A Josh Reynolds try in extra time let the Bulldogs snatch a 20-16 victory over the Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium.
Manly were playing to keep their finals chances alive but had them slip through Tom Trbojevic’s legs off a Sam Perrett grubber kick for Reynolds to end their season in the 88th minute.
Manly Coach Trent Barrett said that his side gave everything they could.
“The boys are shattered obviously, but from my point of view I couldn’t be more proud of their effort and their fight,” Barrett said.
Des Hasler won his 200th game as coach and despite the victory claimed that golden point should be reviewed at seasons end.
Daly Cherry-Evans opened the scoring in the fourth minute retrieving his own bomb in a mammoth solo effort. Brett Morris bounced back for the Dogs with two tries of his own, the first comically bouncing off brother Josh’s head to score, before beating six defenders with some dazzling footwork to put his side in front 12-6 at the break.
Manly flew out of the blocks in the second half with a Matt Wright try off a Jamie Lyon line-break. The Dogs hit back via Perrett, who scored in the corner after a crisp sequence of passing and offloading. Jorge Taufua levelled the score at 16-all in the 63rd minute after Nathan Green batted back a Cherry-Evans bomb to score.
Manly almost stole victory in the dying seconds, with Sam Kasiano earning a penalty for interfering with the ball in a smothering tackle. Lyon pushed the penalty kick wide and we were into extra time.
After a series of failed field goals from both sides, Reynolds had a try controversially denied in the latest Bunker decision debacle, ruling that he had pushed Cherry-Evans in pursuit of a kick. Reynolds would get his justice in the 88th minute when he sunk the Manly faithful.
To make matters worse for Manly, Dylan Walker came off with a shoulder injury and is expected to be out for the remainder of the season. Next week Manly take on the Melbourne Storm at Brookvale Oval while the Bulldogs face the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.
Campbelltown is Hayne’s House
A clutch field-goal by Jarryd Hayne in the dying seconds has helped the Gold Coast Titans pip the Wests Tigers 19-18 at Campbelltown Stadium.
Titans prop Ryan James faces a nervous wait from the judiciary after he hit James Tedesco high and broke his jaw in the second half. It was confirmed that Tedesco will now miss the rest of the season.
The Tigers started quickly, with a Kevin Naiqama try in the first minute. Aaron Woods broke the line and managed to offload, the ball was scooped up by Tedesco who found space, before handing to Naiqama to score.
Hayne put the Gold Coast back in the mix, taking an intercept up field before setting up Anthony Don to score in the corner. Josh Hoffman pounced on a neat grubber kick from Ash Taylor in the 28th minute, and Don nabbed his second to go into the sheds up 12-8.
Nene Macdonald scored an intercept try to give the Titans some breathing room early in the second half, before David Noafuluma crossed twice in five minutes to even the score.
Taylor had a shocker with his conversions, only managing one of four, which really let the Tigers back in. Field goal attempts rained down in the final minutes, but it was the former San Francisco 49er who stole the show.
Dragons shock the Sharks
The St George Illawarra Dragons broke their five-game losing streak defeating the Cronulla Sharks 32-18 at Jubilee Oval.
Josh Dugan returned from a broken jaw, and really lifted the Dragons side.
In the first three minutes, it looked like it was going to be another long night for the Red V when Valentine Holmes took an intercept from close range to score first for the Sharks. The Dragons held tough and hit back with a try from Euan Aitken in the 11th minute. James Maloney snuck through the Dragons defence, with quick hands putting Ben Barba over to put the Sharks in front at the break.
The Dragons came out a totally different team in the second forty, posting 26 points and giving the Sharks their second straight loss. Gareth Widdop was outstanding, both in attack and in his goal kicking.
Tries from Mitch Rein, Widdop and a double from Tariq Sims stunned the Sharks, who now have work to do to maintain their spot in the top four.
With the win, The Dragons overtook the Manly Sea Eagles moving to 11th position, with a mathematical chance of making the finals. – Jesse Mullens.
Brisbane Broncos 38 def Parramatta Eels 16
South Sydney Rabbitohs 41 def New Zealand Warriors 22
St George Illawarra Dragons 32 def Cronulla Sharks 18
Penrith Panthers 42 def Newcastle Knights 6
Sydney Roosters 22 def North Queensland Cowboys 10
Photo of Josh Reynolds putting a kick through from the NRL Twitter feed.