SOUTH Sydney have come up with an Anzac Day great escape with a heartstopping 28-26 victory over Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.
Five days after the Tigers-Eels classic on Easter Monday, 44,122 fans were treated to an end-to-end spectacle which ended in controversial circumstances following a Sam Burgess charge down.
With the scores locked at 26-all Burgess charged down Broncos halfback Ben Hunt's attempted field goal before racing 30 metres down field. Hunt then chased down the Rabbitohs enforcer with the collision jolting the ball loose.
Unfortunately for the Broncos and their fans referee Gavin Badger ruled it was a two-man strip which allowed halfback Adam Reynolds the opportunity to land a 35-metre penalty goal with 90 seconds left on the clock to put the visitors back in front and into seventh position on the NRL ladder.
Broncos captain Corey Parker was lost for words after the game.
"I'm not sure what we can or can't say but it is disappointing," he told Channel Nine.
Coach Anthony Griffin refused to blame the controversial decision for his teams demise.
"We are finding ways to lose in most ridiculous ways," he said.
The Rabbitohs exploded out of the blocks to race out to an early 14-0 lead before the Broncos created a comeback of their own to take a 16-14 lead to the break.
The highlight of the first half was Rabbitohs fullback Greg Inglis racing 90 metres to score a brilliant solo try.
Broncos fullback Ben Barba attempted to chip over the top and create something but the ball bounced perfectly for Inglis who evaded numerous attempted tackles.
The home side extended their lead early in the second half when hooker Andrew McCullough dummied and burrowed under Sam Burgess who was slow to cover at marker.
Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds provided the class over the final stages of the match with his kicking game forcing several dropouts which contributed to tiring the Broncos defence.
He said the win was due to the platform of the players up front after the Broncos surged back into the game by scoring 22 unanswered points of their own.
"That's (the win) just all the hard work from the forwards.
"They (Brisbane) came back at us which we knew they would and then we gave ourselves a chance to win the game."