Young Rabbitohs Lasso Cowboys in Round 19
The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ under 20s outfit have extended their undefeated run to eight matches with a solid 32 points to 18 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys at the Simply Energy High Performance Centre at Redfern Oval today (Saturday).
Winger Jalen Reweti scored a double to help the young Rabbitohs seal their sixth win from their last eight matches plus two draws over the previous two games.
Kalyn Ponga opened the scoring for the Cowboys giving the away side a six-nil lead after 18 minutes, but Souths would strike back five minutes later when fullback Beau Cordtz made a break, putting Blake Manowski away for the try. Dean Hawkins converted to level the scores at six-all.
The Rabbitohs scored back-to-back tries when Harry Leddy broke the line to score two minutes later, with Hawkins’ conversion giving Souths their first lead of the day.
A further three minutes would pass before South Sydney would score again, this time Reweti touching down for his first try of the afternoon after some great work from captain Kalani Ili and Cordtz.
Reweti scored his second just before the break, taking the half time lead to 20-6 in favour of the good guys.
The Cowboys started to mount a comeback with Kurt Wiltshire scoring in the 46th minute and Jake Clifford in the 53rd, reducing the deficit to just two points.
The young Rabbitohs then kicked it back into gear with tries to Nic Mougios and Gabe Hamlin in the final five minutes securing the victory.
The Rabbitohs took on the Cowboys in the middle of the field and won the battle of the big boys. Beau Cordtz was dangerous at the back and Gabe Hamlin worked himself to a stand-still, scoring a well-deserved try at the end of the match as well as kicking the first goal of his NYC career.
The Rabbitohs now have a six-day turnaround before taking on the Sharks away from home next Friday evening.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 (Jalen Reweti 2, Blake Manowski, Harry Leddy, Nic Mougios, Gabe Hamlin tries; Dean Hawkins 3, Gabe Hamlin goals)
North Queensland Cowboys 18 (Kalyn Ponga, Kurt Wiltshire, Jake Clifford tries; Jake Clifford 3 goals)