In his fourth game in the starting position of fullback, Ryan Papenhuyzen looked like he was playing his 400th. Scored a try, set up another, broke 11 tackles and ran for 220 metres in a man of the match performance.
Continues to impress in both attack and defence with a try and a try save in a tight win over the in-form Bulldogs. Ran for 150 metres with ball in hand, proving a handy asset for his tiring forwards.
The 23-year-old put in his best first-grade performance to date, scoring three tries and kicking seven goals for a total haul of 26 points.
- Justin Olam (Melbourne Storm)
Another centre who finished the contest with a hattrick of tries. Can now see why he’s keeping future Origin star Curtis Scott out of the side.
- David Nofoaluma (Wests Tigers)
Didn’t score a try but was strong both on the ball and off. Not known for his defensive efforts, the veteran winger finished the contest with a 100 percent effective tackle rate whilst also contributing 173 run metres, eight tackle breaks and five offloads.
- Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers)
In the team of the week for consecutive weeks with another strong performance. A try and two assists for the 34-year-old.
The Origin half backed up a healthy kicking game with a try and a try assist to steer his side to a 34-point victory over the lacklustre Gold Coast Titans side.
- Payne Haas (Brisbane Broncos)
Possibly the best teenager to ever play top-flight footy. In an 82-minute performance, the front rower ran for a game-high 234 run metres and a game-high 48 tackles.
The Roosters are already set for life after Jake Friend with Sam Verrills on the rise. The 20-year-old has made the hooking position his own in recent weeks and it was no different against a Penrith side fighting for their season. Scored a try, set up another and finished the contest with 50 tackles.
Although it came 18 months later than it should have, Josh Papalii’s move to the front row has proven wonders for the Canberra Raiders’ pack. In a 62-minute effort, Papalii ran for 132 metres with ball in hand and recorded 34 tackles.
- David Fifita (Brisbane Broncos)
Added 15 tackle breaks to his season tally after a career-high 17 last week. Also scored try number four inside the past month.
- Mitch Barnett (Newcastle Knights)
Scored a try and set up two others with his move from the middle over to an edge proving wonders for the Newcastle outfit. Finished the match with three line break assists and 114 run metres.
The Warriors scored two tries when Murray left the field and didn’t score another upon his return to the field. Finished the match with two tries of his own, 150 run metres, seven tackle breaks and 30 tackles.
- Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers)
- Campbell Graham (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
- Kenny Bromwich (Melbourne Storm)
- Jason Taumalolo (North Queensland Cowboys)
18th Man: Aidan Sezer (Canberra Raiders)