Rabbitohs score 26 unanswered points to defeat Titans

By Matt Encarnacion, Matt Encarnacion is a Roar Guru

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    South Sydney have recovered from 14 points down to overpower a depleted Gold Coast, end a three-game losing streak and keep their NRL finals ambitions alive.

    Rising star Angus Crichton and winger Alex Johnston scored five tries between them, while fullback Cody Walker grabbed one himself and set up another in the 36-20 win on Friday.

    The Rabbitohs were down 20-10 at halftime but switched on the afterburners to cross for five unanswered tries in the second half and consign the Titans to their fourth straight defeat.

    The win lifts the Rabbitohs back to within two points of the top eight, however Gold Coast, who were missing 11 first graders due to State of Origin and injury, fall back to 14th spot.

    It was a strong statement from the home side who, after skipper Sam Burgess was ruled out on game day with a glute injury, looked dead in the water after 20 minutes.

    In front of a crowd of 7,163 at ANZ Stadium, the Titans were racing the clock early when hooker Pat Politoni scored from a Nathaniel Peteru offload and Ashley Taylor nailed a penalty.

    Playing his first game since a four-game ban for alleged cocaine use last month, Kevin Proctor pounced on a ricochet to give the visitors a 14-0 lead after 17 minutes.

    But the Rabbitohs responded with venom off of an inspired solo try from Crichton, which was followed by Walker’s long ball for Johnston to cut the lead to two.

    The Titans looked to have gotten back on track when they Joe Greenwood powered over in the shadows of halftime despite the attention of five defenders.

    But the home side came out a different outfit after the break, powering straight to fifth gear with Walker and Crichton crossing in the space of five minutes.

    Bryson Goodwin also got the on the scoresheet with his own individual run before Johnston completed his brace – and Crichton his hat trick – late in the game.

    Gold Coast finished the match with just one player on the bench after Greenwood and Taylor came off with concussion and Politoni suffered a leg injury.

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    The Crowd Says (7)

    • June 17th 2017 @ 7:08am
      Diplomatt said | June 17th 2017 @ 7:08am | ! Report

      How did union lose Crichton? Big mistake – just like when they lost Craig Wing. Indicative of the problems with union in this country. I’m a fan of both codes.

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      June 17th 2017 @ 10:06am
      The Barry said | June 17th 2017 @ 10:06am | ! Report

      Crichton has been playing well all season but that was a breakout game. He’s a beast.

      Good to see Crichton and Walker deliver for my SC side after Burgess pulled out, leaving me short.

      Funny game. I wasn’t really looking forward to this one. Souths were flat as pancakes at the start but switched on. I thought the Titans try just before half time would swing the game back their way but Souths dominant after the break.

      Titans need to drink more milk or take vitamins or something. Absolutely cursed by injury this season.

    • Roar Rookie

      June 17th 2017 @ 10:41am
      steveng said | June 17th 2017 @ 10:41am | ! Report

      Crichton is good, but lets not build him up too much too soon. It seems that at Souths players like Crichton ‘come and go’ over the years, lets hope he stays and all the youngsters develop and make Souths a great team, again!!!

      • June 17th 2017 @ 12:21pm
        Albo said | June 17th 2017 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

        The difference with Crichtron is that he is the real deal. Strong defender, runs great lines, is quick and powerful , can play for 80, and has half a brain for footy ! A very rare specimen in todays game !

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          June 17th 2017 @ 12:52pm
          The Barry said | June 17th 2017 @ 12:52pm | ! Report

          Good summary Albo.

          He obviously hasnt been around for long and needs to maintain this form over an extended period but if he does I’d consider fast tracking him into rep teams.

          Especially if Hess goes well in Origin…

          • June 17th 2017 @ 1:44pm
            Mundane said | June 17th 2017 @ 1:44pm | ! Report

            The usual Friday night drama – Titans get miles in front and then don’t get a decision (incl Hurrells non-try) in the strip, forward pass, high tackle department until the scores are close and then normal transmission resumes. I think Crichton is the goods though but whole parts of his game still need development.

    • June 17th 2017 @ 10:43pm
      Chook said | June 17th 2017 @ 10:43pm | ! Report

      Yes he is an Origin player in the making

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