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Taylor stars in Rabbitohs win

By Steve Jancetic,


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    South Sydney centre Matt King claimed David Taylor was one of a kind as the departing juggernaut gave a glimpse of what the Rabbitohs will be missing next season with a barnstorming display in his side’s 20-16 NRL win over North Queensland.

    Taylor and Australian teammate Greg Inglis combined brilliantly as they punished a Cowboys side that looked like it was still operating in daylight savings time and failed to show up in falling behind 20-0 in as many minutes at ANZ Stadium.

    Three second-half tries gave the visitors a peek at snatching a late comeback win, but they were unable to haul in the early advantage created by South Sydney’s dynamic duo – who scored two tries in the early onslaught.

    “When you give Greg Inglis some room to move … it’s awesome for the whole stadium to watch,” King said.

    “I’ve got the best seat in the house watching those two boys go to work.

    “Dave Taylor comes up with some freaky things.

    “I honestly think he’ll go down as the most unique forward this game’s ever seen.”

    It would have been a bittersweet sight for the Rabbitohs faithful, however, with Taylor headed to Gold Coast in 2013 in a recruitment miss the club could live to regret.

    Taylor matched substance with style against the Cowboys, with his 158 metres from 16 runs testament to his dominance over proceedings.

    He ran only two metres to score under the posts, capping an early rush that should have put the game to bed after Inglis had powered over after just seven minutes and Issac Luke dragged four defenders over from dummy half.

    “They’re very good players but our start to the game gave them that bit of room to move and they made us pay for it,” Cowboys skipper Johnathan Thurston said of Inglis and Taylor.

    “We didn’t move up on one side of the edge and tried to tackle Inglis two metres off your tryline – he’s going to score every time.

    “We were just behind the eight ball and you just can’t do that in this competition.”
    While the Cowboys were none too impressed with their start, South Sydney’s finish left a lot to be desired as well as they were left tackling for their lives over the closing minutes.

    James Segayaro scored seven minutes after the restart, before a double to winger Ashley Graham – who took his tally to nine from eight games in 2012 – closed the gap to just four.

    But the Cowboys were made to pay for their poor start – with two tries coming directly off the back of offside penalties, while their goal-line defence was dreadful.

    Capping a disappointing night for the visitors, back-rower Tariq Sims was put on report for a late tackle on John Sutton, but Cowboys coach Neil Henry didn’t seem to be too concerned about it attracting a charge.

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      April 29th 2012 @ 7:00am
      steve b said | April 29th 2012 @ 7:00am | ! Report

      last njght the Rabbits showed Ricky how to stop Thurston weaving his magic , hope he was watching .Dave Taylor is bloody awsome , he is going through a purple patch at the moment .The smart money said to back the Cowboys after their destruction of Easts last start but the bunnies proved the experts wrong . And Tariq Sims should have a charge to answer !

    • April 29th 2012 @ 8:44am
      oikee said | April 29th 2012 @ 8:44am | ! Report

      It is hard to sum up Dave Taylor, we have never seen a player with his size and speed be able to do what he can do.
      League fans pretty well know that the big men in the middle dont have these types of skills.
      I notice he is also playing the 80 minutes now.
      Coaltrain is a good name for him, hard to stop once it gets going.
      Just looking at the Queensland pack, Shillington, Coaltrain, Kasiano, Hannet, Petro and Matt Scott.
      Somebody stop me.
      Throw in Gillet and Teo, yeah baby, bring it.
      No country for old men. 🙂
      Wait untill Victoria get aload of this lot, imagine sitting in a cafe and have these lot turn up, whoa, be afraid, be very afraid.
      I think Taylor eats half a pig for breakfeast, and mops it up with “2 gallens” of gravy.

    • April 29th 2012 @ 12:07pm
      Bearfax said | April 29th 2012 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

      As I mentioned in another forum, whoever wants to let Taylor go needs a serious reality check. I know he has his quiet games but when he is on song, he’s unstoppable. Hey send him over to Manly…we’ll take him in an instant (you listening Toovey and Perry). He was easily the star of this match, which as I indicated elsewhere was marred by some of the worst refereeing I’ve seen for a long while in the second half, primarily to Souths detriment. If Souths had lost I think the crowd would have sought blood big time. I’d be dropping at least one of those two refs for quite a while….lost the plot.

    • April 29th 2012 @ 7:43pm
      toddbee said | April 29th 2012 @ 7:43pm | ! Report

      one of the best centers ive seen

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