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 weekly 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 'Plays of the Round' feature. Check out the Round 18 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><b><br><br>Wests Tigers 15 def. Titans 14</b><br><b>The Moment: </b>Coach Tim Sheens admits he was left wondering “what the hell” stand-in halfback Benji Marshall was doing attempting an audacious 51-metre field goal attempt on the stroke of halftime with the scores locked at 8-all. But Sheens’ demeanour turned in an instant when Marshall’s booming end-over-end dropkick flew the distance and bounced over off the crossbar for a one-point lead at the break. “You beauty!” thought Sheens (and the majority of the 14,050 Campbelltown crowd – just goes to show the importance of the former “stodgy’ play in the modern game…) The victory means the Tigers have secured their past four competition points by a cumulative three points scored.<br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=854&amp;fixtureid=50020101801&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=fieldgoal&amp;period=1&amp;time=2698" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to see Benji's massive boot.</a><br><br><b>Roosters 18 def. Rabbitohs 14<br>The Moment: </b>As secret agent Maxwell Smart would say: “Missed it by that much!” Referee Alan Shortall denied the Roosters what would have been the try of the year when he called up Anthony Minichiello for a final forward pass to second-rower Mitch Aubusson just when the visitors looked likely to respond to the Bunnies’ 6-0 lead in the 14th minute. In a thrilling passage of ad-lib play, Roosters five-eighth Todd Carney started the raid on halfway when he chip-kicked across-field for winger Sam Perrett, who soccer-kick-volleyed the ball infield. Fullback Minichiello chimed in to gather the loose ball at pace, offloading to Perrett as he was tackled 10 metres out. Perrett hot-potatoed it to Shaun Kenny-Dowall, who one-handed it to Minichiello on the back-up, who popped an overhead ball to Aubusson who slid over for what appeared to be the play of the season. The no-try ruling was a tough call.<br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=854&amp;fixtureid=50020101802&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=handlingerror&amp;period=1&amp;time=839" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to see the try that could have been.</a><br><br><b>Raiders 24 def. Sea Eagles 22<br>The Moment: </b>A try against the run of play is always tough to swallow. But two? The visitors had already thrown a spanner in the works when winger Joel Monaghan snatched an intercept and sped 90 metres to seize a 6-0 lead with just six minutes gone. Then, having leveled at 6-all, the home side was left reeling after another turnaround in the 23rd minute. Star Sea Eagle Anthony Watmough had the crowd on their feet when he shrugged off Blues Origin team-mate Tom Learoyd-Lahrs 25 metres out from his line and burst downfield. ‘Choc’ crossed the halfway line and passed left for five-eighth Kieran Foran – but Raider Adam Mogg won the in-flight grapple for the ball, turned and sprinted in the opposite direction. The ex-Maroon stepped around back-rower Shane Rodney and, when collared by fullback Ben Farrar’s converging cover, delivered a perfect one-handed assist for winger Daniel Vidot to stroll 20 metres unopposed. That’s a 12-point swing right there. <br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=854&amp;fixtureid=50020101803&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=1&amp;time=1443" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to see the try which turned the game for the Raiders.</a><br><br><b>Bulldogs 20 def. Storm 18<br>The Moment: </b>There have been occasions in 2010 when NRL players have haven’t exactly endeared themselves to the fans, with complaints about being underpaid at the top of the gripes list. But whatever Bulldog Luke Patten is banking, he confirmed his asking price with an unparalleled body-on-the-line effort against the Storm. With the Dogs clinging to an 18-12 lead with 14 minutes remaining, the Storm mounted an ominous, trademark right-side sweep from 20 metres out. The ball sped swiftly through the hands of Cooper Cronk to Adam Blair to Matt Duffie, who evaded opposite winger Bryson Goodwin and looked certain to ground in the corner. Then, slam! Blue-and-white custodian Patten rushed and hit the Storm rookie with not a body check, but a head check that bounced him metres out of play. Talk about “cheek”…&nbsp; <br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240&amp;roundID=854&amp;fixtureID=50020101804" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to see Patten putting his body - and his head - on the line.</a><br><br><b>Knights 21 def. Sharks 10<br>The Moment: </b>Knights centre Adam MacDougall may have lost more than a lick of pace over the past few years but he showed his evasive skills are still intact when setting up Matt Hilder’s try in the 21st minute. In an encounter devoid of any great flair, the 35-year-old – now in his 16th season in the NRL – received a long pass from halfback Jarrod Mullen on halfway. MacDougall stepped inside Sharks no.7 Tim Smith, jinked through a Paul Gallen tackle attempt before offloading one-handed to second-rower Zeb Taia who provided the final pass to Hilder for a 10-6 lead. <br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=854&amp;fixtureid=50020101805&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=1&amp;time=1476" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to see MacDougall's return to form.</a><br><br><b>Warriors 12 def. Panthers 6<br>The Moment: </b>While the score line reflected a dour struggle this game was far from it. The Warriors’ brave defence in the scoreless second half proved the difference but it was some Manu Vatuvei brilliance midway through the first stanza that laid the platform. From 35 metres out, Warriors halfback Isaac John hoisted a towering bomb for the left corner. Maybe the Panthers defenders assumed the wafting ball was going to drift over the sideline – certainly winger Michael Gordon and fullback Lachlan Coote showed little urgency in positioning themselves for the defusal. Which was just fine by Vatuvei; unhindered, the 189cm giant showed remarkable skill to catch the bomb at full pace and lope eight metres to score without a hand on him. That gave the visitors a 12-0 lead that was always going to be tough to reel in. (But was he onside at the kick?)<br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=854&amp;fixtureid=50020101806&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=1&amp;time=1458" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to see big Manu time this catch to perfection.</a><br>&nbsp; <br><b>Eels 36 def. Cowboys 24<br>The Moment: </b>Prior to Round 18, Jarryd Hayne had just two tries in 13 games for the Eels in 2010, leaving him the focus of criticism from within and outside his club. But a hat-trick of quality tries, none of them gifts, showed the Hayne of old is back. His devastating power was best illustrated by his effort from close range in the 64th minute; he took a pass from dummy-half Kris Keating near flat-footed 10 metres out, repelled Johnathan Thurston’s one-on-one tackle attempt and motored through a trio of Cowboys defenders, including the no-slouch Willie Tonga, to slam the ball down with defiance. Boy is he back!<br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=854&amp;fixtureid=50020101807&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=2&amp;time=1527" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to see why the Hayne Train is back on track.</a><br><br><b>And just in case you missed it...</b><br><br>What about the little Eels supporter who was personally handed Johnathan Thurston's headgear by the Queensland legend himself... only to toss it away in disgust! <br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=854&amp;fixtureid=50020101807&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=penaltyconceded&amp;period=2&amp;time=2513" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to see a kid who knows where his loyalties lie.</a> (Keep watching after full-time)<br><br>* The views in this article are the authors’ and not necessarily those of the clubs or the NRL.<br>