Round 10 of the NRL season brought out some of the very best of Broncos recruit Adam Reynolds in Brisbane's Magic Round, plus a potential grand final preview, a dog of an opener and some golden point madness.
Read on as we take a look back at some of the biggest hits and misses of the weekend.
Broncos saviour Reynolds in career-best form
The Broncos knew they had a proven, experienced halfback on their hands when they snapped up Adam Reynolds from South Sydney on a three-year deal. What they probably didn't expect was for the 31-year-old to be playing better than ever in his first two months in Brisbane colours.
With three minutes remaining in the first half of Friday's win over the Sea Eagles we saw some real magic from Reynolds. The buy of the season took the ball 15 metres out from Manly's line, held the ball out in front and as the defence hesitated he put in a sublime chip kick over their heads. The ball sat up perfectly for him two metres out, he ran onto it before diving over for a try.
He had already set up the first try through a perfectly accurate kick to Selwyn Cobbo's wing as well as having a couple of try assists disallowed.
Five minutes into the second half and he was at it again, with another perfectly placed kick for a flying Cobbo. The young winger brought up his hat-trick not long after with a 95 metre run after an intercept near his own line.
Commentators described Reynolds as being in career-best form following his sensational performance in Friday night's 38-0 rout, and the stats bear that out.
After nine games in 2022 Reynolds has four tries and 11 try assists. His career-best try-scoring haul is seven tries (way back in 2014) and he's on track to smash his career-best 19 assists in 26 games in 2013.
His 502 kick metres per game this season is also easily a career-high. The Broncos may not have settled on a long-term five-eighth just yet, but it hardly matters when they have a halfback playing this well.
Panthers back on top but Storm still a huge title threat
Penrith fans couldn't have asked for much more from their team on Saturday night, with the premiers bouncing back in style from the previous week's shock loss to Parramatta by thumping Melbourne in the centrepiece game of Magic Round.
The 32-6 scoreline was a fair reflection of the difference between the sides on the night, with Nathan Cleary, Isaah Yeo and co. handling the wet conditions with aplomb and not missing a beat even with coach Ivan Cleary absent.
But Melbourne wouldn't have been too torn up about the result either. The Storm were without superstar duo Ryan Papenhuyzen and Jahrome Hughes as well as centre Reimis Smith, and star hooker Harry Grant appeared to be hampered by a knock in one of the first tackles of the game.
Coach Craig Bellamy even embraced the opportunity to claim the underdog tag -- no easy feat for the most dominant club of the modern era.
"It's probably a game we needed after three or four weeks where we've won really well," Bellamy said after the loss.
"With all due respect that was a good comedown for us.
"We got what we deserved tonight. Perhaps we haven't been going as good as other people thought."
Dogs, Knights serve up ugly start to festival of footy
In thick pyrotechnic smoke, the Knights kicked off against the Bulldogs to start Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night. The next 80 minutes of rugby league was simply awful, even coming from the two teams anchored at the bottom of the NRL ladder.
There were 38 missed tackles, but only four clean line breaks, there were 23 errors and 11 penalties. Canterbury could only manage a 66% completion rate and it, combined with a notable lack of fitness and complete cluelessness in attack, allowed for an ugly Newcastle victory.
Statistics aside, the game itself was disheartening for fans of the game and, in particular, the proud fans of these two clubs. The Knights celebrated the two competition points and a move away from the wooden spoon position, but the end of their seven-game losing streak wasn't exactly filled with promise for the near future.
Overall, it was a poor start to the festival of footy, and it ultimately spelt the end of coach Trent Barrett's tenure, as well as being an occasion fraught with danger for the Bulldogs. Imagine exposing Matt Burton to all the other clubs, gathered in the same city. Surely, he must be considering his next career move much more carefully than his last.
When an obstruction isn't an obstruction
Just when you think there might be some consistency creeping into the policing of decoy runners, you see a decision that has your head shaking once again.
With the Sharks struggling early in the second half, winger Sione Katoa crossed for a try out wide on the end of a fairly standard back-line play. Matt Moylan dummied to decoy runner Briton Nikora who went through the line cleanly, but completely wiped out Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad who was coming across in cover. The ball went through the hands of Connor Tracey before finding Katoa, with Nicoll-Klokstad denied any chance of being involved in a desperate tackle.
The try was awarded and despite several damning replays, was not even sent for a full review. It allowed the Sharks to notch their first points of the game and set the Raiders nerves tingling as they battled a constant stream of players to the sin bin to hold on for victory.