If Gold Coast Titans fans were searching for a sign that their players remain committed to the jersey, Philip Sami’s insane try-saver in the dying stages of the game against Melbourne was it.
There aren’t too many people who can catch Josh Addo-Carr with a full head of steam, but Sami proved it is possible, with the rangy winger chasing the Origin speedster for 80 metres to stop a certain four-pointer.
With the Storm a minute away from a hard-fought victory, Titans five-eight Tyrone Peachey put up a low bomb for a chasing Michael Gordon.
However, Addo-Carr leaped up high to rein in the ball, and literally hit the ground running to escape away from the chasing Titans players.
Addo-Carr in open space is usually the perfect recipe for a certain try, yet somehow Sami flew from the other side of the field and trailed ‘the Fox’ all the way to the try line.
It appeared Addo-Carr had done enough to slide over from five metres out but Sami remarkably wrapped up the ball, which forced the Storm winger to lose control.
It capped off what’s been a stunning fortnight of try-saving efforts, after Damien Cook’s heroic show of strength against the Broncos on Friday night, and Dragons hooker Cameron McInnes’ freak one-on-one tackle on Sharks centre Bronson Xerri last Saturday.
You can talk about the Cook tackle against the Broncos but that tackle from Philip Sami on the Fox showed determination and the never give up attitude in a team struggling. That is a player you want at your club. 👍#NRLStormTitans #NRL @GCTitans
– Sandy Hunter 🏳️🌈🐶 (@sandyhunter2) August 25, 2019
#NRLStormTitans Philip Sami just showed the first bit of ticker I’ve seen from the Titans in about 10 weeks. Chasing down Addo-Carr with 2 minutes left down by 16 with nothing to play for. Keep him on the Coast and pay him whatever he wants
– Tom Price (@TheRealTKP1) August 25, 2019