Round 5 – Match 3 Results: South Sydney Rabbitohs 28 v Newcastle Knights 10

On Saturday the ever-improving Rabbitohs scored their third successive win, finally living up to pre-season hype surrounding the South Sydney club, when they defeated the Knights at Bluetongue Stadium.

Newcastle, missing captain Kurt Gidley, have now lost four consecutive games in 2010 and have dropped right down to number 14 on the ladder as a result. Their cause wasn’t helped by halfback Scott Dureau suffering a hip injury during the first half on Saturday.

The Knights put the first points on the board when prop Daniel Tolar scored a four-pointer in the seventh minute, but this was to be their only try in the opening half and they missed the basic conversion.

Meanwhile the Bunnies scored two tries in the first 40 minutes when Nathan Merritt and Beau Champion, running 50m to put the ball down, scored in the 12th and 33rd minutes. Talented hooker Issac Luke converted both giving South Sydney a nice 12 – 4 lead at half time.

Luke played excellent footy all game, not only with his spot-on kicking, but also assisting in three of the Bunnies’ five tries.

Coming back in the second half Newcastle at first looked likely of a comeback when Akuila Uate put down a try 11 minutes in, and with Wes Naiqama kicking the conversion they tightened the margin 12 – 10.

But the Rabbitohs didn’t give the Knights another chance as winger Fetuli Talanoa scored in the 62nd minute after finding David Taylor’s well executed grubber kick, and Nathan Merritt following with his second try of the night just three minutes later.

Rhys Wesser put the icing on the cake scoring for South Sydney with two minutes left on the clock, and as Luke kicked two from three in the second half, they came away with a tidy 28 – 10 victory.