Was it any coincidence the man whose side-splitting antics in front of the camera, endearing himself to millions of viewers, would have the last laugh with that seventh-tackle try?
Yep, the joke is always funnier when Beau Ryan is delivering the punchline.
Except, maybe, if your name is Johnathan Thurston or that "Mad Dog" Cowboys bloke up Townsville way.
To many people, that is Beau Ryan. The practical joker and serial prankster, just as comfortable poking fun at the country's top pollies as sharing a laugh with Pete the panel beater in Penrith Mall.
Understanding the real Beau Ryan? That might be a little more complex.
There's the devoted family man whose inspiration to join the Sharks was largely so he could move back to the Illawarra to be close to family.
The deep thinker, who despite his hilarious crowd-pleasing ways, admits he's more comfortable in his own company during the daily commute up and down the Princes Highway.
The footballer, often spotted watching his own sister play league tag for Albion Park, just as comfortable mingling with Warilla's grand final-bound squad down the local pub.
Maybe they explain the real Beau Ryan.
"Family was a massive part of the reason to go to Cronulla," Ryan recalls to the Mercury. "All of my family lives down here and having a daughter [Remi] it makes it easy for my wife [Kara] and I.
"I don't mind making a bit of sacrifice with the drive to Cronulla. I don't mind a bit of time to myself and it gives me a bit of time to think about what I need to do and plan for the week."
But don't for a second think that his off-field commitments detract from Beau Ryan the footballer.
The one, who in the next breath, will tell you about the individual preparation he has done away from team-based activities for tonight's blockbuster against Manly. That's on top of his filming commitments with Channel 9.
"Your preparation has still got to be spot on and I'm big on preparation," Ryan says. "I've done plenty of homework on Manly this week.
"I still stick to my routine and I've been doing it for five years. I filmed [Wednesday] and I'm comfortable with what I can do. I know what my body and mind can handle.
"I'll keep preparing the same as I've done for the last few years. There's no point changing it. In saying that, when we go into camp it's always serious."
Rugby league always has been for the 28-year-old, dependable as ever on the flank.
With no clear path in the centres presenting itself at the Dragons behind internationals Mark Gasnier and Matt Cooper, he chased an opportunity at the Tigers.
And then just as things were starting to unravel at the joint venture, Ryan unwittingly walked into a firestorm at the Sharks.
"This year with all the turmoil and all the nonsense that's happened off the field, it's brought us pretty close in a short space of time," Ryan says, no doubt helped by his softening of the mood.
"We haven't even been together 12 months, but I feel like I've played my whole life at Cronulla.
"The same with Luke Lewis, Michael Gordon, Heighno [Chris Heighington] and Jonathan Wright. We're so comfortable with each other and I think that's starting to show out on the field.
"We've been faced with some adversity, but we've hung in there together and stuck tight."
So have the Sharks' tortured fans, whose porch lights have often bore the brunt of rugby league humour.
"During our recovery the other day there was a massive fair on and people were coming from everywhere to talk to us," Ryan says. "The people of the area have been starving for success for so long.
"There was so much hype around the club in pre-season, but after the drama unfolded not many people gave us a shot. Now they're starting to open their eyes and realise we're still a force to be reckoned with."
And maybe, just maybe, Beau Ryan and the Cronulla gang will have the last laugh after all.