Is Todd Carney 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 Sharks that X-Factor is Todd Carney.
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 Carney's NRL career and cast your vote on our new X-Factors page.
Carney's Top 10 Moments:
1. Rounds 12 & 19, 2006
Carney proves that he can match his expansive skill with mental toughness, sealing two golden-point wins for the Raiders with long-range field goals. Neither looked like missing.
2. Round 20, 2006
In just 52 minutes on the park, Carney is instrumental in his side’s 31-12 thrashing of the Dragons. He bags four tackle-breaks, a line-break and two stylish second-half tries.
3. Round 20, 2007
After scoring a spectacular long-range try earlier in the match, the task of saving the match is left to Carney when Michael Jennings breaks the Raiders’ line. He rises to the challenge with a tackle that must be seen to be believed.
4. Round 5, 2008
In a captivating battle against the Wests Tigers, Carney makes an eye-popping four try assists as his side claws their way back from oblivion. He caps off a memorable outing with a spectacular length-of-the-field effort that snatches a six-point victory.
5. Round 1, 2010
Carney causes jaws to drop all around Australia in the 48th minute when he bats a ball back into the field of play from a metre over the dead-ball line. The physics-defying stunt would lead to an incredible try as the Roosters smash the Rabbitohs 36-10 and set up Carney for the season of his career to date.
6. Round 17, 2010
He amazes again when scoring his eighth try of the season. Carney makes an intercept 10 metres out from his own goalposts, sprints 90 metres without looking back and dives over for a spectacular try with outstretched arms like the Superman he has since become. His former club Canberra are sunk 22-12.
7. Round 18, 2010
Up against the ‘Old Enemy’ South Sydney, Carney summons all of his strengths in a warlike performance that starts his side on a run to the Grand Final. Sets up Mitch Aubusson for the match-winning try, scores one himself and makes three spectacular try-saving tackles in the tense 18-12 victory.
8. Finals Week One, 2010
Achieves his first finals win in seven seasons. The 2010 Dally M winner sets up two tries, breaks the Tigers’ line twice and makes an impressive seven tackle-breaks in a season-defining performance as the Roosters triumph 19-15.
9. Round 10, 2012
With both a top-four spot and an Origin jersey on the line, Carney’s cut-out pass sets up a crucial try in the 71st minute that would halt Melbourne’s early season-winning run at nine matches.
10. Round 22, 2012
Invades New Zealand with one of the most devastating solo displays in recent memory. Carney scores 25 points in the 45-4 blitz, including the first 12 points of the game that began with a 90-metre try to the gifted half.