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Rabbitohs’ NSW Cup side secures fourth straight victory

The Rabbitohs pathways sides went up against the Newcastle Knights in a triple header at Ironmark High Performance Centre on Saturday.

The NSW Cup side left as the sole winners on the day, with yet another impressive showing to get their fourth straight victory.

The Jersey Flegg and Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership were defeated in tough circumstances against the Knights to round out the day at Redfern.

NSW Cup

The Rabbitohs NSW Cup side has secured a fourth straight win, with a convincing 19 point victory over the Knights.

After a rampant first-half, where the Rabbitohs enjoyed a 24-0 lead, the Knights surged in a ten minute period with Ritchie Kennar in the sin bin.

However, the determined Souths outfit reasserted their dominance on the game with a level playing field.

After holding off some early pressure from the Knights attack, the Rabbitohs began to find themselves on the front foot.

Jack Campagnolo opened the scoring in the 6th minute, breaking through the line for an untouched opener.

With the pressure mounting on the Knights defence, Izaac Thompson capitalised on the back of an impressive run from Kennar to double the host's lead.

It was all one-way traffic for the remainder of the half, with Jacob Gagai setting up Campagnolo for a well-deserved double.

Thompson crossed over the line twice in the final minutes of the half, securing a notable first-half hat-trick in the process.

With all the momentum from the first half, the Rabbitohs looked to continue to punish the Knights for the remainder of the game.

However, with Ritchie Kennar sent to the sin bin in the 53rd minute, the numerical advantage proved too hard to overcome for the hosts.

Luke Huth, Dylan Phythian and Honeti Tuha all crashed over in the ten-minute period, but with only one successful conversion, the Rabbitohs still held a comfortable ten-point lead.

Fresh off a short stint in the NRL game on Thursday, Davvy Moale showed his experience, getting the game-sealing try in the 66th minute.

Peter Mamouzelos’ field goal in the dying seconds put the icing on the cake, on what was a successful end to a tough day for the Rabbitohs at Ironmark High-Performance Centre.

The Rabbitohs sealed the impressive victory, as they begin to mount serious pressure on the top four of the competition.

Individually, it was a stellar showing from Izaac Thompson, with three tries and 112 run metres on a memorable afternoon.

Jack Campagnolo showed his class with a well-earned double and had a hand in the other two tries scored in the first half.

Davy Moale was impressed for the Rabbitohs, backing up from NRL duties with a notable 105 run metres, three tackle breaks and the important game-sealing try.

Jersey Flegg Cup        

It was another tough outing for the Jersey Flegg side, going down 36-10 to the Knights at Ironmark High Performance Centre.

After looking the better side in the opening half, the Rabbitohs surrendered a ten-point lead and conceded 36 second-half points.

Carson Kaho got Souths off to a dream start, capitalising on a Knights error to open the scoring in the 4th minute.

The Rabbitohs excelled defensively in the first half, imposing their physical dominance and keeping the Knights in their own end for the majority of the half.

Romano Cook burrowed over from dummy-half to extend the Rabbitohs lead to ten as they headed into the break.

It was a tale of two halves, with Newcastle gaining some early momentum and carrying it through the remainder of the game.

Lachlan O’Brien capitalised on the back of the early pressure, with a try in the opening minutes of the second half.

David Armstrong and Harry Croker crashed over in quick succession, as the Knights found themselves in the lead for the first time.

With the errors piling up and Ryan Garner sent to the sin bin, the Knights surged in attack and began to blow the game out.

Mitch Henderson and James Johnson both found their way over in a ten-minute period, as the extra-man proved to be an ignitor for the Newcastle attack.

Tevita Toloi capped off the successful second-half comeback, with a try in the final seconds of the game, securing the 26-point victory.

The Rabbitohs players will feel this one got away from them in the end but will have to build off the positive performance shown in the first-half heading into their next game.

Romano Cook stood out in the losing effort, getting through a lot of work on both sides of the field and scoring a much-needed try.

Tallis Duncan continued on his impressive form with another imposing outing in the forward pack, adding to his resume of consistent performances.

Coming off an NSW Cup debut last week, Tommy Giles showcased his abilities and will continue to be an added presence for both the NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg side for the remainder of the season.

Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership

The Rabbitohs Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership side went down in a fighting effort to the Knights on Saturday.

After a slow start out of the blocks, Souths pulled the game back within reach shortly before the half-time break.

However, the quality of Newcastle was on full display with an impressive second-half showing where they firmly pulled away.

The Rabbitohs did themselves no favours starting off the game, conceding three early penalties before Caitlan Johnston opened the scoring for the visitors.

The Knights piled on the pressure and were rewarded with two quick tries from Jesse Southwell and Sophie Higgins.

Newcastle held a comfortable 16-0 lead in the opening 20 minutes but began to gift the Rabbitohs some crucial field position with a couple of errors.

Monique Donovan broke through the line in the 23rd minute to get Souths on the board with a well-deserved opener.

Seli Mailangi and Moniqca Mo'Ale kept the momentum firmly in the corner of the hosts, giving them two crucial tries on the brink of halftime.

Both sides headed to the sheds at the break with just two points separating them, leaving it all to play for in the final half.

The Knights started the second half on a strong foot, forcing the Rabbitohs into several errors, leading to an early try for Johnston.

Shannon Evans gave Newcastle some much-needed breathing room in the 42nd minute, with the visitors showcasing their wealth of experience.

It only took five minutes for the Rabbitohs to answer back, with Seli Mailangi seizing the opportunity on the back of a couple of Newcastle errors.

As the game entered the final stages, the Rabbitohs attempted to mount a comeback but were held out by a resilient Knights defence.

Newcastle sealed the result with Johnston crossing over for a hat-trick in the final minutes.

Although the Rabbitohs were defeated, there was no denying their effort on the day and the attacking momentum shown in periods throughout the game.

Seli Mailangi was inspirational as hooker for the Rabbitohs just days after being announced in the City squad, scoring a crucial double and leading her side in attack.

Ellie Johnston put on another stellar display from prop, allowing her side to get on the front foot and lifting the energy of the Rabbitohs.

Patricia Raikadroka was critical in defending her edge from the Knights attack, whilst getting the Rabbitohs on the front foot coming out of their own end.

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