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Broncos sneak home over Rabbitohs in controversial thriller

Corey Oates of the Broncos scores a try against the Rabbitohs.
Corey Oates of the Broncos scores a try against the Rabbitohs. DAN HIMBRECHTS

A CONTROVERSIAL Anthony Milford field goal has sealed a thrilling 25-24 win for Brisbane over South Sydney on Friday night at ANZ Stadium.

With the scores locked up two minutes before fulltime, Milford received a poor pass hooker Andrew McCullough and appeared to knock-on before regathering a slotting the one-point kick off his left boot.

Fox Sports commentators Michael Ennis and Mark Gasnier both agreed Milford had lost the ball.

"It's definitely a knock-on for mine," Ennis told Friday Night Footy.

Gasnier added: "I feel there's going to be a lot of conjecture over this one."

It was a heartbreaking finish for the Rabbitohs who had launched a spirited second-half comeback after Robbie Farah was injected into the game.

The NSW Origin representative had to wait until the 46th minute before being given his chance, and he immediately made his presence felt with the side going to another level and scoring three tries in nine minutes, two of which were set up by the dummy half.

The home side burst out of the blocks courtesy of Tom, George and Sam Burgess and quickly gained momentum and plenty of possession.

It paid off because they were first on the scoreboard in the sixth minute after Broncos winger David Mead knocked on which saw Cody Walker scoop the ball up and offload it to Damien Cook to score.

Souths were almost over again two minutes later when Walker dived over, but George Burgess was ruled offside by the bunker.

It look a Rabbitohs knock on and penalty for the Broncos to click into gear, but when they did, they did it courtesy of Darius Boyd who threw a lovely cut-out pass to winger Oates who scored a stunning try in the corner to level the scores.

 

Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs is tackled by Alex Glenn (left) and Adam Blair of the Broncos.
Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs is tackled by Alex Glenn (left) and Adam Blair of the Broncos. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Bryson Goodwin put the home team in front with a penalty goal, but it was short-lived because the Broncos turned defence into attack in the 25th minute when James Roberts picked up a loose Souths ball to race down field and give his side perfect field position.

Then, in what seemed like déjà vu for any fan watching, Boyd threw an identical ball out to Oates who once again produced a Superman-like effort again to get the ball down.

The Broncos extended their lead in the 32nd minute when Korbin Sims scooped up a ricochet to score an innocuous try despite being in front of the kicker. The bunker later clarified that Sims was ruled onside due to Rabbitohs utility John Sutton playing at the grubber.

One minute before the break Sam Burgess was penalised for a high shot on Anthony Milford who kicked a penalty goal to give his side an 18-8 lead.

Farah was thrown into the clash shortly after the resumption of play and kicked his side into gear by causing havoc around the ruck.

The comeback was on when Robert Jennings dived over after Goodwin tapped back a Walker bomb.

Five minutes Farah put Angus Crichton over with a short ball before doing the same for Siosifa Talakai.

The Broncos hit back in controversial circumstances when Milford appeared to be held up in the act of scoring a try before the ball was lost backwards for Tautau Moga to score and level things up 24-all.

Souths captain Burgess questioned the decision at the time considering referee Ashley Klein sent Milford's play up to the bunker, not Moga's.

An early field goal shootout ensued over the final 10 minutes before Milford's dubious attempt sealed the result.

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