Round 18 has ended and there were tries and delightful plays galore. 

As always, we will pinpoint what we believe to be the best try of each game and break it down, allowing fans to understand the mechanics behind it.

So, here we go.

Dylan Brown turns on the jets to blitz Gold Coast Titans defenders in solid Parramatta Eels win.

As the Eels shift the ball right, it might appear that there is nothing on when Ryan Matterson offloads.

The ball makes its way to Dylan Brown and in a few quick seconds, you can see his mind going into overdrive, mulling over his next move.

His next move catches the Titans defence off-guard, especially Brian Kelly, who is absolutely burned for pace by Brown.

Brown goes up another gear as he approaches AJ Brimson and gets around the fullback who, despite a late ankle tap, cannot stop Brown from scoring.

Kieran Foran showing sublime skill to put Brad Parker through the gap in Manly Sea Eagles win over St George Illawarra Dragons.

Oh, Kieran Foran, you magical man! If you watched footy in the 80’s, this was a play you would see often.

Called ‘the Ash’, the play is set up by feigning a long pass or a cut-out but instead holding onto the ball and delivering a last-second short pass.

As Foran receives the ball, he feigns the long pass which leaves both Ben Hunt and Jack Bird bamboozled.

Brad Parker, who has come from what appears to be the back fence, storms onto the ball to receive the deft short pass.

He strolls over to score, capping off a delightful play by Foran.

Last tackle variation by Sydney Roosters sees Angus Crichton barge over in win over North Queensland Cowboys.

Typically, on plays like these, you would expect that the back-rower runs the decoy and the centre scores.

Not on this occasion. Drew Hutchison gets the ball and quickly sees that there is space on the left-hand side.

Hutchison’s movement catches Tom Dearden flat-footed who can only shuffle across in vain.

Billy Smith runs the surprise decoy and gets Connelly Lemuelu to commit to a defensive decision, freeing up the space for Angus Crichton to power over Kyle Feldt and score.

It was a nice variation on a play that so many teams execute to perfection.

Xavier Savage brilliance leads to a try for Jack Wighton in Canberra Raiders win over the North Queensland Cowboys.

Jack Wighton and Tom Starling may finish this try off but it is the work of Xavier Savage that will get our plaudits and the analysis.

Josh Papalii takes the line on, manages to offload, and on the surface, it seems like nothing is on.

Cue a future star in Xavier Savage to turn the game on its head. First, he glides past Briton Nikora effortlessly.

Then, still in first gear, he is too quick for veteran half Shaun Johnson. The next part, realistically, should not happen.

Aiden Tolman, Braden Hamlin-Uele and Jack Williams are all tracking back. Savage can’t get through, right? Wrong.

He blitzes them all with pure speed and acceleration, leaving for them dead, before finding Starling on the outside with a classy offload.

Jahrome Hughes puts the foot down to blitz Newcastle Knights defence in big Melbourne Storm win.

Jahrome Hughes is having a blinder of a season and all of his skills were on show on his play that saw Cam Munster score.

Brandon Smith starts with the ball and evades Jacob Saifiti and forces Mitch Barnett to commit ever so slightly.

Hughes gets the ball and on Barnett’s left, Lachlan Fitzgibbon casually saunters over towards Hughes but the pace from the half is too much.

Fitzgibbon is left flat-footed and red-faced and as Hughes storms through the gap, he evades a last-ditch tackle from Saifiti but it is in vain.

As he approaches Kalyn Ponga, he draws and passes and Munster does the rest to score.

Wayde Egan combines with Matt Lodge in well-worked New Zealand Warriors try despite loss to Penrith Panthers.

As the ball shifts back towards the middle from the left touchline, Wayde Egan receives the ball at second receiver.

He runs towards the line and is able to draw in Isaah Yeo which creates a partial gap for Matt Lodge to burst through.

The bigger culprit here is James Fisher-Harris who is caught in no man’s land, neither committing or holding his own line.

It is that indecision that sees Lodge storm through the gap, evading Tyrone May’s tackle, before he finds Egan on his outside to score.

Payne Haas shows deft footwork and quick movement for Thomas Flegler to score in Brisbane Broncos loss to Wests Tigers.

Payne Haas is in a league of his own when it comes to Brisbane Broncos standards.

Getting the ball at second receiver, Haas takes the line on as he normally would for a hit-up.

Some subtle footwork at the line and a quick burst of speed sees him bustle past Tuki Simpkins and offload miraculously to Tom Flegler.

Flegler does the rest as he evades Moses Mbye to score under the posts.

Haas’ work cannot be understated as he fast becomes one of the best props in the game.

Bailey Biondi-Odo runs rings around South Sydney Rabbitohs defence in valiant Canterbury Bulldogs defeat.

Young guns always look to make impressions and Bailey Biondi-Odo did just that for the Bulldogs despite the loss.

Scooping the ball up from dummy half, Biondi-Odo showed a quick turn of pace to beat Cam Murray before running rings around Jaydn Su’A.

The quickness from Biondi-Odo caught the Souths defence napping, particularly Su’A and he was encroaching on the second line of defence before they knew it.

On his outside was Aaron Schouup and the man nicknamed BBO fired a ball to him to score.

His nifty run and dummy half work might be a staple for his game moving forward.

By ricky

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