South Sydney Rabbitohs edged out by Brisbane Broncos in two hours of madness

South Sydney Rabbitohs edged out by Brisbane Broncos in two hours of madness
  1. South Sydney Rabbitohs edged out by Brisbane Broncos in two hours of madness
    If you looked hard enough, a crazy game of rugby league broke out on Friday night. But surely there's enough to talk about after the Broncos beat the Bunnies on the…

If you looked hard enough, a crazy game of rugby league broke out on Friday night. Just a small distraction to the year-round contract capers. It's how rugby league works now.

The Broncos won, with a 78th-minute field goal from Anthony Milford. It was two hours of rugby league madness on the field after months of madness off it. But were the Broncos really the winners?

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Direct route: Sam Thaiday gets up close and personal with Siosifa Talakai. Direct route: Sam Thaiday gets up close and personal with Siosifa Talakai. Photo: Getty Images

Aren't the winners only those who have a stat line good enough to show prospective new employers? Isn't the 80 minutes of throwing pigskin around merely the shop window to bump up values and add zeroes to the next bottom line? On that score, let's say Darius Boyd was the real winner. Maybe Milford. They were two of six Broncos off contract having another audition and both shone brightly again. Add another zero to their bottom lines in their next Brisbane deals.

But surely there was enough to talk about for silly season to subside for a day. Maybe. The Bunker copped a pasting from the Bunnies fans as many scrambled for the rugby league rulebook after a bizarre Korbin Sims try and equally baffling one to Tautau Moga. The Bunker boffins got it right. We think.

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Point of contention: Referee Ashley Klein speaks to Sam Burgess. Point of contention: Referee Ashley Klein speaks to Sam Burgess. Photo: Getty Images

Milford – yes, he's off contract too – went down from a Sam Burgess bruiser, hopped up to kick the ensuing penalty goal and then meandered off for a concussion check after Broncos medico Peter Hackney reviewed footage on the sideline, as he's supposed to do.

Milford missed the last minute of the first half, passed his check at half-time and went straight back on, only for George Burgess to try to shoulder him back into oblivion shortly after and then watch as Brisbane's  No.6 won the game. 


And what of Robbie Farah? He was shoved out of a Tigers contract before finding a new one at Souths and rode that many kilometres on the bike as an unused substitute in the first half he might have been angling for a Tour de France deal. Then he cli…

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