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Jamie Buhrer of the Eagles is tackled during the match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Sea Eagles at the Sydney
Souths bound past Manly
South Sydney has revived its minor
premiership hopes and left Manly’s players
licking their wounds after a bruising NRL
top-of-the-table clash at the Sydney Cricket
Ground last night.
Inspired by a storming performance from
Sam Burgess, Souths closed to within two
points of the competition lead with an
emphatic 23-4 victory on a night to forget
for the Sea Eagles.
Manly lost backline enforcer Steve Matai
inside five minutes, the New Zealand test
centre suffering an apparent dislocated left
shoulder in a suspect tackle from Souths pair
Issac Luke and George Burgess.
Luke and Burgess are likely to come under
match review panel scrutiny for a chicken
wing tackle that left the Eagles with just a
three-man bench for the bulk of the game.
Returning from an ankle injury, winger
Jorge Taufua limped through the second half
in another worry for Manly a month out
from the finals.
Souths lost back-rower Kyle Turner to
concussion in the first half but, with Burgess
nigh unstoppable, still rode roughshod over
the Eagles in an ominous display that should
have super coach Wayne Bennett eating
It was Bennett who claimed after Souths
put his Newcastle side to the sword on
Sunday that the Rabbitohs could not win
a premiership with their predictable power
On that basis, Manly will not either after
simply having no answers to the Rabbitohs’
strength and power.
Despite being in serious doubt for the
match with a shoulder injury, Sam Burgess
terrorised the title favourite with 21 hit-ups
for 220m and sealed victory when he charged
over under the posts eight minutes from full-
The powerhouse prop also effected 29
tackles and delivered three offloads, including
one sublime one-arm short ball that also led
to a scintillating try to fullback Greg Inglis.
Souths’ stirring win was a timely
psychological booster after losing to the
Eagles in last year’s semi-finals and also in
their first meeting this season.
Manly enjoyed all the early running and
led 4-0 through a sixth-minute try to winger
But they were lucky to be still in the contest
at half-time as Souths stole the momentum
and threatened to put the match beyond
Turner steamed on to a flat pass from Adam
Reynolds for the Rabbitohs’ opening try in
the 13th minute, which Reynolds converted
for a 6-4 lead.
Then, just as Manly seemed certain to
regain the lead, Lote Tuqiri dispossessed
Eagles back-rower Jamie Buhrer on his own
line and raced 70m downfield.
The veteran winger could not quite get there
but, on the next play, the Rabbitohs spread
the ball left to centre Kirisome Auva’a, who
touched down out wide.
Reynolds’ successful conversion made it
12-4 and only a brilliant try-saving tackle
from fullback Brett Stewart on his runaway
opposite Inglis saved Manly from heading to
the break further behind.
The writing was on the wall for Manly
when Inglis put young winger Alex Johnston
over for his 15th try in only his 11th NRL
game with 15 minutes remaining.
Burgess looked to have the final say, but
Reynolds did instead with a 79th-minute
field goal to put the icing on the cake.
Victorious coach Michael Maguire stopped
short of dubbing Souths’ win as their best of
“It was a great performance for what we’re
trying to do each week,” he said.
“The last three weeks we’ve found what
really works for us and the boys are sticking
at it and it showed its hand there.”
Manly coach Geoff Toovey said his side lost
the ruck battle.
“They were just better than us tonight and
we were just a bit down,” he said.
“I thought they just wrestled the crap out of
us in the first half and slowed the game right
down, which suited them obviously.
“Losing Steve Matai early obviously didn’t
help us either.”
Toovey said it was too early to say how
serious Matai’s injury was. — AAP
New South Wales five-eighth
Josh Reynolds lashed out
with an extraordinary trip on
former team-mate Ben Barba
as Canterbury slumped to its
fourth straight NRL loss, a
41-10 thrashing by Brisbane
Reynolds was lucky not to be
sent off but his indiscretion,
the second time he was put
on report in the second half,
capped a night to forget for
the State of Origin playmaker
and the Bulldogs at Suncorp
sheet for the five-eighth, he still
finished the game in the sheds
after being sin-binned for a
high tackle on Alex Glenn.
The Broncos, led by Barba
and Ben Hunt, punished the
mistake-riddled Dogs seven
tries to two in front of a highly-
appreciative crowd of 28,344.
Desperate to stop the rot after
five losses from their past six
matches, Brisbane resurrected
its finals hopes in style while
at the same time delivering a
major dent to Canterbury’s top-
Reynolds’ availability for next
Friday ’s clash with Parramatta
is in grave doubt while Sam
Kasiano also suffered a
worrying foot injury.
The Broncos’ demolition came
as Hunt and Barba produced
their best game together as
a new playmaking pair, both
scoring first-half tries and
causing the Bulldogs grief on
both sides of the ruck.
Barba has grown in
confidence with each
appearance at five-eighth but
Hunt had lost his form since
coach Anthony Griffin was
given his notice a fortnight ago.
The halfback was not only
sharp with the ball but his
defence on the right-edge was
top-notch and also pulled off
an embarrassing strip on Tony
Former Bulldogs fullback
Barba scored the try of the
match on the stroke of half-
time for a 20-6 lead.
The Bulldogs played
themselves back into the
encounter after the break with
a Josh Jackson try and then
looked set for another.
But Reynolds lashed out
with his feet in a tackle near
the line that collected Sam
Thaiday in the face and resulted
in a Brisbane penalty and him
placed on report.
It proved a major turning
point when Matt Gillett
smartly put Corey Oates over
From there the floodgates
opened as Thaiday and Hunt
crossed again to seal their
biggest win of the season.
Reynolds actually opened the
scoring with a flukey two-kick
try but the Canterbury players
were their own worst enemies
in the first half by completing
just 12 of 18 sets and missing
four times as many tackles as
Dogs coach Des Hasler would
only issue a brief statement
about Reynolds’ night and
gagged skipper Mick Ennis
from speaking about the five-
eighth at the post-match press
“He had a bad night, he had a
tough night, he’s well aware of
that,” Hasler said.
“A little bit of frustration got
the best part of him tonight but
he’s not like that. He’s not that
type of player.
“ It was a tough lesson he
learned tonight and he will cop
his medicine and he will get on
“That ’s all.” — AAP
Reynolds in trouble in Broncos stampede
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Josh Reynolds of the Bulldogs scores a try during the match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Canterbury Bulldogs at
Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane last night.
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