Those looking for adequate superlatives to describe Brett Morris’s gravity-defying try in Saturday’s victory over the Sharks need not look further than opposing coach Peter Sharp.
Morris followed up his 100th try in the fourth minute of the match with an amazing leap over opposite Jono Wright to field a Gareth Widdop kick and produce a try that possibly knocked Tigers’ David Nofoaluma’s 2013 effort off its perch as the most spectacular in recent memory.
Though it ultimately proved the match winner against his side, Sharp was unreserved in his assertion that Morris was the best winger in the business.
‘‘He’s an outstanding player...an outstanding player,’’ Sharp said.
‘‘He kills us every year, him and the other bloke, [Jason] Nightingale, they’re absolutely great players.
‘‘It was a great try and you’ve got to score them.
‘‘It’s an opportunity and he scored and that’s the difference – he’s world class.’’
It was a sentiment echoed by Sharks captain Wade Graham, who said Morris was possibly the best finisher he’d ever come up against.
‘‘He’s definitely in the conversation,’’ Graham said.
‘‘He’s hard to handle, he’s fast, he gets them a real roll-on.
A couple of times the kicks were just a metre too deep and he caught it in the in-goal and next minute, he’s up the field, Graham said.
Sharks wingers Wright and Sosaia Feki could be forgiven for thinking the Dragons were using parachutes, with Nightingale also scoring a try from a Sam Williams kick in the 14-12 victory.
Morris, who now boasts 15 tries in 15 games against the Sharks, was at a loss to explain how he managed to get the ball down.
‘‘I don’t know how I did it. I just caught it and hoped for the best,’’ Morris said.
‘‘Obviously, we do a fair bit of practice at training but that doesn’t really happen too often.
‘‘I bombed one a little bit earlier so I was a bit filthy on myself, so as soon as that happened, I was pretty happy with myself...it was a fair effort. It’s part of your job as a winger...you’ve got to get up there and try and catch them, not only attacking, you’ve got to try and defend them as well.
‘‘Wingers these days can adapt...you see some of the freakish tries wingers can score these days. They can bend themselves outside the field and still score a try inside the field.
‘‘Us old dogs are just trying to keep up with the younger brigade. I was lucky enough to score a try tonight.’’
The ‘‘old dogs’’ shone on Saturday as Morris produced 13 runs for 171metres and wing partner Nightingale topped the Dragons stat sheet with 18runs for 181 metres.