There could be no stronger endorsement for the corner post no longer being a consideration when a try is being scored than the spectacular try-scoring effort of Canterbury’s Ben Barba in round 6.

Up until June last season this marvellous advertisement for our game would have been disallowed, and that would have been a travesty.
       
Fortunately that was the time when the common sense decision was made to correct the anomaly that the corner post was “the only place a player was deemed in-touch (or more accurately touch-in-goal) without actually making contact with the ground”. It really never made sense that the air-space around the post was deemed legal to pass through yet the couple of square inches it occupies was a no-go zone.
       
Barba’s second try against the Eels was all excitement and representative of some of the very best the game has to offer.
 
At the end of a sweeping Canterbury movement the will-of-the-wisp fullback launched himself from four metres out from the try-line, with Jarryd Hayne and Shane Shackleton doing their best to deny him crossing in the corner. With no room to move he was able to land the point of the football just inside the field of play to continue his team’s surge back into the match.

There’s no doubt that his arm hit the corner post, but who cares? Certainly none of the screaming 'Dogs or neutral rugby league fans who will remember that try for a long time to come.  

          
It was also a continuation of some other outstanding efforts we have seen this year to score tries with the absolute minimum amount of ground to work in. None may have quite reached the heights (literally) of the somersaulting effort of Sandor Earl for Penrith in the qualifying final against Canberra last year but we have had some worthy contenders.
       
Despite some handling problems in recent weeks there are still few players more adept at getting the ball over the line than Canberra’s Blake Ferguson. 
       
The Raiders bought the former Shark for that very reason and whilst their start to the current campaign has been poor the fact that Ferguson has crossed for seven tries from seven games illustrates his potency.
       
Three of those were snared against the Tigers in round 3, with his second demonstrating a similar awareness to Barba in knowing where the football needs to be placed.
        
After a mediocre bomb was put up by Josh McCrone, Blake was able to out-manoeuvre Wade McKinnon to take the catch and then slip to the side and under both Robert Lui and Tim Moltzen to ground the football barely over and inside the relevant white lines.
        
While other tries he has scored in the opening rounds have relied on pace and power, this was all about precision. 

       
With a precedent set teammate Daniel Vidot was not to be outdone and a week later against the Gold Coast he produced his own piece of magic.
        
Also on the end of a McCrone kick, the youngster playing on the unaccustomed right wing was able to take advantage of an unkind bounce for Steve Michaels to grab the ball in-goal. It seemed an impossibility to get the ball down in the field of play before his dive took him over the sideline, but it proved no such problem to grab a four-pointer on the stroke of half-time.   

         
Whilst the Canberra duo have excelled in this fashion so did the North Queensland pairing of Ashley Graham and Kalifa FaiFai Loa in one round 4 match.
         
Against Parramatta, Graham got the Cowboys away to a flying start in more ways than one against his old club by scoring on the end of a backline movement after just four minutes.

A lovely cut-out pass from Matt Bowen put him on the outside of Luke Burt with an open corridor to the line.

Realising that he didn’t have time to run the try in, Ashley dived parallel to the ground to deny Burt and Jarryd Hayne any chance of bundling him in to touch.           


Whilst this dive was impressive it had nothing on that launched by FaiFai Loa 40 minutes later.
         
Towards the end of a 60-metre break down the left flank, FaiFai Loa veered to that corner with Eels back-rower Ben Smith in hot pursuit. 
         
With a final lunge Smith attempted to push the ball-carrier over the sideline. With contact made, Kalifi still managed to score the try despite the majority of his body suspended outside the field of play. 


The final incident to have caught the eye was provided by the enigmatic Krisnan Inu for the Warriors against the Tigers back in round 2.  
         
The off-season import took everybody by surprise by going down the shortest of short sides from a play-the-ball close to the Tigers’ line.
         
The obvious and expected play was to throw the ball from dummy-half to the open side to continue their attacking raid.
         
However the unpredictable Inu fooled markers Benji Marshall and Wade McKinnon by dummying open and diving into the narrowest of spaces over the line on the blind. It was an inspired piece of finishing because the lack of room seemed to take that option out of the equation. 


It was also a sign that with defences now so well drilled and effective that getting the ball over the line often demands something special. 
         
Fortunately the attacking ability and awareness of today’s players has evolved along the same lines and the art of finishing is better than it has ever been.

For as long as I can remember rugby league was always referred to as “a game of inches.”
         
Today it is more a case of millimetres.