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.
Two weeks ago, the director of sport at the Nine Network, Tom Malone, said that while the NRL competition currently has the perfect number of teams, he believes a second Brisbane team is vitally important, indicating that a Sydney team should be sacrificed to make this happen.
With two more rounds of footy left to play out, the Gold Coast Titans have decided to have awards night early, officially claiming the 2019 wooden spoon after a 24-8 loss from minor premiers Melbourne Storm.