The South Sydney Rabbitohs lead the North Queensland Cowboys 20-10 in a blockbuster clash at Accor Stadium.
The Rabbitohs scored two tries to Keaon Koloamatangi and Alex Johnston that were bookended by tries to Murray Taulagi and Kyle Feldt to set up a big finish.
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Tom Burgess crashed over under the posts to seal a scrappy win to cement Souths inside the top eight.
Feldt was sin-binned for taking Alex Johnsotn out in the race to score a try reducing the Cowboys to 11 men in chaotic scenes.
Coen Hess was sin-binned for a shoulder to the head of Souths centre Campbell Graham reducing the Cowboys to 12 men for the remainder of the game.
Kyle Feldt produced a brilliant solo long-range try bu showcasing his soccer skills to set up a grandstand finish.
Mitchell set up Alex Johnston for his 164th NRL career try to extend Souths’ advantage.
“Magic Johnston is in,” Andrew Voss said on Fox League.
Lachlan Ilias set up Keaon Koloamnatangi for a brilliant run to the line to see Souths retake the lead in a seesawing first half.
Drinkwater made amends by setting up Murray Taulagi for a long-range try through some feeble Souths defence to give the Cowboys the lead.
Scott Drinkwater was penalised for a strip, gifting Latrell Mitchell a epnalty goal to give Souths an early 2-0 lead.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs host the North Queensland Cowboys in a blockbuster clash at Accor Stadium.
Damien Cook is out for the Rabbitohs due to Covid, with Siliva Havili starting at hooker. while Kodi Nikorima returns from a hamstring injury on the bench.
Winger Izaac Thompson has been ruled out with hamstring injury, with Taane Milne coming onto the flank.
Thomas Burgess returns from a groin injury on the bench, with Michael Cheekam making a return from long-term injury on the pine.
For the Cowboys Scott Drinkwater switches to five-eighth for the injured Tom Dearden, with Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow coming in at fullback.
Tom Gilbert comes onto the bench to cover Tabuai-Fidow’s promotion to the starting side.
Coen Hess starts at prop with Reuben Cotter switching to the bench, while Jake Granville comes onto the pine, with Griffin Neame named 18th man.
The seventh placed Rabbitohs need to win to lock up a finals spot, while the Cowboys can all but seal second spot with a win setting up a crucial clash for both sides.
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