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.