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Morgan's miracle flick to Feldt voted best grand final moment

Talk about saving the best for the last second!

Michael Morgan's magical flick to Kyle Feldt to put the winger across to level the scores as the siren sounded in an epic 2015 decider was the sort of stuff only very special players can produce.

This week we featured 10 such special players and memorable plays and Morgan's flick came out on top as the best grand final moment of the modern era, edging out another last-minute miracle, Darren Albert's 1997 try to win the premiership for Newcastle. earlier this year launched the search for the Simply The Best players from 1990 to now to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Tina Turner promotional campaign, which was again featured in this year's advertisement for the Telstra Premiership, and has been calling on the fans to have their say on a range of topics on the modern era.

From Scott Sattler's tackle to Benji Marshall's flick and Andrew Fifita's herculean charge, we put them up for your consideration this week and it was the Cowboys 2015 wonderplay emerging victorious.

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Top 10 grand final moments

(in chronological order)

Royce Simmons signs off with two tries – 1991

Simmons celebrates historic day with double

Very few players get the farewell they desire or deserve but that's exactly what much loved Panther Royce Simmons got on grand final day in 1991.

At the age of 32, Roycey had decided to call it quits, and it was fitting that he sign off in a second straight grand final in his 238th game for the club.

Simmons burrowed over for a try in the first half and then put the icing on the Panthers' maiden premiership when he took a pass from Mark Geyer and crashed over in the corner to spark wild celebrations.

Steve Renouf goes the length – 1992

GF glory: Renouf races the length of the field

One of the most graceful movers of the modern era, Steve Renouf had a habit of making defenders look foolish with his blinding speed and brilliant anticipation.

With the Broncos well on their way to a maiden premiership at 18-4, the 'Pearl' received the ball on his own 10-metre line and produced a huge left foot step to leave Rex Terp in his wake before setting sail up field. 

"Renouf, we haven't seen much of him today, now take a look at him go," was the call from Ray Warren as Renouf staved off the chase of Ricky Walford to dive over for one of the best solo tries ever seen in a grand final.

Darren Albert's last-minute try – 1997

Johns and Albert combine to win it for Newcastle

Just 21 years of age and 36 games into his first-grade career, Knights flyer Darren Albert etched himself into Newcastle folklore when he took a pass from Andrew Johns and raced away to score the match-winner in the 1997 ARL decider.

With an epic grand final seemingly destined for extra-time, a piece of Joey magic and the blinding speed of Albert conjured the try that broke the deadlock, broke Manly hearts and sent the city of Newcastle into a week-long frenzy.

The roar generated by the pro-Knights crowd at the Sydney Football Stadium had to be heard to be believed.

Craig Smith taken high by Ainscough – 1999

Grand Final Moments: 1999 Craig Smith Penalty Try

Played in front of a world record crowd of 107,999, the first grand final at Sydney's Olympic stadium was a drama-charged contest which went right to the wire.

After trailing 14-0 at half-time the Storm powered back into the contest but still trailed 18-14 with four minutes to go when Brett Kimmorley launched a bomb into the Dragons in-goal.

Storm winger Craig Smith caught the ball on the full but before he could get the  ball to ground for a try he was taken high by Jamie Ainscough and collapsed to the turf.

The ball spilled free, referee Bill Harrigan went to the video ref, and the decision came up 'penalty try' in a remarkable finish to a gripping contest.

Michael Morgan's pass to Kyle Feldt – 2015

North Queensland Cowboys celebrate winning the 2015 NRL Grand Final.
North Queensland Cowboys celebrate winning the 2015 NRL Grand Final. ©Grant Trouville./NRL Photos.

With the Broncos just moments away from wrapping up the club's seventh premiership, the Cowboys conjured a try from nothing that meant everything to the people of Townsville.

The final roll of the dice started with Johnathan Thurston evading a couple of tackles before throwing a long ball to Michael Morgan who headed across field towards Feldt's wing.

With desperate defenders closing in, Morgan drew in three players and threaded a miraculous flick pass to Feldt who had a saloon passage to the line to touch down for the most important try in Cowboys history.

The remarkable four-pointer sent the game into extra-time and Thurston stepped up to nail the field goal which gave the Cowboys their first title.

Scott Sattler's tackle – 2003

Great Grand Final Moments: 2003 Scott Sattler Tackle

With the '03 decider hanging in the balance at 6-6 midway through the second half, the Roosters seemed certain to grab the momentum when winger Todd Byrne broke into the back field and looked home.

The only man with any hope of running him down was Scott Sattler, but surely a back-rower who'd already worked his guts out for 54 minutes was long odds to run down a winger.

But Sattler had other ideas, gradually building the revs and catching Byrne 20 metres out and grassing him with a copybook cover tackle.

From there it was all Penrith as Luke Priddis and Luke Rooney scored to wrap up an 18-6 win for the men from Sydney's west.

Benji Marshall's flick pass – 2005

Great Grand Final Moments: 2005 Benji Flick Pass

He may have departed the Wests Tigers but Benji's legacy will live on forever courtesy of the outrageous flick pass which laid the platform for the joint venture's historic premiership in just their sixth season.

The gifted 20-year-old took a pass from Brett Hodgson five metres out from his own line and beat Johnathan Thurston and Matt Sing before going for the accelerator.

As Matt Bowen came across in cover on the Cowboys' 40-metre line, Marshall conjured his magical pass to winger Pat Richards who did the rest, putting the finishing touches on one of the all time great grand final tries.

Steve Menzies scores in his final game – 2008

GF glory: Menzies makes the perfect swansong

The champagne corks were already popping for Manly when they led the Storm by plenty in the closing stages of the '08 decider but there was one more piece of magic to come for favourite son Steve Menzies.

With nine minutes to go, 'Beaver' rose from the interchange bench, donned his headgear and ran out to savour a premiership win and the final moments of a glittering career.

Proving fairytales do come true, the Eagles launched a raid down the left hand side and Menzies joined in, passing to Michael Robertson and taking a return pass to crash over for the 180th try of his career.

Greg Inglis does the goanna – 2014

GF moment: Inglis' iconic celebration

Among many memorable moments in the Rabbitohs' drought-breaking 2014 triumph, perhaps the most iconic in the closing minutes when ‘GI' streaked away to score and celebrated with his trademark ‘goanna' move.

With the game well and truly in the bag, Inglis could afford to break into a smile from 20 metres out before sliding in for the Bunnies' fifth and final try and kick start a party that had been 43 years in the making.

Often copied but never bettered, Inglis' exuberant post-try celebration was the perfect footnote to a perfect night for the Pride of the League.

Andrew Fifita's match-winner – 2016

GF glory: Fifita breaks the Storm wall

The weight of history and four Storm defenders wasn't enough to stop Andrew Fifita crashing over 11 minutes from full-time in the 2016 decider to give the Sharks a lead they would not surrender.

Fifty years of heartache was washed away as the barnstorming prop took a short ball from hooker Mick Ennis and ploughed into the purple wall with only one thing on his mind.

Fifita absorbed the contact and then turned himself inside out to somehow ground the ball under the sticks before being mobbed by his team-mates. The Sharks then staved off one last Storm raid to deliver the Holy Grail to the Shire for the first time.