SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 19: Rhyse Martin of the Bulldogs is tackled during the round 23 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the New Zealand Warriors at ANZ Stadium on August 19, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Canterbury’s Rhyse Martin spent three seconds on the field during the Bulldogs’ reserve-grade match on Sunday, in a bizarre display at ANZ Stadium.

Martin had played seven Intrust Super Premiership (ISP) NSW match this year, and needed to feature in an eighth in order to qualify for the semi-finals.

The Bulldogs are one of the teams fighting for the ISP title, and will now go into the finals with the young star in their line-up.

Given he was named for the Dogs’ NRL clash with the Warriors that afternoon, Martin started in the ISP competition but played just three seconds, running off after the kick-off in order to complete his eighth match in reserve-grade.

Canterbury played out the remainder of the match with 16 men, although they still managed to grab a 40-28 win.


  1. Honestly, its not in the spirit of the game and is pathetically synical, and if the NRL doesn’t take action it once again shows that bending of the rules is totally ok. It should be embarrassing to any administration but such is the state of the game its apparently not.

  2. Not a problem with that he played reserves till round 8 it wasn’t till round 9 he got his call up to play first grade and no one knew he’d be such a solid performer in first grade so of course you’d want him back for the finals. There first grade squad won’t be needing him

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