Rabbitohs young gun Braidon Burns produced an incredible try-assist in South Sydney’s gutsy loss to the Sydney Roosters.
Burns pulled off the stunning no-look flick pass to send teammate Hymel Hunt over in the corner.
As fans were applauding the assist, the referees sent it to the bunker to make sure their on-field call of ‘try’ was the correct one.
Only about a metre forward on that flick pass, that’s pretty special #NRLSouthsRoosters
— Matt Robinson (@mattmrobinson) August 10, 2018
— Shauny (@ShaunyyUnited) August 10, 2018
Despite the brilliant pass, the Roosters proved their premiership credentials on Friday night with a win built on staunch defence as Souths dominated field position but couldn’t deliver a killer blow.
Both sides suffered casualties, with Souths fullback Alex Johnson leaving the field after two-and-a-half minutes with a hamstring injury in front of 26,331 fans at ANZ Stadium.
While his Roosters opposite James Tedesco missed the last 12 minutes due to a head knock after copping friendly fire from Latrell Mitchell.
Sam Burgess had a shocker, making five errors from 20 carries, including dropping it with his side on the attack with less than three minutes to go.
In the end, the Roosters’ defence proved decisive with the Rabbitohs enjoying 31 tackles in the opposition 20m zone (compared with the Tri-Colours’ 10) but still came away with two valuable points.
The result sees Trent Robinson’s side jump ahead of Souths but Melbourne have a chance to regain the competition lead when they take on Cronulla on Sunday.
When the Roosters went the length of the field in three plays for Joseph Manu to touch down in the right-hand corner, they had a six-point advantage 13 minutes after halftime.
A Mitchell penalty put Roosters in front by eight and ultimately Souths couldn’t run them down.
The Rabbits set up a grandstand finish when Braidon Burns flicked it behind his back for Hymel Hunt to cross and peel their deficit back to four with 15 on the clock.
However, the Roosters held firm to prove they’re the real deal.
Souths halfback Adam Reynolds appeared to carry a leg injury and made five errors in what was a forgettable performance.