Two clutch kicks from Adam Reynolds, including a 79th-minute field goal, have given South Sydney a dramatic 31-30 victory over North Queensland in Townsville.
- Adam Reynolds iced the win with a field goal in the 79th minute
- The Cowboys had led 30-24 late in the match before the Rabbitohs struck back
- There were six lead changes in the match
The Cowboys thought they had snapped a six-match losing streak when Tom Opacic soared to break a 24-24 deadlock with seven minutes remaining in Saturday’s clash.
The Rabbitohs quickly reduced the deficit to two points when Alex Johnston, who finished with two tries, crossed and Reynolds missed the sideline conversion.
But the star halfback levelled the score again with a pressure penalty goal in the 78th minute and nailed a 20-metre field goal a minute later to snatch the win.
It was a thrilling finish to an enthralling contest, which included six lead changes.
The Cowboys scored six tries to five, including two to captain Michael Morgan and a scintillating solo try to rising star Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow.
But caretaker coach Josh Hannay will be left to rue a poor goalkicking night from Kyle Feldt, who missed four of his seven attempts.
The Rabbitohs have won three straight matches for the first time this season, the past two with coach Wayne Bennett isolated at home after his COVID-19 breach.
Bennett, who was also fined $20,000 for his protocol breach, will return next week with his team firmly entrenched in the top eight.
Reynolds opened the scoring with a piece of individual brilliance, identifying out-of-position Cowboys fullback Scott Drinkwater to chip for himself in the 12th minute.
North Queensland was quick to hit back through rookie centre Connelly Lemuelu, who burst through a stretched defence for the first try of his career.
It was the beginning of a dominant 20-minute period for the Cowboys, which included Morgan’s first try in more than a year, as well as Tabuai-Fidow’s highlight-reel effort.
Drinkwater kicked across field early in the tackle count for the rookie winger, who then burned two defenders in a blazing 55-metre run to the line.
A Dane Gagai four-pointer against the run of play reduced the deficit, but North Queensland claimed a two-point lead at half-time with a penalty goal.
The lead swapped four times after the break, with Rabbitohs duo Johnston and Campbell Graham trading tries with Cowboys pair Morgan and Mitchell Dunn.
The Cowboys thought they had secured the victory when Opacic plucked a Drinkwater kick to score, but the Rabbitohs roared home with Reynolds’ late-match heroics.