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GAMES OF THE YEAR | #1 – FW1 Wests v Roos

Looking back on the remarkable year that was, counts down the 10 best games from the 2018 Intrust Super Premiership NSW season. At No.1, it's a heart-stopping Elimination Final between the Western Suburbs Magpies and Wyong Roos.

It was a game that will be remembered for the ages – not purely for the enthralling battle that transpired between the Wyong Roos and Western Suburbs Magpies in the first Elimination Final, but for the fitting nature of how the game was settled in the dying stages of extra-time. 

Just two weeks prior both sides played out another thrilling affair with the Magpies claiming a 25-24 victory thanks to the magic boot of Tyson Gamble.  

But there were more than just two competition points on the line in this corresponding fixture, with the winner advancing to Week Two of the Finals while the loser would see their 2018 season come to a crushing end. 

And much alike their inseparable form throughout the regular season, the game came down to the wire, as the Roos fought, and eventually conquered a heavily fancied Magpies side thanks to a Matt Ikuvalu try in the 88th minute.

But that wasn't before a clutch conversion from Sean O'Sullivan with just two minutes remaining after a Paul Momirovski try in the 75th minute – the Five-Eighth calmly slotting the sideline attempt to draw the game level at 12-all. 

Ice-Cool O'Sullivan Sends it to Extra Time

It capped a remarkable second-half comeback from the Roos after they trailed for a majority of the contest, with Wests taking a 10-0 lead early in the second-half following tries from Connelly Lemeleu and Harrison O'Toole on either side of half-time. 

And it took over 60 minutes for the Roos to break their deadlock as fullback Luke Sharpe opened the scoring, before Momirovski's try in the closing stages set up an emphatic finish.  

Extra-Time saw the Magpies snatch back the lead after a Tui Lolohea penalty goal in the 83rd minute, with the Roos season slipping further and further away as the final siren drew near.  

But Ikuvalu's try would ensure they would survive another day, with O'Sullivan's ensuing conversion all but wrapping up an incredible 18-14 victory to keep their season alive. 

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