Rabbitohs continue their high-scoring start to NRL season
SYDNEY (AP) The South Sydney Rabbitohs have continued their high-scoring start to the National Rugby League season, scoring nine tries, including three from Aaron Gray, to beat the Newcastle Knights 48-6.
It followed Souths' 42-10 win last week over city rivals the Sydney Roosters.
The 90 points are the most the ''Bunnies,'' co-owned by actor Russell Crowe, have scored in their opening two matches in the club's 108-year history.
The Knights helped the Rabbitohs on Saturday, completing just 20 of 30 sets, missing 29 tackles and making 12 handling errors.
''I'm pleased with how the boys are approaching the game at the moment, they're very focused around what they want to do,'' Souths coach Michael Maguire said. ''They're working hard, and it's pleasing. But it's only round two.''
On Sunday, the Cronulla Sharks overwhelmed St. George Illawarra 30-2 to even their record at 1-1. Gold Coast traveled to Melbourne to play the Storm in a late match Sunday.
Kieran Foran celebrated his first game for Parramatta after the Eels scored a 20-16 win over an error-riddled North Queensland, the defending champions. Foran missed the Eels' opener with a hamstring issue and said he's ''week to week'' with the injury.
Halfback Sam Williams kicked the winning field goal with less than three minutes remaining to give the Canberra Raiders a 21-20 comeback win over the Roosters. The Raiders trailed 16-6 at halftime but two tries to enforcer Josh Papalii early in the second half got the Raiders back into the game.
''I've witnessed a lot of tough wins under challenging moments and adversity, but I haven't seen one tougher than that,'' Canberra coach Ricky Stuart said. ''We just had so much desire.''
In other matches, the Brisbane Broncos beat the New Zealand Warriors 25-10 and Canterbury's Kerrod Holland kicked a goal after the siren to hand the Bulldogs an 18-16 comeback win over Penrith. The Bulldogs, Broncos and Raiders are all 2-0.
Bulldogs halfback Moses Mbye crashed over on the final play of the match, giving Holland a shot to win the game and ruin the Panthers' 50th anniversary celebration.
On Monday, the Wests Tigers host Manly to conclude the second round.