Scott hurt as Rabbitohs nail Cowboys in thriller
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.