Feldt's clutch moments erase bad memories
Four years ago North Queensland winger Kyle Feldt was in despair after missing what would have been a game-sealing conversion to take out the 2011 Holden Cup premiership, but four years later all bad memories have been erased after he came up with three clutch plays in the Cowboys 17-16 golden point grand final win over the Broncos.
In a team including fellow premiership-winners Jason Taumalolo and Michael Morgan from all those years ago, Feldt's missed conversion saw the game enter golden point against the Warriors with a Jordan Meads field goal proving the difference.
But now Feldt has etched himself a place in the grand finals highlights reel for the rest of his life after scoring the try which sent the 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership decider into extra time, with just one second remaining on the clock.
Catching a magical flick pass offload in what proved to be one of very few highlights of five-eighth Michael Morgan's performance, Feldt said he was in "disbelief".
"As soon as Morgo went through I had a feeling that he was going to look outside because Corey Oates had come in and I knew he was going to get it out," Feldt said.
"I couldn't believe it happened and the siren had gone. When I put it down I was in disbelief to be honest."
Before scoring, Feldt's one-on-one strip on Broncos five-eighth Anthony Milford allowed his Cowboys to regain the ball in good territory, while his kick-off to begin golden point also proved fruitful with Broncos halfback Ben Hunt dropping the ball 10 metres out from his own line.
Four tackles later a Johnathan Thurston field goal ensured the Provan-Summons Trophy would head north to Townsville for the first time.
"I do a fair bit on it during the week. I think I do about 30 kicks during the week, just practising the kick off and just trying to get that nice spiral I got at the end there. It worked," Feldt said.
"I've been hitting them really well the last couple of weeks. As soon as I hit that one I had a feeling that would be hard to catch. With the wind blowing into my face and all, it just held up a bit more for him."
But all his grand final highs didn't come without some lows for Feldt.
After bombing an almost certain four-pointer in the 13th minute by taking a wider than necessary berth on his way to the try-line Feldt said it was when he misread a Hunt grubber – which ended up leading to a goal line drop out – that he felt he let the boys down most late on in the game.
"My emotions at the time, I felt dirty I had let my team down. A lot of the boys just came over and said 'look, we're going to make up for it for you'," Feldt said.
"I just thought to myself 'all right then, I'm going to give it my all'. We ended up scoring a try in the corner and the rest is history."
"I've got an NRL ring on my finger right now. This feeling here is the best feeling in my life and I'll remember it forever. I'll be looking forward to showing the kids when I have kids."
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