With speculation linking Chris Sandow with a return to Super League after a superb spell at Warrington Wolves, we take a look at a small selection of his best moments during his short stay.
The 29-year old half-back joined Warrington in 2015 as the new Super 8s system began and went on to make a total of 31 appearances for the Wolves racking up 103 points. Sandow was a stand out player during his time in Super League but the way he left may see clubs reluctant to offer him a contract.
However, there is no questioning the Australian’s talent, and here are some of his magical Super League moments.
Huge match winning drop goal vs Salford
In March 2016, Warrington were facing their first defeat of the season as Salford had an 18-point lead with just over half an hour remaining. The Wolves fought back despite the awful weather conditions and with second half tries from Ryan Atkins and Ashton Sims, the scores were level. As the hooter sounded to end the match, up stepped Chris Sandow who avoided the first oncoming defender and slotted a long range drop goal between the sticks to break Salford hearts.
Chip over the top vs Castleford
At a similar stage of the 2016 season, Warrington ran riot scoring 11 tries against Castleford Tigers. Sandow scored twice in this match, but his first was a piece of brilliance. As he received the ball from Brad Dwyer, Sandow shaped to kick to the corner and instead chipped the ball over the top of the defensive line, the ball took a perfect bounce, and the half-back dove to catch it and score all in one motion. He scored a similar try against Wakefield Wildcats earlier in the season.
Two 40/20s in same game vs Salford
During another significant win for Warrington, Sandow was the architect yet again with a wonderful kicking game. It was Salford who were on the wrong end of the result once again as the Wolves beat the Red Devils much more convincingly this time around with a 40-14 victory. A 40/20 is a difficult skill, but Sandow made it look easy in this match as he produced two to keep Salford penned in their own half.
Superb assist vs Castleford – Watch here
This match against Castleford Tigers in July 2016 was a slightly closer affair, but it was Sandow who inspired his side to pull away in the second half. Around the 55-minute mark, just after converting a penalty, the Aussie received an offload and sidestepped his way through the Castleford defence and sprinted almost the length of the pitch before he gave the ball to Ben Currie to score.
Huge pass vs Wigan
Before going off with a hamstring injury in this game against Wigan, Sandow still managed to assist three of Warrington’s five tries. After already setting up Ben Currie for the first try of the match, Sandow produced a booming pass over the top of both his own teammates and oncoming defenders which ensured Tom Lineham had an easy finish. Just four minutes later, Sandow followed up with a superb and perfectly weighted kick to Kevin Penny on the wing, who gathered and dived over for the try.