Reece Walsh produced arguably the greatest-ever conversion on Sunday during Brisbane Broncos’ NRL pre-season trial match against Gold Coast Titans.
Much to the delight, and somewhat surprise, to the pundits and fans alike, Walsh kicked the conversion to extend his side’s lead to 18-6 before the break.
Walsh, 20, returned to Brisbane during the off-season from New Zealand Warriors on a three-year deal.
He was named at full-back for the club’s trial match, and opened the scoring just five minutes in at the Sunshine Coast Stadium.
Samoa international Martin Taupau also made his first appearance for the Broncos from the interchange bench.
The greatest conversion ever?
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The game finished all square with a scoreline of 24-24, completing the first round of the NRL’s pre-season challenge. Jordan Pereira crossed for a brace, while Deine Mariner also scored a four-pointer for Brisbane.
NRL pre-season challenge results
The NRL’s pre-season challenge got underway on Thursday as New Zealand Warriors defeated Wests Tigers 48-12 in Auckland.
Fiji international Marcelo Montoya scoring a hat-trick. He was joined on the scoresheet by team-mates Jackson Ford, Luke Metcalf, Viliami Vailea, Moala Graham-Taufa, Viliami Vailea and Solomon Vasuvulagi.
On Friday, Jackson Hastings made his first appearance for new club Newcastle Knights, named in the halves alongside Tyson Gamble. Bailey Hodgson also started at full-back as they fell to a 28-16 defeat to Cronulla Sharks.
Manly Sea Eagles defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs 30-28 with both sides naming youthful teams.
Preparing for their World Club Challenge clash against Penrith, St Helens picked up a 30-18 victory in the battle of the Red V against St George Illawarra in Wollongong.
Tee Ritson scored his first try in St Helens colours, while Lewis Dodd crossed for the first time since his season-ending injury in 2022. Tommy Makinson, Jack Welsby and Joey Lussick also scoring.
Meanwhile, the Panthers defeated Parramatta 22-16. England international Josh Hodgson making his first appearance for the Eels following his off-season move.
Elsewhere, Sydney Roosters defeated Melbourne Storm 32-24, while Canterbury Bulldogs picked up a 34-18 victory over Canberra Raiders.
Facing an NRL opposition for the first time, the Dolphins drew 22-22 with North Queensland Cowboys. England international Oliver Gidlart featuring at centre.