Reynolds the hero for in-form Souths

Ian Mccullough, NZ Newswire Updated May 20, 2012, 5:24 pm

A golden-point field goal from rookie halfback Adam Reynolds has sealed a deserved 19-18 NRL win for Sydney Rabbitohs over St George Illawarra at Kogarah.

The 21-year-old cleared the posts from 35 metres two minutes into the extra period to clinch a third successive win for Michael Maguire's side.

Coach Steve Price called on the Dragons to improve their starts before the game, following two successive defeats, and his players responded by opening the scoring after just four minutes when Jason Nightingale hauled in a Jamie Soward bomb.

The early setback appeared to affect the visitors, who were without Queensland duo Greg Inglis and Dave Taylor, as the Dragons dominated the opening exchanges.

Price's team, who were minus NSW's Ben Creagh and Trent Merrin in addition to the injured Michael Weyman, continued to press, keeping Souths pinned back in their own half.

Soward doubled the host's lead with his first try since round 26 of last season after a good break and offload from Brett Morris found the axed NSW five-eighth who sprinted through to score under the posts.

Souths finally woke up and started to play in the latter part of the first half with Reynolds growing in confidence and they were rewarded by a try from Sam Burgess on the half-hour mark,

The big Englishman powered his way over from five metres, brushing aside Jake Marketo for his second try of the 2012 campaign.

And on the stroke of halftime the Rabbitohs levelled the scores after great work from Matt King to gather a high kick from Issac Luke and hand off to the advancing Reynolds who raced home for his first NRL try.

The second half followed a similar pattern with the Dragons taking the early initiative with a Matt Cooper try out of dummy-half, but it was Souths who looked the brighter side after the break.

They were rewarded for their inventiveness after 61 minutes when Andrew Everingham continued his brilliant rookie season with his ninth try in just eight games.

Debutant Justin Hunt thought he had won the game with a try in the left corner, but his foot brushed the line and with Soward failing with a penalty and two field goals, the game went into golden point in front of a crowd of 14,894.

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  1. Aj01:30pm Monday 21st May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It's amazing what happens to a St George side that doesn't win the penalty count, I guess they couldn't keep getting away with their grubby play forever

  2. Yachtie10:54am Monday 21st May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Dragons have a problem getting and keeping the play in the opposition's half. This problem started last year. Also, Dragons can't kick field goals under pressure. It might have been a "thriller" for Rabbit supporters, but not for me.

  3. Mick D10:50am Monday 21st May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Classic! That was fun to watch....Sandow made a very big mistake (regardless of the pay) leaving his mates (Merrit & Sutton) at the Rabbitoes...he hasn't been the same player without them!

  4. David10:22am Monday 21st May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Great ta see the mighty Rabbits get up again keep up the good work boys. pitty we had two try's disallowed would of made the score board look better for us & for the dragons to hang thier heads lower then they have been this season. Go Carol for havin her little say & support for the bunnies all the way from the USA good on ya chicky

  5. 09:42am Monday 21st May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Drats, RepAus not deleted, just fell off the page. *snifffle*

  6. 09:00am Monday 21st May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Cool! The comment from RepAus has been deleted. Well done Yahoo! Oh and great game from the Bunnies!

  7. 08:58am Monday 21st May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    LMAO! Why do things like RepAus even bother to post a comment! LOL I goes someone has tied them to a chair and forces them to watch.

  8. Carol02:26am Monday 21st May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Go Bunnies--Fan from Philadelphia

  9. Warren10:05pm Sunday 20th May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    go bunnies

  10. Comp09:13pm Sunday 20th May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Who is this 'St George'? They haven't been in the comp since 1998. I believe you mean st g Illawarra. Mighty Illa, go the gong.