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 21 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><br><b>Bulldogs 32 def. Rabbitohs 12<br>The Moment: </b>Brett Kimmorley showed there’s plenty of life in the old Dog yet when he set up a crucial try for team-mate Chris Armit shortly before halftime. Chris Sandow’s first try had bridged the Dogs’ lead to six and the home side was staggering after a series of errors had placed them under severe pressure. But then Kimmorley stepped up; he out-wrestled Sandow’s one-on-one attempt to shut him down and managed an offload to Armit 10 metres out. The prop stepped inside a wall of surprised defenders to score and reclaim a crucial 12-point buffer. Playing from in front by that much was telling on the night. <br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=857&amp;fixtureid=50020102101&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=1&amp;time=2178" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to re-live this play now.</a><br><br><b>Panthers 24 def. Cowboys 16<br>The Moment:</b> Panthers flier Michael Gordon celebrated his resigning with the Panthers for two more years with two crucial tries. But it was his mesmerising solo effort with the scores level with six minutes remaining that was the stand-out. With his side seeking inspiration, Gordon snuck into dummy-half just on the Panthers’ side of halfway, scooped the ball up and was off like a, well, flash. He swerved past marker Matt Scott, wrong-footed Luke O’Donnell then beat Matt Bowen in a dazzling dash. <br><br><a href="http://bigpondvideo.com/nrl/284628/rd21-panthers-v-cowboys-hls/" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to re-live this play now.</a><br><br><b>Roosters 48 def Eels 12<br>The Moment: </b>Who knows what might have happened had Phil Graham not scored against the run of play with the Roosters under the pump despite holding an 18-6 lead approaching halftime? Just a few minutes after Jarryd Hayne stamped his presence at Parramatta Stadium with a trademark try, the Eels were looking to bounce back further. Up went a bomb aimed at the right flank, which Graham inexplicably let bounce. But then Roosters rookie centre Kane Linnett showed amazing calm and vision. He leapt to retrieve the ball, brushed off Joel Reddy, side-stepped Daniel Mortimer and prop Justin Poore and sprinted down the left touchline. Graham made up for his blooper, positioning himself in support as Eels fullback Hayne streaked across in cover. But before being hammered, Linnett managed a basketball offload overhead to Graham, who ran 25 metres unopposed for the visitors’ fourth try. <br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=857&amp;fixtureid=50020102103&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=linebreak&amp;period=1&amp;time=2050" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to re-live this play now.</a><br><br><b>Wests Tigers 24 def. Sharks 22<br>The Moment: </b>We say referee Jason Robinson erred big time when he penalised Ben Pomeroy for lunging for the try line after being called “held” with the Sharks trailing by two with six minutes left. Instead, he should have pinged Wests Tiger Bryce Gibbs, who is clearly seen to make a second effort in the tackle after the held call. Had he forced Pomeroy back towards the Sharks’ line it would undoubtedly have resulted in a penalty, but for whatever reason Gibbs forced Pomeroy towards the Tigers’ try line. The way we see it, the first offence belonged to Gibbs, not Pomeroy. Given six more tackles just 10 metres out the Sharks may have wrested this contest.<br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=857&amp;fixtureid=50020102104&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=penaltyconceded&amp;period=2&amp;time=2236" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to re-live this play now.</a><br><br><b>Titans 28 def Warriors 20<br>The Moment: </b>Warriors skipper Simon Mannering would like to have this rushed last-tackle kick in the 62nd minute over again. Straight after the Titans had stolen the lead for the first time in the game (18-16), the home side went to the air hoping Manu Vatuvei could repeat his aerial try-scoring feat from the first half. In the contest the ball was batted back to bearded no.11 Mannering, who dabbed a left-foot kick hoping to pin the opposition in-goal. But Titans winger William Zillman showed remarkable soccer skills to hang out his right boot, trap the ball, then pick it up and race 88 metres without a finger laid on him.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=857&amp;fixtureid=50020102105&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=2&amp;time=1366" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to re-live this play now.</a><br><br><b>Storm 36 def Raiders 12<br>The Moment:</b> You’ve got to hand it to the Storm; plenty have questioned their ability to remain competitive with nothing to play for in 2010, but they continue to dispel that theory. Take Billy Slater’s 66th-minute try, conjured out of absolutely nothing. With the Raiders’ outside backs forming an impenetrable wall, the Storm fullback grubbered through into the in-goal, where the ball was seemingly defused by winger Joel Monaghan. Ever the terrier, Slater charged through, wrestled with Monaghan and, realising he was one-on-one, yanked possession as he fell to ground for an unlikely four-pointer. &nbsp;<br>&nbsp; <br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=857&amp;fixtureid=50020102106&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=2&amp;time=1760%20target=" _blank="">CLICK HERE to re-live this play now.</a><br><br><b>Broncos 10 def Dragons 6<br>The Moment:</b> They’ve been copping flak left, right and centre but don’t let anyone tell you the Dragons have nothing in attack. This game may have already been lost but their 77th-minute long-range four-pointer was arguably the try of the round. In a set play from a scrum 70 metres out, with their halves reversing their roles, Jamie Soward fed a straight-running Ben Hornby on the inside. The Dragons’ skipper grubbered through the Broncos’ backline, with Darius Boyd gathering and offloading back to Hornby. The no.7 then drifted left and threw a wonderful, long spiral pass for winger Brett Morris to sprint 30 metres and notch his 16th try for 2010. Too little, too late – but still stunning.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=857&amp;fixtureid=50020102107&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=2&amp;time=2481" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to re-live this play now.</a><br><br><b>Knights 32 def Sea Eagles 14<br>The Moment:</b> Knights winger Akuila Uate showed why he is on top of the NRL tryscoring list (20, three clear of the pack) with his second first-half hat-trick for 2010 on Monday night, this time against the bumbling Sea Eagles. Uate’s power and strength to bullock through from close range for his second try in the 17th minute was incredible. Mind you, the Sea Eagles defenders played Keystone Cops, falling over each other in their efforts to defend their line. You’d think one of either Brent Kite, George Rose, Steve Matai, Matt Ballin, Shane Rodney or Anthony Watmough would have had the situation in hand – but no.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br><br><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&amp;roundid=857&amp;fixtureid=50020102108&amp;videoquality=1&amp;type=try&amp;period=1&amp;time=1248" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to re-live this play now.</a><br><br>* The views in this article are the authors’ and not necessarily those of the clubs or the NRL.