South Sydney Rabbitohs vs North Queensland Cowboys: NRL live scores, blog

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    South Sydney Vs. Nth Queensland

    2012 NRL Premiership Season, 28 April, 2012

    ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
    South Sydney 20 defeated Nth Queensland 16
    South Sydney Nth Queensland
    20 FINAL SCORE 16
    3 TRIES 3
    1/1 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
    0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/0
    Top scorers:
    • South Sydney - Adam Reynolds 8pts (0T 4G)
    • Nth Queensland - Ashley Graham 8pts (2T 0G)
    Important moments:
    • South Sydney took the lead at the 5 min. mark 1st half
    • Ashley Graham (NQld) scored at the 75 min. mark 2nd half
    Referee: S Lyons
    Touch judges: D Abood & Gavin West

    Two traditionally inconsistent NRL sides do battle tonight when the South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7.30pm AEST.

    It’s been a rollercoaster ride already for South Sydney coach Michael Maguire. He’s one of the more composed coaches in the NRL, but he must be starting to sympathise with his predecessor John Lang, who looked a tad unhinged at the end of many a day at the office.

    Injuries haven’t helped the Rabbitohs’ cause with the key losses of Nathan Merritt, Sam Burgess and Roy Asotasi testing his squad’s depth.

    There’s strong talk however that Merritt will tonight make his return from a toe injury that has sidelined him since the All-Stars clash in February.

    Meanwhile, the Cowboys have overcome a shaky start to the season and currently sit in fifth place. Two JT’s – Johnathan Thurston and James Tamou – have been their stars, and a third by the name of Jason Taumololo has emerged as a genuine tryscoring back-rower off the bench.

    Add the return of Tariq Sims and the ever-present threat of Matthew Bowen and the Cowboys seem to be better placed than in previous years.

    Consistency, however, has always been their bane, and this is exactly the kind of match where they’ve been known to falter.

    North Queensland have a pretty poor record against the Bunnies, winning just one of their last seven battles, though most were fairly even affairs.

    In fact, this fixture has a long history of close and exciting contests — coupled with the occasional blowout from either side.

    For the Rabbitohs, the potential return of Merritt would boost an attacking arsenal that already includes Greg Inglis, Dave Taylor and Issac Luke, but the question of whether their pack can recover from the losses of Asotasi and Burgess to be equal to the task remains.

    The Cowboys also have a clear advantage in the halves with Thurston leading the show, and with guys like Tamou and Sims vying for Origin jerseys they’ll no doubt be looking to impress.

    Still, the betting is fairly even in this one, with Souths given just a +1.5 head start, and with Matt Scott failing to recover in time to travel with the squad and Glenn Hall out with a foot injury, we could well see another of the ding-dong battles this fixture has become known for.

    Can the Rabbitohs overpower the Cowboys at home or will the class of Thurston and his men shine through? Join us from 7.30pm AEST for live score updates and debate on our live blog, and be sure to give us your opinion in the space below if you’re watching.

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    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 9:24pm | ! Report

      That concludes tonight’s live coverage of South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. North Queensland Cowboys on The Roar. Thanks for joining us!

    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 9:22pm | ! Report

      FULLTIME: Live Score: Rabbitohs 20 — Cowboys 16

      I don’t know what it is with these two teams, but they rarely fail to turn on a match that goes right down to the wire. Souths were up 20-0 at halftime and looked to be well in control, but the Cowboys had the stronger second half and were almost able to come away with the victory.

      Souths had a couple of opportunities to close out the game through Dave Taylor, but he was denied in the nick of time by big defence, keeping the Cowboys in the game. It didn’t matter in the end, and Souths claim the victory on the back of an excellent first half performance.

    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 9:19pm | ! Report

      Live Score: Rabbitohs 20 — Cowboys 16

      FULLTIME! There’s the hooter and Souths hold on to win it!

      • 9:20pm
        Ian Whitchurch said | 9:20pm | ! Report

        Go the Rabbits,

        Now, learn to play for 80m minutes before September …

        • Roar Guru

          Adam Scroggy said | 9:27pm | ! Report

          Both teams need to! Cowboys looked like they’d just woken up in the first half and it cost them in the end.

      • 9:21pm
        Epiquin said | 9:21pm | ! Report

        Got a crowd figure at all for this game?

    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 9:18pm | ! Report

      Live Score: Rabbitohs 20 — Cowboys 16

      80′ Cowboys run it on the last and Tate has to toe it through on the flank — Jason Clark cleans up and Souths have the ball!

    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 9:17pm | ! Report

      Live Score: Rabbitohs 20 — Cowboys 16

      79′ Inglis goes high on the last but Tate takes it on his own 10m line. Cowboys have to go 100m here…

      • 9:18pm
        Dansouthsfan said | 9:18pm | ! Report

        Score bunnies please

    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 9:16pm | ! Report

      Live Score: Rabbitohs 20 — Cowboys 16

      78′ Cowboys go 60m from their set, but James Tamou loses the ball on the 4th tackle! Turnover to the Rabbitohs with a little over two minutes left on the clock!

      • 9:17pm
        Ian Whitchurch said | 9:17pm | ! Report

        Carabn Bunnies. This is the kind of game we need to win to be in the pointy end of the season, let alone make some noise in it.

    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 9:15pm | ! Report

      Live Score: Rabbitohs 20 — Cowboys 16

      77′ Three minutes remaining! Can Souths hold out or will NQ steal this?

    • Roar Guru

      Adam Scroggy said | 9:14pm | ! Report

      Live Score: Rabbitohs 20 — Cowboys 16

      76′ TRY COWBOYS! They have more luck down the right and Ash Graham scores again on a simple overlap! Cowboys have a chance to win this now!

      Thurston’s conversion attempt comes off the upright, so it’s a 4-point game…

      • 9:15pm
        Dansouthsfan said | 9:15pm | ! Report


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