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Junior Reps - Round 5 Results

Harold Matthews: South Sydney Rabbitohs 10-30 Penrith Panthers

Coming off a solid 24-18 win against the Balmain Tigers last week, Coach Gaven Sheehan's Harold Matthews side had the mammoth task of taking down the Penrith Panthers today at Metricon High Performance Centre, Redfern Oval.

Aware of the challenge, Sheehan admitted his side had nothing to lose and was pleased that the second half was competitive with only a try difference between the two teams.

Winger Daniel Wright and hooker Javei Chan Kum Tong crossed for the Rabbitohs while Cooper McGrath kicked one from two.

Sheehan was particularly impressed with Chan Kum Tong's performance saying that his defence was superb today and that he has been one of the most consistent players in the side.

There's no doubt the Harold Matthews Rabbitohs have shown improvement over the last few weeks and Sheehan is optimistic that they can hit their straps; timing a run at the right end of the season.

SG Ball: South Sydney Rabbitohs 12-26 Penrith Panthers

Despite conceding a try to the Panthers within the first two minutes, the SG Ball Rabbitohs did tremendously well to get back in the arm wrestle to win the half 12-4.

Interchange William Taliai brought energy from the bench and was rewarded after crossing in the 19th minute, while five-eighth Mac Puafisi sliced through just before the break to extend the Rabbitohs' lead.

Both tries were converted by halfback and Captain, Dion Teaupa, who was clutch last week - stepping up to slot the game-winning goal against the Tigers.

Unfortunately for the Rabbitohs, the Panthers clicked into gear after the break, crossing in the first few minutes upon resumption.

The try was converted by Niwhai Puru which closed the gap to just two points.

Both teams looked relatively even in the 10-15 minutes that followed until the Panthers went back-to-back in a matter of minutes, giving them an eight point buffer with 20 minutes remaining.

While the Rabbitohs threw everything at them, victory was confirmed for the Panthers when Niwhai Puru broke through with only two minutes remaining - registering South Sydney's first loss of 2020.

Penrith now sit at second on the ladder with South Sydney closely behind on third.