Monday 18 December 2017 / 04:47 AM

WIND-BACK WEDNESDAY: WILLIS FIELD GOAL BURIES BEARS

The standard of drop-kicking at the NRL Auckland Nines was typically appalling, so Wind-back Wednesday is soothing the souls of rugby league fans by reliving one of the all-time great field goals.

Western Suburbs kept their 1996 finals dream intact as North Sydney became the victims of a last-minute field goal for the second time in four games.

The Tom Raudonikis-coached Magpies led 10-8 at halftime of a seesawing Monday night clash and held a 22-20 advantage in the dying minutes as veteran skipper Paul Langmack pulled the strings with a first-rate ball-playing performance.

Wests five-eighth Andrew Willis conceded a penalty four minutes from time to allow Jason Taylor to level the scores, but Willis played the archetypal villain-turned-hero role in the dying seconds with a booming 47-metre field goal.

The thrilling 23-22 triumph sent the bumper Campbelltown crowd nuts, and was pivotal to the Magpies securing the last spot in the top-eight a fortnight later. The Bears, a top-four side, had drawn 15-all with Cronulla only a few weeks earlier after a last-gasp field goal from Sharks pivot Mitch Healey.

[YouTube – Rugby League Footage]

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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