The South Sydney Rabbitohs topped the North Queensland Cowboys 14-6 in a blockbuster clash at Accor Stadium.
The Rabbitohs’ Kaon Koloamatangi and Alex Johnston scored the two first-half tries despite tries from Cowboys winger Murray Taulagi.
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Mitchell tackled Alex Johnston for his 164th career NRL try to extend Souths’ advantage.
“Magic Johnston is in,” Andrew Voss said on Fox League.
Lauchlan Elias set up Keon Koloamnatangi who headed brilliantly to the line as Souths regained the lead in the first half.
Drinkwater set up Mary Taulagy for a long range try past some poor South defenders to give the Cowboys the lead.
Scott Drinkwater scored a penalty for Trail Mitchell to give Souths a 2-0 lead.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs host the North Queensland Cowboys in a blockbuster clash at Acor Stadium.
Damien Cook out for Rabbitohs due to covid, Sylva Havili goes on a rampage. Cody Nikorima returns to the bench from injury.
Winger Isaac Thompson is sidelined with a hamstring injury, while Thane Milne is on the sidelines.
Thomas Burgess returned from a groin injury on the bench, Michael Chekam returned from a long injury on the pin.
For the Cowboys, Scott Drinkwater switched to five-eighth for the injured Tom Durden, with Hamiso Tabui-Fidow coming in at fullback.
Tom Gilbert comes to the bench to introduce Tabuai-Fidow to the starting side.
Coen Hess starts at prop, Reuben Cotter is switched to the bench, Jake Granville comes in at stumps and Griffin Niamh is named as the 18th man.
The seventh-placed Rabbitohs must win to lock up a finals place, while the Cowboys could win second place to set up a crucial clash for both sides.
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