Round 22 Team of the Week
1. Jarryd Hayne (Eels)
The Hayne Plane was at it again, this time in Darwin, when he scored once in the first half and again with eight minutes remaining to put the Eels in front for the first time in their game against the Raiders. The fullback also ran for 301 metres (the first player to do so in a game this season) and added another 10 tackle breaks to his season tally of 108.
2. Sisa Waqa (Storm)
The Canberra-bound Fijian equalled the club record with his four tries in Melbourne's loss to the Knights on Saturday. With the winger now finding his place in the Storm's record books alongside club legends Matt Geyer and Billy Slater, Waqa also managed to rack up 177 metres and three tackle breaks.
3. Will Chambers (Storm)
While Waqa was dominating out wide, the man inside him Chambers was constantly creating chances. When the Storm centre wasn't setting up Waqa for two of his tries, he was running 165 metres, scoring a try of his own and making four tackle busts.
4. Dane Gagai (Knights)
The Knights centre was lucky to be even playing considering he carried a quadriceps complaint into the Knights' game against Melbourne on Saturday. But Gagai starred for Newcastle and set up the final try of their miraculous win. The 23-year-old also ran for 118 metres, scored a crucial try and made five tackle busts.
5. Manu Vatuvei (Warriors)
The Beast's return to form has coincided with the Warriors' good fortunes in recent weeks. Vatuvei's try ultimately proved the difference in their four-point win against the Sharks while his 201 metres and five tackle breaks saw the Sharks defence rattled by game's end.
6. James Maloney (Roosters)
The Roosters five-eighth led his club to a 26-18 victory over the Titans on Monday night. Scoring a sneaky try of his own, setting up another and kicking three goals, Maloney was the most influential player on the field and it showed with him being rewarded Man of the Match honours.
7. Ben Hunt (Broncos)
The Broncos halfback continued his season of spectacular form against the Bulldogs on Friday night. Hunt scored two tries and kicked the pill 320 metres down field to add to his three line breaks and three tackle breaks as Brisbane romped to a 41-6 win.
8. Jacob Lillyman (Warriors)
The Queensland representative reaffirmed his status as the Warriors' No.1 prop on Sunday against Cronulla after racking up 156 metres and 28 tackles. With Sharks enforcer Andrew Fifita – an unlucky omission from the team of the week – firing on with a broken arm, Lillyman was instrumental in stopping his opposite man and helping his club's go-forward throughout the game.
9. James Segeyaro (Panthers)
The Panthers hooker continued his string of good form when the Panthers accounted for the Dragons on Sunday. The PNG representative scored his team's first try and punched out a further two tackle breaks, 107 metres, a line break assist, a try assist and an outstanding 43 tackles in the win.
10. Kade Snowden (Knights)
The prop rightfully earned Man of the Match honours following his solid performance in Newcastle's unlikely win over Melbourne on Saturday. He kept the ball rolling for the Knights with 179 metres and three tackle breaks, helping the Knights win the forward battle and moving them further away from the dreaded wooden spoon.
11. Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys)
The Cowboys enforcer keeps getting better and better and proved to be a one-man wrecking ball for North Queensland in their huge win over the Tigers. Taumalolo crossed for two tries and made 192 metres, six tackle breaks and a line break.
12. Matt Gillett (Broncos)
The Broncos back-rower utilised his inner playmaker on Friday night with two handy try assists. When Gillett wasn't setting up tries, he was carving up 118 run metres and making 25 tackles.
13. Sam Burgess (Rabbitohs)
The Rabbitohs lock earned Man of the Match honours following his barnstorming performance against the Sea Eagles on Friday night. Under an injury cloud until the day of the game, Burgess shook off his shoulder concern and produced a try, 202 metres, four tackle breaks, a line break assist and 31 tackles in a superb all-round display.
14. Michael Morgan (Cowboys)
The Cowboys fullback was in fine form against the Tigers on Saturday night in North Queensland's massive win. Morgan scored a try, made 193 metres, six tackle breaks, four line breaks and two try assists in the win.
15. Josh McGuire (Broncos)
The Brisbane prop is known for his hard-working ways but got in on the action in attack against the Bulldogs on Friday night to set up the Broncos' final try. McGuire also did the hard yards as usual with 166 metres and 38 tackles
16. Tautau Moga (Cowboys)
The Cowboys' mid-season signing was unstoppable against the Tigers on Saturday night. He was dynamic with ball in hand with two tries, 146 metres, nine tackle breaks and three line breaks while also setting up two of Matthew Wright's three tries.
17. Corey Parker (Broncos)
The Broncos captain put forward another outstanding effort up front with his team smashing the Bulldogs. Parker made 187 metres, three tackle breaks and 22 tackles in his club's big win.