Amazing Moment That Set Dally M Night Alight
The haka. Of course!
What better way to salute the NRL's first ever Dally M Player of the Year winner to come from the New Zealand Warriors?
Warriors captain and fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was widely tipped to win the award, and made a lovely, humble speech in which he said he felt "truly blessed", before thanking his family for keeping him grounded, his club, and his partner Ashley, who gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl, in June.
But it's what came next that set the night alight.
Immediately after he finished his speech, Tuivasa-Sheck's teammates Issac Luke, David Fusitu’a and Jazz Tevaga delivered a haka. Whether this was premeditated or not was unclear, but it sure took most people in the room by surprise.
Tuivasa-Sheck appeared to be doing his best to hold back tears in the minute or so it lasted, and the room broke into spontaneous cheers afterwards.
"Ladies and gentlemen, that is what respect in rugby league looks like," host Yvonne Sampson said afterwards and not a person could argue.
Tuivasa-Sheck was born in Samoa but did his schooling in New Zealand where he played both rugby union and league. He debuted in the NRL for the Sydney Roosters in 2012, and was a star at that club until the end of 2015, after which he moved to the Warriors.
The 25-year-old won with 29 points from Kalyn Ponga of the Newcastle Knights (27) and Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks (26), who had by far the best year of his young career.
Tuivasa-Sheck was also named Fullback of the Year. The NRL Team of the Year is below, and you can catch up with all the night's football and fashion highlights in the live blog we ran.