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globalrugbyleague - Fri, 29 Jun 2007 23:28:00 GMT
South Sydney temporarily moved back into the top eight on Friday night after scoring a heartbreaking 28-25 win over Newcastle at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

Down 24-12 with 25 minutes remaining, it was a mid-field intercept try by Jeremy Smith which brought the Rabbitohs back to life while putting Newcastle on the back foot.

Rabbitohs co-captain Roy Asotasi then ran 45 metres to level the scores with his third try of the season while putting the inexperienced Knights in real danger of committing football suicide.

A successful conversion attempt by Issac Luke despite the irritating windy conditions locked the scores at 24-all, giving fans of both teams a fantastic finish to a topsy turvy contest.

However in a new twist to the drama, the Knights appeared to receive divine intervention when referee Sean Hampstead handed an unnecessary penalty to the home team.

Newcastle halfback Luke Walsh then sensibily capitalised on his team's good fortune by kicking a field goal to put the Knights back in front 25-24.

But saving his best performance of the year in only his 5th NRL appearance of 2007, five-eighth Ben Rogers then threw the best dummy of the night to score the match winning four-pointer.

Rabbitohs fullback David Peachey – who will meet with club officials next Thursday to decide upon his future– hailed the victory as a ‘test of character.’

“That showed the sort of character Souths didn’t have for a long time," Peachey said.

On the injury front, Knights second-rower Corey Paterson may not play next weekend due to a quad problem.

Rabbitohs second-rower David Fa’alogo was only able to play for 16 minutes inside the first half due to a strained back and is in serious doubt for South Sydney’s round 17 clash against Melbourne.

In Premier League, Newcastle outclassed North Sydney 34-22.

rabbitohs (25 Nigel Vagana, Roy Asotasi (2), Jeremy Smith, Ben Rogers tries: Reece Simmonds (2/2), Issac Luke (2/3) goals)d knights 25 ( Adam MacDougall, George Carmont, Cooper Vuna, Cory Paterson, James McManus tries; Cory Paterson 2/4 goals; Luke Walsh 1 field goal) Match Statistics - Penalties: Rabbitohs 8-7. Errors: South Sydney 12-10 - Read More, Here