Great to see RTS back to his best in season 2018. Recorded two line breaks and broke eight tackles on his way to a whopping 240 run metres.
Scored a try and set up another in a high scoring affair against an inconsistent Penrith Panthers outfit.
3. Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels)
Playing for a new contract has led to Jarryd Hayne playing his best footy in well over three seasons in previous weeks. Scored a try, set up another and broke seven tackles.
4. Joseph Manu (Sydney Roosters)
Along with wing partner Blake Ferguson, Manu terrorised the left-hand fringe of North Queensland throughout the entirety of the season. Scored one of the better tries of the season, set up another and broke five tackles.
Returns to the team of the week after missing out on selection in Round 20. Scored a double, recorded two line breaks, broke seven tackles and ran for 145 run metres.
6. Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
Bending the rules to fit him in (he’s played five-eighth at least one time previous in his career right) but DCE has returned to top flight in 2018 and after leading Queensland to a win in the dead rubber of this year’s State of Origin series – has returned to Manly with a chip on his shoulder. Recorded three try assists, kicked six goals from as many attempts a long with the match winning field goal in an upset victory over the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks.
7. Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers)
As the Tigers battle to remain in contention for a top eight berth, Luke Brooks’ form continues to get better and better. Peppered the Newcastle defence throughout the entirety of the 80 minutes; his never say die attitude lead to a try late in the first half and would go on to set up another in the second 40.
8. Korbin Sims (Brisbane Broncos)
The best in a losing side, Korbin Sims scored the first double of his career in what turned out to be an upset loss to the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs.
9. Damien Cook (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
At this point in time, Damien Cook would have to be odds on favourite for the Dally M. Added to his try and try assists tally on Friday evening in the heavyweight bout between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Melbourne Storm. His 39 tackles, six tackle breaks, two-line breaks and 180 run metres put the Bunnies on the right track for victory.
10. Russell Packer (Wests Tigers)
Scored his first try of the season and in dominant fashion. Has been a great pickup for the Tigers this season.
11. Aidan Guerra (Newcastle Knights)
Another player from the losing side to make the cut this week. In a round where there were many dominant second row performances, Guerra stood out. The former representative was in everything as he scored a try, recorded a line break, broke nine tackles, completed 45 tackles of his own and ran for over 120 run metres with ball in hand.
12. Rhyse Martin (Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)
My pick for Rookie of the Year. Has had potential for several years and has in fact been unlucky not to have tasted first grade until this season. Set up a try, ran for 120 metres with ball in hand, completed thirty tackles and was 100 percent with the boot as he kicked eight goals from as many attempts in what turned out to be one of the upsets of the season as the Dogs put the Broncs to the sword.
Not to downplay his form but his match in a losing side against Easts on Saturday night was one of his better performances of the season. Scored a try and set up another a few moments later, Jason Taumalolo dominated the Sydney Roosters’ defensive line with every carry of the football. Ran for just a tick under 200 running metres and completed 25 tackles to boot.
15. Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
16. Jazz Tevaga (New Zealand Warriors)
17. Nathan Brown (Parramatta Eels)