Monday 18 December 2017 / 02:48 AM

TOO GOOD TUESDAY: TATE’S BEHIND-THE-BACK BRILLIANCE

Too Good Tuesday relives one of our favourite players pulling off one of the greatest plays of his career.

The brilliant Brent Tate put Brisbane on course for a 16-10 victory over Manly at Brookvale Oval in this 2006, making a searing break before producing an astonishing behind-the-back pass as he headed into touch, allowing Justin Hodges to stroll over.

Tate also bagged a four-pointer in the tense win during what arguably ranks as his finest season.

Just 10 days later, Tate streaked away for one of the greatest Origin tries of all time to help Queensland to an epic 16-14 victory in the deciding third game, and scored a vital second-half try in the Broncos’ 15-8 grand final upset of Melbourne.

Despite a slew of career-threatening injuries, Tate finished one of the great modern careers with 229 NRL games for the Broncos, Warriors and Cowboys (including 81 tries), 23 Origins for Queensland (five tries) and 26 Tests for Australia (16 tries) before hanging up the boots in 2014.

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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