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A first for JT - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sun, 02 Mar 2008 09:49:00 GMT
South Sydney delivered coach Jason Taylor his first title in charge of the former battlers after snatching victory from the jaws of defeat via a 24-20 win over St George-Illawarra in the 2008 Charity Shield.

However that moment in sporting history could very well have been delayed for another day after the Dragons came back from a 12-6 half-time deficit to snatch the lead twice in the final forty.

Needing to score first to put some fire back in the contest, the Dragons did just that inside the opening six minutes of the second half by spreading the ball wide through the hands of Dean Young, Jason Ryles, Chase before Mark Gasnier scored from five metres out.

A missed conversion attempt from Soward allowed the home side to hold onto a 2-point lead by their thumbs until Dean Widders gave away a penalty which gave the red and white another attacking opportunity.

It was an offer too good to refuse with Gasnier crossing over with some help from a Rangi Chase grubber kick to hand the visitors a 14-12 lead with 23 minutes remaining.

Fetuli Talanoa then struck back for the never-say-die Rabbitohs, taking an inside ball from Eddie Paea to score right between the sticks.

Not going down without a fight, Saints hit back when a bust was made down the left by Michael Lett who ran 40m before passing to Soward on his inside who managed to outpace Craig Wing for the remaining 30m.

A successful conversion from Hornby then put the Dragons ahead 20-18.

But with only five minutes remaining on the clock the Rabbitohs were able to score through Wing. After it was sent to the video referee for obstruction it was finally awarded.

Issac Luke’s fourth goal of the night locked in the final score.

The dying stages of the game were not without their dramas with Lagi Setu claiming a try only to be denied by the video referee for obstruction after Chase Stanley stopped a defender from performing a tackle.

Souths have now won 3 of their last four Charity Shield clashes while handing coach Taylor his first taste of title fever.

South Sydney 24 (Y Gordon, G Paulson, F Talanoa, C Wing tries; I Luke 4 goals) def St George-Illawarra 20 (J Soward 2, M Gasnier 2 tries; J Soward 1, B Hornby 1 goal) Crowd: 25,127 at Telstra Stadium.

Other NRL Trials:

Newcastle 26 (K Gidley 2, J Sau 2, J Mullen tries; Gidley 3 goals) Cronulla 24 (D Simmons, M Taulapapa, B Kimmorley, R Williams, B Seymour tries; Seymour 2 goals) at Cessknock.

Parramatta 34 (E Grothe, J Cordoba, J Hayne, W Hauraki, L Burt, M Riddell tries; L Burt 5 goals) def roosters 18 (A Roberts 2, A Minichello tries; A Roberts 2, C Fitzgibbon goals) at BlueTongue Stadium. Crowd: 8143.

North Queensland 32 d Canberra 12

Gold Coast Titans 32 d Wests Tigers 4

Brisbane Broncos 24 d Redcliffe 22

Manly 26 d New Zealand 16 - Read More, Here