Bronco Vidot's thrills and spills
The modern day NRL winger must have an element of selfishness in his game. Once they receive the ball there's seldom an opportunity to pass, they're on their own with nothing but green grass, a corner post and a sea of opposition defenders swarming in their direction.
Multiple thoughts race through their head: Should I just play it safe? Surrender to a tackle or run infield? Put boot-to-ball and hope for the best? Or maybe, defy gravity and go for the spectacular?
Five years ago the spectacular was out of the question. However, when the NRL decided on an immediate rule change in mid-2010 that saw corner posts no longer treated as touch-in-goal, it paved the way for some remarkable tries to be scored.
There have been few better examples of this than the tries scored by the Warriors' David Fusitu'a and Newcastle's Sione Mata'utia in Round 23.
Approaching his 100th NRL match against the Knights on Saturday evening, Broncos winger Daniel Vidot is expecting to witness similar acrobatics when he marks either Sione or Chanel Mata'utia at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Noted for his powerful running and tackle-breaking ability, Vidot isn't the type of winger that would usually attempt any Superman-style heroics, although he agrees the art form of finding the line is evolving.
"I don't think [wingers] put special practice in doing all the spectacular dives and what-not, but I think it's just something that's a modern thing these days," Vidot said.
"The wingers are being a lot more acrobatic and phenomenal tries are being scored. As soon as the corner post rule was taken out, the wingers were more confident to dive and land it over the paint."
Confidence is the key word for Vidot as he looks to shrug off the high-profile error he made last Thursday against South Sydney.
Trailing 24-12 in the 60th minute and looking like they were beginning to gallop their way back into the contest, Vidot received a perfectly fine, but perhaps unexpected pass from Justin Hodges at dummy-half and inexplicably spilt the ball over the try-line to let Souths off the hook.
It proved to be a 12-point turnaround for the Rabbitohs as Greg Inglis crossed for his third try three minutes later and the Bunnies hopped clear.
If Vidot didn’t have his 100th NRL match to look forward too on Saturday, that costly error against the Rabbitohs might have still been playing on his mind.
"I wasn’t too happy with my game last week so this [game] is a good one to back it back up," he said.
"Personally for me it was [hard to shrug off]. There were a few moments there where I think I could've changed the game, but that's footy and stuff like that happens unfortunately.
"That is footy – you can be everyone's favourite one week and then everybody will hate on you the next.
"It was just unfortunate timing. It was a special game for us and one that we needed to win [but] a few results have gone our way so hopefully we can bounce back this week."
The former Raider and Dragon may have only five tries to his name this season – with three of them coming in the past five weeks – but it's his metre-eating ability that justifies his place on Anthony Griffin's team sheet each week.
The 24-year-old has made 3035 metres at an average of 159 metres per game this season, placing him fourth overall on the total run metres category in the NRL.
The selfless Vidot is the first person to admit that he'd like to cross the stripe more often however he would trade a Broncos victory over the Knights above any personal accolades.
"[Playing 100 games] has always been something I've wanted to do, so I'm happy to get there. But my main focus is on getting the win so hopefully the boys put it together and come out on top on Saturday night," he said.
"Obviously I was pretty homesick being away from home for seven years. To be back in Brisbane and play the 100th in front of fans and family is a big thing."
Another interesting sub-plot developing ahead of Brisbane's must-win clash against the Knights is the Wayne Bennett factor. The man who coached the Broncos to six premierships will return to Red Hill in 2015, but before that he will be plotting the downfall of his former/future side with a Newcastle team that has won six out of their past eight matches.
"[Wayne Bennett] hasn't been discussed. Our focus is on getting the two points and hopefully a few other results go our way," Vidot added.
"We are still in it so just a couple of wins would be good for us to shrug off last week's loss and move forward. We're not going to rule the Knights out, they're a good team and we respect them. So we are going to have to come out and perform at our best.
"It's a massive game for us, a must-win, and there's nowhere better to do it than back at home."