NYC Knights downed by Souths

NYC Knights downed by Souths

A tough second half saw the Newcastle Knights Under 20s lose 28-14 to the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

While the red and blues more held their own in the first half, they struggled to keep possession of the ball after the break and that led to the Rabbitohs scoring three unanswered tries.

There were two late changes to the side, with Sione Mata’utia playing at fullback on his return from suspension while Brock Lamb overcame a shoulder injury to start in the halves.

The Knights had all the early running, but it was Souths that scored first when winger Tom Perrin clamped down on a grubber in the corner. Five-eighth Chad O’Donnell did well to add the extras from the sideline.

Ten minutes later Souths added another two points to their tally when O’Donnell converted a penalty 20 metres out.

Soon after the Knights crossed over for their first points when Lamb found enough space to play Mata’utia through for an easy try. Lamb was unable to convert, leaving the score at 8-4.

Minutes later the red and blues were over again, Mata’utia the playmaker this time as he sent a cut out ball to Nick Meaney on the wing. Lamb converted this time to put the Knights into the lead for the first time.

The Rabbitohs struck back soon after though, Perrin taking advantage of space to score his second in the left corner. O’Donnell couldn’t convert from the sideline this time, and with three minutes left in the first half the Knights scored again when centre Cory Denniss dummied his way over the line.

A reshuffle at half time saw Meaney move to fullback with Mata’utia rested (18th man in NRL). And while the Knights started the second half strongly, it was again Souths that scored first points when hooker Maia Sands dived beneath the uprights.

The Knights were struggling to carry the ball out of their own half now and five minutes later Souths extended their lead with Tevita Cottrell barging his way over on the left. O’Donnell converted to give his side a ten-point lead.

The Rabbitohs weren’t done yet though, with second rower Rory Lillis finding the try line soon after. O’Donnell didn’t convert, the final score line 28-14.


Newcastle Knights 14 (T: Mata’utia, Meaney, Denniss, G: Lamb 1/3)
South Sydney Rabbitohs 28 (T: Perrin 2, Sands, Cottrell, Lillis, G: O’Donnell 3/5, P: 1/1)


Newcastle Knights

21. Sione Mata’utia, 2. Kainoa Gudgeon, 3. Cory Denniss, 4. Henry Penn, 1. Nicholas Meaney, 25. Brock Lamb, 7. Jack Cogger, 8. Tyrone Amey, 9. Joe Morris, 10. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 11. Eddy Tuilotolava, 12. Braden Robson, 13. Jayden Butterfield. Interchange: 6. Jake McNamara, 15. Zac Hosking, 16. Viko Puliuvea, 17. Cameron King.

South Sydney Rabbitohs

1. Riley Yates, 2. Tom Perrin, 3. Haimona Hiroti, 4. Tevita Cottrell, 18.Neihana Walters, 6. Chad O’Donnell, 7. Liam Coleman, 8. Toby Rudolf, 9. Maia Sands, 10. Tim Davis, 11. Jacob McCudden, 19. David Wright, 13. Brock Gray. Interchange: 12. Rory Lillis, 14. Harry Leddy 15. Gabe Hamlin, 17. Jamel Hunt.

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