South Sydney Rabbitohs winger Alex Johnston has given a huge reminder that no matter how many times you do something, there is always room for error.
Johnston is one of the more prolific tryscorers in NRL history and was the 2020 leading scorer.
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Celebrating his 150th game against the Wests Tigers, he had 111 tries, with the Fox Sports Lab revealing that only two players in the past 40 years have had more tries in as many games — Manly great Brett Stewart with 118 and Broncos legend Steve Renouf with 121.
Alex Johnston will play his 150th @NRL match for @SSFCRABBITOHS. With 111 tries, only two players in the past 40 years will have had more tries at 150 Premiership games – Steve Renouf (121) and Brett Stewart (118).#GoRabbitohs#NRLRabbitohsTigerspic.twitter.com/Jl28ekXz6I
Needless to say, he knows how to score a try.
With 10 minutes remaining in the first half of the clash with the Tigers, Johnston got the ball 15m out and ran for the line.
“You know where it’s going, the Tigers know where it’s going and still it can’t be stopped,” Fox League commentator Dan Ginnane said.
Well, it could only be stopped by one player — Johnston himself.
As he dived to put the ball down, Johnston put his other hand out, with it landing in touch before he grounded the ball.
But referee Gerard Sutton awarded the try and it passed all the commentators by.
Luckily, the NRL had changed the rule in the off-season.
While it’s a rule that has copped some heat from fans, the Bunker will review replays after the referee awards an on-field try while the conversion cannot be taken until the video officials give the green light.
Alex Johnston has done it 111 times before but stuffed up 112.Source:FOX SPORTS
Thank god for the Bunker.Source:FOX SPORTS
Although it has not been overturned too many times, this is what the rule was brought in for just this reason.
It seemingly came in after Johnston’s teammate Jaxson Paulo scored a try last year against the Bulldogs, where his foot went into touch as before he grounded the ball with the referee believing it was clearly a try.
And luckily it had.
“Hang on, hang on,” Corey Parker said as the Bunker official said “Alex Johnston’s left hand touches the sideline, which constitutes him being out.
“He’s got that wrong, that’s a rarity for Alex,” Dan Ginnane said. “That is no try — what an escape for the Tigers. There was not a person in this stadium that would have thought that was no try.”
The Tigers then hit straight back, trading a set of six before a line break from David Nofoaluma allowed him to kick back on the inside for flying fullback Daine Laurie to score.
It sent the sides to the halftime break at 6-all
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