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Six Buzzer Beaters You Won't Forget: Part Two

Words: Andréa Mandadakis

Sometimes Rugby League can have our hearts racing and breaking out in a cold sweat, but the relief and joy that comes with a last ditch victory can be just as good as winning a Grand Final!

The Rabbitohs have had some mighty last minute victories in their long and established history, and we've picked out the best six in recent memory. Here's part two of the 'Six Buzzer Beaters You Won't Forget'!

4. Rabbitohs 18 - 17 Bulldogs, Round 5 2015, ANZ Stadium

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The game dubbed as ‘Bad Friday’ was the definition of controversial.  

With the Rabbitohs having defeated the Bulldogs in the Grand Final the previous year, the boys from Belmore made it clear that they were out for revenge, but the game was best known for captain James Graham’s intense aggression aimed at referee Gerard Sutton, who made some key calls that turned the match on its head.

Two early tries to the Bulldogs saw them take a 10-0 lead for most of the first half, until Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke dived over the line in the 38th minute. However, it was here that the first controversial incident happened, with Canterbury front rower Sam Kasiano coming in with a late shot on Luke, kneeing him in the head and knocking him unconscious, which earned the Rabbitohs a penalty try, narrowing the deficit to two points at the break.

Two tries, each coming from ricocheted kicks, would see the scores at 16-14 late in the game, however a penalty goal from Adam Reynolds would allow the Rabbitohs to equalise with five minutes to go.

Canterbury would land a field goal through Trent Hodkinson three minutes from fulltime, with the blue and white faithful certain they had gotten one over their grand final combatants, however an illegal tackle by Bulldogs captain James Graham on Reynolds allowed the Rabbitohs to take the lead for the first time in the match, with former Bulldog Bryson Goodwin kicking the winning penalty goal, gifting the Red and Greens a win in front of over 40,000 fans.

3. Rabbitohs 23 - 22 Tigers, Round 10 2009, SCG

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It was a sunny Sunday afternoon at the hallowed SCG turf that would see Club legend Nathan Merritt kick his famous field goal to sink the Tigers in Heritage Round.

With the scores even at halftime, the Tigers led by 6 points with ten minutes to go. A courageous tackle from Craig Wing on Rhys Hanbury would prevent the lead from extending any further, with his opponent being bundled into touch via the trusty cornerpost.

A classic Beau Champion run saw the La Perouse junior cross over the line and help the Rabbitohs equalise the score with five minutes to play, however it would be his wingman who would make headlines with his boot.

Wing would attempt a field goal with thirty seconds left and the scores tied at 22-a-piece, however with the kick ricocheted off a Tigers player, the tackle count would restart for the Rabbitohs.

With just ten seconds left on the clock and one play left, the ball was swung back into Wing’s hands, but to the surprise of many, he threw a pass to Merritt on the right flank, who calmly slotted the ball through the sticks, winning a memorable contest at the SCG.

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