Valentine Holmes has single handedly saved the Cronulla Sharks from a mid-season slump and has his side primed for semi finals football. Scored a try, his twentieth of the season, set up another, recorded two line breaks, kicked six goals and broke seven tackles on his way to 250 run metres.
Scored a double in the first half and crossed over to complete the hattrick early in the second. Has been a shining light for the Cowboys all season, in what has been a disappointing season for the club whom many predicted to win the premiership this season.
Returned to action for the first time since Round 16 against North Queensland and put the competition on notice. Scored a try, broke six tackles and ran for 200 metres with ball in hand.
- Josh Morris (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)
Has made a brief return to the form which saw him represent his state and country many moons ago as the Bulldogs make a late run to push themselves out of bottom four contention. Scored a try and set up another in a 38-point victory over the St. George Illawarra Dragons.
- Reimis Smith (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)
Tore the St. George Illawarra defensive line to shreds in a man of the match performance yesterday evening in what turned out to be the best performance of his first grade career to date. Scored a hattrick, recorded three line breaks and broke five tackles on his way to a near record breaking 306 run metres.
Controlled the game from the get go as his side put Easts’ minor premiership hopes on life support. All credit goes to Anthony Milford as he boasts the most improved kicking game in the competition this season – against the Roosters he recorded 615 kick metres along with a forced drop out – however; he still has more to do as he continues to improve his game.
- Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
Manly’s off-field dramas haven’t prevented Cherry-Evans from showcasing exceptional form on a regular basis this season. On the wrong side of the scoreboard in the Sea Eagles two-point loss to Wests, DCE did his best to pull his club from the lowly depths of the bottom four. His try double, two line breaks, two line break assists, 11 tackle breaks and 432 kick metres almost got his side home in the end… almost.
- Alex Twal (Wests Tigers)
Almost ran the length of the field to set up a try for Moses Mbye in the 48th minute of the contest, a try which ultimately swung the tide of the contest. Twal finished the match with impressive figures; 204 run metres, 30 tackles and seven tackle breaks.
It was a typical Cameron Smith performance as he controlled the contest against the Titans on the Gold Coast this past Saturday night. Completed 53 tackles, recorded 261 kick metres (one forced dropout) and was a handful from dummy-half throughout the matchup.
As stated last week – It’s not a coincide the Cowboys form has skyrocketed since Jordan McLean made a return from a serious foot injury a month ago – In another standout display, the ex-Melbourne Storm front rower ran for 192 run metres, completed 21 tackles, recorded two offloads and broke four tackles in a 50-minute stint.
Became the first forward in 100 years to score eight tries in eight consecutive matches in the Cowboys big win over the Eels on Friday as the club farewelled club legend Johnathan Thurston. The 33-year-old ran for 124 metres, set up a try of his own and broke four tackles to boot. With talk of retirement looming, Cooper still has plenty left in the tank.
The New Zealand Warriors are certainly a better side with this man in it. In fact, the club have won just three games without the towering second rower this season.
Jason Taumalolo recorded over 200 run metres for the sixth time this season as he continues to dominant the game as the world’s best forward.
- David Fifita (Brisbane Broncos)
- Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm)
- David Fusitu’a (New Zealand Warriors)
- AJ Brimson (Gold Coast Titans)
18th Man: Lachlan Lewis (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)