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Jason Demetriou, Dylan Edwards try, Jaxson Paulo, South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Penrith Panthers, Round 23

Souths coach Jason Demetriou was disappointed with the no-obstruction call on Dylan Edwards’ try, but was more disappointed with the defensive line in his team’s 26-22 loss to the Panthers.

The Rabbitohs took a 22-20 lead with three minutes to go through Latrell Mitchell’s penalty and tries from Liam Martin and Demetriou, who conceded that Edwards’ try was missed in the first half.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever given up trying to figure out what this law is, to be honest,” Demetri said.

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He stands on the line and there is no effort or way for Lachie (Ilias) to get out of there.

But we got 26 points in one game, we shouldn’t get 26 points in one game. When they lost two of their best players, they missed their mark defensively tonight and that’s what cost us.

Before Demetriou iced the score, the team were upset to take the lead through Mitchell’s sideline conversion.

“When we got to 22-20, we had to put the game away,” Demetri said.

“This year, we’ve probably had three or four games where we’ve lost by one point or we’ve been at the death stage where we’ve made individual mistakes and we’re behind on the points we’ve scored, so we’ll have to fix that as we head into the big games.” He said.

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Souths winger Jackson Paulo was one of those caught off guard, but Demetriou refused to blame the mistake on the youngster, who will learn from a big night at the office.

“We sit down and discuss, but the level you have to reach is with the best teams,” Dimitri said of Paulo’s game.

“As a young man, you understand that every mistake makes a difference and affects the game.

But I still think we should have defended better. Liam Martin scored to win the game. We have to trouble that.

“This is a solution that we have to do and we don’t do it.”

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Brightly, Dimitriou was happy with his team’s attack, but this was never in question for the Southern team and he admitted that their defense needs to improve significantly.

“I’m really happy with how we attacked,” Demetri said.

“We ended up having more linebackers than them at the end of the game, but we gifted them a couple of tries with balls and try balls.

“Usually when we play against a team that lacks creativity, it’s the attempts we can’t make.

We had to get on the scoreboard early and put pressure on them to play and we couldn’t do that until the last minutes, but again with three minutes to go we didn’t do what we should have done. He said.

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Dimitri didn’t have to hit the panic button, but the South defenders who conceded were given a lesson in what it takes to go all the way through the tournament.

“I’m not worried about it because we’re playing against a team with good players,” Dimitri said.

“There were still four or five origin players for Penrith and they each played well.

“I’m not disappointed, but it gave us a lesson in the level we need to reach if we want to be in the big picture at the end of the season.

“I thought we went a little bit out of our process and what worked for us.

But with 3 minutes left in the game, we reached a point where we could beat ourselves and we didn’t close the game.

It was defensive lapses and mistakes that cost us in the end.

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