With rugby league at its unpredictable best, last nightâ€™s game was a testament to that, with the Sydney Roosters scoring twice in the last three minutes, including a try with 19 seconds to go from Anthony Minichello, to seal a 24-20 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium.
Regarded as a Houdini act, it was thought that the Bunnies had the game well and truly secure, when John Sutton scored to extend the Bunnies lead to 20-12, with just three minutes remaining.
In a testament to the Roosters side, coach Brian Smith said that that despite trailing the entire time, he never gave up on his side producing a miracle to win the game.
“It was certainly looking very dim (but) I hadn’t conceded. We were still in touch,” Smith said.
For Anthony Minichello, the hero in the win, he also made the point of his side not giving up until the final siren had sounded.
“Everyone keeps mentioning we’re a young squad, but we believe in ourselves and we just kept fighting all the way til that last bell,” said Minichiello.
After the loss, Souths coach Michael Maguire is still searching for his sideâ€™s elusive first victory of the 2012 NRL season, after his side also lost their three trial games.
“It obviously hurt there just in the end, particularly for the players,” Maguire said.
“I know how hard they’re working and they’re trying to improve in what they’re doing but unfortunately it didn’t go our way.”
To make matters worst for the Bunnies, forward Dave Taylor will come under heavy scrutiny for a lifting tackle during the game, by the NRL Match Review Committee.
NRL News Dally M Points
Jake Friend â€“ 3
Sam Burgess â€“ 2
Anthony Minichello â€“ 1