Newcastle Knights vs South Sydney Rabbitohs: NRL live scores, blog
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Newcastle Vs. South Sydney
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 1 September, 2012
|Hunter Stadium, New Lambton, Newcastle, NSW|
|South Sydney 18 defeated Newcastle 6|
|Referee: M Cecchin|
|Touch judges: P Holland & Luke Potter|
The South Sydney Rabbitohs travel up the F3 for a showdown with the Newcastle Knights in Round 26 action of the National Rugby League. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7.30pm AEST.
Souths are flying toward the finals and face one of the disappointments of the 2012 season in the Knights.
Can the Novacastrians find something on ‘Old Boys Day’ or will the cardinal red and myrtle green blow Wayne Bennett’s boys off the park?
Newcastle have definitely missed captain Kurt Gidley’s leadership and grit this year, but its not much of an excuse considering the talent the side possesses.
Veteran forwards Willie Mason and Danny Buderus have been rock solid for the Knights but they simply haven’t seen enough from the likes of Darius Boyd and Jarrod Mullen. These two men will have to be perfect if they are to down the Bunnies.
The Rabbitohs boast two of the most devastating attacking weapons in the game and will be key components going into September. Greg Inglis and Sam Burgess have been simply dominant recently and both will be looking for big games again.
A win for the Rabbitohs will guarantee a top four finish.
For Newcastle, it’s all about getting into the arm wrestle. The home side cant afford to get into a shootout with the dangerous Rabbitohs as they simply wont win. An arm wrestle is just what Michael Maguire wants though heading into the playoffs.
Facing Buderus, Mason and Neville Costigan is just what Souths need.
A problem the Rabbitohs face, however, is which of their playmakers turn up. The ever impressive Adam Reynolds and a switched on John Sutton? Or the two morbid souls that trotted out a few weeks back against the Cronulla Sharks?
On that night Reynolds and Sutton refused to test the line and resorted to the bomb all evening. Souths lost the game and could face a similar result if they don’t bring their A-game.
It’s a stretch though considering where these teams are at in their season. The Knights are arranging Mad Monday and the Rabbitohs have an eye on the Telstra Premiership trophy.
Can the Rabbitohs fire again or will they beat themselves?
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