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By NSW Waratahs Media unit
A gallant Southern Districts side have stolen victory right from out of the Marlins’ hands after the final whistle at Manly Oval.
With the scores locked at 25 points apiece following a try just seconds before the hooter, fly-half Rohan Saifoloi kept his cool to knock over the conversion which won them the match 27-25.
Rebels Captain Marcus Carbone said that the entire team stepped up in the final ten minutes to take advantage of the James Hilterbrand yellow card.
“My team showed great guts and determination,” said Carbone. “We have so many players who can step up to the occasion and lead this team.”
After losing the first half to a clinical Manly side 13-10, Carbone said that finishing attacking opportunities helped contribute to the end result.
“We knew there were a lot of positives to come out of the first half and we just needed to capitalize on a few parts in the second,” said Carbone.
The visitors drew first blood through match-winner Saifoloi through a penalty conversion within the first five minutes. Manly’s Sam Lane was quick to respond, scoring a penalty of his own just three minutes later.
The 20 minute stalemate that followed was broken via a Souths try when Alex Perez spun out of a tackle to find his way to the line.
Southern Districts got within ten metres of the line when Marlin winger Tom Chesters snatched the ball out of the air, running coast to coast to lock the scores up a second time 10-10.
However, it was the home side who went into the sheds up 13-10 in the wake of a second Sam Lane penalty conversion.
Manly came out firing in the second half but couldn’t break the visitors until the 52nd minute when Dennis Pili-Gaitau pushed off a Souths defender for a five pointer. Saifoloi followed up minutes later with another penalty conversion.
Josh Turner put his side further in front when he finished off a marvellous team try by streaking down the left hand side of the pitch.
The real turning point came from the sinbinning of Marlins hooker James Hilterbrand, which Souths capitalised on sensationally.
The first try came from a steamrolling Albert Hemopo from a pick a drive effort. The second was delivered by Brandon Paenga-Amosa latched onto the back of a rolling maul.
With the scores deadlocked at 25-all, Saifoloi proved the difference with his clutch conversion.
Rebel’s halfback Dewet Roos was given Man of the Match for his efforts directing play from behind the ruck.
Manly 25 (Tries: T. Chesters, D. Pili-Gaitau, J. Turner; Cons: S. Lane 2; Pen Cons: S. Lane; Yellow Card: J. Hilterbrand) defeated by Southern Districts 27 (Tries: A. Perez, A. Lamopo, B. Paenga-Amosa; Cons: R. Saifoloi 3; Pen Cons: R. Saifoloi 2; Yellow Card: L. Smart)
REST OF THE ROUND
Northern Suburbs 57 (Tries: N. Duffy, S. Kitchen 2, W. Miller,L. Creagh 2, A. Slowik 2; Cons: A. Sinclair 7; Pen Cons: A. Sinclair; Yellow Card: A. Miriallakis) defeated Gordon 22 (Tries: B. Freeman 2, P. Toeta 2; Cons: P. Toeta)
Eastwood 45 (Tries: T. Hill 2, J. Sarks, M. Gonzalez, J. Neale; Cons: T. Hill 4; Pen Cons: T.Hill 4) defeated Eastern Suburbs 31 (Tries: R. Perry, N. Yeomans, F. Lee-Warner, W. Maddocks; Cons: A. King 4; Pen Cons: A. King)
Warringah 35 (Tries: J. Holmes, H. Jones, R. O’Connor, S. Wileman; Cons: H. Angus 3; Pen Cons: H. Angus 3) defeated Sydney University 20 (Tries: C. Ingate, M. Whiteley; Cons: C. Kagiassis 2; Pen Cons: C. Kagiassis 2; Yellow Card: T. Carter)
Randwick 52 (Tries: M. Short, T. Collins 3, L. Anderson 2, S. Croke, T. Vea; Cons: A. Deegan 5, N. Andrews) defeated Parramatta 12 (Tries: N. Vaifale, R. Duff; Cons: H. Cole)
Penrith 26 (Tries: T.Tuaau, J. Faiva, S. Fifita, T. Kioa; Cons: J. Faiva 3; Yellow Cards: N. Dalivusa, T. Kioa) defeated by West Harbour 46 (Tries: K. Meafua, J. Kay, J. Sullivan 2, J. Redfern, T. Mua 2; Cons: T. Adams 4; Pen Cons: T. Adams; Yellow Card: A. Tuisue)
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