SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08: James Tedesco of the Roosters is tackled during the NRL Qualifying Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Allianz Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

1. James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters)

May have grasped the Kangaroos number one with both hands after outplaying rival fullback Valentine Holmes.

2. Suliasi Vunivalu (Melbourne Storm)

Scored a double in Melbourne’s nail bitting victory against South Sydney in what turned out to be the match of the week.

3. Greg Inglis (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Put in a trademark captain’s performance for South Sydney with a try double.

4. Cheyse Blair (Melbourne Storm)  

Scored two tries in his first finals appearance since Melbourne’s 2016 grand final loss to the Cronulla Sharks.

5. Robert Jennings (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Robert Jennings continued his breakout season with a solid showing for South Sydney on the weekend. Scored a try and ran for 168 run metres from 18 hit-ups.

6. Cameron Munster (Melbourne Storm)

Would go on to kick the match winning field goal in a controlled performance.

7. Cooper Cronk (Sydney Roosters)

Possibly his best performance in Easts colours to date. Scored a try and set up another in a man of the match performance.

8. Leeson Ah Mau (St. George Illawarra Dragons)

Set the groundwork early for the Dragons. Scored a try, ran for 150 metres with ball in hand and completed 31 tackles.

9. Cameron McInnes (St. George Illawarra Dragons)

Recorded three try assists and two-line break assists in a strong showing for St. George Illawarra, showing why many had tipped him as the smokey for the New South Wales origin side earlier this season.

10. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters)

Ran for 171 run metres in a dominating display. Would also go on to make a handy 24 tackles.

11. Tariq Sims (St. George Illawarra Dragons)

Possibly the best solo performance from a player in a finals series over the past few seasons. Scored a hattrick, ran for 100 metres, broke six tackles and completed 26 of his own.

12. Felise Kaufusi (Melbourne Storm)

In a strong showing, Kaufusi set up a try, ran for 102 run metres and completed 40 tackles.

13. Dale Finucane (Melbourne Storm)

Always standing up for the big games, Finucane ran for 158 metres from 16 carries, completed 39 tackles, recorded an offload and broke three tackles.


14. Tyrone Peachey (Penrith Panthers)

15. Ben Hunt (St. George Illawarra Dragons)

16. Gareth Widdop (St. George Illawarra Dragons)

17. Valentine Holmes (Cronulla Sharks)