Saturday 24 March 2018 / 11:39 AM


Arguably the NRL’s most bitter rivals go head to head for the 215th time tonight, and Flashback Friday is going back five years to a mind-blowing finish the clubs produced – their second in the same season.

In a carbon copy of their season-opening clash with the clubs’ roles reversed, towards the end of the 2012 campaign Souths seemed headed for defeat when Mitchell Pearce scored with five minutes left to put the Roosters ahead 22-12.

But Chris McQueen sent Nathan Merritt over to finish a 50-metre movement with less than two minutes on the clock, setting up another – even more unlikely – grandstand finish.

The timepiece read 79:12 when the Roosters restarted, but Dave Taylor veered wide after accepting the kick-off and passed to McQueen, who strode up to halfway and linked again with Merritt.

The winger found Issac Luke, and the hooker flung the ball back for Adam Reynolds to scoop it up and dive over next to the posts, finishing a 95-metre match-winning try.

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