South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Newcastle Knights: NRL live scores, blog
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South Sydney Vs. Newcastle
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 9 July, 2012
|ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW|
|South Sydney 34 defeated Newcastle 14|
|Referee: Ashley Klein|
|Touch judges: Luke Potter & Nick Beashel|
In what looms as a danger game for the home side, the South Sydney Rabbitohs clash against a Newcastle Knights team starting to hit some form. Join us for live scores and commentary from 2:00pm AEST.
South Sydney did what they had to do against Penrith last week, recording a convincing victory against an under strength opponent.
The Rabbitohs however will face a sterner test this afternoon against a Knights outfit that has won its past two matches.
Although their win against Parramatta is nothing to crow about, Newcastle’s victory against the Tigers a fortnight ago should keep the Rabbitohs alert today.
Trailing 14 nil, Newcastle stormed home against the Tigers to eventually prevail 38-20 in a high scoring contest.
Such a win has obviously given the Knights confidence heading into today’s clash against the in-form Rabbitohs.
Although the Rabbitohs did beat the Panthers convincingly last week, it still took them over a half of football to eventually put a severely weakened Penrith outfit to bed.
Against Newcastle, South Sydney can ill-afford to get complacent in a game that they must win in order to remain inside the top four.
Origin superstar Greg Inglis returns for the Rabbitohs today and will be looking to repeat his strong showing from Wednesday night.
Knights half Jarred Mullen really has to kick well this afternoon if Newcastle is to limit the damage that Inglis is capable of inflicting when he returns the football.
If Mullen can continue to build on the form he has displayed over the past two weeks, it will go a long way to giving the Knights their best opportunity to cause the upset.
Newcastle must also find a way to match a physical Rabbitohs pack that has proved unstoppable at times this season.
Dave Taylor was outstanding last week against Penrith and is just one of many class forwards that the Knights will have to shut down today.
If Taylor and company manage to get a roll on upfront, hooker Issac Luke will tear the Knights to shreds up the middle, and it will also allow outside backs such as Inglis and Nathan Merritt to come into play.
With the Rabbitohs in solid form, Newcastle really have to rely on their big name players to fire today.
If Darius Boyd, Akuila Uate, Danny Buderus, Jarred Mullen and James McManus can all chip in with strong efforts, Newcastle is a definite chance to cause the upset.
Quite games from the above players however will see the Knights succumb to a Rabbitohs outfit with simply too much firepower across the park.
Rabbitohs by 10
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