Junior Reps produce big wins over Newcastle

Both South Sydney Rabbitohs Harold Matthews (16s) and SG Ball (18s) sides recorded big wins against the Newcastle Knights in Round 8 of their respective competitions at the Metricon High Performance Centre at Redfern Oval.

It was a top-of-the-table clash between the Harold Matthews Rabbitohs and Knights, with both sides yet to face defeat before their clash. 

Coming off their bye, the Red and Green were slow to react as Newcastle scored the first try of the match just two minutes in, but were quick to respond as captain and fullback Joseph Suaalii crossed a few minutes later.

It then kicked-off a dominant first-half display from the home side, with tries to Joshua Mocevakaca, Izayah Tuigamala, Dranza Hawe-De-Thierry, Emmanuel Di Bartolo and William Taliai giving the side a commanding 30-10 lead at the half-time break. 

While the second stanza was much quieter in the points-scoring department, with the Knights crossing for a consolation try, it was a well-deserved victory for the Rabbitohs, who now sit alone at the top of the table as the only undefeated side in the competition. 

They will now travel to HE Laybutt Stadium this Saturday to take on the third-placed Manly Sea Eagles in a bid to wrap up the Minor Premiership. 

South Sydney Rabbitohs 30 (Joseph Suaalii, Joshua Mocevakaca, Izayah Tuigamala, Dranza Hawe-De-Thierry, Emmanuel Di Bartolo, William Taliai tries; Joseph Nohra 3 goals) 

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Newcastle Knights 16 (Mitchell Henderson, Brody Perry, Macauley Aoake tries; Brody Perry 2 goals) 

 

After breaking a five-match losing streak last week down in Melbourne, the South Sydney SG Ball side went back-to-back for the first time this season with a commanding 34-16 win over the Knights. 

Halfback Brad Zampech was the star of the show, scoring three tries and kicking five goals, making up 22 of the side's 34 points. 

In the first twenty minutes of the match, the sides went tit-for-tat with two tries each, before Zampech's second try gave his side an eight-point lead at the break.

The Cardinal and Myrtle then sprung to life, with a second-half blitz seeing three tries scored in fifteen minutes - including Zampech's third - sealing the result. 

It was the first time since Round 1 that both sides tasted victory in the same week, with the Redfern faithful more than ecstatic with the results. 

The SG Ball side will also travel to HE Laybutt Field next week to take on Manly in their last match of the season. 

South Sydney Rabbitohs 34 (Brad Zampech 3, Zane Bijorac, Daylen Meredith, Peter Mamouzelos tries; Brad Zampech 5 goals)

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Newcastle Knights 16 (Kobe Davies, Okusitino Lui, Kane Evans tries; Max Buderus 2 goals) 

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