Gelling: Time called for a desperate measure

Brisbane Broncos'  Corey Parker celebrates after the golden point win over Wigan
Brisbane Broncos' Corey Parker celebrates after the golden point win over Wigan

ANTHONY Gelling has opened up about his now-infamous charge-down at the end of Saturday’s heartbreaking 14-12 extra-time defeat against Brisbane.

The centre brought gasps from the stands as he ran and blocked Corey Parker’s late penalty attempt.

He earned a standing ovation as he was sin-binned - and watched from the stands as Parker hit the resulting penalty.

Gelling - labelled “a weirdo” by coach Shaun Wane - admitted his unusual and comical act stemmed from trying to put the Broncos forward off kicking a regulation goal during golden-point.

“I just thought I’d chuck the kitchen sink at it in one last-gasp effort,” he said.

“It was that feeling, you know it’s going to happen but you don’t really want it to.

“I was thinking, ‘Should I shake the posts and do something?’

“I was going to grab a ball and throw one at him!

“I just had to have a crack. I’ve never seen it before or never done it before.”

The initial penalty produced an anti-climax to an entertaining World Club Series game, which had been sent into golden-point by a dramatic late Joe Burgess try which was converted by Matty Smith.

“I don’t really know what the penalty was for. The ref said it was a strip but he still had the ball in his hands,” said Gelling.

“And when Joe scored I thought we’d go on. I’m gutted we came so close but if we keep that up in Super League games we’ve got something to work with.”

Wigan’s narrow loss followed defeat by Warrington the day earlier in the opening WCS match.

“We’ve proved there’s no gap,” added the Kiwi centre. “It’s been a real event and something that can really kick on.”