Payne Haas summed up his 40-metre match winning try against Penrith by saying "I wasn’t thinking, I was just running."
Matt Lodge reckoned the try, where Haas beat three middle defenders before sprinting around fullback Dylan Edwards to secure Brisbane a 24-12 win over the Panthers, was one where you "just stand back and give him a clap".
Coach Anthony Seibold mused that he couldn't remember a prop forward scoring a try like it.
"It was a great try, and in the context of the game," Seibold said.
"We made an error after we went 18-6 up. They scored a few plays later and we put ourselves under pressure again so to break the game open and seal us a win…it was an incredible try.
"It was great to see Payno in full flight. I was just glad he took the fullback on and didn’t look for a pass."
The 19-year-old is a powerhouse giant with nimble feet and the acceleration of Anthony Milford. For him, it was just another day at the office.
"I think I just stepped off my left foot and went through [Viliame] Kikau and [James] Tamou. I saw Edwards in front of me and just tried to go around him. That is what happened."
Seibold conceded there were a lot of gifted athletes in the NRL, with Haas one of them. But few props are found cleaning up James Maloney kicks in their own in-goal…not once but twice. Haas did exactly that as the Panthers poured on the pressure, with one of them saving a try as Kikau prepared to pounce.
Seibold said those defensive efforts made him "really proud".
"People in the crowd don’t see some of the effort areas that are really important to us. Sometimes people look at metres run or tackles made but it is those little effort areas that are really important," Seibold said.
"I was really pleased that Payne turned up, and we had a lot of guys turn up. I thought we were pretty dominant for most of the game
"We kept turning up for each other... I thought we ran with a lot of intent and there was a lot of purpose with what we did.
"I thought we threw some really good shapes at the opposition and it was a big step in the right direction from an attacking point of view, but what I liked tonight was our defence where we showed a lot of endeavour inside our 20 metre line."
Winger Jamayne Isaako was back to the form that won him the NRL rookie of the year in 2018 with his two-try display showcasing his speed and desire to get involved.
Isaako is going through a difficult time in his life with his father in New Zealand battling incurable cancer. He is playing for his dad and had those three letters written on his wrist strapping on Friday night.
Seibold was also thrilled with his winger’s display which was crucial in lifting Brisbane to seventh spot on the Telstra Premiership ladder.
"He is in really good shape at the moment physically and in a good head space. Obviously he has got some challenges that we are all aware of from a family point of view," Seibold said.
Isaako was brilliant but all the talk after the game was about the Haas try.
"I have seen one by Andrew Fifita against Canberra Raiders about five years ago but besides that…that's just freakish," Lodge said.
"Payne is a big, athletic forward and it is just unbelievable to sit back and watch sometimes. Those sort of things can’t happen every week but when they do you just sit back and give him a clap. It is pretty special what he did. He just turns nothing into something."