As the Rabbitohs prepare to take on the Sea Eagles this Friday night at ANZ Stadium, we look back at a special try from a crucial match against Manly in the 1986 season. We give you one of Neil Baker’s best!
With the Rabbitohs looking to finish the 1986 season in the top two, they faced a determined Manly-Warringah outfit in front of a vocal crowd of 16,276 at Redfern Oval.
Boasting the likes of Mario Fenech, Les Davidson, Craig Coleman and Phil Gould, the red and greens were a formidable force, but were under pressure in the Round 25 clash to beat an equally dangerous Sea Eagles outfit bursting at the seams with talent such as Paul Vautin, Kerry Boustead, Chris Close and Phil Blake – among others.
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The final score would read 23-18 in favour of the red and greens, in part thanks to the performance of centre Neil Baker, whose brilliant try and two field goals would prove the difference between the sides.
With the ball sent down the short-side, Baker steamed onto a short-ball to break through the line before seizing the opportunity to kick low and through the hands of the Manly winger. Baker regathered and scored what was a memorable try that had Redfern literally cheering from the rooftops.
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