1. FULLBACK – JORDAN KAHU (Broncos). RLW Rating: 8
Under-pressure to hold his spot, Jordan Kahu produced one of the best performances of the weekend and easily his best in first grade. The talented fullback wreaked havoc on the hapless Cowboys, scoring two tries and creating another two before finishing the match with six tackle breaks and 121 running metres.
2. WING – MARIKA KOROIBETE (Storm). RLW Rating: 8
The Fijian flyer is proving to be yet another masterstroke from Craig Bellamy. Unwanted by the Tigers, Bellamy brought Koroibete down to Melbourne and he has flourished. On Saturday night he inflicted a world of hurt on the Sharks right flank as he helped himself to a four-pointer, a try assist and 157 running metres.
3. CENTRE – DYLAN WALKER (Rabbitohs). RLW Rating: 8
We knew Dylan Walker was a freakish player but we didn’t he was also tough as nails. The fleet-footed centre not only managed to play close to 70 minutes with a broken hand but also managed to have an absolute blinder. Walker bagged a brace to go with a 128 running metres, propelling the Rabbits to a 3-0 start to 2015.
4. CENTRE – BLAKE FERGUSON (Roosters). RLW Rating: 8
It’s taken a few weeks for him to find his groove but at Allianz Stadium on Monday night, Blake Ferguson had it going. The former Blues back was brilliant for the Tri-colours as he danced and powered his way to two tries, three linebreaks and 161 running metres. And the concern for opposing teams, he’s only going to get better.
Arguably the best game of his CAREER, Lachlan Maranta punished the Cowboysdefensive line every chance he got last Friday night. The 22-year-old winger displayed great finishing ability as he crossed for two tries before finishing the match with a whopping 198 running metres and game high three linebreaks.
6. FIVE-EIGHTH – CHAD TOWNSEND (Warriors). RLW Rating: 8
Quite possibly the most complete performance he has put together in a Warriorsjersey, Chad Townsend was brilliant against the depleted Eels. The former Shark laid on three tries through his kicking, running and passing game – outshining his halves partner – Shaun Johnson, in the process.
7. HALFBACK – BEN HUNT (Broncos). RLW Rating: 8
By the phenomenal standard he set last year, Ben Hunt has been off his game in the opening two rounds but he roared back to life in the Queensland derby last Friday. The classy half was at the heart of every Broncos attack as he showed great strength to score the opening try and never looked back.
8. PROP – KADE SNOWDEN (Knights). RLW Rating: 8
Kade Snowden hasn’t been at his best the past few seasons but his start to 2015 suggests he may be getting back to the kind of form which saw him represent his state and country. The hard-working prop followed up a big game against theCowboys in round two with another belter, racking up a game-high 171 metres from 21 hit-ups to go with 35 tackles.
9. HOOKER – MITCH REIN (Dragons). RLW Rating: 8
Diminutive Dragons hooker Mitch Rein has come under-fire in recent weeks but boy did he come up big in the nation’s capital. Rein turned it on in the second half scoring the solo try of the season thus far and tallying 40 tackles in defence to spark the Dragons shock come from behind WIN against the Raiders.
10. PROP – AIDEN TOLMEN (Bulldogs). RLW Rating: 8
In a scrappy affair on a pitch not worthy for park footy, Aiden Tolman led the way for the Bulldogs in their WIN over the struggling Sea Eagles. Tolman was a beast in defence, producing 37 tackles to go with his 18 hit-ups and 117 running metres.
11. SECOND ROW – TOHU HARRIS (Storm). RLW Rating: 8
Easily the best player on the park, Tohu Harris destroyed the toothless Sharks in Melbourne last Saturday night. The Kiwi Test star looked dangerous each and every time he touched the ball, scoring a rare first half brace before finishing with 140 running metres, eight tackle breaks and 26 tackles.
12. SECOND ROW – BOYD CORDNER (Roosters). RLW Rating: 7
Not the most spectacular game of his CAREER but Boyd Cordner certainly delivered against a classy Panthers pack. The Test forward never let up in both attack and defence, racking up 29 vital tackles and 128 running metres to go with four tackle busts.
13. LOCK – TRENT MERRIN (Dragons). RLW Rating: 8
Anyone who thought Trent Merrin wouldn’t be giving his best for the Dragons this year before he joins the Panthers in 2016 need only watch his performance against the Raiders. The Blues forward got things rolling for the Red V as he beat three defenders to score his side’s opening try and then continued his barrage into the second half as he finished with an incredible 155 metres and 45 tackles.