Former St George Illawarra playmaker Rangi Chase has the rugby league world in raptures over his sensational try assist from the weekend.
Three weeks into the season, there is only one talking point, Chase’s brilliant handling that created a try in Salford’s first win of the season.
Just 3,606 people were there to see it live but close to half a million have since watched the 2011 Man of Steel’s spectacular efforts against Hull on Saturday.
Chase was never able to make his mark in the NRL, playing 31 games across two seasons for the Dragons after making debuting for the Wests Tigers in 2006 – his only appearance for the club.
But Castleford fans were regularly thrilled by his crazy footwork and bewildering handling skills during his first five seasons in the Super League – and Chase reached new heights in a dazzling move on the weekend.
He came up with a trademark juggle before producing the piece de resistance, an outrageous one-handed Benji Marshall-style flick pass around his back to get Josh Griffin over for a sensational try.
Dual international Wendell Sailor drooled over it and urged his 75,000 Twitter followers to take a look while Salford’s own video has been watched by more than 55,000 people from Colombia to Japan.
“It’s just practice,” Chase said.
“It’s what I’ve done since a kid growing up, I’m always practising stuff like that. It comes natural, I suppose.
“People say no one knows what’s happening, well it’s the defence that doesn’t know what’s happening. I know what’s happening.
“It’s the sort of skill I practise over and over all the time in training and in my spare time so when the opportunity presents itself, I’m not afraid to do it.
“Josh was aware it was coming. He’s played with me before and I do it at training. He said to me after the game he knew it was coming.
“It’s good to put people over for tries, it’s what I try and do, it’s my job. I’d probably rather set them up than score.”
Chase will duel with exiled NRL star Todd Carney this Saturday, when Salford go to Catalans Dragons.