#1: Fullback – James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters)
The Roosters had a thrilling 18-14 victory over the Storm on Friday night. Captain James Tedesco was the hero after he held up Storm second-rower Kenny Bromwich in the in-goal. He prevented a try that would have levelled the scores (excluding the easy conversion) with four minutes to go.
Tedesco racked up 54 post-contact metres as well as 146 running metres from 17 runs. He had two tackle breaks and two offloads. Tedesco’s defence was equally as strong as he finished with 100% tackle efficiency.
#2: Winger – Brian To'o (Penrith Panthers)
In his team's 46-12 win over the New Zealand Warriors, the NSW representative winger put on another outstanding performance.
To'o scored two tries in eight minutes during the first half and made 19 runs for 199 metres, as well as two line breaks and seven tackle breaks.
#3: Centre – Stephen Crichton (Penrith Panthers)
Putting in the hard yards in the centres, Crichton scored his 40th career try against the Warriors in Round 24 whilst also setting up two tries and making a line break and two line break assists.
With Nathan Cleary still missing from the side, Crichton also took on goal-kicking duties, successfully striking seven from 8 conversion attempts.
#4: Centre – Sebastian Kris (Canberra Raiders)
As his side pushed into 8th on the ladder, Sebastian Kris showed Ricky why he deserves a spot in the Raider's squad as the finals approach.
Scoring one try, Kris also finished up with two line breaks; one line break assists, two try assists and made 208 metres from 19 runs. He also made six tackle breaks and, in a huge defensive effort, made 16 tackles with zero misses.
#5: Winger – Greg Marzhew (Gold Coast Titans)
Scoring the opening try in his side's 10-point victory over the Newcastle Knights, the winger, playing his first proper NRL season, put in some significant efforts to secure his team the win.
With tries in the 6th and 32nd minutes, Marzhew also made 153 metres off 12 runs, whilst also making seven tackles and eight tackle breaks.
#6: Five Eighth – Jack Wighton (Canberra Raiders)
The Raiders overtook the Broncos to claim eighth place on the ladder with a dominant 48-6 win over the Sea Eagles.
Jack Wighton finished with two line breaks, two offloads and two try assists. He also racked up 160 running metres from 21 runs. Wighton was one of the most dominant kickers of the round, with 381 kicking metres.
#7: Halfback – Mitchell Moses (Paramatta Eels)
The Eels made it back-to-back thrashings for the Broncos with a 53-6 win in Brisbane on Thursday night. Mitchell Moses performed well in his second game back after injury.
Moses had three tackle breaks, and one line break assist. Moses passed to Waqa Blake on the wing and ran alongside him in support. Blake then passed back to Moses, who scored in the 26th minute.
Moses also contributed to the impressive score line thanks to his kicking, securing eight out of nine conversions and a one-point field goal.
#8: Prop - Tino Fa'asuamaleaui (Gold Coast Titans)
Spending a full 80 minutes as a prop is always going to be a tough role. Making 35 tackles and 118 post-contact metres, Tino Fa'asuamaleaui took this challenge and rose to the occasion.
He made 257 total metres, broke three tackles, and caused a lot of trouble for the Knights. While his Knights will miss the finals, Tino's performance should mean the Knights avoid the wooden spoon.
#9: Hooker - Apisai Koroisau(Penrith Panthers)
In a Panthers side still, without Cleary, Koroisau stepped up as his team convincingly took down the Warriors. He made a couple of runs for 43 metres, including a line break.
The defensive side, however was where he shined. 26 tackles with high efficiency helped keep the Warriors to only 12 points. As Penrith enters finals, they will look to players like Koroisau to keep this form against the top teams.
#10: Prop - James Fisher-Harris (Penrith Panthers)
Another panther forward in the team of the week, Fisher-Harris, provided a strong performance. Playing 60 minutes and making 35 tackles with perfect efficiency, his efforts shut down most attacking threats from New Zealand.
He also made 181 run metres and two tackle breaks to contribute to the attack himself.
#11: Second Row - Shaun Lane (Parramatta Eels)
As the Eels attempted to fight their way into the top four, Shaun Lane made his mark on the match against the Broncos.
Lane ran for 153 run metres, including a linebreak and helped set up another. He also made 17 tackles, only missing 2. While his teammate Junior Paulo has got most of the attention in the second row for the Eels, this week Lane showed he could play just as well.
#12: Second Row - Keaon Koloamatangi (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Making their mark with a win over the Cowboys, Souths showed that they were ready to make their mark on finals in a couple of weeks. Koloamatangi's work from the Second Row was part of this.
Making 31 tackles and only missing one was impressive, but his 154 run metres and a try was where he really impressed.
#13: Lock – Cameron Murray (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
The Rabbitohs consolidated their spot in the top eight with a 20-10 win over the Cowboys on Saturday night. This caused the Cowboys to drop to third on the ladder.
Captain Cameron Murray was strong as usual with 161 running metres from 24 runs. He racked up three tackle breaks, 17 hit ups and two offloads. Murray finished with 37 tackles, the most of any of the Rabbitohs players, and had nearly 98% tackle efficiency.
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