'Rough' sin bin call puts nail in the coffin for Souths

‘Rough’ sin bin call puts nail in the coffin for Souths

South Sydney‘s hopes of breaking their five-game losing streak were shattered after Dion Teaupa was given marching orders in the final moments of the Rabbitohs clash against the Cowboys during Magic Round.

The final 15 minutes of the match were full of action with two players given marching orders, the Cowboys awarded a possible eight-point try, and the Rabbitohs attempting to send the game into a golden-point thriller.

Teaupa was the first sent to the bin, after striking Cowboys skipper Tom Dearden on the chin as he charged over and grounded the ball in goal.

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After a review by the Bunker, the Rabbitohs halfback was ruled out of the remainder of the match going into the sin bin with seven minutes left on the clock.

Valentine Holmes opted to take two shots at goal, after missing the first conversion, to extend the Cowboys’ lead to 10.

“I think that’s pretty rough,” Cameron Smith said in commentary for Nine.

During South Sydney’s post-match presser, Cody Walker was asked about referee Peter Gough’s decision to award a possible eight-point try and a sin bin simultaneously.

“I’ll leave those conversations that are had on the field to us and the referees,” Walker told media.

“I’m not going to speculate on any of that sort of stuff. We had a good conversation after the game was over and we’ll leave that there.”

Damien Cook secured a late try to cut the lead to six but Latrell Mitchell was unable to successfully convert, leaving the Rabbitohs under immense pressure to score once more to claim the win.

The Cowboys powered 70 metres down the line in an attempt to try and kill some time. However, the Gough was quick to penalise the side as Dearden was given marching orders for the first time in his career for cynical time infringements. 

“Should that have been a sin bin?,” Smith said.

“What a thrilling finish,” Peter Psaltis said in commentary for Nine.

North Queensland went back-to-back to gain an early lead over the Rabbitohs. 

A set restart on the last tackle proves costly for the Rabbitohs as the Cowboys reset and opt to run right. Scott Drinkwater sends the ball through for Viliami Vaila to put four points on the board. 

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Vaila’s efforts were followed by some Murray Taulagi and Holmes magic as the pair powered through the Bunnies’ defence before Taulagi offloaded to Dearden, who went on to score.

“Wow, what a play,” Smith said.

“Look at the effort here from Val Holmes – he’s the only one down there for the Cowboys.

“Murray Taulagi (had) plenty of work to do, he shoved off one, and just a nice little one-handed lovely flick-pass and away they go.

“A little bit of Harlem Globetrotter stuff there from Taulagi.”

The Rabbitohs wasted no time in making a comeback, as Mitchell danced around four Cowboys defenders before he grounded the ball in goal.

Alex Johnson was next over for South Sydney after Mitchell fired a pass out wide for the Rabbitohs winger to score.

A beautiful cut-out pass from Drinkwater found the hands of Braidon Burns who dove over in the right corner to round out the half.

The Cowboys winger scored his second of the match and extended the Cowboys lead, after finding the line in the opening minutes of the second half.

Vailea looked certain to score a double but was denied by the bunker, who ruled that Johnson was obstructed by Vailea in the lead-up to the try.

“No he wasn’t denied – what Alex Johnston did was grab a hold of (Vailea) instead of trying to make a tackle,” Paul Vautin said in commentary on Nine.

”That is a stitch-up. That is a try.”

The Cowboys came out victorious in the final match for day two of Magic Round, with the final score standing at 28-22.

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