It would have taken quite the amount of confidence to predict that the St George Illawarra Dragons would defeat the South Sydney Rabbitohs, in a battle that saw first take on fifteenth.
In that battle, you would expect to see the first placed side win. In reality, however, that is not what happened, as a golden point try to Brett Morris gave the Dragons a shock victory over the Bunnies, perhaps the upset of the season.
In a match that was evenly poised only towards the later stages, it was the Rabbitohs that dominated early and set the tone, as they raced out to a commanding lead.
They looked to be in control before the Dragons resolve shone through, with the club scoring three second-half tries to send the game to golden point.
Prior to that, though, the club were seemingly trying to do what they could to not score points with errors and failing to find touch from a penalty on two occasions.
It was the sort of nail-biting finish that no-one was expecting but it happened and it will help to paige davis pokies take the pressure off coach Steve Price, who has been taking the brunt of it all from fans and media alike.
“You could describe it as a bit of relief,” coach Steve Price said.
“We have been under a bit of pressure of late and I’m just really proud of the players to hang tough in tough situations.”
Not yet out of the running for a finals berth, Price said if the performances of that ilk continue, anything is possible.
“It’s all about being better than we have been. Producing performances like that and you never know what could happen.”
With no Greg Inglis due to injury, many wondered if the loss was down to the fact that the star fullback was missing but that was quickly denied by Souths coach Michael Maguire.
“Not at all. The boys in the front line, they’re making their tackles the way we’re capable of (we might have won),” Maguire said of the Inglis factor.
“It’s (Inglis being out) got nothing to do with it to be honest.”
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