Rona's Top 5
Bulldogs.com.au takes a look at Curtis Rona's top five tries from 2015.
Leading six nil, the Bulldogs were gifted another opportunity after Titans forward Agnatius Paasi was placed on report for a nasty in-the-air tackle on Brett Morris in the 20th minute.
This penalty led to one of the more bizzare plays of the year.
Titans speedster James Roberts attempted an intercept off Brett Morris, before flirting with the sideline and flicking the ball back into the field of play and into the waiting hands of a Bulldogs player.
Curtis Rona took the intercept and collected an opportunistic try.
The Knights got out to an early six point lead and on the attack once again, it was looking like they were going to cross for their second try but when fullback Jake Mamo looked for winger Akuila Uate on the outside with a cut out ball, it was try scoring machine Curtis Rona who read the play smartly, taking the intercept and running 90m to score in the north-west corner.
A one-on-one strip from Greg Eastwood in the 13th minute saw Bulldogs start a set camped right on the Panther’s line and a couple of tackles later Curtis Rona extended the lead via a spectacular put down.
The Bulldogs shifted the ball to their left and thanks to a lovely long ball from Sam Perrett, Rona was able to get on the outside of Dave Simmons with pure strength, jump through the air and plant the ball down just inside the corner post for a spectacular four pointer and his 16th of the season.
The Bulldogs were leading 22-6 and on the attack inside the Rabbitohs half when the ball was sent from Shaun Lane to Curtis Rona who was at his brilliant best in the 59th minute, finishing a backline movement in his customary manner.
He skipped to the outside of his opposite number in Alex Johnston and planted the ball down with his left hand, while his torso was in the air and outside the field of play.
It was try number 20 of the season for the best finisher in the game.
The scores were level and with the tide looking to turn into the hands of the home side after a couple of Bulldogs errors, the Cowboys were on the attack.
With the Bulldogs defence aiming up, it was clearly frustrating the men from North Queensland. With Thurston looking for the shift to the right, former Cowboy Curtis Rona read the pass beautifully and took an intercept, before running 80 metres untouched to score.