during the round 12 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Manly Sea Eagles at GIO Stadium on May 25, 2018 in Canberra, Australia.

1. James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters)

With Origin selection looming, James Tedesco put in his best performance of the season. Scored a try, set another up, broke eight tackles and ran for 195 metres with ball in hand.

2. Valentine Holmes (Cronulla Sharks)

Another player who stood up on the eve of representative selection. Scored a hat-trick of tries in Cronulla’s 38-point thrashing of the Newcastle Knights.

3. Mahe Fonua (Wests Tigers)

Was as damaging as ever on Sunday afternoon. Got Wests on the front foot from the get-go with his offloading ability (6) and urgency and energy with ball in hand (21 runs). Recorded 180 run metres and broke three tackles.

4. Jesse Ramien (Cronulla Sharks)

Scored a double against his future club, the Newcastle Knights. Gets better and better with each first-grade performance; now with 10 matches under his belt, Ramien is turning into a real prospect.

5. David Nofoaluma (Wests Tigers)

Usually criticised for his defensive ability and was targeted by the Canterbury attacking outfit throughout the contest. Held his own however with nine tackles and a 100 percent tackle efficiency rate. Was as powerful with ball in hand as always with a try, five tackle breaks and 180 metres gained.

6. Matt Moylan (Cronulla Sharks)

A whopping six try-assists and five line-break assists saw Matt Moylan lead Cronulla to victory over the Knights in what turned out to be the best performance of his career thus far.

Matt Moylan of the Sharks in action during the round 12 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on May 27, 2018 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

7. Nathan Cleary (Penrith Panthers)

Cemented his position as New South Wales halfback in a starring display. Broke three tackles on the way to a brilliant individual try.

8. Matthew Lodge (Brisbane Broncos)

A strong 60-minute performance with 190 run metres and 26 tackles.

9. Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)

Was the best in a dour affair between last season’s grand finalists the Melbourne Storm and North Queensland Cowboys. Scored his side’s lone try in Melbourne’s 7-6 victory.

10. Martin Taupau (Manly Sea Eagles)

Strong yet again in what has turned out to be his most consistent season of first grade yet. Ran for 190 metres with ball in hand, completed 37 tackles, broke two tackles and recorded an offload.

11. Viliame Kikau (Penrith Panthers)

Scored his fourth try of the season with another barnstorming run. Broke six tackles and ran for 145 metres with ball in hand.

12. Tevita Pangai Junior (Brisbane Broncos)

Unfortunate he’s not a Queenslander. Brisbane’s form player of the 2018 season put in another dominant display in the Broncos’ eight-point victory over the Parramatta Eels. Ran for 173 metres with ball in hand, saved a try and completed 30 tackles.

13. Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Set up a try in a comprehensive victory over the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland. Returning to his best form which last saw Souths win the premiership in 2014.


  1. James Maloney (Penrith Panthers)
  2. Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Penrith Panthers)
  3. Jai Arrow (Gold Coast Titans)
  4. Corey Oates (Brisbane Broncos)

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