The South Sydney Rabbitohs’ under 20s side have all but wrapped up a position in the NYC Finals Series with a commanding 44-10 victory over the Melbourne Storm at Sunshine Coast Stadium today (Saturday).
The victory takes the Rabbitohs to 30 competition points and a healthy for-and-against of +120 points, with one match to go for the regular season.
The Rabbitohs opened the scoring in the fifth minute of play through Siosifa Talakai and the Storm’s Jacob Tonge responded five minutes later with South Sydney’s 2018 recruit, Jesse Arthars, kicking the conversion.
Then it was all the Rabbitohs’ way for the rest of the half with tries to Gabe Hamlin, Dylan O’Connor and Nic Mougios, as well as two conversions to Adam Doueihi giving South Sydney a 20-6 lead at half time.
The Rabbitohs would go on with the job in the second half with tries to Harry Leddy, Jordan Mailata, Doueihi and Mougios, plus three more goals to Doueihi giving Souths a 42-6 lead before the Storm would score a consolation try to Sale Finau in the closing minutes.
Doueihi would kick a final penalty goal before the full time siren to give the young Rabbitohs a quality win away from home.
The Rabbitohs move on to play the Parramatta Eels next Friday night in an away game at ANZ Stadium. If the young Rabbitohs win they are assured of a Finals finish to the season. If they fall to the Eels other results will need to go the Rabbitohs’ way to ensure a top eight finish.
The Rabbitohs vs Eels NYC game will kick off at 5:35pm next Friday night at ANZ Stadium. Get out there early to support the under 20s in their Finals quest!
South Sydney Rabbitohs 44 (Nic Mougios 2, Siosifa Talakai, Gabe Hamlin, Dylan O’Connor, Harry Leddy, Jordan Mailata, Adam Doueihi tries; Adam Doueihi 6 goals)
Melbourne Storm 10 (Jacob Tonge, Sale Finau tries; Jesse Arthars goal)