohs managed to secure themselves a line drop-out, which would eventually result in Matt King’s third try for the tournament, courtesy of an Adam Reynolds cross-field kick, for an 18-0 lead at half time.
After the break, some brilliant teamwork started by the inspired running of Matt King, saw Angus Crichton score a long range bonus zone try with Reynolds easily adding the extras to make the margin 25 points.
Moments after, Reynolds put a kick into the Eels in-goal area from 40 metres out and raced down the field to score the try. The halfback converted, making the score 31-0. Isaac Luke followed Reynolds’ example and crashed over for a try in the latter stages of the game, with Reynolds slotting the two points once more for a 37-0 lead.
The Eels grabbed a consolation try through Tepai Moeroa, with Junior Paulo adding the extras to round out the match – meaning the Rabbitohs were now Grand Final bound.
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