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Charity Shield: Half Time Takeaways

1) Zing it wide

Campbell Graham crossed in the corner with his first touch of the game while the Dragons got the same result kicking to the corners, when Paul Vaughan scored from a Winger's error.

Graham scores early for South Sydney

2) Second-phase footy

Both sides are probably a bit guilty of not slowing down the ruck enough and as a result there has been quick roll-through in the middle-third of the field, sparked by both dummy-halves.

Rabbitohs dominated the offloads in the first half 8-1 and a result they had 300 more running metres (846 to 549).

For instance, a great offload from Latrell Mitchell early in the first half gave Liam Knight an extra 15 running metres while Cody Walker scampered for a 20-metre run out of dummy-half the play after due to the quick play-the-ball.

3) Short kicking game is key

Cody Walker forced a line drop out with a deft chip kick while Adam Reynolds also did the same on the opposite side of the field, off the back of a quick play-the-ball.

Latrell showed his skill putting the ball onto his less-favoured right foot to also earn his side a repeat set. Despite not capitalising off these repeat sets, the ability to build pressure is crucial.

4) Captains Challenge could prove revolutionary

Referee Ashley Klein adjudicated that Latrell Mitchell did not knock the ball forward when attempting to diffuse a bomb. The replay however showed Mitchell did in fact touch the ball which meant St George were successful with their challenge and got the ball back 10 metres from the Rabbitohs line.

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