Roost­ers given scare by wounded Rab­bits

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

THE Syd­ney Roost­ers sur­vived the mother of all come­backs to down lo­cal ri­vals South Syd­ney 40-29 in an en­thralling open­ing to the NRL sea­son last night.

Seem­ingly home and hosed af t er r un­ning up a 2 8 - 6 s e c o n d - h a l f l e a d o v e r a Rab­bitohs side down to just one fit in­ter­change player on the bench, the Roost­ers were forced to come from be­hind to snatch a dra­matic win at the death.

Four tries in 19 min­utes brought the Rab­bitohs level at 28-all and when Chris Sandow capped a bril­liant night with a 73rd-minute field goal, the red and green f a i t h f u l w e r e a l r e a d y c e l e b r a t i n g t h e mi r a c l e come­back.

It wasn’t to be, how­ever, un­likely hero Tom Sy­monds bar­relling over af­ter the Roost­ers ben­e­fited from a short kick-off to put the home side back in front be­fore dou­bling the dose on the stroke of full­time to com­plete a heart­stop­ping first night.

‘‘ We dis­cussed at half­time that the only way we’d let them in was our dis­ci­pline and that was prob­a­bly spot on,’’ said Roost­ers cap­tain Braith Anasta, the Roost­ers h a v i n g g i v e n a w a y s i x straight penal­ties dur­ing the Rab­bitohs’ come­back.

‘‘ The char­ac­ter we showed . . . it showed where we’re at as a team and we’ve come a long way.’’

Souths coach John Lang was left lament­ing the lack of ur­gency from his side over the back end of the open­ing half, with the Roost­ers crossi ng t hree t i mes i n t hat pe­riod.

‘‘ The come­back was great but there was a lot of bad stuff amongst it as well,’’ Lang said.

‘‘ I thought we played well for 20 min­utes then we went right off the boil, we came back in and then I thought we went soft at the end when they got that ball back, we just didn’t drive it home, we

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