SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02: Benji Marshall of the Tigers kicks ahead during the round four NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium on April 2, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

1. Matthew Dufty (St. George Illawarra Dragons)

Continues to impress with yet another strong showing. Scored a long-range try out of nothing after bedazzling the somewhat lacking defence from the Cronulla Sharks with his strong footwork. Would go on to score his second try of the night, two minutes into the second stanza; after once again showcasing superb footwork.

2. Josh Addo-Carr (Melbourne Storm)

Returned to form after a dour Round 5 performance. Scored a double, recorded seven tackle busts and ran for over 100 running metres.

3. Euan Aitken (St. George Illawarra Dragons)

The strong running, strong defending centre three-quarter continues to push his claims for a State of Origin birth in 2018. Scored his fifth try of the season in St. George Illawarra’s sixth straight win of the season.

4. Esan Marsters (Wests Tigers)

The 21-year-old New Zealand born Esan Marsters has quickly become the form centre in the competition. Ran for over 150 run metres in a dominating display.

5. Jamayne Isaako (Brisbane Broncos)

 Continued his strong form with another quality performance against the Warriors across the ditch. Scored 18 of the Broncos 27 points with two tries and five goals.

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6. Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers)

How great is it to see Benji Marshall back to his best? Scored two tries, recorded three-line breaks, five tackle breaks, 130 running metres and 220 kick metres in a true Benji Marshall masterclass.

7. Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers)

Along with Benji Marshall, Brooks forms the most lethal halves combination in the entire NRL. Set up two tries and his strong running game was on display once again; not afraid to take the line on in season 2018, Brooks ran for over 130 run metres.

8. Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs)  

Perhaps his best performance since South Sydney’s 2014 premiership victory. Burgess made a mammoth 181 run metres with ball in hand whilst also completing 21 tackles. Also broke seven tackles, recorded a line break and provided an offload in a 50-minute performance.

9. Damien Cook (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Continues to push his claims for the Blues starting hooker berth. 145 run metres, 45 tackles with a tackle efficiency rate of 100 percent, two offloads and a line break. Brad Fittler may be making a mistake if he overlooks the inform Cook for State of Origin selection.

10. David Klemmer (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)

Along with front row partner Aaron Woods, Klemmer stood up when his club needed him most. In arguably his best performance in 18-months; Klemmer ran for 162 metres and completed 30 tackles.

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11. John Sutton (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

Another player over the weekend to put in his best performance in recent seasons. Sutton, not usually renowned for his strong ball-running, broke seven tackles, ran for 175 metres and scored an all-important try in his sides upset victory over the Sydney Roosters.

12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)

Coming up against what was touted as ‘the best forward pack in the competition’ during the pre-season in the North Queensland Cowboys, Raymond Faitala-Mariner put the Cows’ underperforming pack to the sword. Scored a barnstorming try and recorded eight tackle busts on his way to 135 running metres.

13. Jack De Belin (St. George Illawarra Dragons)

Once again tackled everything that came his way on Friday night against the Cronulla Sharks. His strong form was rewarded with a try, while he also broke through six tackles.

Interchange

  1. James Maloney (Penrith Panthers)
  2. Aaron Woods (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
  3. Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)
  4. Corey Harawira-Naera (Penrith Panthers)

2 COMMENTS

  1. Lots of Blues listed above – I wonder if any of these are even in with a chance of being talked about for State Of Origin (or whether it will be the same old ones selected)?

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