Saturday 20 January 2018 / 02:00 PM

RD 5: NZ v Rabbits; Dragons v Knights

Warriors 22 Rabbitohs 24
Warriors: Ben Matulino (30’), Ngani Laumape (53’), Konrad Hurrell (60’), Pita Godinet (62’)
Rabbitohs: Nathan Merritt (8’), Greg Inglis (15’), Bryson Goodwin (34’), George Burgess (68’)
Mt Smart Stadium


The Rabbitohs traveled to New Zealand and kept their unbeaten record in 2013 with a 2-point victory.


Nathan Merritt opened up the scoring in the 8th minute when he took an intercept on half way, not even three Warriors could stop him.


Things got worse for the New Zealand side, as Greg Inglis scoped up a loose ball on his own 10 meter line and ran the full field to score his 100th NRL try (15’).


The Warriors hit back in the 30th minute as a barging Ben Matulino went through Inglis to and scored next to the posts.


Half Time: Warriors 6 Rabbitohs 18.


Both fullbacks pulled off try saving tackles in the first 10 minutes of the second half, however there was no stopping Warriors centre Ngani Laumape from charging over in the 53rd minute.


The Rabbitohs showed great scrabbled defense, but when Konrad Hurrell got a full head of steam up, he couldn’t be stopped (60’), and the Warriors trailed by 2.


2 minutes later and the Warriors took the lead as they displayed some of their brilliant attack scoring from their own 30-meter line.


This didn’t last long as big George Burgess took on five Warriors defenders and barged his way over in the 68th minute to give the Rabbitohs a 24-22 lead.


Dragons 19 Knights 16
Dragons: Brett Morris (12’), Jason Nightingale (52’), Tyson Frizell (60’)
Knights: Darius Boyd (46’), Timana Tahu (64’), Akuila Uate (80’)
WIN Jubilee Oval


The Dragons got off to a dream start as some hands down the left hand side saw Brett Morris cruise over (12’).


Newcastle were putting on the pressure, however even with numerous chances they couldn’t break the determined Dragons.


Half Time: Dragons 9 Knights 0.


The Knights hit back right away in the second half with former Dragons fullback Darius Boyd throwing a dummy and diving over in the 46th minute.

After an unforgivable error, the Dragons hit back straight away when a Jamie Soward cut out pass found an open, flying Jason Nightingale (52’).


8 minutes later St George were at it again as another error gifted Tyson Frizell a try.


The Knights didn’t give us, and a nice play down the left hand side saw Timana Tahu grab a 4-pointer.


Newcastle got within inches in the 76th minute, but the Knight scramble defense was too good.


Akuila Uate picked up a consolation as the siren sounded.

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