Trbojevic humbly shakes the "hero" tag
The Manly Sea Eagles might have been out of the finals race had Jake Trbojevic not charged down an 83rd-minute field goal attempt by Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson in Perth last weekend.
Having run for 161 metres and with 22 tackles under his belt, the Sea Eagles lock could have been excused for not delivering one final gut-busting effort in atrocious conditions in golden point.
But that's not the player he is.
"I wasn't thinking too much," he said.
"Just the way the game went, he was obviously going to go for a field goal so I thought I had to charge it down.
"The full 80 minutes was really pleasing for the whole team. There were some really good performances right across the board, and hopefully we can keep that going."
Humble as always, Trbojevic was quick to deflect the praise to teammate Daly Cherry-Evans for his game-winning field goal from the very next set.
The 22-year-old said the mood amongst his teammates was akin to them winning the premiership after the Sea Eagles' No.7 knocked over a one-pointer with his non-preferred foot to seal the 15-14 win.
"I think they were happy, but just happy just to get the win," the Sea Eagles lock said.
"Cherry did a left-footed field goal as well which was pretty special. Everyone was stoked; it was like we'd won the grand final when all of that happened."
Trbojevic's effort has attracted universal praise, although his younger brother, Tom, says it was a long time coming.
"He did something for once, which was good," he joked.
"I didn't actually see where he came from. He just managed to get his way in front of the ball. I don't know how he jumped on it and still held onto it. It was a fantastic effort from him."
The victory over the Warriors moved Manly up to 12th on the Telstra Premiership ladder on 16 points, and Sea Eagles forward Martin Taupau said his partner in the pack was key to that.
"It was an electric feeling after the game in the dressing sheds," Taupau said.
"He [Jake Trbojevic] was the game changer from the get-go. [He made] some amazing tackles and had some amazing runs, and the final play where he charged down and regathered the ball…I guess that was the game changer for us.
"He carries himself very well. He's a very level-headed type of player and very mature for his age."
Saturday's win was further proof that the Trbojevic brothers are the future of the club, and possibly their state, after they were named as NSW Blues development players for Game Three of the Holden State of Origin series.
The pair spent the week in Coffs Harbour training with the main group, before getting an up-close-and-personal feel for Origin on game day.
"That was a great experience for me and my brother," Jake said.
"We learnt a lot from the players and the coaches, and then to go to ANZ [Stadium] on Wednesday to watch was really cool."
Still only 19 years old, Tom admitted that making the extended Blues squad was not on his radar at the start of 2016.
"At the start of this year my focus was to play as much first grade as I can," he said.
"I got the opportunity to play each week and then to get an opportunity to go into that camp was pretty surreal. It was very out of the blue and I didn't really expect it, but to get that opportunity, I'm very grateful for that.
"To be around all the senior players in the group [was awesome]. To see how they hold themselves and how professional they are around the camp was awesome to learn that and see what they do."