Saturday 24 March 2018 / 05:57 AM

Freakish wingers light up NRL Round 23

Spectacular, gravity-defying tries by the Rugby League’s incredible acrobatic wingers have become part and parcel of almost every round of NRL football.

The freakish efforts of rookies such as Blake Ferguson and Daniel Vidot in 2009 kick-started the jaw-dropping genre of wingers planting the ball despite having their entire body outside the field of play, while the corner-post rule change opened up a new world of opportunities.                              

Unbelievable tries by the likes of David Nofoaluma, Kevin Gordon, David Simmons, Jason Nightingale, David Williams and Ashley Graham marked 2013 as arguably the most prolific season ever for tries that flouted the laws of physics.


But 2014 has quite possibly raised the bar again, especially after the string of brilliant put-downs that were produced in Round 23. Brett Morris, who scored one of the most miraculous aerial tries of all time earlier this year against Cronulla, kicked off proceedings with a magnificent four-pointer to complete a hat-trick at Canberra’s expense.


The Knights-Warriors clash on Sunday was jam-packed with sensational wingers tries with only centimetres to spare that required supreme athleticism, skill and awareness.


Tall Warriors teenager David Fusitua added another breathtaking diving try to his rookie-year highlights reel, following on from similar efforts against Melbourne and Souths, while Newcastle’s 18-year-old prodigy Sione Mata’utia’s third try came despite the attention of several Warriors defenders.


Manu Vatuvei capped the weekend with another stunning touchdown, yet again launching his massive, seemingly cumbersome frame into the air and showing wonderful composure to dot down in the corner.


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