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That was absolutely sensational. There is no rugby of either code on this planet that comes close to what was served up there tonight. Epic!

Just read through all the posts again it was like watching it all over again. Well done and thank you. you crazy bastards.

I missed the tipping cut-off but I'm too far behind to catch the leaders now. Dumb by Kikau. He'll miss a game for that. Then Freddie Lussick scores, 10-0

Still here!

Munster's injury doesn't look like he'll be straight back next weekend.

"Men will be proud to say 'I am a European'. We hope to see a day when men of every country will think as much of being a European as of being from their native land." (Winston Churchill)

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Another fast, open game unfortunately we won't see anything of the like on the BBC this afternoon. The game overhere especially since lockdown has sunk to a alarming level whereas the NRL has opened up dramatically. Parra put in a huge effort keeping the ball moving and creating openings but lost their contol when RCG and Paulo were off the field.

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And then there were 7!

The Sharks were better than I expected them to be (and the Raiders worse, particularly the first half) but you always felt they wouldn't have enough.

If there is an upset this weekend with a lower rated team winning it may be tomorrow.  The Knights have two of the best front rowers in the game in Klemmer and Daniel Saifiti, a schemer in Pearce and a couple of game breakers in Bradman Best and Ponga but I do feel that the Rabbitohs will have too much for them 1 to 17. 

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41 minutes ago, Dunbar said:

And then there were 7!

The Sharks were better than I expected them to be (and the Raiders worse, particularly the first half) but you always felt they wouldn't have enough.

If there is an upset this weekend with a lower rated team winning it may be tomorrow.  The Knights have two of the best front rowers in the game in Klemmer and Daniel Saifiti, a schemer in Pearce and a couple of game breakers in Bradman Best and Ponga but I do feel that the Rabbitohs will have too much for them 1 to 17. 

I’ve tipped Souths and I still reckon they’ll win. So far as you say the three winners are the ones expected to win. Usually at this stage there’s a surprise winner. Is that an omen in Knights favour? Maybe, but I’ll stick with Bunnies.

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  • Graham changed the title to NRL Match Thread Finals Week 1 - Sunday : Souths v Knights

So who’ll be watching tomorrow’s game live?

The UKers will be tested to the limit on this one. Look at the kick off time for viewers in the UK:

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I will be sleeping easy at that time. 
Hopefully somebody out there will follow the game for us.

What’s the kick off time in Australia?

Sunday, Oct 4th Rabbitohs vs Knights. ANZ Stadium 4:05 pm 

Hope it’s another good game. The ones before it in the first week of the finals have been great.

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South Sydney can't be expected to repeat the brilliance they displayed last weekend, but even 80 per cent of that might be enough for Wayne Bennett's side to advance to week two of the finals.

Cody Walker enjoyed arguably the best performance of his career in Round 20. The Knights should consider themselves warned.

Team news

Rabbitohs: Second-rower Jaydn Su'A will return from suspension, allowing Cameron Murray to return to lock and Liam Knight to the bench with Hame Sele out. Steven Marsters and Troy Dargan were omitted from the squad 24 hours before kick-off. The Rabbitohs have won their past four finals games at ANZ Stadium.

Knights: Lachlan Fitzgibbon is named to return from a groin injury in the second row, pushing Sione Mata'utia to the bench and Brodie Jones to the reserves. Tex Hoy has been included on the extended interchange following a hamstring injury and provides utility cover. Gehamat Shibasaki and Brodie Jones were trimmed from the reserves list on Saturday. The Knights have conceded 140 points in their past four away games.

Well in our forum NRL tipping competition we’ve all gone for a Souths win.

Will this be the upset this first week tends to throw up, or like the three before it will it go as expected?

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12 hours ago, Graham said:

So, this has been a ‘game of two halves’ with Sharks winning the first half and Raiders dominating the second. 
 

Wonder if the match review committee will pick up the trip by Bateman on the Cronnulla chaser in the lead up to the Townsend try attempt? A sneaky one but not raised by the commentators who thought that the contact was minimal even though the Cronulla player fell after the incident.

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Match Review:

Newcastle started their elimination final against South Sydney by scoring 14 points in quick time and it looked like a big Week 1 upset on the cards at ANZ Stadium.

Then Rabbitohs stars Cody Walker and Damien Cook took control of the game and the Bunnies romped in 46 unanswered points in one of the most dominant finals displays you’ll see.

Walker scored a try and had two assists and Cook did exactly the same as the two tore the sorry Knights apart to end their season in a 46-20 thumping.

Result:

South Sydney Rabbitohs 46 - 20 Newcastle Knights

 

C. Allan 16, C. Walker 20, A. Johnston 24, C. Murray 36, T. Tatola 62, A. Johnston 69, T. Tatola 74, D. Cook 76 Tries H. Hunt 2, B. Best 7, H. Hunt 80
A. Reynolds 21, A. Reynolds 38, A. Reynolds 63, A. Reynolds 71, A. Reynolds 75, D. Gagai 78 Conversions K. Ponga 3, K. Ponga 9, A. Guerra 80
A. Reynolds 48 Penalty Goals K. Ponga 12
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