Is Josh Dugan the NRL X-Factor?
Each team has one player who can turn a game on its head and secure victory with an amazing play, and for the Raiders that X-Factor is Josh Dugan.
To celebrate the finals, NRL.com has launched a new NRL X-Factors application, where fans can vote on their favourite X-Factor in a head-to-head battle.
Check out the best moments of Dugan's NRL career and cast your vote on our new X-Factors page.
Dugan's Top 10 Moments:
1. Round 21, 2009
Josh Dugan survives a video referee deliberation to finally secure his first NRL try. The ice-breaker is snatched from close range when Dugan dives through onto a delicate kick from five-eighth Terry Campese.
2. Round 19, 2010
Playing in his 31st NRL game, Dugan delivers some of the most scintillating rugby league of his career, playing a leading role in Canberra’s 52-18 thrashing of the Knights. He scores his first hat-trick – which begins in the 90th second off a rare bomb from prop David Shillington.
3. Round 22, 2010
With 90 seconds left on the clock and his side up by four, Josh Dugan pulls off one of the most impressive try-saving tackles of the past five years – halting a powerful Luke Lewis as he falls back to earth from a Wade Graham bomb, ball in hand.
4. Round 24, 2010
Dugan charges at pace onto a Jamie Soward chip kick 15 metres out from his own line. With lightning footwork he beats one, then two, then three… then the rest of the Dragons defenders to score a blistering try – his 10th of the season.
5. Rounds 7-10, 2011
Over the space of 240 minutes of football, Josh Dugan leaves New South Wales Origin selectors no choice but to select him at fullback for game one. In a losing side, Dugan scores two tries, makes two line-breaks, three try assists and averages eight tackle breaks per game.
6. Round 20, 2011
With Sam Williams apparently setting up for a field goal attempt to level the scores at 19-all in the 80th minute, Josh Dugan knows something is on to the right of the posts. He bolts through the defensive line and onto a Josh McCrone grubber that steals a miracle win for Canberra.
7. Round 3, 2012
Josh Dugan leaves the field with a damaged AC that would sideline him for five weeks. The mishap is typical of both the Raiders’ season and Dugan’s career – both have which have been successfully waged against a sea of injuries.
8. Round 8, 2012
Like a mortar on a battlefield, Josh Dugan’s tremendous right boot is called on relentlessly to get his men out of trouble. He makes an incredible seven line-dropouts, all of which sail past halfway on the full – with the longest clocked at 65 metres on the fly!
9. Round 14, 2012
Filling the unfamiliar role of five-eighth, Dugan is ruthless in setting up three of Canberra’s five tries. His most impressive play comes in the 63rd minute when he pops up a deft inside ball for Trevor Thurling to score the match-sealer.
10. Round 20, 2012
Dugan leaps high onto a stray cut-out pass from Todd Carney seven metres out from his own line, looks up and sees nothing but fresh air. He streaks away down the left edge with blistering pace, crowning a 36-4 thrashing for the Raiders.