Scott hurt as Rabbitohs nail Cow­boys in thriller

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL - CIARAN BAYNES

AN 80th-minute Adam Reynolds penalty goal de­liv­ered South Syd­ney a one-point win over a North Queens­land side also struck down by a sus­pected me­dial lig­a­ment in­jury to Ma­roons prop Matt Scott in Townsville last night.

The Cow­boys took the lead for the first time four min­utes from full­time when Michael Mor­gan’s field goal flew over shortly af­ter Reynolds hit the up­rights with his own drop-goal at­tempt at the other end.

The Rabbitohs marched down the field with less than a minute on the clock but as the No. 7 at­tempted an­other shot to put the game into golden point, Jake Granville was caught off­side from marker leav­ing Reynolds with an easy kick in front of the posts.

“We’re pretty shat­tered to lose like that, es­pe­cially af­ter such a rough trot,” Cow­boys coach Paul Green said. “I’d have to have a look at the penalty on the video. We looked more threat­en­ing when we con­trolled the ball.”

Mean­while, Queens­land coach Kevin Wal­ters, af­ter hav­ing to get used to life with­out re­tir­ing skip­per Cameron Smith, looks likely to have to deal with be­ing with­out Scott for at least Ori­gin I af­ter the vet­eran limped off in the sec­ond half.

Ear­lier, Rabbitohs hooker Damien Cook scored one try and set up an­other for Ge­orge Burgess in a timely performance that boosted his chances of win­ning an Ori­gin call-up for the Blues. His try would have been the high­light of most games as he picked up the ball on the fifth tackle and weaved around Frances Molo, Ben Hamp­ton and Corey Jensen at top speed be­fore scor­ing un­der the posts.

Of mi­nor so­lace to the Ma­roons will be the form of Mor­gan, who pro­duced two superb as­sists for An­to­nio Win­ter­stein in each half to score the Cow­boys’ two tries.

The Rabbitohs have their own in­jury con­cerns from the game with full­back Alex John­ston (ham­string) and Sam Burgess (glute) leav­ing the field be­fore half­time, al­though the lat­ter stayed warm­ing up on the side­line through the sec­ond term.

Souths’ seventh win from 11 games kept them in touch with the lead­ers, while the Cow­boys’ eighth loss surely ended their hopes of fi­nals foot­ball.

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