Tough Plays of the Month: June
The month of June included some incredible passages of play during the Telstra Premiership, and we've picked out five Mazda BT-50 Tough Plays of the Month.
Tyrone Peachey – Panthers v Radiers – Round 14
Down by eight with less than two minutes remaining, the Panthers looked down and out in their clash with the Raiders in Bathurst. But a Corey Harawira-Naera try in the 79th minute gave them some hope, with Penrith regathering the ball from the ensuing kick-off and Tyrone Peachey crossing for the match-winner off some Matt Moylan magic.
Kyle Feldt – Cowboys v Panthers – Round 16
Penrith were involved again in another dramatic finish, but this time they were on the wrong end of the result. Missing Johnathan Thurston and with a host of stars backing up from Origin II, few gave the Cowboys a chance even at home against a resurgent Panthers side. But no one told Michael Morgan and Kyle Feldt, with the North Queensland playmaker putting in pinpoint kick for his winger to spectacularly fly through the air and collect for a miraculous try.
Angus Crichton – Rabbitohs v Titans – Round 15
The Rabbitohs roared into life against a Titans outfit decimated by injury and Origin selection in Round 15. Few could have expected however the impact Angus Crichton would have on the contest, showing impressive determination to score his third try of the night with a stunning solo run late on.
Ken Maumalo – Warriors v Bulldogs – Round 16
He's long been described as the 'Mini Beast' after patiently biding his time for a shot on the wing for the Warriors behind Manu Vatuvei, but Ken Maumalo's solo try against the Bulldogs was an effort Vatuvei would be very proud to call his own. Collecting the ball on his own 30-metre line, Maumalo brushed past several would-be defenders en route to the try-line in one of the most brilliant displays of strength and speed.
Alex Johnston – Rabbitohs v Panthers – Round 17
Alex Johnston scored five against Penrith in South Sydney's huge win, and while he didn't have to do much for his fourth of the afternoon, the lead-up play from his teammates was something to behold. Starting with a trademark Crichton run and line break, the back-rower offloaded to Robbie Farah who kicked for Braidon Burns on the wing. The winger somehow offloaded to Aaron Gray, the centre finding Adam Reynolds who kicked for the opposite flank. Lurking in the centres, Sam Burgess collected the ball and popped out a slick offload to Johnston who strolled over untouched to put the icing on a spectacular team try.