The Edge of the Crowd writers have come together to review each match and have submitted their votes for the Dally M predictor for the 2023 season.
Dolphins 14 def by South Sydney 36
3. Latrell Mitchell
2. Cody Walker
1. Euan Aitken
Mitchell has put together a great month of form and was once again instrumental in the Rabbithos' huge win against the Dolphins away. He scored in the 65th minute while converting on five occasions and kicking a penalty goal in the second half to go along with 88 metres run and a try assist.
The combination of Walker and Mitchell has been excellent all season and it was again this weekend with Walker setting up three tries while landing 14 tackles on the defensive end. Aitken at centre gets the final vote for 155 metres run to go along with 15 tackles.
Cronulla 22 d Sydney 12
3. Blayke Brailey
2. Nicho Hynes
1. Briton Nikora
Brailey at the number nine gets the three votes this week for a dominant performance for the Sharks in their important win over the Roosters. Brailey scored in the 69th minute while running for 71 metres, laying 40 tackles and setting up another try.
Hynes is in the votes once again for a great running performance for the Sharks. He seemed to be all over the field with 133 metres run and the 16 tackles laid on the defensive end. The final vote goes to Nikora who laid 38 tackles and ran 50 metres while having four tackle busts.
Manly 18 d Melbourne 8
3. Daly Cherry-Evans
2. Taniela Paseka
1. William Warbrick
Manly pushed their way into the top four this week with a great win over the Storm at home. Cherry-Evans gets the three votes for two conversions and three important penalty goals in what was a hugely physical game. He also ran for 104 metres and laid 15 tackles while having seven tackle busts.
Paseka is next with the two votes for a good all-around performance for Manly that saw him run for 95 metres with 17 tackles. The final vote went to Warbrick with 147 metres run and a couple of linebreaks on the losing side.
Warriors 22 d North Queensland 14
3. Reuben Cotter
2. Addin Fonua-Blake
1. Joshua Curran
The Warriors have now snuck into the top four of the ladder in a good win, but it isn't their players getting the votes today. Cotter came onto the field early to run 137 metres and lay 24 tackles in a performance that almost saw the Cowboys get the win.
Fonua-Blake is the first Warrior to get votes in a solid performance from number eight. It was a solid all-round performance with 129 metres run, four tackle breaks and 21 tackles. Curran gets the last vote for 37 tackles and 63 metres run when coming off the bench.
Newcastle 15 d Penrith 16
3. Nathan Cleary
2. Tyson Frizell
1. Kurt Mann
Cleary continues to be the most important player at the Panthers, and not just because he drives the coach to work. He kicked a couple of penalty goals a try and a conversion and of course the two key field goals in the best match of the weekend.
Without Frizell, the Knights wouldn't even have got close to the Panthers. He runs for 92 metres while laying 32 tackles on the defensive end. The final vote goes to another Knight in Kurt Mann who ran for 110 metres and laid 45 tackles while coming off the bench.
Gold Coast 26 def by Brisbane 43
3. Reece Walsh
2. Adam Reynolds
1. David Fifita
Walsh is a top-five player in the NRL and is only going to get better, he seems to get votes every week. Walsh scored once while running 106 metres having seven tackle busts and laying a couple of tackles in a performance that set up two key tries.
Reynolds has also been great since moving up from Sydney and is one of the better halfbacks in the competition. He ran for 39 metres, had a couple of try assists, converted six times kicked a penalty goal and a field goal. Fifita was the best for the Titans running 150 metres, having three tackle busts and laying 34 tackles.
Canberra 20 d St George Illawarra 14
3. Tautau Moga
2. Tyrell Sloan
1. Sebastian Kris
The Raiders seem to finally be getting some form together after a disappointing start to the season. Moga was the best on the losing side with a couple of tries to go along with a massive 214 metres run with three tackle busts.
Sloan had a great match for the Dragons as well with three tackles, 129 metres and five tackle busts in a losing effort. Kris was the best on the winning side with the first try for the Raiders in the 46th minute before running for 174 metres with eight tackle busts.
Paramatta 30 d Canterbury-Bankstown 4
3. Will Penisini
2. Ryan Matterson
1. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
The final match of the weekend saw a massive win for the Eels with Penisini dominating from the centre. He scored the first try of the match in the 22nd minute while running for 166 metres and laying 16 tackles.
Matterson also had a great match for the Eels with 140 metres run and 26 tackles laid in a winning performance. The final vote of the round goes to Campbell-Gillard with 171 metres run, 54 of those being post contact and having six tackle busts.
1. Reece Walsh (13)
2. Harry Grant (12)
3. Payne Haas (11)
4. Shaun Johnson (9)
4. Daly Cherry-Evans (9)
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