Souths narrowly defeat Titans in an entertaining contest in Cairns

Ben Te'o

They were given a big run for their money by an in-form Gold Coast Titans side, but the South Sydney Rabbitohs held on for a narrow victory at Barlow Park in Cairns, to maintain top spot on the premiership ladder.

The close affair was to be expected, with seven of the last eight games between the two sides decided by just eight points or less, with this one no different, as the Bunnies held on for a 30-24 win.

It was a largely topsy-turvy game, as both sides have periods where they played and excelled and other periods where they were not at their best.

Ultimately, it was the Bunnies who came through, despite a solid performance from the Titans.

It was one crucial part of the game that Titans coach John Cartwright believes cost his side and that was at the start of the second half, though he was pleased with the way his side defended when under pressure.

“That’s where the Electronic Cigarette game was won and lost,” said Cartwright.

“They did a fantastic job I think to hold as long as they did and like I said, none from seven and I think they scored a try off a kick and then just through exhaustion they scored the second one.”

“From that moment, we got a bit of even possession and then got back into the game.

Although his side won the game, Souths coach Michael Maguire was left rather frustrated by his side’s performance, knowing full well that they are capable of more.

“Frustrated, to be honest,” said Maguire.

“It’s obviously great that we got the two points but it was a very frustrating sort of game for us, as we weren’t playing the way we’re capable of and the way we have been playing.”

“To come away with the two points is great, but we have to make sure we improve on that one.”

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