Melbourne residents join exodus into South Australia before hard border closure

Hundreds of travellers have made a last-minute dash from Victoria into South Australia before a hard border closure came into effect overnight, including Melbourne residents seeking to escape their city’s coronavirus lockdown.

A line of about 150 cars was queued at the Bordertown checkpoint in SA’s South East late yesterday, with incoming travellers expressing mixed feelings, including confusion and relief.

“We live in Melbourne now, but we’d like to get back to South Australia so we can avoid the lockdown and feel a bit safer about where we are,” one traveller said as she waited at the checkpoint with her family.

“We’ve got a full car of everything — we’ve left the dog behind sadly, but the rest of us have come back.”

Another South Australian local who had been in Victoria told the ABC she “just thought ‘we’ve got to get out of here’, so we literally just got in the car, packed up and came home”.

SA Police officers speak with drivers at a Bordertown checkpoint.(ABC News: Michael Clements)

SA Police announced the imminent closure of the border with Victoria earlier this week, with the SA Government citing the eastern state’s “clear threat” to public health.

The new restriction came into effect at midnight.

Only residents returning to South Australia or those granted a special exemption will now be allowed to pass through checkpoints along the border.

Anyone returning will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days, while Victorian residents attempting to cross will be turned away, unless they are essential travellers and abide by strict conditions.

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Cars lined up at a border checkpoint at Bordertown.(ABC News: Michael Clements)

While many travellers at the border were relieved to be heading home, others said they were confused by the pre-approval process that delayed their border crossings.

“We didn’t really anticipate it was going to take so long to get through the line,” South Australian resident Christina Rugari said.

“[We had] to go all the way back through the queue and come through again.”

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An SA Police officer speaks to a driver passing through a checkpoint in Renmark.(ABC News: Samantha Dawes)

More than 23,000 people living in Victorian border towns have applied for exemptions allowing them to enter South Australia, with a major backlog in processing the applications.

People living in those locations will only be allowed to travel 50 kilometres into South Australia, SA Police has confirmed.

Commissioner Grant Stevens yesterday said the limit was necessary to allow for locals to continue with their daily routines at the same time as keeping communities safe.

“That will enable them to undertake those services or functions that they require as part of their daily lives, but will prevent them from travelling too far into South Australia and provide us with greater security in relation to their movements,” he said.

Police have previously said they would consider calling in the Defence Force to strengthen checkpoints along SA’s eastern border.

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South Australian magistrate Bob Harrap resigns following corruption charges

South Australian magistrate Bob Harrap has resigned from his position less than two weeks after being arrested and charged with corruption offences.

Magistrate Harrap was charged in late June, following an investigation conducted by the state’s Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC).

Anti-corruption commissioner Bruce Lander said Magistrate Harrap had been charged with two counts of deception and one count of conspiracy to commit abuse of public office.

He was also charged with conspiracy to attempt to “obstruct or pervert the course of justice or due administration of the law”.

A South Australian police prosecutor and a criminal lawyer have been charged with corruption offences alongside Magistrate Harrap.

In a short statement on Wednesday evening, South Australia’s Chief Magistrate, Mary-Louise Hribal, said Magistrate Harrap had tendered his resignation as a magistrate in South Australia.

Resignation follows first court appearance

The resignation came two days after his first court appearance over the charges.

Magistrate Harrap and lawyer Catherine Moyse — principal solicitor at CJM Legal — appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday, charged with perverting the course of justice.

Bob Harrap was arrested amid an investigation by the state’s anti-corruption watchdog.(ABC News)

Police prosecutor Abigail “Abi” Foulkes and another woman — whose identity has been suppressed — did not appear in court.

In June, Mr Lander said it was alleged that, on two occasions, Magistrate Harrap “misrepresented who was driving his government-issued vehicle at the time it was observed committing traffic offences”.

“It will also be separately alleged that … Magistrate Harrap conspired with another person to pervert the cause of justice and conspired to abuse his public office in relation to a matter that was to be heard by him and was heard by him,” the statement said.

The offences are alleged to have occurred in May this year.

In a statement released late on Monday, Mr Lander confirmed all four co-accused were charged as a result of the same investigation.

However, he clarified that the charges related to different matters.

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Catherine Jayne Moyse (centre) is one of three co-accused along with Magistrate Bob Harrap.(ABC News: Meagan Dillon)

“Senior Sergeant Abigail Foulkes and another person whose identity has been suppressed have each been charged with one count of deception,” Mr Lander said.

“A third person, Catherine Moyse who is a legal practitioner, has been jointly charged with Magistrate Harrap in a separate and unrelated matter.”

Mr Lander said Ms Moyse had been charged with “one count of conspiracy to commit the offence of abuse of public office and one count of conspiracy to attempt to obstruct or pervert the course of justice”.

All four co-accused will be back before the court later this month.

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South Africa re-appoints Hilton Moreeng as women’s team head coach

Cape Town [South Africa], July 8 (ANI): Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday announced the re-appointment of Hilton Moreeng as the head coach of the Proteas women’s team on a three-year deal.

Moreeng led the South African side to the semi-finals of both the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup (2014 and 2020) and the ICC Women’s World Cup (2017).

“To be given the chance to work with the women’s team again is an exciting opportunity. When I first started, we had a number of young players with a lot of potential, now they’ve matured and have shown that they can compete with the best in the world,” said Moreeng in an official statement.

“The next step is to make sure we compete for a top three world ranking with the aim of winning silverware for South Africa,” Moreeng added.

Moreeng new deal includes both the 2021 ODI World Cup and the 2022 T20 World Cup due to be held in New Zealand and South Africa respectively.

“Our Momentum Proteas are entering a very important period as they prepare for next year’s ICC Women’s World Cup,” said CSA Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith.

“Their recent performances in both white ball formats have firmly established them as one of the top teams in the world as witnessed by their recent ODI tour to New Zealand and their performances against the world’s acknowledged leaders, Australia and England, at the recent T20 World Cup,” he added. (ANI)

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Minecraft version of South Australian school created by students, to run virtual tours amid COVID-19

Students at Wallaroo Primary School on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula have recreated their entire school campus in Minecraft — during class time.

The game lets players build terrain, objects and structures from virtual blocks, producing colourful, three-dimensional images.

Armed with trundle wheels, it took a group of about 38 students 10 weeks to measure and then replicate their school, using the education version of the Minecraft program.

Technology teacher Damian McCarthy said the students were originally learning about hydraulics when he had to alter his lesson plans.

“With the social distancing and the COVID-19 stuff that has come into play, the kids weren’t actually able to work in small groups with each other,” he said.

A bird’s eye view of Wallaroo Primary School.(Supplied: Mojang)

Confronted with the problem of not being able to physically attend school, the students came up with idea of creating a virtual version.

Mr McCarthy had to make sure the lessons followed COVID-19 social distancing rules.

“The kids had to be separated due to the COVID-19 stuff and the best way to do that was for the kids to actually be on separate devices,” he said.

“With the COVID weeks involved, we had a fair few classes of 50 per cent (on-site) so there was work done, it was just at a slow pace.”

Throughout the process, the students learnt about ratio, area, perimeter, teamwork and used critical thinking.

Runaway turtle and other unique difficulties

Year 6 student A’Edan was responsible for building the playground, floors and an enclosure for the school’s pet turtle, Squirtle.

It proved to be easier said than done.

“We started off with wooden blocks and sand in the middle, glass and then water, but we couldn’t get the egg to hatch,” he said.

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The students had some difficulties keeping the school’s pet turtle, Squirtle, in its virtual enclosure.(ABC North and West: Shannon Corvo/Mojang)

“Then I found a code that gives me an invisible block called a ‘barrier block’ to block the top so it couldn’t jump out.”

Year 7 student Marnie said another issue they faced was making both the inside and outside of the buildings match the proportions of the real life structures.

“By doing the ratio of one over one, which is one block equals one metre, we found that the rooms appeared squished and smaller than what they were in real life,” she said.

A virtual room with computer screens and a green turtle in a glass enclosure.
This is one of many classrooms built by the students in Minecraft.(Supplied: Mojang)

One-of-a-kind school tours

The students will now plan virtual “fly-through” school tours.

“I’m going to have the Year 6/7s present a walkthrough to a student from another student’s point of view,” Mr McCarthy said.

There are also plans to display student work in the library of the digital world.

“There are going to be some Narungga books in there, different creative stories and a couple of persuasive text pieces,” he said.

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Roughly 38 students are involved in the project.(ABC North and West: Shannon Corvo)

Timely benefits of game-based learning

Associate Director of the Digital Media Research Centre at the Queensland University of Technology, Michael Dezuanni, has been studying Minecraft for the past six or so years.

Mr Dezuanni said there were multiple benefits to using the program as an educational tool in schools.

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Associate Director Michael Dezuanni said video game-based learning can benefit students.(Supplied: Queensland University of Technology)

“When we see engagement with a game like this, we see that there’s a great deal of enthusiasm from the students and that they really want to learn.”

He said it provided a sense of connection for people who might be in self-isolation or working from home.

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South Australia bars Victorian travellers as hard border imposed to prevent coronavirus spread

South Australia will impose a hard border with Victoria, as police consider calling in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to help barricade roads into the state to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

As of midnight tomorrow night, the only Victorian residents allowed to enter SA will be essential travellers who agree to follow tougher restrictions.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said SA residents travelling home will still be allowed to enter the state from Victoria, but will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Essential travellers from Victoria will have to quarantine when not undertaking essential tasks, and wear protective equipment when interacting with others.

Police have increased their presence along SA’s eastern border.(ABC News: Michael Clements)

The commissioner said stronger physical controls would also come into force in the state’s South East, with static checkpoints in place on most roads.

“There are about 45 unsealed roads and 20 sealed roads in South Australia [along the Victorian border],” Commissioner Stevens said.

“We’ll certainly minimise the opportunities for people to sneak through the border restrictions. Some roads will be blocked, physical barriers will be put in place.

“We’re certainly not ruling out at this point that we will deploy ADF resources.”

It comes as the Victorian Government announced Melbourne will enter another six weeks of stage three restrictions, which includes stay at home orders.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens.
Commissioner Stevens said the restrictions will come into force at midnight tomorrow.(ABC News: Nick Harmsen)

SA Health Minister Stephen Wade said there had been no new cases of coronavirus cases recorded today and it had been 105 days since the last case of community transmission was identified within the state.

However, he said the tough border measures were justified.

Commissioner Stevens said the new hard border restrictions were based on advice from health officials today, following a meeting of the state’s transmission committee.

He said there were was a call out for volunteers within SA Police for COVID-19 border protection duties, with about 400 already rostered on.

Police are currently assessing which access points can be physically closed and which could host new checkpoints.

Commissioner Stevens said travellers from cross-border communities would still be allowed into SA in some circumstances, but would be limited in how far they could go.

Travellers from New South Wales and the ACT will still be able to travel into South Australia if they quarantine for 14 days, ahead of a planned border opening date of July 20.

Nightclubs show ‘total disregard’ for distancing

Commissioner Stevens said the state’s transition committee had concerns about crowd behaviour inside and outside of nightclubs in the Adelaide CBD over the weekend.

SA Police visited several dozen venues and issued warnings.

The commissioner said nightclubs will now be restricted from trading until they had an approved COVID-19 management plan.

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Some nightclubs have breached safety requirements, SA Police said.(Unsplash: Pim Myten)

He said dancing within nightclubs was known to be a high-risk activity for COVID-19 transmission and some venues had failed to protect patrons.

He insisted allowing nightclubs to operate, albeit with a ban on drinking and dancing, was not a mistake.

“We were giving every sector of the community the opportunity to trade as viably as possible,” he said.

Flight touches down in Adelaide

More international arrivals touched down at Adelaide Airport this morning amid calls to restrict the number of overseas travellers allowed back into the state.

A Singapore Airlines flight carrying 49 passengers arrived about 7:00am, with passengers managed by SA Police and SA Health.

Passengers have since been taken to the Pullman Hotel, in Adelaide’s CBD, to complete a mandatory fortnight of supervised isolation and testing for COVID-19.

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier confirmed two people had been taken to Adelaide hospitals this morning from that hotel.

“There are a number of women who are in quarantine in the hotels who are pregnant,” Dr Spurrier said.

“One of those needed to have a check-up today, and that was just a routine check-up.”

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An ambulance was seen out front of the Pullman Hotel, where more than 400 international travellers are being kept in mandatory isolation.(ABC News: Mahalia Carter)

An SA Government spokesperson said there were 424 people in mandatory isolation at the Pullman Hotel and 103 at the Playford Hotel, both in Adelaide’s CBD.

Opposition health spokesperson Chris Picton called on the State Government to follow other states in restricting the number of international arrivals.

“If we’re seeing [other states] putting caps and restrictions on international arrivals into their state, that obviously increases the risk that we’re going to see a significant number of people coming into South Australia, unless we have some sort of restriction in place here as well,” Mr Picton said.

“We need to make sure that our hotel quarantine management program in South Australia is safe and is going to be manageable.”

However, Health Minister Stephen Wade dismissed the call, saying that South Australia has a “tried and tested procedure in managing returned passengers safely”.

“It is common sense that the State Government will not be accepting any flights which we could not manage appropriately,” he said.

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What does New South Wales and Victoria’s coronavirus border closure mean for the ACT?

As Victoria’s coronavirus cases continue to rise, New South Wales have announced they are closing the border to the south.

From midnight, unless granted an exemption, people will not be able to cross from Victoria into NSW.

“What is occurring in Victoria has not occurred anywhere else in Australia. It is a new part of the pandemic, and as such it requires a new type of response,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

But what does that mean for the ACT — completely surrounded by NSW?

Can Victorians travel into the ACT?

Yesterday the ACT Government announced it would mirror the NSW border restrictions, preventing all Victorians — not just those from hot-spot areas — from travelling to Canberra from midnight tonight.

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NSW and Victoria share at least 50 border crossings.(ABC News)

Anyone travelling from Victoria to the ACT will be denied entry at the NSW border from 12:01am Wednesday unless they are granted an exemption.

Those exemptions might be for work, if your job is considered an essential service, or to receive urgent medical care.

They may also be compassionate, like visiting a critically ill relative, providing urgent care to a family member, or attending a funeral.

An online system is currently being set up to allow Victorians to apply for an exemption to visit the ACT. You should apply for an exemption at least 48 hours in advance.

It is possible that exemption will also allow travel within New South Wales.

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NSW Premier says the exemption system may not be ready in time

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said his government was working with NSW on hammering out the specifics.  

“We anticipate that these arrangements are a temporary measure, but they will remain in place whilst the New South Wales-Victoria border is closed,” he said yesterday.

“But it is important now that we do everything that we can to protect our community, and at the same time support Victoria.”

The NSW Government is issuing its own exemptions for both essential travel for Victorians, and for residents who live near the border.

Emergency services workers and freight drivers will also be provided exemptions.

Can Canberrans return home from Victoria?

A flight arrivals screen showing Melbourne flights at Canberra Airport.
ACT residents returning to Canberra from Melbourne will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.(ABC News: Ian Cutmore)

ACT residents will be able to return home from Victoria, but they will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

You will need to notify ACT Health of your plans to travel back to Canberra, and obtain a permit, through the same online system as Victorians seeking an exemption.

You will have to provide details on how you are getting back to the ACT, and where you will self-isolate for 14 days.

For those without a suitable place to self-isolate other arrangements will be made.

Significant delays are expected for those trying to cross the NSW-Victorian border for the next few days, as paperwork is checked.

Those driving back are advised to be prepared for delays, and have proof of residence on them (like an ACT drivers license, if it has your current Canberra address on it).

The ACT Government has also advised people who have been in Melbourne recently, before the new rules came into place, to be on the lookout for coronavirus symptoms for a period of 14 days after leaving the city.

As per usual health advice, if you feel unwell, isolate yourself from others and get tested by your GP or through one of the COVID-19 testing centres.

“We have responded incredibly well to COVID-19 so far and are in a good position,” Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith said.

“However, we know COVID-19 continues to pose a significant risk to public health and the ACT community.

“Extending the directions will allow us to respond quickly and appropriately if there were to be an outbreak of new cases in the ACT.”

If you are wondering when you should come back to the ACT, if you can spare a few days the ACT Government suggests it might be worthwhile.

That is to allow time for the new systems around border crossings and permits to be set up.

And once you are back in Canberra, the rules around self-isolation are strict. Fines of up to $8000 can be issued for serious breaches.

Can Canberrans travel to Victoria during school holidays?

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Police and health officials will be monitoring 55 ground crossings once the border closure kicks in.(Supplied)

The ACT Government is “strongly advising Canberrans to not travel to Victoria for any reason other than absolutely essential purposes”.

If you do have to travel over the border, once you return to the ACT, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

“We anticipate that these arrangements will only remain in place whilst the NSW and Victorian border is closed,” the Government said.

“It’s important now that we do everything that we can to protect our community and support Victoria, and the rest of the nation, in stopping the spread of the virus.”

Penalties and fines may apply to people who fail to comply with Public Health Directions.

Can Canberrans travel elsewhere in Australia during school holidays?

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Trips to the NSW South Coast are still on the cards.(ABC News: Mark Moore)

There are a few options available to you for the school holidays, but New South Wales is probably the best bet right now, with Queensland soon to become an option too.

ACT residents are free to travel anywhere they like in New South Wales (the beach does sound tempting).

Queensland is set to reopen its borders on July 10 to ACT travellers (another good beach option).

South Australia’s borders are still effectively closed to ACT travellers, as 14-days of self-isolation is required, but that may lift from July 20.

The Northern Territory will lift its border restrictions from July 17 (not such a great beach option — definitely swim between the flags, the crocs are real).

Tasmania is due to reopen borders on July 24 (if you are surfing, hope you’ve got a thick wetsuit).

Western Australia remains closed with no indication given of when it will reopen.

Of course, these border openings are all subject to change, depending on the coronavirus status in each state and territory.

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South Carolina: Two dead and eight injured following nightclub shooting | US News

Two people have died and eight are injured following a shooting at a nightclub in the US, authorities have said.

Sheriffs say gunfire broke out inside the Lavish Lounge, in Greenville County, South Carolina, just before 2am local time (7am in the UK) on Sunday.

A large crowd of people was then seen running from the building.

No arrests have been made and the Greenville County sheriff’s office said it had received “some suspect information” following the shooting.

Speaking at a news conference, Sheriff Hobart Lewis said officers were not sure whether there had been multiple gunmen.

“We don’t really have a person of interest that we can name,” Mr Lewis said.

The names of the victims and details of injured survivors’ conditions have not been immediately released.

A post on Lavish Lounge’s Facebook page advertised a performance by trap rapper Foogiano for the night of Saturday 4 July.

Foogiano is fine and his team safe, a bookings representative said in a text message.

Lavish Lounge is located about five miles southwest of central Greenville, which has experienced some of the state’s highest coronavirus rates.

Cases of the virus have been rising across the state, and its rate of positive tests is three times the recommended level.

At the end of June, Greenville became the first city to mandate face coverings in the state, despite Governor Henry McMaster refusing to implement a state-wide mask requirement.

However, despite his stance on masks, Mr McMaster has not lifted restrictions on large crowds, and has said that those operating nightclubs illegally or holding concerts against his orders do not have to be caught in the act to face criminal charges.

Instead, if COVID-19 cases are traced back, they could be charged retrospectively.

Mr Lewis said he did not know whether the club had sought an exemption to the governor’s order or secured a permit for Saturday night’s event, but said it was clear that people inside were not two metres apart.

“It’s certainly not the best situation to stop the spread of this virus,” the sheriff said.

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Victorian border with New South Wales set to be closed from Tuesday over spike in coronavirus cases

The Victorian border with New South Wales will be closed from Tuesday night following talks between Premiers Daniel Andrews and Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the ABC understands.

Mr Andrews is due to hold a press conference at 10:45am.

The decision follows a weekend that saw Victoria record 108 new cases on Saturday — the second highest increase in the state in a single day since the pandemic began — and lock down nine public housing estates in inner Melbourne in a bid to contain an outbreak of the virus.

Another 74 coronavirus cases were recorded in the state yesterday.

More to come.

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Newcastle beats Manly 14-12 after fiery finish at Brookvale, South Sydney beats Canterbury Bulldogs 26-10

Newcastle have held on for a controversial 14-12 win over Manly, claiming just their fourth-ever victory at Brookvale.

With just one man on the bench at full-time, the Knights withstood a glut of Sea Eagles possession in the second half to move into the top four.

But the win was shrouded in controversy, with Manly prop Addin Fonua-Blake sent off after the full-time siren for dissent.

With the Knights leading by two points on the siren, Manly spread the ball right from within their own half as Tevita Funa broke down field.

The winger grubbered for himself from 20 metres out but appeared to be taken to the ground by Tex Hoy and Bradman Best after kicking.


Referee Grant Atkins referred the play upstairs, bunker official Jared Maxwell ruled no penalty and full-time was blown — drawing anger from a number of Manly players.

Captain Daly Cherry-Evans attempted to have the decision taken back to the bunker for a captain’s challenge, but was denied.

The late drama overshadowed a gutsy win by the Knights.

Kalyn Ponga was one of three players to finish the match off the field for the Knights, taken for a HIA after falling awkwardly in a contest for the ball.

In a second half that contrasted with the first, Manly had 61 per cent of possession and had 22 tackles in the Knights’ red zone.

But they could muster just one try, desperately missing backline stars Dylan Walker and Tom Trbojevic in attack as they collected a second consecutive loss without them.

Playmaker Walker is hopeful of being back in a fortnight against Parramatta, while full-back Trbojevic is expected to be sidelined for up to another six weeks with his hamstring issue.


Manly’s only second-half try came when Cherry-Evans helped Cade Cust burst through from close to the line from a Curtis Sironen offload in the 67th minute.

Otherwise, the Knights were resolute.

With Sione Mata’utia concussed and Edrick Lee suffering a broken wrist, the Knights played the majority of the match with 15 men.

Andrew McCullough made 48 tackles while David Klemmer ran 188 metres and fellow prop Daniel Saifiti managed 164.

The Knights had earlier dominated the ball in the first half, capitalising on the first Cherry-Evans sin bin of his career for a professional foul to score eight points while he was off the field.

Their first try to McCullough came after Sironen was penalised for picking the ball up in the second row at the back of a five-man scrum.

Cherry-Evans got his revenge when he came back on the field, stepping and jinking his way through the line to score after Daniel Saifiti rushed up.

But the Knights took an eight-point lead to the break when Kurt Mann juggled a Mitchell Pearce kick out of Cherry-Evans’ grasp to score what proved a crucial try.

Rabbitohs down the Bulldogs

Alex Johnston scored one of South Sydney’s four tries in a 26-10 win over the Bulldogs.(AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

Canterbury put up a valiant fight but could not end its NRL losing streak, extending it to four games as they fell to South Sydney 26-10 on Sunday night.

Down just two points at halftime, the Bulldogs remained in the battle but could not overcome a Rabbitohs side that showed more polish at Parramatta Stadium.


It took just four minutes for Rabbitohs winger Alex Johnston to make one of his trademark blitzes down the sideline, scoring after a 60-metre dash from a Latrell Mitchell pass.

Dean Pay’s men have lacked polish in 2020 but they haven’t been short on bravery.

Souths went into the sheds up by just a penalty as the Bulldogs refused to roll over — Marcelo Montoya scoring a clever try in the 36th minute.

There were danger signs when Souths started the second half with a quick try, but they switched off again and let the Dogs back into the fight.

After Jaydn Su’a collected a grubber from Adam Reynolds for Souths’ second try in the 42nd minute, the Dogs marched up the field and Raymond Faitala-Mariner returned serve.

They were back within four points but not for long as full-back Dallin Watene-Zelezniak coughed up possession in Bulldogs territory and Cody Walker scored in the next set.

A burrowing try to Walker from close to the line with 20 minutes to go put the result to bed.

Dane Gagai’s runaway try in the final minute was a cherry on top of the win and his 50th in the NRL.


The Bulldogs will now face a desperate Brisbane side at Lang Park on Saturday, while South Sydney will take on Wests Tigers on Friday night.


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