SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Latrell Mitchell of the Roosters celebrates scoring a try during the round 20 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
  1. James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters)

Alongside the ever dynamic Latrell Mitchell; Tedesco terrorised the lacklustre St. George defensive line with every touch of the football. Had three try involvements with two tries and an assist, broke five tackles, recorded two offloads and ran for over 220 metres with ball in hand.

  1. Phillip Sami (Gold Coast Titans)

Has been a shining light for the Gold Coast in yet another disappointing season for the Titans. Scored two tries, recorded three line breaks and gained 240 run metres for his side.

  1. Dane Gagai (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

May very well have been wearing a Queensland jersey underneath his South Sydney kit this weekend. Scored a double, set up a try of his own, broke eight tackles and was busy in defence – completing 21 tackles of his own.

  1. Latrell Mitchell (Sydney Roosters)  

Latrell Mitchell just keeps getting better. Scored a hat-trick in a man of the match performance

  1. Justin O’Neill (North Queensland Cowboys)

His best game in nearly 18 months, O’Neill returned to form with a try and a try assist in what was just the North Queensland Cowboys fifth win of the season. Having not to long ago tasted reserve grade football; you’d have never had known the 27-year-old was a mainstay in the Queensland Maroons side just two years ago. Recorded two line breaks on his way to 153 run metres.

  1. Cameron Munster (Melbourne Storm)
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Scored a try, set up another and broke eight tackles in what turned out to be a man of the match performance.

  1. Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys)

Another Cowboy who had the best game of his season. Scored a try, set up two others – including the match winner – recorded three line break assists and forced a drop out with his pinpoint kicking game.

  1. Matthew Lodge (Brisbane Broncos)

Scored a try, ran for 150 run metres and completed 24 tackles in a 46 minute stint.

  1. Damien Cook (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Was as busy as usual in a come from behind win. Recorded a two line break assists as well as a try assist, completed 50 tackles, proved to be a primary source of second phase play with four offloads, and from dummy-half; gained 128 metres and broke four tackles.

  1. Martin Taupau (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)

Broke nine tackles and recorded a line break on his way to 160 run metres.

  1. Viliame Kikau (Penrith Panthers)

Was in everything from start to finish, was the main influencing factor in Penrith’s 20-point flurry of points to come from behind late in the game to still the win from Manly.

  1. Lachlan Fitzgibbon (Newcastle Knights)

A future New South Wales State of Origin prospect. Scored two tries, saved one latter in the matchup, completed 43 tackles and broke six of his own in what transpired to be one of the better games of the weekend; surprisingly.

  1. Josh McGuire (Brisbane Broncos)
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Completed 50 tackles and ran for over 100 metres in a busy performance. Played all but eight minutes of the contest.

  1. Nathan Cleary (Penrith Panthers)
  2. Valentine Holmes (Cronulla Sharks)
  3. Ben Hunt (St. George Illawarra Dragons)
  4. Curtis Scott (Melbourne Storm)


  1. Commentary on the box yesterday was pumped for the Roosters win. I’m guessing the Roosters are the unofficial team of Foxtel. You know its biased coverage when Gaz is trying to steady the ship.

    • I noticed that as well. Glad I wasn’t the only one. I guess Brenton Speed is a roosters supporter… or maybe he had money on them ?😝. He did tone it done in the second half but in the first half he was cheering them on. I guess I’d be the same the other way if I was a caller.
      The dragons were never in that one though… did well to stay within 18.
      Id give Field a run off the bench and bring him on near the end of a half. Play Hunt out of dummy half and field at half. Either give Maccinnes a rest or he’s a solid defender so keep him on as a running forward. I haven’t been impressed with Mann…or maybe just the way he’s been used. If MacDonald is fit…I’m afraid Periera would stay and gypsey has to go. Pains me to say

  2. Oh yeah Channel 9’s bias is well known. Fittler and Gould, rorters through and through, Johns coaching the halves, Cameron Williams one-eyed rorter supporter on 9 news, NRL’s favourite team. These clowns are never so happy as when rorters win.

    As for my team, St Choke they are done and dusted and will finish no better than 6th. Simply pathetic effort as has been the case for over 8 weeks now. They haven’t played well since beating the Storm. Smashed by Souths, Storm, Penrith and now Roosters, could barely beat last and second last, easily beaten by Tigers. Nightingale is a turnstyle on the wing, embarrassing to see how many tries he lets in, backs have no punch and the forwards aren’t making the impact they once did. Alas we see this crap year after year from St Choke at the business end of the season and Mary fronts up every week as though they are still awesome. They are lucky Warriors are choking big time too and have a woeful record against us as it might be their last win of the season.

    • Well I tried to tell a few of you cheeky Saint Illawarra and Souths supporters on here that you were only setting yourselves up for a “crash and burn” big time back to Earth. You all would not heed the warning so you all must pay the consequences. The Cheeky Rabbit is next to capitulate.🐉👎🐇👎💪🤣👍

    • Don’t give it up too early daff… still time to right the ship. Along with my comments above …. Luciano needs more game time IMO.He’s got skill the big man. And Tariq looked good playing on the right when Friz needed a rest. I wish friz didn’t bring it back to the middle every time too. Run straighter and attract the centre in to free up Aitken.
      Everyone is an armchair coach though. Lol

      • If it were a one off poor performance I might agree with you, but it’s been going on for 10 weeks or so. There are individual good performances, but like always the team peaks early then runs out of ideas and Mary has no clue how to get them to go up a gear, but instead they just get worse and worse

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