Wests Tigers came agonisingly close to the upset of the NRL season after going toe-to-toe with heavyweights South Sydney in an 18-14 golden point epic on Saturday night.
With the scores locked at 14-all at fulltime, Souths forward Tom Burgess broke through to score under the posts in extra time but referee Gerard Sutton called play on after it appeared he knocked on.
After another week of heavy criticism, Luke Brooks appeared to get the fairytale finish he was after as he scooped up the ball and raced away to score at the other end before it was cruelly ripped away.
A bunker review found Burgess had scored, gifting Souths the most unusual and frantic win of the season so far.
The Tigers were down to 12 men for the first golden point game of the season after centre Tommy Taulau was sin-binned for a professional foul with just three minutes to go.
By then both sides were frantic with scores locked at 14-all when halfback Adam Reynolds missed the penalty that would have put them in the lead.
With six minutes to go the off-contract star had pulled off the play of the season with a two-point drop goal from 42 metres out when his side had trailed 14-12.
It set up the berserk finish, the Tigers losing out but showing the defensive resolve coach Michael Maguire had been begging for.
Not since a 48-0 win over Brisbane in round 10 last year had the Tigers kept an opposition to less than 20 points.
It was a sharp turn around from last week when the Tigers were booed off the field from their own fans at Leichhardt Oval after trailing North Queensland 28-6 at halftime.
Less than a week later across town at Stadium Australia they were 6-all with third-placed South Sydney at the break and lead by eight with just 13 minutes to go.
A dazzling dance down the sidelines from Latrell Mitchell revived the Rabbitohs while they were down 14-6, tiptoeing down the sidelines before he was stopped by Tigers forward Luke Garner.
Just two minutes later Walker shot through the the Tigers' defensive line from 40 metres out to put Dane Gagai over to get within two points.
Mitchell's brilliance got the Rabbitohs back in the game but he's facing time on the sidelines after being placed on report for a shot on David Nofoaluma in the first half.
The star fullback hit Nofoaluma late and high with a swinging forearm to the head after the Tigers winger chipped through for Daine Laurie for their first try of the night.
Tigers forwards Luke Garner and Zane Musgrove were also put on report in the first half
Teenage debutant Jake Simpkin made 55 tackles and provided spark out of dummy half for the Tigers, all but ensuring his place in the side against Manly next Sunday.