Canterbury Bulldogs ensured a top-four finish in the NRL ladder after Josh Reynolds clinched a dramatic 20-16 golden-point victory over Manly Sea Eagles.
Canterbury Bulldogs ensured a top-four finish in the NRL ladder after Josh Reynolds clinched a dramatic 20-16 golden-point victory over Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium.
Reynolds capitalised on an error from Tom Trbojevic to touch down the winning score in the second additional period, ending Manly's hopes of earning a place in the Finals despite the return of captain Jamie Lyon from a hamstring injury.
Dale Cherry-Evans touched down after four minutes to give the Sea Eagles an early lead, but a Brett Morris double - the first of which came after Will Hopoate's pass bounced into the in-goal area off Josh Morris' head - sent the Bulldogs into the break ahead.
Matthew Wright and Sam Perrett exchanged scores before Jorge Taufua crossed for his 11th try of the season, with a successful conversion from Lyon tying the score at 16-16.
Lyon had a chance to win it on the buzzer for Manly when Sam Kasiano gave away a penalty in the final seconds, but his kick drifted wide of the upright as the match went to extra time.
Reynolds thought he had scored the golden point in the first period but his try was ruled out for an off-the-ball push on Cherry-Evans when chasing down his own dink over the defence.
After two missed drop-goal attempts for each side – Cherry-Evans striking the outside of the post with his – the winner finally came in the second period of extra time.
Perrett's kick from the right wing bobbled through the legs of full-back Trbojevic and Reynolds picked it up to touch down for a dramatic victory.