South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Gold Coast Titans Highlights: NRL scores, blog

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    Rabbitohs vs Titans

    NRL, 16 June, 2017

    ANZ Stadium
    Fulltime - Rabbitohs 36, Titans 20
    Rabbitohs   Titans
    36 FINAL SCORE 20
    7 TRIES 3
    Referee: Ashley Klein
    Touch judges: Nick Beashel & Clayton Sharpe
    Video Referee: Luke Patten

    The South Sydney Rabbitohs will attempt to build some momentum and pick up a much-needed victory when they host an Origin-depleted Gold Coast Titans. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:50pm (AEST).

    It’s starting to approach desperation stakes for both sides. Sitting in the bottom four with just the four wins a piece from 13 games for the season, the 28 points required to play finals is looking a long way off.

    Even with the remaining bye, the loser of this game will need to win eight of their final ten to be still alive in September – admittedly, seven from ten isn’t much better, but this one could be a handy momentum boost.

    The Rabbitohs have had an ordinary season to say the least. They are still yet to win a game at home in 2017 and have lost their last three matches. While the injury to Greg Inglis hurts, the telling point is no players being selected for State of Origin.

    Adam Reynolds kicking game has been woeful, their forwards are being beaten up the middle nearly every time they step foot on the field and it’s a defeated looking team.

    While their performance against the Broncos last week was improved, it’s still nowhere near good enough. They come into this match with the same 17 on the park, but stability isn’t much use in a losing side.

    The Titans, on the other hand have had to make changes. Jarrod Wallace, Jarryd Hayne and Nathan Peats will all be missing through Origin, while Kane Elgey, Tyrone Roberts and Karl Lawton are injured. William Zillman has been named at the back, with John Olive taking his spot on the wing.

    Chris McQueen has been named in the halves, Nathaniel Peteru up front and Pat Politini at hooker. In better news, Kevin Proctor makes his return.

    Despite the injuries, the Gold Coast have played their best footy this season in the face of adversity when understrength.

    It only takes a reminder to their wins over the Melbourne Storm and Cronulla Sharks to know they will rise for any challenges, as well as spirited performances against the Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys when they had to defend for much of the match, yet still kept the scoreboard respectable.

    With Elgey out, Ashley Taylor’s kicking game is going to be key for the Gold Coast, who even without Wallace could still dominate this one up front.

    All common logic suggests the Rabbitohs will win, but I’m not buying it. They have been inconsistent at best and if there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s that the Titans will defend like their lives depend on it from an understrength position.

    Titans by 4.

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    • Roar Rookie

      steveng said | 10:27pm | ! Report

      Great win for my Bunnies, but and its a big but, they don’t have much to cheer about in this game, especially after the first 25 min, as they beat a 2nd rate Titans side. Great to get a win but the Bunnies have allot of work to do. Congratulations to John Sutton for his 300th game and his absolute loyalty to the Rabbits, great man and a great player!!!

    • Roar Guru

      M.O.C. said | 10:05pm | ! Report

      What’s with the lack of crowd?

      • 10:38pm
        Big Daddy said | 10:38pm | ! Report

        Maybe they could have played it at North Sydney oval or Leichhardt oval and saved ANZ for Wednesday night.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:54pm | ! Report

      Thanks for joining me on The Roar this evening for our live coverage of the 2017 NRL Season as the South Sydney Rabbitohs got the better of the Gold Coast Titans. Hopefully you enjoyed the call.

      I’m done for the weekend, but The Roar will be back from 5:30pm (AEST) tomorrow as the Melbourne Storm take on the North Queensland Cowboys.

      Bye for now.

      • Roar Rookie

        Joe said | 10:11pm | ! Report

        Bunnies class comes through in the end. Once the reserve graders started falling off tackles it was all over for the Titans. Big difference in general fitness between 1st grade and below. The Rabbitohs just stuck to the game plan and ended up running away with it.

    • 9:54pm
      Johnybulldog said | 9:54pm | ! Report

      Soz guys had a busy night,did Sam Burgess play tonight? My SC points say zero….?

    • Roar Guru

      M.O.C. said | 9:49pm | ! Report

      Poor Titans, they did themselves no favours, but is there an unluckier club?

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:47pm | ! Report

      Thoughts on the game Roarers?

    • Roar Guru

      no show said | 9:46pm | ! Report

      Nice second half by Souths

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:46pm | ! Report


      Short kick-off and the Titans look to bat it back in, but it goes forward. Konrad Hurrell runs away to the tryline as the siren goes anyway, but the Rabbitohs have ran on 26 unanswered second half points to grab an important win.

      Realistically, the Titans season is now done. They need to win a minimum of 8 out of their last ten to finish on 28 points.

      Angus Crichton probably – almost definitely – best on ground for South Sydney, who, mind you still have plenty to work on.

      South Sydney Rabbitohs 36
      Gold Coast Titans 20

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:43pm | ! Report


      Rabbitohs 36
      Titans 20

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:42pm | ! Report

      The Rabbitohs bring it up to halfway before there is a shift left through Burgess for Johnston and he is taken 40 metres out. Offload from Musgrove to Burgess and he finds Crichton who is standing flat footed, but accelerates at the line, goes straight through and then beats everyone standing in his way to crash over for a hat-trick.

      That was woeful defence.

      Rabbitohs 36
      Titans 20

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:40pm | ! Report

      77′ – Hurrell is doing it all on his own here. Has two runs, then takes the quick tap from a penalty, running for 20 metres and then dropping it in the play the ball.

      Got worked over by the defence and that could have been a penalty.

      Rabbitohs 32
      Titans 20

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