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Anthony Minichiello scores last-minute try to secure 24-20 win for Sydney Roosters over South Sydney Rabbitohs

Published: March 5, 2012 | 10:13 am
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Roosters 24 Rabbitohs 20

ROOSTERS favourite Anthony Minichiello scored with 19 seconds on the clock to secure a last-gasp 24-20 victory over arch-rivals South Sydney tonight.

The Chooks looked dead and buried when they trailed 20-12 with less than five minutes on the clock.

But after a Jared Waerea-Hargreaves try under the posts in the 78th minute, the Roosters were in striking distance.

And it was Minichiello who broke the hearts of the 18,278 Rabbitohs’ faithful at ANZ Stadium when he latched on to a Boyd Cordner grubber to score the winner.

Minichiello had experienced a mixed night earlier after a bomb bounced off his head and eventually led to a Souths penalty, while he also ended up in a scuffle after he appeared to take out Bunnies fullback opposite Dylan Farrell as he leapt for a bomb.

Replays, however, showed Minichiello tripped over John Sutton as he chased hard after a bomb.

It was a memorable win for coach Brian Smith whose Roosters were not given much hope before the season kick-off.

Souths coach Michael Maguire will need to wait another week to potentially enjoy his own first win in charge of the Bunnies.

Both clubs were deadlocked at 12-all at half-time, and it was John Sutton who swing the match in favour of Souths in the 48th minute.

Roosters skipper Braith Anasta was a late omission because of a back complaint, with his replacement Daniel Mortimer aquitting himself well in the No. 6.

South Sydney prop Sam Burgess was named man-of-the-match.

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