1. Matthew Dufty (St. George Illawarra Dragons)
Continues his strong form this season with a try and a try assist in St. George Illawarra’s 25-18 victory over the Canberra Raiders. Was dangerous with ball in hand throughout the contest, recorded two-line breaks and five tackle breaks.
2. Valentine Holmes (Cronulla Sharks)
After a starring performance at fullback last week, a late change to the wing this week to allow for the return of Josh Dugan didn’t deter Holmes whatsoever. Scored a scintillating try and continues to play himself into a Queensland jersey.
3. James Roberts (Brisbane Broncos)
Scored a try and set up another in what was his best game of the season. Broke nine tackles and ran for 127 run metres as he put his hand up for State of Origin selection after outperforming fellow contender Latrell Mitchell.
4. Peta Hiku (New Zealand Warriors)
In a backline missing star duo Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Shaun Johnson, Hiku took it upon himself to stand up and ease the burden. Scored a try, broke seven tackles, ran for 135 metres with ball in hand and was strong in defence.
5. Jamayne Isaako (Brisbane Broncos)
After a slow start to the season, Isaako has proven to be the Broncos’ most consistent back in season 2018. Scored two tries and kicked four goals in controversial fashion against the Sydney Roosters.
6. AJ Brimson (Gold Coast Titans)
Starred in just his second performance in first grade. Wasn’t afraid to take charge, scoring a try and setting up another in the Titans’ seven-point victory over the Newcastle Knights.
7. Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly Sea Eagles)
Despite facing a Melbourne Storm side missing Cameron Smith, Manly still entered the match-up as the underdogs. Cherry-Evans was instrumental in leading his side to an upset 20-point victory with two try assists and a strong kicking game as he continues to earn back a representative jumper after last playing State of Origin in 2015.
8. Martin Taupau (Manly Sea Eagles)
Has been the form front rower of the competition over the opening 11 rounds of football. Ran for 161 metres with ball in hand, broke through five tackles and recorded four offloads.
9. Damien Cook (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
At this stage, it will be a travesty if he isn’t selected for New South Wales at State of Origin level. Scored a try, set up another and recorded close to 50 tackles in yet another man of the match performance.
10. Andrew Fifita (Cronulla Sharks)
If Martin Taupau has been the form front rower of the competition thus far in 2018, then Andrew Fifita isn’t far behind. Ran for 170 run metres, completed 37 tackles, broke through seven of the opposition’s attempts and proved to be a valuable source of Cronulla’s second phase play with three offloads.
11. Tevita Pangai Junior (Brisbane Broncos)
Was the best forward on the field in Brisbane’s win over the Sydney Roosters. Set up a try and was dominating with ball in hand throughout the contest, running for 182 metres and breaking through eight tackle attempts.
12. Manu Ma’u (Parramatta Eels)
Strong in a losing side, Ma’u continued his strong form with an 80-minute performance. Scored a try, ran for 140 metres with ball in hand and broke five tackles. Was also strong in defence with 40 tackles completed.
13. Jack De Belin (St. George Illawarra Dragons)
Another player who surely doesn’t miss out on State of Origin selection in 2018. Scored a try, broke the line twice, recorded four offloads and four tackle breaks, ran for 133 metres and completed 38 tackles in a 57-minute stint.
- Jai Arrow (Gold Coast Titans)
- Kalyn Ponga (Newcastle Knights)
- Phillip Sami (Gold Coast Titans)
- James Maloney (Penrith Panthers)