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Rabbitohs a handful - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sun, 27 May 2007 11:44:00 GMT
South Sydney packed plenty of punch into their round 11 clash with the Gold Coast Titans yet were unable to end their rejuvenated chronic losing streak.

In a dramatic conclusion to the tug-of-war style of football which was produced for most of the night, Souths prop Jaiman Lowe was sent off for thumping Titans centre Brett Delaney.

The ‘hit’ of the round left Delaney with a concussion and facial lacerations while Titans coach John Cartwright hailed it as a ‘cheap shot.’

South Sydney coach Jason Taylor countered that Lowe was ‘grabbed on the testicles.’

“A player doesn’t just get up and punch a guy for no reason,” Taylor said.

Clawing back the Titans lead on two occasions, the visitors were never able to get in front on the scoreboard all night. Instead they could only keep the game alive.

Down 12-6 at half-time, the Rabbitohs hit back immediately in the second half when Fetuli Talanoa crossed the line in 43rd minute.

A successful conversion from Joe Williams then levelled the scores before the Titans took the game by the scruff of the neck courtesy of two Scott Prince four-pointers.

Ahead by 10-points, the Titans lead was reduced when Reece Simmonds touched down.

Josh Lewis then made an immediate impact on his first game with the Titans since leaving the Roosters, kicking a field goal on the 80th minute to seal the victory.

The Rabbitohs must now beat the second-placed Melbourne Storm in round 12 if they want to end their six-game losing streak.

Gold Coast 25 (S Prince 2, M Minichello, B Delaney tries; M Rogers 4 goals; J Lewis field goal) d South Sydney 18 (J Smith, F Talanoa, R Simmonds tries; J Williams 3 goals) Referee: T De Las Heras. Crowd: 17,266. Penalties: Titans 7-5.
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