7 Games / 7 Moments

This season just continues to dazzle us with phenomenal tries and brutal big hits. In fact, our producers at NRL.com just can't get enough of them...<br><br>So much so that they've knocked up a brand new feature which pin-points the most influential plays in every game... the turning points or match-winning moments.<br><br>So we hope you enjoy our new 'Plays of the Round' weekly feature. Check out the Round 15 feature below. Did we get it right? Would have you chosen differently?<br><br>Let us know on Facebook by <a href="http://www.facebook.com/nationalrugbyleague" target="_blank">clicking here.</a><br><b><br>Panthers 22 def Broncos 12</b><br>The moment: Things may have been entirely different for the home side had referee Gavin Badger not blundered big time when hastily disallowing winger Jharal Yow Yeh a try in the 14th minute without a point on the board. On a fifth-tackle play on the left edge, halfback Peter Wallace hoisted a cross-field bomb for Yow Yeh and Israel Folau on the right flank. Both Broncos leapt to contest; Yow Yeh knocked the ball forward into his head, regathered and reached out to plant the ball on the try line in a feat of consummate skill – but Badger immediately ruled a knock-on touch from Folau. Video ref Steve Clark would have been shaking his head in disbelief.<br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=851&amp;fixtureid=50020101501&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=blooper&amp;period=1&amp;time=856" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to relive this moment on Game Analyser.</a><br><b><br>Titans 25 def Bulldogs 24</b><br>The moment: Trailing by 12 points at halftime, the Bulldogs needed to be alert from the outset in the second stanza; unfortunately, they were far from it. With little more than a minute on the clock, the ball spread right to back-rower Anthony Laffranchi who hit the pass at speed two off the ruck on the 30-metre line. Laffranchi bumped off a woeful tackle attempt by Bulldogs skipper Andrew Ryan, then stepped fullback Luke Patten to cross to give the home side a vital 18-point buffer. Given the final score it was the crucial play.&nbsp; <br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=851&amp;fixtureid=50020101502&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=2&amp;time=86" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to relive this moment on Game Analyser.</a><br><b><br>Storm 58 def Cowboys 12</b><br>The moment: The Cowboys were already toast when they trailed the Storm 30-6 shortly after halftime, but that didn’t stop Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater from combining in trademark fashion to send the smoke detectors beeping alarmingly at AAMI Park. Johnathan Thurston did his best to cover for the obvious attacking ploy of a Cronk cross-field chip for a flying Slater in the 48th minute, but the unpredictable bounce of the Steeden fell neatly for the Storm fullback. (Look at how Cronk back-pedals after his kick, to cover for any possible Cowboys counter attack. Smart football – but the No.7 should have done the same thing three minutes later when Shannon Gallant defused a similar kick… and broke away to score.) <br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=851&amp;fixtureid=50020101503&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=2&amp;time=558" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to relive this moment on Game Analyser.</a><br><br><b>Sea Eagles 26 def Rabbitohs 25</b><br>The moment(s): Amazingly, Manly looked destined to lose their fourth game from just five outings at Brookvale Oval this year when they trailed the Rabbitohs by a point with three minutes remaining. But they held their composure and worked the ball downfield where halfback Trent Hodkinson booted the first field goal of his career to tie the score. From the restart the Manly forwards tucked the ball under their wings and ground out the metres, giving Hodkinson the chance to be their hero again, on a last-tackle play 35 metres out, with just a minute left. He didn’t disappoint.<br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=851&amp;fixtureid=50020101504&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=fieldgoal&amp;period=2&amp;time=2391" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to relive these moments on Game Analyser.</a><br><br><b>Dragons 22 def Sharks 4</b><br>The moment: Three times video referee Bill Harrigan was called upon for adjudication; three times he awarded tries to the Dragons. The crucial ruling came shortly after half-time with the game delicately balanced 6-4 in favour of the visitors. Dragons five-eighth Jamie Soward bombed across-field from 20 metres out, with Sharks skipper Trent Barrett contesting the jump with Red V edge back-rower Ben Creagh. Amid a tangle of arms the ball was propelled forward, with Brett Morris swooping on the dregs to score his first try away from home in 2010. But was Barrett’s the only touch, or did Creagh get his pinky to the ball? You be the judge.<b><br><br></b><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=851&amp;fixtureid=50020101505&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=2&amp;time=349" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to make your decision on Game Analyser.</a><br><b><br>Wests Tigers 18 def Raiders 8</b><br>The moment: Just minutes after admonishing himself for not being in the right place at the right time to grasp a Benji Marshall no-look pass with the line open, charismatic Wests Tigers winger Beau Ryan did what every little boy dreams of doing while mucking around with his footy at the local park: he won the game at the death. Down 8-6 in the 74th minute, the Tigers spread the ball from the left of the field to the right, 30 metres out. An interchange of passes saw Benji Marshall handle twice, delivering an inside ball to a flat-footed Ryan. The winger dropped the ball to his boot, dribbling through Raiders defenders Jarrod Croker and David Milne, and won the race for the ball for the decisive play. Beau knows… how to put on a show.<br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=851&amp;fixtureid=50020101506&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=2&amp;time=2195" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to relive this moment on Game Analyser.</a><br><b><br>Knights 6 def Eels 4</b><br>The moment: Up 4-0 with just two and a half minutes to play, the Eels had the game in the bag (and one TAB Sportsbet punter who punted $50 on a seven-leg multi bet – including the Eels to win by 1-12 – had $90,000 all but in his kick) when the Knights got out of jail. With time almost up, Newcastle halfback Jarrod Mullen stab-kicked through the line from 20 metres out. The ball deflected off the boot of replacement forward Brendan Oake, then cannoned off fullback Jarryd Hayne across to the Knights’ left flank, where edge back-rower Cory Paterson tapped it into the hands of Junior Sa’u who slid over to level the scores. Captain Kurt Gidley nailed the conversion from the sideline for the most unlikely victory of 2010.&nbsp; <br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=851&amp;fixtureid=50020101507&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=2&amp;time=2542" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to relive this moment on Game Analyser.</a><br><br>* The views in this article are the authors’ and not necessarily those of the clubs or the NRL<br>