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A Tough Weekend For The Rabbitohs’ Pathways

It was another difficult weekend for our Pathways’ sides, with both teams conceding over 40 points in tough losses.

The NSW Cup side was taken down by the league-leading Newton Jets, as the Jersey Flegg Side was defeated by a rampant Cronulla Sharks outfit.

NSW Cup

The finals aspirations of the NSW Cup side took a massive hit on Saturday afternoon after a heavy 24-point loss to the Jets.

Newton were celebrating their 2022 Beer, Footy & Food Festival, which spurred them on to overcome an early deficit.

The Rabbitohs got off to a dream start and caught the Jets off-guard in the first ten minutes with two early tries.

Izaac Thompson extended his lead atop of the top-try scorer leaderboard with a four-pointer in the 5th minute, shortly before Tyson Hodge doubled the lead minutes later.

After going down by ten points, the Jets ignited their attack and began to flourish with a packed crowd behind them.

Luke Metcalf opened the scoring for the Jets in the 20th minute, but the Rabbitohs quickly regained the momentum on the back of this.

Souths were relentless with the ball in hand as they dominated the next ten minutes of play, as the Jets struggled to maintain possession.

After rather unluckily not extending their lead, the Rabbitohs were punished as Caleb Uele levelled the score with ten minutes to play in the first half.

Charbel Tasipale ensured the hosts would enter the break with a lead as he secured the final try of the half with under 60 seconds remaining before the break.

After pulling off an unlikely comeback in the first half, the momentum was firmly shifted into the corner of the hosts as they entered the second half up by a converted try.

The Rabbitohs repeated their early success of the first half as Thompson scored his second of the afternoon in the opening minutes after the restart.

However, it was all one-way traffic from here as Newton turned on the Jets in attack to secure victory.

Matt Ikuvalu’s try in the 49th minute restored the Jets six-point buffer as they kicked-off an exceptional spell in attack.

Newton extended its lead just minutes later as Mawene Hiroti crossed over in the 54th minute, giving the Jets a 12-point lead.

Two late tries from Braydon Trindall and Rhys Davies put the final nails in the coffin, as Newton emerged victorious on a memorable day for the club.

It was a disappointing day for the Rabbitohs, after getting out to an impressive start they were undone by an even more impressive late showing from their opponents.

Souths now face an uphill battle to play finals in 2022, as they head to Canberra for a crucial match-up with the sixth-place Raiders on Saturday.

Jersey Flegg Cup

The Jersey Flegg Cup side were resigned to their seventh straight loss as they were outclassed by the Sharks at Pointsbet Stadium.

It was another positive start that was canceled out by a resurgence from their opposition, who ran away with the result.

Deijion Leugaimafa gave the Rabbitohs the best possible start with the opening try of the contest in the sixth minute.

In what has become a common theme for the Rabbitohs’ this year, they opened the scoring before conceding and going behind before the end of the first half.

Tom Rodwell scored the Sharks opening try in the 11th minute, as the sides began an intense battle for what would be the next crucial try.

In a near 20-minute period, both teams went back and forth in ruthless pursuit of points, but they were both up to the task defensively.

It was the Sharks who would emerge victorious from this battle, as Rodwell crashed over for his second in the 28th minute.

Cronulla seemingly put the result beyond doubt in the final minutes of the first half, with Samuel Stonestreet scoring and Rodwell bagging a hat-trick.

Heading into the break, the Sharks held a healthy 18-point lead and were looking confident on both sides of the field.

The Rabbitohs gave themselves a lifeline early in the second half, as Jaxson Rahme secured his first try of the day and reduced the deficit to just 12.

Ryan Rivett’s try in the 51st minute restored the Sharks three-try lead as they yet again began to pull away with the result.

Souths had one last push at a dream comeback when Leugaimafa scored his second with just 15 minutes remaining.

However, the Sharks came to play in the final period of the game and continued in their pursuit for points.

Stonestreet and Rodwell added to their totals for the day in the final minutes of play, as the Sharks finished off proceedings with a 24-point victory.

Acknowledgement of Country

South Sydney Rabbitohs respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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