Brutal moment insane Manly try costs NRL punter $6000 payday

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This young punter, pictured here missing out on $6000 thanks to Manly.
This young punter missed out on $6000 thanks to Manly. Image: Instagram/Getty

Talk about a bad beat.

This is the brutal moment a young punter missed out on a $6000 payday when Manly scored after the siren against the Cowboys with an extraordinary length-of-the-field try.

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The punter had a multi going on last weekend's NRL games and needed the cumulative score to be less than 58.5 points.

He had correctly predicted all the first try-scorers and was staring down the barrel of $6000 as time expired in Manly's win.

As you can see in the video below, the youngster started celebrating with his mates as the Cowboys kicked towards the dead-ball line, the lads thinking the game was over.

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But the Sea Eagles had other ideas, with Reuben Garrick, Daly Cherry-Evans and Tom Trbojevic combining for a remarkable 110m try that tipped the cumulative total of the multi over 58.5 points.

Manly's eighth and final try of the night came when Garrick tip-toed in his in-goal before his side went the length of the field for Trbojevic to bag his hat-trick.

The lads were left absolutely shattered as Trbojevic touched down for the try as $6000 went up in smoke.

The video has gone viral on social media, with the NRL Roast's Instagram account racking up 100,000 views at time of publishing.

Manly's final-minute dagger capped off a stellar night for Trbojevic, who finished with three tries, two try assists, 14 tackle busts, three line-breaks and 246 running metres.

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Trbojevic has produced one of the great seasons for Manly as statistics confirm his influence outweighs any other marquee player in the modern NRL era.

Trbojevic insisted on Monday the Sea Eagles could continue their free-wheeling style into the finals, adamant they did not need to tighten up on Friday against Melbourne.

The 24-year-old's 2021 season will long be held in high esteem after scoring 25 tries and setting up 30 in 15 matches.

That level of involvement towers over Jarryd Hayne in 2009 and Ben Barba in 2012, despite playing less games.

Beyond that, Manly's rebound from their worst-ever opening month in both attack and defence without Trbojevic to finish fourth on the ladder emphasises his importance.

Tom Trbojevic, pictured here in action for the Sea Eagles against the Cowboys.
Tom Trbojevic in action for the Sea Eagles against the Cowboys. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Since Des Hasler's 2019 arrival, Manly are 20.37 points better off with Trbojevic playing - going from an average losing margin of 7.43 without him to winning by 12.94 with him.

In comparison, Newcastle were 10.6 points better off with rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns throughout his career, while North Queensland were 9.9 points superior with Johnathan Thurston.

Trbojevic's influence in 2021 extends to 32.5 points with him in the team.

"The Barba, Hayne, and Lockyer's (in 2006), are amazing seasons," skipper Daly Cherry-Evans told AAP.

"The game's changed so much but Tom's season deserves to be in that category and will be talked about for a very long time.

"He's doing stuff at the moment that I've never seen a teammate do, things not many people in the history of the game could."

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