Last-gasp equaliser for Qld Murris
A PENALTY goal in the final seconds saw the Queensland Under-16 Indigenous team tie the match and the series with NSW in their NRL All Stars' curtain-raiser at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast.
The NSW Kooris led 16-14 with five minutes to go, before David Nogar sank a 50m penalty goal in the final minute to lock the game at 16-all, resulting in a draw for the second successive year.
NSW were awarded the ARL Indigenous Interstate Challenge as the last side to win, registering a 24-16 victory in 2010, when the match was a curtain-raiser to the inaugural Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars clash.
In the 10-year history of the under-16 series, the NSW Kooris and Qld Murris have now won four matches each and played two draws, making the series level.
NSW coach Ronald Griffith had mixed feelings about the outcome although he thought the result was a fair one.
"A draw two years in a row just shows the level of rugby league across two states. It shows how good both sides really are," Griffith said.
In the final stages of the game Queensland started throwing everything at NSW and on the last play of the match an inside ball from the Murris was knocked to the ground and fallen on by a Kooris player.
A penalty was awarded from 50m in front of the goal as the full-time siren sounded, and Queensland's David Nogar was successful by the slimmest of margins.