An Adam Reynolds field goal has fired South Sydney to a thrilling 21-10 NRL win over North Queensland, extending its winning streak to eight games.
North Queensland great Johnathan Thurston had his best game of the year however came up with several key mistakes in the dying minutes.
With the Rabbitohs leading 20-16 with five minutes left on the clock, Thurston was penalised 10 metres out from his own tryline for an escort.
From there Robert Jennings produced a brilliant right foot step to get around Kyle Feldt to score; Reynolds missing the sideline conversion to leave the scores locked at 20-20.
Reynolds then booted a 30-metre field goal to ensure his side remained in second spot, giving the premiership favourites their longest winning streak since 1989.
Thurston came up with a crucial dropped ball with his side on the attack in the final minutes and missed a field goal attempt with the final play of the game.
Despite his mistakes, Thurston was instrumental in all of the Cowboys' points.
They were the better side for the first 40 minutes however a Cody Walker try on the stroke of halftime kept the Rabbitohs in touch before winger Campbell Graham crossed for the go-ahead try four minutes after the resumption.
South Sydney stayed in the game thanks to a controversial Reynolds try with the Cowboys remonstrating after George Burgess collided with Jake Granville to open up the hole for the Rabbitohs halfback.
However the Rabbitohs were also arguably hard done by after Dane Gagai was denied by the bunker for a Graham knock on, despite the ball appearing to bounce backwards off his head.
Souths prop Jason Clark will come under the scrutiny of the match review committee after he was put on report for a cannonball tackle.
Titans ruin Robbie Farah's Leichhardt return
Gold Coast has ruined the anticipated Leichhardt comeback of former captain Robbie Farah with a 30-12 win over the Wests Tigers.
Scores were locked at 12-all after almost an hour when Titans fullback Michael Gordon gave his side the lead with a penalty goal.
Tries to AJ Brimson and Anthony Don in the final 20 minutes silenced a sellout crowd that had hoped to celebrate the emotional return of Farah and injection of fellow mid-season signing Moses Mbye.
And despite a late mini-break by Farah that got the crowd into a frenzy, many of them walked out early as the Titans joined the Tigers on 14 points — six adrift of the top eight.
The defeat for the early-season surprise packets, who also had five-eighth Josh Reynolds battling a shoulder injury for most of the match, extends their losing streak to four.
Almost 700 days after Farah farewelled the Tigers faithful by drinking beers while sitting on the ground's famous scoreboard, the veteran turned back the clock with a vintage performance.
Three times the former NSW State of Origin captain broke into the backfield, and finished the afternoon with three tackle busts, two offloads and a try assist.
Mbye also impressed with a team-high 158 metres and six tackle busts, but it was not enough as a gritty Titans outfit went toe-to-toe before coming through in the clutch.
Titans forward Jai Arrow, who was arguably his team's best, sealed the win with a 78th minute try.