The Rabbitohs host the Knights during Round 10 of the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership. Whoever prevails today will feel the Eels are gettable after watching both Maika Sivo and Blake Ferguson suffer painful injuries during the defeat. Back to the task in hand, and while Souths have greater finals experience than the Knights, Adam Reynolds, Alex Johnston and Tom Burgess are the only remaining players from the team that won the 2014 premiership. Talk about running a play to perfection #NRLSouthsKnights 10-14.
South Sydney are set to face the Sydney Roosters in a cross-town rivalry match tonight, in the final regular season round of the year. Every game before the Grand Final Live & On-Demand with no-ad breaks during play. Newcastle’s defence looks like shrapnel discarded on the ANZ Stadium turf. “The boys were really clear, our energy’s up and about.”. "The fun police have spoken. Today's win for South Sydney marks their biggest-ever win over their long-time rivals.
Enari Tuala, 4.
With the home and away season done and dusted for both teams, the Roosters will remain in the top four in third, while tonight's result for the Rabbitohs secures them a home final having finished in sixth spot on the NRL ladder. Rabbitohs 46-14 Knights (Cook 76) 2.55am EDT 02:55 TRY! This has been a shambolic opening with and without the ball for the Rabbitohs. 66 mins: It just doesn’t look like Newcastle’s day. "This is where I'm starting to doubt the Roosters," Former NSW Origin coach Phil Gould told Nine.
"Talking about attitude this time of year... it's a lot harder to turn that around than something that's tactical," Fittler told Nine pre-game.
Pearce spots it, kicks, but doesn’t execute and Walker recovers. Tonight’s winner moves on to face Parramatta next week after the Eels failed to convert a fast start against the Storm at Suncorp Stadium last night. 33 mins: The Knights are enjoying their best spell in 20 minutes.
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Mitch Barnett, 16. Surely the Panthers have now established clear premiership favouritism, but the chasing pack is of such high quality the preliminary finals and grand final are set to be titanic battles.
We're ready for you Help us keep ANZ Stadium COVIDSafe by following NSW Health's advice to bring and wear a facemask at #NRLSouthsKnights. While the impact was unintentionally it was more than enough to see the forward placed on report. Mitch Rein with the show and go, as he ducks under for a sneaky for pointer out of dummy half! "Different energy about the Rabbitohs now – in attack and in defence.". Viliame Kikau to repay Panthers in NRL grand final, Nathan Cleary after Penrith No.7's missing medal, Penrith Panthers trio free to play NRL grand final, Rabbitohs fivie-eighth Cody Walker back in NSW State of Origin squad, Penrith Panthers into NRL Grand Final with 17 wins in a row. It will be a massive hit to the confidence of the Knights who would have hoped to put on a decent display in the final round of the regular season but now face a shocking first round finals exit off the back of the dismantling on Friday night. That's not roosters' defence.
They have completed just one of four sets so far. Both sides look exhausted, and there’s plenty of banged-up players.
Rabbitohs vs Knights NRL 2019 - Round 13. “Cody Walker is having one of the best seasons of his career, backed up by his halves partner Adam Reynolds.” While for the Knights: “Their great hope is Kalyn Ponga but if he is starved of ball, there is not much else doing.”. How will they respond? That’s enough for now.
50 mins: With an eight-point lead Souths look to be easing into their work, controlling their set after the restart, kicking deep, then defending stoutly. Then The Australian dropped its almighty bombshell, Sam Burgess left the hub, and the Rabbitohs are headline news up and down the country. 29 mins: The Knights create a couple of nice moves following the scrum and the second opens a gap behind the Souths defence on the right edge. The Knights, in their all-white change strip are making their way out onto a sundrenched ANZ Stadium.
Tex Hoy, 15.
Rabbitohs 34-14 Knights (Johnston 70), PENALTY! Penrith's magic number has emerged after making NRL history with a record-equalling 17-straight wins to make their first grand final in 17 years with a 20-16 victory over South Sydney. Neither side demonstrating much inspiration this second half so far. The fullback does just that, and the attempted tackle is awfully flimsy and the No1 streaks through and over the line.
They’ll be happy with a midfield arm-wrestle for the next half-hour. Rabbitohs 22-14 Knights (Reynolds 48), Rabbitohs through to take on the Eels in next weekend’s semi-final.
52 mins: Ponga deals superbly with a high ball to the left corner to allay fears over the shoulder he injured in the first half. Campbell Graham is receiving an HIA in-goal, and he remains on the field but doesn’t look 100%. Not only do Souths have to do the undoable and come from outside the top four, but they have to do it against a backdrop of scandal. Titans playmaker Ash Taylor has set-up and finished a spectacular team-try to put the Knights on the back foot early. It’s all turning in the Rabbitohs’ favour all of a sudden. Bayley Sironen, 13. The play was sent to the NRL Bunker for a further review to confirm whether Graham had grounded the ball.
During that same period Souths not only demolished the Roosters but held the Eels scoreless and led the Storm for an hour. After the Knights looked to be easing their way into a position to mount a charge, they suddenly find themselves deep in the mire.
south sydney rabbitohs v newcastle knights - preview With less than a 48-hour turnaround between State of Origin and the Friday 6pm clash, star power is lacking for both sides.
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#TelstraPremiership pic.twitter.com/PbV4IRlinY. Too little too late, but their could be a bit of fun afterwards with the retiring Aidan Guerra handed the kicking tee. 1 min: It only takes three tackles for Newcastle to concede a penalty, and it’s immediately referred upstairs by Mitchell Pearce. AND HE NAILS IT! That sparked a break-neck foray down the left flank which saw three Titans players link up before finding Taylor inside to cap off the move he first started.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 46-20 Newcastle Knights, TRY!
But the Rabbitohs meanwhile are coming off a shock loss to the second-last on the ladder Bulldogs last week, which their coach Wayne Bennett admitted may be an attitude issue. But that defence was so desperate there were infringements all over the ruck and one of them is sufficient to award the Bunnies a penalty. 106 points in the last 2 starts at #ANZStadium for the @SSFCRABBITOHS and firing into the Semi Finals!
David Klemmer, 14. Two runners almost break the defensive line down the left edge, Ese’ese in particular, but when the ball is spun right Ponga misses his target and there’s a knock on. But when the Knights assumed anything like the ascendancy they lacked the impetus to cash in. Keaon Koloamatangi, Maria Recouvreur has cast her eye over this year’s finalists. They also contrived to lose against the Bulldogs, so for all their star turns they remain unreliable. This final quarter is going to be a real test of endurance. Walker creates the space with another of his double-pumps, Allan catches and passes in the blink of an eye, feeding his prolific winger to fly across the line.
"It's a trivial decision. 59 mins: Newcastle are growing.
Daniel Saifiti, 11. Adam Reynolds (c), 8. They’re completing sets and punching holes in the South Sydney defence - you sense a break could be forthcoming. If you want to join in the conversation, you can get in touch via Twitter or email. Sun 4 Oct 2020 03.20 EDT
68 mins: South Sydney are taking no risks in possession now, driving through the middle and kicking for depth, it’s all on the Knights to find at least 14 points from sets of possession begining deep in their own half. said Queensland great Corey Parker in commentary.
There was nothing flash for four tackles but then 15m from the line Walker, sliding his attacking unit from right to left, double-pumps, straightens up, and creates a gap for Allan to hit. O’Brien is optimistic after a strong week on the track.
A solid set from the restart ends with a bomb to the left corner that Ponga makes a dreadful mess of.
61 mins: That break will have to wait because that midfield grind is continuing. The defensive line has been broken as Knights go through a gap. This is crazy! That was a quality training ground manoeuvre, with the Knights defence playing the role of witches hats to perfection. Tevita Tatola, 9.
Reynolds doesn’t miss from 20m on a slight angle.
So, let me rephrase, it only takes three carries for Souths to knock-on.
"I can't imagine being faced with that challenge of being blown off the park and getting ready to face Penrith.
Ponga nails the touchline conversion. Reynolds kicks his first conversion of the day from the touchline. 15 mins: The first error of the day from Newcastle.
Newcastle will now run the risk of relinquishing their crucial home semi final should the Rabbitohs emerge victorious over the Roosters later tonight.
It’s going to take something magical for the Knights from here. 4 mins: A less dramatic, but solid, drive from the Knights after play resumes, sees the Rabbitohs regain possession near their own line. First attack of the day for Souths, and they cross! What on earth is happening at ANZ Stadium? It will be a major psychological advantage for the Novascotians who will relish the opportunity to play in front of a 50 per cent capacity crowd at McDonald Jones Stadium in the Hunter. Despite still having a home semi-final to play for, it was the Titans who shot off the blocks first on Friday night as Taylor changed the pace of the game with a beautiful flat pass out to the left edge.
"The Titans are playing with tremendous spirit, aiming for five in a row," Knights legend Andrew Johns said. Watch out 2021! There are only six Knights with finals experience on display.