In the battle of the superstar fullbacks, Tom Trbojevic won.
And it wasn't even close.
Frustrated by his quiet night a week before, the Manly champion summoned yet another brilliant performance in a 42-6 semi-final win over Sydney Roosters.
All the talk leading into the game was around his battle with Test and Origin custodian James Tedesco, who is widely regarded as the best fullback in the game.
Arguably the best player in the NRL.
But on Friday night Trbojevic ran riot over his good friend and NSW Blues captain with two tries, a try-assist and seven tackle breaks.
It took just six minutes for the giants to clash as Trbojevic hurtled towards the line with ball in hand, eyes on a try.
As he has done all season, Tedesco put his body on the line and bravely wrangled the Sea Eagles superstar, but couldn't stop the inevitable as Trbojevic scored.
If that wasn't a symbolic enough moment, 14 minutes later Tedesco made a break and was pulled down by Trbojevic, who knocked the ball loose.
Tedesco recovered to set up Matt Ikuvalu for a try soon after, but Trbojevic was everywhere to help inspire Manly's big win.
In typical Tedesco fashion the Roosters skipper went down swinging as the Sea Eagles advanced to a preliminary final against South Sydney next weekend.
The Roosters captain has been a warrior for his battered, broken-down side all season, almost single-handedly summoning a win from the jaws of defeat against the Gold Coast a week earlier.
And even in the midst of a thorough beating, he kept fighting, finishing the game with 132 metres, four tackle breaks and a try-assist for Ikuvalu's lone four-pointer.
With the game wrapped up, Trbojevic was taken off the field with 15 minutes to play to avoid any risk of mishap.
At this point he's so valuable to the Sea Eagles' premiership hopes they would be lost without him against the Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
Australian Associated Press