South Sydney have defeated Mounties 30 points to 14 in round 16 of the Canterbury Cup on a glorious winter afternoon at Redfern Oval. Halfback Adam Doueihi orchestrated the win with three try-assists, proving to be a threat throughout the match.
South Sydney started well with a heap of early possession after Mounties coughed up the ball on just the second play of the match. A penalty and a call of 6-again saw Souths get 3 sets in a row on the Mounties line, although Mounties defended strongly and held the Rabbitohs out.
Souths were still able to score first in the 6th minute after halfback Adam Doueihi launched a kick high in the middle of the field. Mounties fullback Michael Oldfield chose not to contest the ball while Jaxson Paulo gathered in the ball and raced away to score under the posts.
Mounties received some possession as the half went on, and were able to hit back through Sebastian Kris who burrowed over in the corner in the 17th minute to put the scores at 6-4 to Souths.
Minutes later, Doueihi was able to orchestrate a try for debutant Jaydn Su’A as he cut through the Mounties defence, passing to Su’A who scored one of the simplest tries of his career.
Doueihi was having plenty of influence on the match. A beautiful torpedo bomb forced an error from Oldfield at the back, gifting Souths more possession in good territory.
Souths would go on to extend their lead in the 33rd minute through Mawene Hiroti, who raced past the Mounties defenders after a beautiful set-piece came off from a mid-field scrum, Hiroti grounding the ball in the left corner of the field. He would then convert his own try, leaving the scores at 18-4 going into halftime.
Things would go from bad to worse for Mounties as they sent the kick-off dead on the full to start the second half. Souths would extend their lead in the ensuing set through Bayley Sironen, who crashed over the line next to the posts off a beautiful Josh Cook short ball from dummy half.
Mounties managed to hit back again in the 47th minute through Royce Hunt who crashed through two South Sydney defenders to score in the corner. However a 53rd minute penalty goal by Hiroti saw Souths extend their lead to 16 points.
Jaydn Su’A came from the field in the 66th minute to a standing ovation from the Redfern faithful for his efforts on debut. This was followed shortly by a beautiful try to Mawene Hiroti – his second for the game as well as Doueihi’s third assist.
Mounties managed a consolation try in the 73rd minute to Andre Niko who scored untouched in the right-hand corner of the field, although he was unable to convert the try with a difficult kick from the sideline.
In an unfortunate end to the game both sides were reduced to 12 players after a fight broke out in the middle of the field between Corey Horsbrough and Tom Amone. Mounties managed another consolation try with the extra space on the field, with Sam Williams streaking down the touch line in the 79th minute to score in the corner, leaving the scores at 30-18 at fulltime.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 30 (Mawene Hiroti 2, Jaxson Paulo, Jaydn Su’A, Bayley Sironen tries; Mawene Hiroti 5 goals)
Mounties 14 (Sebastian Kris, Royce Hung, Andre Niko, Sam Williams tries, Andre Niko goal)