We have been treated to some superb games this year. Here, RealSport has selected its own top five games for the 2017 NRL season.
5 Round 8 - Sydney Roosters 13 def. St George Illawarra Dragons 12
This Anzac Day Test finished with a frenetic pace, with both sides having experienced victory being snatched from their grasp at the last minute. When Gareth Widdop went down late in the first half, the Dragons hold at the top of the table was being put under serious threat from the Bondi Boys.
A brutal and bruising encounter, both sides were relentless with the attack being kept at bay through rock solid defence. It was some opportunistic moments of individual brilliance as Joel Thompson, Mitchell Pearce and then Nene MacDonald somehow found the line with the ball in hand. MacDonald's effort saw the crowd alight as the commentators sung the praises of the young man, that out-muscled five Roosters on his way to the line.
Josh Dugan absolutely nailed the sideline conversion in the wet and darkened stadium and the Red V had set up another nail-biter as the game went to extra time. Players were left sprawling on the ground as some energy within Pearce led to him piloting a field goal over from 31 metres out, sending the team into delirium.
4 Round 13 - Sea Eagles 21 def. Canberra Raiders 20
Manly ran out to a 20-6 lead courtesy of some skillful and willing tries with Daly Cherry-Evans either orchestrating or finishing off Manly's attacking forays.
Then began the Raiders comeback led by Jordan Rapana, who ducked out of dummy half to bring his side to within two points. Either side then had tries disallowed that would have sealed the game. It fell to Jarrod Croker to bend one from the sideline.
Cherry-Evans would have the last laugh though, nailing a field goal from 20 metres out and putting the Raiders season into further disarray.
3 Round 7 - Brisbane Broncos 24 def. Gold Coast Titans 22
Tyrone Roberts, filling in for million dollar man Jarryd Hayne, split the defence and flick passed to an unmarked Anthony Don to streak down the sideline and open the score.
With the Titans threatening to break away after a Ryan James try, James Roberts split the defence with ease twice only for the Titans to hit back once more. Little brother was giving the Broncos a real run for their money as Don was once again in the thick of it, kicking on a grubber which landed for Chris Grevsmuhl to score.
This game was everything a fan could wish for in terms of attack as Anthony Milford broke the line and linked with Roberts to conjure up a Suncorp special. Not to be outdone, the Titans halves brought up what looked to be the deciding try after combining for a 22-20 lead.
With the game in the balance yet the wind at the back of Titans sails, Matt Gillett came up with a charge down, before regathering and sending Roberts over to seal the game and his hat-trick.
2 Round 2 - Brisbane Broncos 20 lost North Queensland Cowboys 21
The previous four matches between these sides had either been decided by a solitary point, golden point or extra time as they carved a rivalry bigger and better than any other in the modern NRL era.
The sides traded blows with tries for Roberts off the back of a Ben Hunt grubber before Michael Morgan put Coen Hess across the whitewash.
The Broncos would add two penalty goals as the Cowboys attempted to slow down the frantic pace of the game and then lay on further points through another Hunt grubber. Not to be outdone, Morgan burst through a gaping hole and before Jake Granville pounced on a loose ball to take the lead.
Roberts blinding speed saw him get on the outside of Kane Linnett and send Jordan Kahu dashing and stepping for the line after a suspect pass. Then penalty goals were traded once more due to either sides ill-discipline.
With the Cowboys down on troops, losing Antonio Winterstein, Matt Scott and Lachlan Coote to injury, things seemed to favour the Broncos. However, the Cowboys dogged determination kept them in the fight and Johnathan Thurston won it after seven minutes of golden point extra time.
1 Round 10 - Melbourne Storm 36 lost Gold Coast Titans 38
The Storm had their big three back on deck and firing for the first time in two years and Cameron Munster was fitting in seamlessly at five-eighth. He was involved in Billy Slater's try before 'Billy the Kid,' Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk served up a classic try.
A third Storm try from inside their own half saw them race into what looked to be an unassailable lead. The Titans gained the ascendency with two quick tries through some flashy hands. Konrad Hurrell would regain the lead for the Titans once more from a clever Nathan Peats grubber. The enterprising play only continued as the Storm raced in front again with six minutes remaining.
Then the Titans pulled off the unthinkable. Kane Elgey switched the play from the left to the right and found the rising Don, who plucked the ball from outside the field back to Hurrell, who barrelled his way over the line and gifted the Titans one of their finest ever victories.
The final score was 38-36 and worthy of being the best match of the 2017 season by some margin.
Which were your favourite games of the 2017 NRL season? Let us know in the comments and poll below.
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- Round 10 - Melbourne Storm 36 lost Gold Coast Titans 38
- Round 2 - Brisbane Broncos 20 lost North Queensland Cowboys 21
- Round 7 - Brisbane Broncos 24 def. Gold Coast Titans 22
- Round 13 - Sea Eagles 21 def. Canberra Raiders 20
- Round 8 - Sydney Roosters 13 def. St George Illawarra Dragons 12
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