Rabbitohs hold off Titans in an error riddled affair

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South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 defeat Gold Coast Titans 16.

Match Review:
 A game that many felt was an opportunity for the Gold Coast Titans to grab the 2 competition point when they took on the Rabbitohs without their origin stars. 

It was a dream start for the Titans, with an early error by the rabbitohs gifting the Titans ideal field position, and they took advantage of it when a through the hands set play put winger Phillip Sami over to grab a 4-0 early on.

The Rabbitohs were able to take the lead 8 minutes later thanks to the Titans disciplinary issues. A brilliant set play by South Sydney allowed young Adam Doueihi to grab his first NRL try while replacing Greg Inglis in the centres who's out after a big Wednesday night. Souths extended their lead 5 minutes later with one of the best tries this year to date. A set piece called by Cody Walker resulted in him running cross field pumping dummy after dummy before straightening up and slicing through the line for a try.

Titans big boy Ryan James grabbed himself an easy 4 pointer when a Titans attacking set inside the Bunnies half allowed him to receive the pass, barnstorm over and put the ball down despite multiple defenders on him. The final minutes of the half was riddles with errors, and both teams were more than happy to call it a half as they heading into the sheds tied at 10 all.

After a sorry end to the first half, the first 10 minutes of the second half were completely opposite. An early Reynolds penalty goal gave Souths the lead again, which was closely followed up by Titans' big boy Keegan Hipgrave's second sin binning of the game after one earlier in the game. The Rabbitohs took advantage of the extra man advantage when fullback Alex Johnston grabbed himself a try thanks to a great piece of attack by young interim centre Doueihi.

With roughly 20 minutes to go, it looked as though the Bunnies were going to keep their roll on and run away with this game, but just like the Titans do, they kept in it and wouldn't go away, and when Ryan James replicated his first try to grab a double, it was well and truly game on. Despite many opportunities to get the win, the Titans failed to get the win in the final 20 minutes which was nothing but sloppy, error riddled football. South Sydney held onto the lead and went on to win the game 18-16, keeping their position in the top 4.

Stonecold's Player Of The Game: Ryan James (Titans)

Gold Coast Titans:
4' Phillip Sami (Try)
32' Ryan James (Try)
33' Michael Gordon (Conversion)
60' Ryan James (Try)
61' Michael Gordon (Conversion)

South Sydney Rabbitohs:
12' Adam Doueihi (Try)
13' Adam Reynolds (Conversion)
17' Cody Walker (Try)
42' Adam Reynolds (Penalty Goal)
47' Alex Johnston (Try)
48' Adam Reynolds (Conversion)



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