Wests Tigers stun South Sydney Rabbitohs with late Luke Brooks goal


Lightning struck twice for the Wests Tigers, stunning the South Sydney Rabbitohs with a last-minute basket from Luke Brooks.

A messy second half saw several lead changes and a string of missed field goals – including a hilarious attempt by Rabbitohs striker Jai Arrow – before the newly unleashed No.6 netted the winner.

Brooks scored an odd try from long range after a pass from Lachlan Ilias fell to the ground – which had given the Tigers a late lead before Keaon Koloamatangi, who was exceptional throughout, leveled the Rabbitohs.

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After some long-term efforts from Jackson Hastings, he became the organizer of the final set, brilliantly directing the traffic before his halftime partner provided the finishing touches.

It came after a bizarre incident on the previous set, where Damien Cook charged the ball and recovered, only for a brilliant referee call to come in, saying the charge grazed another Rabbitoh, who was accidentally offside. .

The Suds were challenged given that there were only two minutes left, but the call proved fair – and a strange game, as those between the Rabbitohs and the Tigers often are, ended shortly. after.

Michael Maguire has gone from a walking dead man to suddenly stringing together back-to-back wins against teams considered among the competition’s elite at the start of the season.

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They have a great chance of making it three in a row next week against the Dragons, while the Souths look to avenge their first-round loss to the Broncos.

The Rabbitohs finished with 15 players after losing Hame Sele to a concussion and Jacob Host to a dislocated shoulder.

The former came into a brutal collision with former Rabbitoh Zane Musgrove, as Sele put his head in the wrong place and was sent flying after hitting Musgrove’s hip on a kick return of foot.

The Tigers will be without fullback Daine Laurie for a few weeks with an alleged MCL issue, but it will be an easier pill to swallow after a win.

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