Highlights: Souths beat Dragons, back in NRL top eight

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    South Sydney have temporarily moved back into the NRL top eight courtesy of a questionable try to second-rower Paul Carter in their 34-24 win over St George Illawarra.

    The Rabbitohs led 20-18 with 18 minutes to go when Carter planted his hand on an Adam Reynolds grubber. It was missed by teammate Sam Burgess and, according to the bunker, not grounded in-goal by Dragons fullback Josh Dugan.

    Replays showed a small knock-on by Carter in the lead-up, however Bryson Goodwin sealed the win by taking another Reynolds kick – his third try assist of the night – in the 74th minute.

    In his final outing before the naming of the NSW State of Origin team, Reynolds then kicked an 80th-minute penalty, becoming just the fourth player in the foundation club’s history to crack the 800-point mark.

    In front of a crowd of 12,054 at ANZ Stadium, the Rabbitohs overcame a horror night with the ball to register back-to-back wins and leap the Dragons into the top half of the ladder.

    Tom Burgess turned the ball over in the opening set of the game that resulted in a 2nd-minute try to Jake Marketo, while Sam Burgess and Reynolds also dropped the ball inside the opening 15 minutes.

    Third brother George also lost his marbles seconds into the second half.

    However, led by the pinpoint kicking of Reynolds, the Rabbitohs showed great resolve, twice coming from behind in the first half to take an unlikely 14-12 lead into the sheds.

    Utility Cody Walker – the Rabbitohs’ third fullback in as many games – scored a sublime individual try on the stroke of halftime to rub out a poor opening 40 minutes by the team.

    Opposition pivots Gareth Widdop and Greg Inglis traded highlight-reel plays in the space of just seven minutes, Widdop first showing quick hands to send Tim Lafai on an 80-metre run, before Inglis returned serve with a 30-metre cutout for Dane Nielsen.

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    • May 20th 2016 @ 12:09pm
      wanderingkooka said | May 20th 2016 @ 12:09pm | ! Report

      Don’t know how anyone let alone the video ref could say that dugan didn’t ground the ball. He clearly had some downward force against the ground.
      Unless the rules different for stopping a try compared to scoring one.

    • May 20th 2016 @ 12:57pm
      It was this big said | May 20th 2016 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

      Can anybody explain the media’s fascination for exaggerating how far players pass the ball? Joey was wetting himself at GI’s “30 meter pass” (and highlighted in the article above). The field is 68 meters across, he would almost be beside the posts to pass it to a player still in the field of play???

      Even better, there are lines on the field 10 and 20 meters in from touch, he passed from the 20, caught it 2 meters in from touch.

      These players are already amazing enough as it is without making their feats even more ‘super human’.

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      May 20th 2016 @ 1:17pm
      Doc79 said | May 20th 2016 @ 1:17pm | ! Report

      With regards to the quick 20m restart, I was under the impression that for that to happen knightingale should have been the one to take it not the person he gave it off to. Anyone who can clarify that for me?

      • May 20th 2016 @ 2:19pm
        Ken said | May 20th 2016 @ 2:19pm | ! Report

        Was that actually a quick restart though? The ref had given the mark and most of the bunnies were back onside. I’m honestly not sure of the definition. I think a quick restart they don’t have to wait for the ref.

    • May 20th 2016 @ 2:21pm
      Charles NSW said | May 20th 2016 @ 2:21pm | ! Report

      Watching the Dragons play is liking watching when NSW SOO play
      Take the ball up, get tackled then let the next bloke do the same
      No variety!

      Lo and behold I started to some improvement in the early part of the 2nd half
      Kick behind the line, moving the ball fast through the lines and trying to create opportunities
      The Dragons keep working on that and fix up their defense will all be a step in the right direction

    • May 20th 2016 @ 3:00pm
      craig swanson said | May 20th 2016 @ 3:00pm | ! Report

      Watching the Dragons this year and last has been an exercise in masachism.

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