The Easter weekend gave us some massive wins, big upsets and huge individual performances. The ladder is also now taking shape after six rounds.
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.
Melbourne Storm 28 d Sydney Roosters 8
3. Cameron Munster
2. Nick Meaney
1. Xavier Coates
Two of the more favoured teams this season went to battle on Thursday night and the Storm easily came out on top. Cam Munster was the best on ground laying 12 tackles, and running for 175 metres while also helping his teammates out with a couple of try assists to go along with his 34th-minute try.
Whoever was to play fullback for the Storm in the post-Slater era was always going to struggle but Meaney has clearly taken to it like a duck to water. A great game for him on the weekend with a try in the 29th minute while running for 116 metres and setting up two other tries. Coates gets the final vote for his hat trick which was pretty much the reason for the Storm's win.
Canterbury Bulldogs 16 def by South Sydney Rabbitohs 50
3. Latrell Mitchell
2. Campbell Graham
1. Cody Walker
Mitchell was simply impossible to stop on Good Friday. Without Mitchell, there is no way that Souths would have run up a massive 34-point lead against the Bulldogs. He scored three tries of his own while also converting on six occasions. With six tackle busts and running for 138 metres, Mitchell was simply incredible.
Campbell Graham is establishing himself as one of the best centres in the NRL. He ran for 153 metres with 37 of those being post-contact. Three linebreaks and six tackle busts also certainly didn't hurt. Cody Walker gets the final vote for 63 metres run and two try assists to go with his 64th-minute try.
North Queensland Cowboys 22 def by Dolphins 32
3. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
2. Jamayne Isaako
1. Tom Gilbert
The Dolphins are finally back on the winning train after a couple of slow weeks. The Bennett coached side have now won more games this year than the Wests Tigers have in the last two seasons. Tabuai-Fidow was the best for the Dolphins running for 124 metres and busting two tackles while scoring on two occasions.
It was an amazing try-scoring effort by Issako to get over the line on three occasions including the first two of the match. With three conversions and a penalty goal his kicking game was also excellent. Gilber gets the final vote with 143 run metres with 56 of those being post-contact, 28 tackles on the defensive end were also key.
Penrith Panthers 44 d Manly Sea Eagles 12
3. Dylan Edwards
2. Nathan Cleary
1. Brian To'o
A massive win by the Panthers was set up by plenty of try-scoring on Saturday evening. Edwards scored the first try of the match before going on to score on three more occasions. With 136 run metres and four tries it's impossible to not give Edwards three votes.
Nathan Cleary seems to be back at the form that saw the Panthers win the premiership in 2021. Along with 158 run metres he laid 14 tackles while scoring the final try of the match after converting successfully on seven occasions. To'o is back in Origin form, bringing home the win while running 225 metres with 71 being post-contact.
Brisbane Broncos 14 def by Canberra Raiders 20
3. Jordan Rapana
2. Reece Walsh
1. Payne Haas
The Broncos finally got a taste of reality over the weekend losing their first match of the season. The Raiders will be extremely happy with their performance while all the talk has been about Jack Wighton. Rapana scored the first two tries for the Raiders while picking up 51 post-contact metres before being taken off the field.
Reece Walsh continued his incredible run of form over the weekend with 157 metres run and 10 tackle busts. While he didn't score this week there is no doubt Walsh is the future of the Broncos. Haas is another who continued his good form running for 194 metres while laying 20 tackles on the defensive end.
Gold Coast Titans 20 d St George Illawarra Dragons 18
3. Phillip Sami
2. Jayden Campbell
1. Toby Sexton
The Titans just scraped over the line with a late-game try to take the win at home over the Dragons. It was a much-needed with for the Titans who have fallen behind the other Queensland teams. Sami was incredibly on the win running for 249 metres and being vital in almost every score for the Titans.
Campbell gets the two votes for a solid performance at full-back. He scored the opening try for the Titans before going on to run for 158 metres with a couple of linebreaks and seven tackle busts. Sexton gets a vote for his late-minute try that got the Titans equal with the Dragons before the conversion took the win.
Newcastle Knights 34 d Warriors 24
3. Adam Pompey
2. Greg Marzhew
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
The Knights have put themselves back into the top eight with a good win over the Warriors at home. Pompey was the best on field for the Warriors though with two tries to go along with 115 metres a couple of linebreaks and tackle busts. Excellent work from Pompey to get the three votes on a losing side.
The best for the Knights was Greg Marzhew who backed up a good week last weekend with 142 metres and 56 of those being post contact. A couple of linebreaks and six tackle busts as well. The Warriors fullback gets the final vote for five tackles, 210 run metres and four tackle busts.
Wests Tigers 22 Parramatta Eels 28
3. Junior Tupou
2. Mitchell Moses
1. Ryan Matterson
The Eels got over the top of the last-placed Tigers with a quick finish on a late Monday afternoon. Tupou was the best for the Tigers with a 72nd-minute try as well as almost running 200 metres. 90 of those being post contact was incredible along with four linebreaks and eight tackle busts.
Mitchell Moses was best on ground for the winning side having laid 20 tackles and setting up four try assists. Four conversions including the last score of the match at the 77th minute wrapped the game up, Matterson gets the final vote of the round with a dominant performance on the defensive end with 41 tackles.
1. Harry Grant
2. Payne Haas
3. Reece Walsh
4. Shaun Johnson
5. Dylan Edwards
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