18 May 2009

Merritt toasts first ever field goal

6:03 am on 18 May 2009

South Sydney matchwinner Nathan Merritt admits his last-minute field goal to beat Wests Tigers 23-22 in last night's RL clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground is the first time he had scored with his boot since playing at junior level.

The young winger broke the Tigers' hearts with a well-struck goal just three seconds from time to keep Souths in the top eight in front of a crowd of 29,970, a record attendance for a fixture between the two old rivals.

Tigers coach Tim Sheens failed to hide his disappointment and said his side threw away the game after leading 22-10 with 16 minutes remaining.