NRL 2021: Golden point drama sees South Sydney Rabbitohs claim crazy victory over West Tigers

A Tom Burgess try has seen the South Sydney Rabbitohs claim 18-14 victory in a NRL golden point thriller over the West Tigers in Sydney.

In dramatic scenes, West Tigers halfback Luke Brooks thought he had iced the game with a try in golden point but the bunker had the final say.

It all started when Burgess burst through the Tigers' defence before slamming the ball down.

Brooks thought that South's English forward had knocked the ball on while trying to score, so dashed off downfield while the South's players celebrated.

Referee Gerard Sutton ruled play on and Brooks sprinted 100 meters for what looked like the game-winning try.

Luckily for the Rabbitohs, they still had their captain's challenge and reviewed the decision with replays showing Burgess had grounded the ball to break the hearts of Tigers and Kiwis coach Michael Maguire.

"You don't get a much better try than that in a game like this," Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett said of Burgess's match-winning four-pointer.

Souths made a bright start to the contest as they hunted their fifth win of the season. Reynolds delivered a beautiful short pass to lock forward Cameron Murray to open the scoring.

The Tigers hit back eight minutes before half-time when Dan Laurie finished off a great team try to level the scores going into the break. 

Replacement forward Luke Garner gave the visitors their first lead of the evening when he crossed three minutes into the second half before Doueihi extended it with a penalty goal after 58 minutes.

With 13-minutes remaining, Rabbitohs five-eight Cody Walker linked up with centre Dane Gagai to score the Rabbitohs second four-pointer to set up a grandstand finish.

Souths captain Adam Reynolds tied the scores with a brilliant two-point field goal before he missed a simple penalty  and field goal to send the game to its dramatic finish.

The enthralling encounter wasn't without its flash points with Latrell Mitchell, Zane Musgrove and Garner all placed on report for foul play that will see them face the judiciary over the coming week.

The victory for the Rabbitohs sees them jump back into second place, two points behind the Penrith Panthers while the Tigers drop to 14th.

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