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What the hell happened there? That’s the first time I’ve been at a game that was essentially over and I had no idea who had won.

At one end the Rabbitohs were celebrating a Thomas Burgess match-winning, golden point try, and at the other end, 100m away, the Tigers were celebrating a Luke Brooks’ match winner.

There was a bloke a few seats from me screaming about the miracle of a West’s Tigers win, and I’m thinking “didn’t we just win?”

It felt like I’d hit the confused 95-year-old button and I’m still the right side of 60 (just). How can a game end and you don’t know who won?

Anyway, the ref then rules a try for the bad guys (the Tigers) and my heart deflates. Then he gives the bunker the opportunity to look at the whole crazy shemozzle.


A minute later he rules Thomas Burgess, after a magnificent golden point burst, has planted the ball legitimately next to the posts for the strangest “pork pie” in history.

No, he hadn’t knocked on in the attempt, and yes, Luke Brooks’ 100m jaunt to the other end was a waste of energy. You really had to laugh.

So, the Rabbitohs’ 18-14 win makes it five victories in a row but overall it was a disappointing display. The forwards didn’t overwhelm their lowly opposition as expected and our so-called lethal left edge was nowhere near as sharp as it can be. For the Tigers, it might be a case if a little light at the end if a dark tunnel.

And, now the Rabbitohs face losing the enigma that is fullback Latrell Mitchell for a few weeks as punishment for possible indiscretions (a stray elbow and stray boot). He is super talented but he must learn not to be so clumsy!


Apart from the remarkable Burgess try Adam Reynolds’ two point field goal when down 14-12 with six or so minutes to play was the match highlight.

He is some player and the club can’t let any other club steal him from us. The club gurus need to dig deep and work something out. He's a legend.

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