PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: Jarome Luai of the Panthers celebrates victory during the round 17 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors at Panthers Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Penrith, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
  1. Jahrome Hughes (Melbourne Storm)

Had his best performance in first grade to date. Scored a try, set up another and recorded 209 run metres.

  1. Nick Cotric (Canberra Raiders)

Scored a try in a come-from-behind victory over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Ran the football as hard as ever breaking five tackles and recording 111 metres from 15 runs of the football.

  1. Cheyse Blair (Melbourne Storm)

In a contest where 14 tries were scored – Blair bagged a double in a 22-point victory against St. George Illawarra.

  1. Joseph Leilua (Canberra Raiders)  

Scored the match winner in a typical BJ Leilua rocks and diamonds performance. From 12 carries of the football, Leilua ran for 127 metres, broke five tackles and recorded three offloads.

  1. Jamayne Isaako (Brisbane Broncos)

Was perfect with the boot, kicking seven successful conversions from as many attempts. Was just as good with the ball in hand; running for over 140 metres from less than 10 hitups.

  1. Blake Austin (Canberra Raiders)

In an impressive 15-minutes of football, Blake Austin led the Canberra Raiders to an unlikely come from behind victory in the final seconds of the match against the Bulldogs. Recorded three line breaks, scored a try and had a hand in the match winner.

  1. Jarome Luai (Penrith Panthers)

Was the man of the match in his second first grade appearance. Scored two tries, set up another, broke a mammoth 11 tackles and kicked six goals.

  1. Matthew Lodge (Brisbane Broncos)
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188 metres with ball in hand and 20 tackles. Impressive performance.

  1. Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)

Backed up a masterclass performance from the previous week against Easts with another against St. George. Recorded 44 tackles, kicked eight goals and was as creative from dummy-half as ever.

  1. Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Melbourne Storm)

Set up a try in a good all round performance where he also completed 25 tackles, broke through three of the opposition’s attempts and ran for 115 metres from just ten carries of the football.

  1. Viliame Kikau (Penrith Panthers)

Scored his fifth try of the season against an underwhelming New Zealand Warriors side. Was damaging with the ball throughout the contest, breaking seven tackles.

  1. Rhyse Martin (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)

A hat-trick, six goals and six tackle breaks. Almost single handedly led the Bulldogs to victory over the Canberra Raiders and would have done so if it wasn’t for some late heroics from Blake Austin and BJ Leilua. Martin has been one of the Dogs’ best so far this season and truly baffles the mind that he was dropped last month.

  1. Joe Ofahengaue (Brisbane Broncos)

Was one of Brisbane’s best in a vintage ‘Baby Broncos’ performance. Ran for close to 200 run metres, finished the match with 34 tackles and scored a try.

  1. Christian Welch (Melbourne Storm)
  2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Penrith Panthers)
  3. Jarrod Croker (Canberra Raiders)
  4. Waqa Blake (Penrith Panthers)


  1. Wow. Seems your team has to win to make this list. Is it selected by Ruan Sims?
    Storm and Dragons compete in one of games of the year. Dragons put on 30 points. Only 8 teams competing and still no Dragons make it, but 5 Storm players do.
    Sorry think your system is broken ZT.

    • What dragon deserves to be there though? The backs were good, but at the end of the day the dragons had 50 points put on them and were outplayed by their opposing numbers

  2. The Dragons were CRAP, that is why so enjoy your free fall down the ladder in coming weeks.
    Long Odds to make the Top 4 when an under-strength team puts 50 on ya.

    P.S. The Rabbitohs won 2 games this season without our Origin Players!
    Plus a further 2 games without Sam Burgess and many other players.
    We have had plenty of Injuries to our Backs, we have used 12 players yet still manage to win and be top of the table.

    • Sorry 3hats, didn’t realize we were comparing the Rabbits against the Dragons. Yeah the Rabbits look good. They’ll probably win the comp. Now go find a dark room and cuddle yourself.

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