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Around the Grounds: Pathways Trials and Junior Reps

Get the latest update from week three of the Pathways Trials and round four of the SG Ball and Harold Matthews Cup.


Canterbury Cup: South Sydney Rabbitohs 18-26 St George Illawarra Dragons

After losing key players to Charity Shield duties, the Canterbury Cup had a new-look side against the St George Illawarra Dragons in their last hit-out before the regular season.

The Rabbitohs got off to a great start, leading early, but were starved of possession for most of the game due to poor handling and discipline which marched the Dragons upfield and into good-ball territory.

The Dragons had a staggering 64% possession in the second half and a 100-metre try from winger Jason Saab saw them take the lead despite a pretty back-and-forth game.

Ky Rodwell played his first game back from injury while Trent Peoples and Patrice Siolo had solid games in the middle.

Ben Talty produced a brilliant cut-out pass for a try but in the end it was Saints who finished on top.

Jersey Flegg: South Sydney Rabbitohs 30-0 St George Illawarra Dragons.

It was a great attacking display by the Jersey Flegg Rabbitohs today at Erskineville Oval but coach Joe O'Callaghan says the most pleasing thing was the defence.

Despite a hot day, the Rabbitohs opted to make only eight interchanges during the game, proving their conditioning is top-notch leading into round one.

It was a tremendous turnaround from last week's trial after being down 18-0 to Parramatta in the first 10 minutes.

The Rabbitohs picked their times to offload really well and due to the support around the ball, a lot of line breaks and tries came off the back of it.

Joshua Fepuleai played a great game bringing a lot of energy from the bench, while both backrowers, Ryan James and Ben Lovett continued to run angles, finding inside shoulders all day.



Harold Matthews: South Sydney Rabbitohs 24-18 Balmain Tigers

The South Sydney Rabbitohs picked up their first win of the 2020 Harold Matthews season after defeating the Balmain Tigers at Metricon High Performance Centre, Redfern Oval on Saturday.

South Sydney led early 16-0 and winger Jaxon Frintzilas scored a brilliant solo try from 50 metres out; ducking, weaving and dummying his way to the try line.

A couple of positional changes from coach Gaven Sheehan, saw fullback and Captain, Aaron Macey shift to the centres while winger Omar Noureddine made the switch to fullback. These positional changes gave the Rabbitohs more fluidity in attack.

Half, Cooper McGrath played a pivotal role in steering the team around while twin brother, Ryan McGrath plugged the middle at lock.

Next week the Rabbitohs take on heavyweights Penrith, but will be taking a lot of confidence out of this win.

SG Ball: South Sydney Rabbitohs 16-14 Balmain Tigers

The South Sydney Rabbitohs fought back to win narrowly against the Balmain Tigers 16-14 with captain, Dion Teaupa kicking the clutch goal which proved to be the difference.

After starting well, the Rabbitohs were rewarded with an early lead but a couple of errors and penalties swung momentum to the Tigers, who managed to hit-back with a try of their own.

Both teams entered the arm wrestle until South Sydney crossed again just before half time, taking the score to 10-4.

Balmain began the second stanza with intent, scoring two quick-fire tries to take the lead for the first time in the game. However, South Sydney's determination and ability to stay in the fight, which has been proven in previous weeks, shone through. 

Ratu Isireli Tuvana Vesikula at hooker controlled the game and steered the ship well for coach Wayne Collins and the Rabbitohs.