Bun­nies pinch win

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PAUL CRAW­LEY RAB­BITOHS DRAGONS SOUTH SYD­NEY RAB­BITOHS

ST Ge­orge Illawarra’s NRL fi­nals hopes are back on life sup­port af­ter a stun­ning South Syd­ney 26- 24 come­back vic­tory at the SCG.

The Dragons looked to be cruis­ing to a cru­cial vic­tory when they led 24- 14 with only 11 min­utes left on the clock.

But de­spite hav­ing no hope of mak­ing the fi­nals them­selves, the Rab­bitohs re­fused to lie down and came charg­ing home with two tries in the fi­nal six min­utes to lock the scores.

It left Adam Reynolds with a tough side­line con­ver­sion to win the game but the lit­tle half­back didn’t let the pres­sure get the bet­ter of him.

It leaves the Dragons in a pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion with only four games of the reg­u­lar sea­son re­main­ing.

They take on Gold Coast next Satur­day at Kog­a­rah be­fore tack­ling Bris­bane, Pen­rith and Can­ter­bury over the clos­ing rounds.

Still stuck on 24 com­pe­ti­tion points af­ter last night’s loss, the Dragons now need three more wins to make it to 30 points.

The Dragons will also be sweat­ing on the fit­ness of Josh Du­gan who was forced from the field last night mid­way through the first half with an an­kle in­jury.

In the af­ter­math of last week’s shock loss to New­cas­tle, this was the game the Dragons couldn’t af­ford to lose but they have only them­selves to blame for let­ting it go

They had ev­ery rea­son to be in to­tal con­trol af­ter lead­ing 18- 12 at half­time fol­low­ing the sin bin­ning of Sam Burgess for a pro­fes­sional foul.

Burgess had to go af­ter he took out Tyson Frizell when the back- rower looked cer­tain to score.

The Dragons ended up scor­ing any­way through Kurt Mann just be­fore half­time.

But a penalty goal to Reynolds soon af­ter they re­turned nar­rowed the gap to four points.

COME­BACK: Rab­bitohs winger Bryson Good­win cel­e­brates a try.

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