The New Zealand Warriors have edged past the Parramatta Eels in golden point in controversial circumstances.
Bodene Thompson’s try in extra-time won the game for the visitors but it was a close call for the video referee.
Parramatta can also rue their luck after Tim Mannah was stripped of the ball late but no penalty was called. The Warriors went on to kick a vital field goal in the next play.
The Warriors looked menacing early. Shaun Johnson showed his class with the opening try.
A great finish by Solomon Kata put New Zealand 12-0 in front.
The Warriors took that lead into the second half, but early on Anthony Watmough got the Eels’ first points.
Then Semi Radradra struck, but Luke Kelly couldn’t convert again.
Ryan Morgan tied it up at 12-12 and we were in for an exciting finish.
Then drama struck. Mannah was ripped of the ball but the referee waved play on.
Chad Townsend took advantage and knocked over a field goal straight away.
But Kelly hit back and sent the match to golden point with a field goal of his own.
Five minutes into extra-time Thompson burrowed over and the Warriors were home, but the Eels had plenty to be angry about.