Souths last minute miracle reverses Rd 1 result

Adam Reynolds

In Rd 1, it was the Roosters with the come from behind victory late in the game. In Rd 19, it was Souths turn to record a late victory, as they won 24-22, on the back of two tries in the last 3.5 minutes.

Whether you want to call it luck, or a miracle, it was the Bunnies resolve mixed with some average Roosters defence, that saw the Bunnies go 100m with just 45 seconds to go, to win the game.

The game was all one-way traffic early on, as the Bunnies raced out to a 12-4 half-time lead, before the Roosters showed some resolve of their own, leading 22-12 with five minutes to go.

Cue the fireworks for the Bunnies after that, as they fought and fought, getting the victory through their own determination.

The loss was that shattering for the Roosters, that they could not bring themselves to stay on the field to claim their Ron Coote Cup – the Cup that is given to the team with the highest aggregate score across the two games in the season.

“It was a bit of a nightmare,” said Roosters skipper Braith Anasta, who was celebrating his 250th game.

“I just couldn’t believe it had happened. It was just total shock.

“I will never forget that one, it’s a 250th to remember.”

For Souths coach Michael Maguire, he reminded his players of what happened in Rd 1.

“We learnt the hard way in round one,” he said.

“The message went out from our trainers, we’ve had it done to ourselves so lets go out and play a bit of footy.”

The only downside for the Bunnies, was hooker Issac Luke being placed on report for a dangerous throw.

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