Weighing 104 kilograms, Cowboys forward John Asiata might be the biggest five-eighth in the NRL, but the makeshift playmaker has managed to play a pivotal role in his clubs 28-14 win over Gold Coast in Townsville.
With star lock Jason Taumalolo a late inclusion at the expense of regular five-eighth Jake Clifford; Asiata started and finished a decisive try late in the second half.
Dancing across the halfway mark the Samoan international put in an audacious fourth tackle grubber to winger Ben Hampton who gathered, drew and passed back to Asiata to extended the home sides narrow two-point lead into an eight-point buffer.
The Gold Coast Titans have absolutely run through the St George Illawarra Dragons thanks to an incredible performance from the Titans’ froward pack and a Dragons side that made 13 errors and missed nearly double the amount of tackles than the Gold Coast.
Queensland forward David Fifita is set to miss State of Origin game 3 under suspension but Valentine Holmes is free to play despite his tackle that left fellow Maroons star Kayln Ponga nursing a neck problem.