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Six Buzzer Beaters You Won't Forget: Part Three

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 the final part of the 'Six Buzzer Beaters You Won't Forget'!

2. Rabbitohs 34 - 30 Tigers, Round 22 2010, ANZ Stadium

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Not many people will forget this extra time 90 minute high scoring thriller from 2010.

With the Rabbitohs still in the race for the finals, injuries and suspensions had hit them heavily for this late season clash, with their opponents, the Wests Tigers, flying high and looking to finish in the top 4.

But it was a rag tag team of Rabbitohs that would stop them, with debutant Dylan Farrell scoring three tries, including the winner in extra time.

The Tigers would lead by sixteen points early in the second half, but some Chris Sandow inspired magic would bring the Rabbitohs within 6 points with three minutes to go, and thanks to a John Sutton try, Sandow would be given the opportunity to kick the conversion from the sideline, leaving the scores at 30-all. With both sides failing to kick field goals in the dying seconds, the match would find itself in extra time.

As time ticked on, and both sides exhausted from the frantic contest, it would be Rabbitohs fullback Rhys Wesser who sliced through the Tigers’ defense in the 89th minute, throwing a cutout pass to centre Shaun Corrigan, who offloaded the ball back to Farrell to score the match winner, and his third try of the night, finishing off what was an absolute heart stopper of a game.

1. Rabbitohs 24 - 22 Roosters, Round 19 2012, Allianz Stadium

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Having come off two demolitions of the Panthers and Knights, the Rabbitohs were in red-hot form and coming up against a Roosters side in the midst of a dismal season.

But despite lingering at the bottom half of the competition ladder, the Eastern Suburbs club would be up for the fight, with captain and former Souths junior Braith Anasta playing his 250th NRL match.

The Rabbitohs would cross over early on in the 5th minute through Nathan Merritt, and after kicking a penalty goal, the lead would stretch to 8 points at the break.

The Roosters would come out firing in the second stanza, leading by 10 points with just two minutes to go, but the Rabbitohs spirit truly shone that night, firstly by touching down through Merritt who scored under the posts after some ad-lib play.

But the best part of the night would come in the last play of the game, and with fifty seconds left on the clock, Dave Taylor put Chris McQueen through a huge gap on the left hand side from the kickoff. After a 30 metre dash, McQueen linked up with Merritt on his inside, who made his way upfield before offloading to Issac Luke, who looked set on scoring the match winner.

With plenty of Roosters surrounding him, and through sheer desperation, Luke threw a wayward overhead pass that was collected by Adam Reynolds who strolled over under the posts, sending the Red and Green faithful in raptures. The young halfback calmly converted the try, cementing the Rabbitohs place in the finals capping off one of the most memorable comeback win in recent history. 

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