MAGIC MOMENT: Bullseye Browne
One of the big question marks over Des Hasler's men when Trent Hodkinson was last week ruled out for the season was how they were going to nail those tough sideline conversions in a close game.
Plenty of kickers have been tried – notably Moses Mbye and Tim Lafai – in games where Hodkinson has been unavailable, with limited success.
A surprise saviour emerged on Sunday night in the shape of bench prop Tim Browne. After Lafai had missed two admittedly tough efforts from out wide Browne stepped up to line up the third attempt. Again it was from the sideline but the big prop took his time and showed great technique in guiding the tough attempt between the sticks. He added two more far easier conversions to finish the day with three from three.
His coach was playing coy when asked if the 27-year-old bookend would be the preferred kicker throughout the finals.
"It's a bit difficult when he's not on at the start of the game isn't it?" Hasler said rhetorically.
"But he kicked well Tim. We need to do a bit of work there and they were difficult attempts for 'Lafs' so [we'll give him] a couple more attempts."
Meanwhile, Josh Reynolds added that after his amazing performance with the boot, the front-rower will ceratinly limb the ladder of goal-kickers at the club.
"I think he's about fifth string. He practices after every session and the other day he deadset missed about five in a row, but he nailed them against the Warriors and hopefully he goes up to fourth string," said Reynolds.