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The Warriors pulled off arguably the most heart-stopping victory of 2007 – and one of the great last-gasp wins in their history – against a shell-shocked South Sydney at Stadium Australia.

The Rabbitohs were the beneficiaries of some dubious video referee decisions, allowing them to overturn a halftime deficit and lead 16-8 in the dying minutes. But the Warriors refused to throw in the towel and clung to a glimmer of hope when fullback Wade McKinnon scored a long-range try from a deft Steve Price offload.

Invoking their trademark helter-skelter style of attack, the Warriors kept the ball alive with only seconds on the clock, and winger Todd Byrne latched onto an inch-perfect grubber from scheming five-eighth Michael Witt to seize a euphoric 18-16 victory.

‘Skinny’ Byrne, whose 61-game stint with Sydney Roosters is predominantly remembered for the cover tackle Penrith’s Scott Sattler made on him in the 2003 grand final, joined the Warriors in 2005.

The reliable three-quarter scored 21 tries in 43 games for the Warriors – including a team-high 14 tries in ’04 – before joining Super League outfit Hull FC at the end of 2007.

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