When Api Koroisau scored against the Brisbane Broncos, he did something very rare.
He actually CELEBRATED the try. And he did it in style, throwing the ball into the air with one hand before joyously sharing just his 10th NRL try in 82 games with excited team-mates who swamped the tough little hooker.
"It's not my go. I'm normally more reserved than that. It just meant so much."
One couldn't blame Koroisau for showing his emotions.
After a tough month for the Sea Eagles on and off the field, Koroisau had every right to celebrate after darting from dummy half to beat the defence to score under the posts for a 26-14 lead. From there, the Sea Eagles were never headed.
"We have had a really rough five weeks and a lot of outside pressures, so to get that win under the circumstances was really good,'' a relieved Koroisau said.
"(The pressure) was hard to ignore, with everything that goes on in the papers and the television, but we stuck together and our effort was really good.
"We didn't want to let that game slip away from us. Everyone dug deep and made some really big plays at really important time.
"It showed just how good we can be.
"The way we put in, we are going to have to do that again this week if we really want to get our season moving."
The Sea Eagles will be looking to record their fourth win of the season when they take on arch rivals and premiers Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park. The Storm will be without captain and hooker Cameron Smith due to suspension.
"It is still pretty early on in the season and we can definitely turn things around,'' Koroisau added.
"The win (over the Broncos) was all we really needed to get things back on track."
Melbourne vs Manly
Saturday, May 19, 7.30pm
Head-to-head: Played 32; Storm 18, Sea Eagles 13, 1 draw
Matches at venue: Played 6; Storm 4, Sea Eagles 1, 1 draw
Televised: Live on Fox League