Blink and you'll miss it: Why Martin ran off field after three seconds

A comical three-second cameo by Rhyse Martin in Canterbury’s reserve-grade match on Sunday has allowed the Bulldogs to qualify him for the Intrust Super Premiership NSW semi-finals.

Unlike the Bulldogs’ NRL side, Steve Georgallis’ second-tier side are in the mix for the title and now they will have the added benefit of having first-grade forward Martin to assist their cause next month.

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The 25-year-old started Canterbury’s NRL match against New Zealand Warriors at ANZ Stadium in the second row, but only after the briefest of appearances in the curtain-raiser.

The record books will show that Martin played in two grades on the one day, a throwback to the old days when players would on occasion be plucked out of reserve grade for the main game later in the afternoon.

In reality, he was already trotting from the left wing and off the field as the kick-off to begin the game was launched, crossing the touchline after only three seconds of play.

Martin, who began the season in the ISP NSW competition and has since become a regular first-grader, had been one match short of eight required to be eligible for the finals.

Georgallis’ Bulldogs played the rest of the match with only 16 men in their squad but it didn’t cause them too much drama as they ran out 40-28 winners.

The victory elevated them into the top four.

Martin re-signed with the Bulldogs in July on a new one-year deal.

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