Rabbitohs suffer two key injuries but seal win on the siren

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The South Sydney Rabbitohs defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 20-19

With one side looking extremely strong this year and one that looks like they are running on dead legs this game was expected to be a one sided affair.

The Rabbitohs struck first in the first 4 minutes on the back of a penalty from Johnathan Thurston. Matt Scott was caught sleeping on the try line and George Burgess went over untouched. Moments later however the Cowboys had some favour with run of the ball with Cody Walker penalised for being offside and then sent for 10 minutes on the bin for decent towards the referee's. However nothing came of this chance as a loose offload from Coen Hess saw the ball come loose and the Rabbitohs pounced on it.

The Rabbitohs scored next through a penalty goal from in front and after adding the two points the Cowboys gave up a penalty within the 10 meter mark to get the Rabbitohs out of their own half which much like the previous set, it led to another penalty goal at the other end. Within the first 15 minutes of the game the Rabbitohs held most of the ball and the Cowboys just couldn't catch a break.

Finally with some good field position and on the back of a few penalties the Cowboys struck through a quick tap on pass from Michael Morgan putting Antonio Winterstein through and scoring on a diving try in the corner. The conversion from JT brought the score back to 10-6.

However off the kick off the Cowboys dropped the ball again handing the ball straight back to the Rabbitohs. In good field position the Cowboys almost came away with an intercept but Kyle Feldt wasn't fast enough as he knocked the ball on. Prior to the scrum to follow however Alex Johnston came from the field with a suspected hamstring injury.

With a wealth of field position the Rabbitohs got another penalty in front of the posts after Matt Scott bumped Adam Reynolds after he put a kick in behind the defensive line. The two points added by Reynolds took the Rabbitohs back out to a 6 point lead.

With the Rabbitohs down to 15 players after losing Sam Burgess to a Hamstring injury the Cowboys finally got a run of penalties and added another two points off the back of a JT penalty goal. The half came to a close after the Cowboys forced back to back repeat sets but with all the momentum going the way of the Cowboys they ran out of time as the clock struck zero. The Rabbitohs were leading heading into the half 12-8.

During halftime, they confirmed that Alex Johnston wouldn't return with him hamstring injury. The Cowboys started the second half exactly how they finished the first half with a lot of possession and with good field position, and with all this field position the Cowboys brought the score back within two after a JT penalty goal.

Some really poor defence from the Cowboys saw Damian Cook take off from dummy half carving through the middle of the field and to finish off with brilliant step to get around Michael Morgan scoring under the posts.

A string of penalties saw the Cowboys get a Penalty Goal from in front of the posts to bring the score back to six points, and with twenty minutes to go the game was on.

The Rabbitohs had a near miss as a brilliant shift from the Cowboys should have resulted in a try, however the ball ended up in the hands of Greg Inglis and as the Rabbitohs moved up the field just as they were in a position to put the score up even higher they dropped the ball gifting the ball back.

The final 10 minutes started with a video ref decision of a TRY for the Cowboys through a brilliant shift from JT and the final pass from Michael Morgan seeing Winterstein going over for his second try of the night. The game was on and with the conversion successful the scores were level.

The Rabbitohs appeared to be shook as the restart was kicked out on the full by Adam Reynolds and with 8 minutes remaining the Cowboys were in an excellent position to win this game. The started the set inside Souths 30m mark and they dropped the ball on tackle two.

With 6 minutes remaining on the clock Adam Reynolds attempted the Field Goal and with the pressure from Scott Bolton and Jake Granville he hit the post with the ball going dead gifting the Cowboys a 7 tackle set.

An outstanding run from Jason Taumalolo and a quick play the ball saw Jake Granville run into the Rabbitohs 20m, however on 4th tackle the Cowboys elected to spread the ball to the left, and on 5th saw the Cowboys throw a couple of passes which had Morgan slot the Field Goal giving the Cowboys the lead for the first time this game.

The set to follow showed another outstanding run from Jason Taumalolo and at the back end of the set Michael Morgan slowed the game down by kicking the ball into touch. Just as Souths were getting in a position to level the score an intercept from Kyle Feldt saw the Cowboys straight back on the attack and after a full set in Souths territory saw Jake Granville force a drop out.

The Rabbitohs capatilized off a short drop off and drove up the field and with the referee calling Jake Granville offside the Rabbitohs had a Penalty Goal from in front stealing the victory from the home side.

Fewy's Player of the Match: Michael Morgan 

Scoring Timeline:
3' (Try) George Burgess (SOU)
4' (Conversion) Adam Reynolds (SOU)
10' (Penalty Goal) Adam Reynolds (SOU)
14' (Penalty Goal) Adam Reynolds (SOU)
18' (Try) Antonio Winterstein (NQL)
20' (Conversion) Johnathan Thurston (NQL)
24' (Penalty Goal) Adam Reynolds (SOU)
36' (Penalty Goal) Johnathan Thurston (NQL)

46' (Penalty Goal) Johnathan Thurston (NQL)
52' (Try) Damian Cook (NQL)
53' (Conversion) Adam Reynolds (SOU)
60' (Penalty Goal) Johnathan Thurston (NQL)
70' (Try) Antonio Winterstein (NQL)
71' (Conversion) Johnathan Thurston (NQL)
75' (Field Goal) Michael Morgan (NQL)
80' (Penalty Goal) Adam Reynolds (SOU)



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