The game started badly for the home team as Thatto strode out to a 10 nil lead after 15 minutes. However, West Bank seemed to steady the ship and on the half hour mark hit back when Craig Millington’s strong run allowed him to off load to Lee Holland. Holland’s pace saw him round the last of the defence to score in the corner.
This proved to be a false dawn as the Crusaders reasserted their authority and another two tries in the last five minutes of the half and a halftime score of 22-4 left the Bears feeling pretty sorry for themselves.
A quick reminder from the coaching staff at the break about what makes the stuff of champions galvanised the Bank and a big break from the inspirational Jack Murphy from the off, set the scene for what was to become one the greatest comebacks seen at West Bank.
Luke Willings got the scoreboard moving when a show and go bamboozled his opposite number allowing Luke to storm through.
Ryan Bates was next to score crashing onto a ball 10 metres out he burst through three would be tacklers. Matty Murphy converted.
With just 10 minutes left and 12 points behind Bates repeated his first effort to set up the possibility of the win. With just minutes left on the clock it was the magnificent Ste McDermott who broke clear 20 metres out and then rounded the fullback to level the scores. Matty Murphy coolly slotted the winning conversion.
The Bank put the icing on the cake with the last play of the game when Ellis Lewis, who had a storming second half, charged through three attempted tackles to set off wild celebrations and a prolonged applause from the appreciative supporters.
The Bears continue their campaign this coming Saturday at home to Hindley, 1430 KO.