8 Games / 8 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 20 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>Eels 32 def. Bulldogs 16<br>The Moment: </b>He’s a little aeroplane, nyow, nyow! What a shame our brief is to highlight only the one moment, ’cause Eels flier Jarryd Hayne racked up enough to steal the spotlight in half the games played this weekend. It took just the fourth tackle of the match and six seconds of involvement for Hayne to embarrass a brace of toothless Bulldogs defenders and set the tone for victory. Hayne took a Jeff Robson pass 30 metres out left of centre-field, stepped inside Jamal Idris, bumped through Michael Ennis’ shoulder then pinned his ears back and rushed through the NRL’s best tackler David Stagg, prop Ryan Tandy and last line of defence Luke Patten. He planted the ball for an Eels lead of 4-0 after just 48 seconds of play. All the more stunning when you realise the Dogs had been preparing for just that sort of play all week.<br><br><b><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=856&amp;fixtureid=50020102001&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=linebreak&amp;period=1&amp;time=33" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to watch this play now on Game Analyser.</a></b><br><br><b>Titans 11 def. Dragons 10<br>The Moment:</b> Mat Rogers may have kicked the match-winning field goal but chalk the match-saver up to fullback Preston Campbell. The Titans were in all sorts of trouble after winger William Zillman lost the ball in a jolting tackle 12 metres from his line with the scores level and only eight minutes left. Dragons prop Matt Prior picked up the dregs and was assist-felled by Campbell, who popped into marker. Dummy-half Luke Priddis sensed the opposition’s disorganisation and made a dart for the try line – but Campbell trailed him and slapped the Dragon’s right arm, spewing the ball loose. Just look at the body language of Titans team-mates Luke Bailey and Nathan Friend that screams relief. &nbsp;<br><br><b><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=856&amp;fixtureid=50020102002&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=handlingerror&amp;period=2&amp;time=1983" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to watch this play now on Game Analyser.</a><br><br>Raiders 20 def. Sharks 13<br>The Moment: </b>It took just 21 minutes for new Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan to get his first taste of 50/50-call heartbreak when his side was denied a try that would have catapulted them to a handy 10-nil lead in the nation’s capital. Trent Barrett hoisted a towering bomb, with Scott Porter rushing through to put pressure on Raiders fullback Josh Dugan in front of the Canberra goalposts. Dugan failed to cleanly grasp the ball, which was picked up by prop Kade Snowden, offloaded to Anthony Tupou before a final pass to winger Luke Covell. But video ref Russell Smith ruled Porter offside for being in front of kicker Barrett. It had to have been by the width of his headgear. <br><br><b><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=856&amp;fixtureid=50020102003&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=videorefdecisionnotry&amp;period=1&amp;time=1306" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to watch this play now on Game Analyser.</a><br><br>Storm 18 def. Panthers 10<br>The Moment: </b>The home side was staring at the prospect of a fourth consecutive defeat for the first time since 2002 when they trailed the hot-and-cold Panthers 10-6 with 15 minutes remaining. But then five-eighth Brett Finch showed the experience and creativity the Storm will miss without his services next year, grubbering with precision behind the Panthers’ outside backs for winger Justin O’Neill to score. Cameron Smith’s sideline conversion edged them in front 12-10 and the momentum was all with the Storm.<br><br><b><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=856&amp;fixtureid=50020102004&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=2&amp;time=1700" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to watch this play now on Game Analyser.</a><br><br>Cowboys 28 def. Knights 24<br>The Moment: </b>Kurt Gidley may lead the NRL for tackle saves, but he’s not infallible; his rare miss on Will Tupou in the second minute of golden-point extra time will likely haunt him for the rest of the season. The Knights had clawed back 10 points in the final eight minutes to force overtime, but then blinked in the face of a last-ditch Cowboys raid. The home side shifted the ball left on halfway, with centre Willie Tonga sucking in the defence to put winger Tupou in the clear 40 metres out (albeit from a pass that looked decidedly forward). Tupou showed amazing speed and strength to shrug off Gidley’s tackle on the 20-metre line, then cleverly run cover defender Isaac De Gois around in circles before defying Cameron Ciraldo’s nudge towards the touchline to score the match-winner. It made a great case for all extra-time NRL games being decided by “golden try”.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br><b><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=856&amp;fixtureid=50020102005&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=3&amp;time=111" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to watch this play now on Game Analyser.</a><br><br>Rabbitohs 38 def. Warriors 28<br>The Moment: </b>Rabbitohs halfback Chris Sandow continues to punch above his weight (figuratively speaking). The tiny terrier hauled his side back on level terms at 20-all with the visitors when gifting hooker Beau Falloon a saloon passage to the line in the 49th minute. Sandow’s sleight of hand was superb, half-dummying twice before slicing between mesmerised Warriors pair Brett Seymour and Jesse Royal 40 metres out, then when collared slipping a miracle offload inside to support-runner Ben Lowe who found Falloon who bolted 25 metres to score to the right of the goalposts. Sandow scored himself seven minutes later, but this was the game’s defining play. <br><br><b><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=856&amp;fixtureid=50020102006&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=2&amp;time=601" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to watch this play now on Game Analyser.</a><br>&nbsp;<br>Sea Eagles 38 def. Wests Tigers 20<br>The Moment: </b>Ten tries were scored during this at-times spiteful clash, none better than Sea Eagles back-rower Glenn Stewart’s on the stroke of halftime, which propelled his side to a 24-12 lead at the break. Winger Michael Robertson made an almost balletic move to keep a cross-field kick alive and in play, pivoting and throwing the ball two-handed over his back where it was reclaimed. Rapid-fire passing from Ben Farrar to Jason King to Matt Ballin to Kieran Foran culminated in Foran firing a wonderful left-to-right bullet pass that hit Stewart at pace. It was a reminder of how dangerous, crisp and dazzling the Sea Eagles can be when on song. <br><br><b><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240&amp;roundID=856&amp;fixtureID=50020102007" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to watch this play now on Game Analyser.</a><br><br>Roosters 34 def. Broncos 30<br>The Moment: </b>The Broncos looked set to pull off the comeback of the season, having slashed a 28-6 deficit after 50 minutes to lead the Roosters 30-28 with four unanswered tries with 11 minutes remaining. But they raised a gear, made deep inroads before Todd Carney and Anthony Minichiello combined to deliver the final cut with seven minutes left. Minichiello’s left-to-right torpedo pass, at speed, under fatigue, across the face of Braith Anasta to hit Shaun Kenny-Dowall was simply breathtaking. &nbsp;<br><br><b><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=856&amp;fixtureid=50020102008&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=linebreak&amp;period=2&amp;time=2310" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to watch this play now on Game Analyser.</a></b><br><br>* The views in this article are the authors’ and not necessarily those of the clubs or the NRL.<br>