Round 24 Team of the Week
1. Justin Hodges (Broncos)
Named at centre but played the entirety of the game at fullback, Hodges put forward arguably his best performance of the season. He ran for 121 metres from the back and made three try assists and four tackle breaks with ball in hand, giving the Broncos yet another fullback option moving forward.
2. Semi Radradra (Eels)
The Fijian flyer compounded the Sea Eagles' recent woes with a barnstorming long-range try in the Eels' 10-point win over the ladder leaders. As well as scoring a long-range try, Radradra ran for 205 metres and broke free of six tackles.
3. Michael Jennings (Roosters)
The Roosters centre was one of the chief destroyers in the reigning premiers' dominant victory over the Warriors. Jennings scored two tries and added 91 metres, eight tackle breaks and a line break to his season tally.
4. Tim Lafai (Bulldogs)
The Bulldogs centre made an unbelievable 15 tackle breaks in the Bulldogs' 20-10 win over the Tigers, the highest from an individual in any one match this year. Lafai capped off his star showing with a try-scoring double and 142 metres.
5. Daniel Vidot (Broncos)
The powerful Broncos winger capped off his 100th appearance in first-grade in his club's dominant victory over Newcastle. Vidot scored the first try of the game, made two line breaks, laid on another try and ran for 182 metres.
6. Anthony Milford (Raiders)
The Canberra five-eighth starred in the wooden spoon showdown against Cronulla by single-handedly turning the game on its head. Milford scored twice and set up his team's other two tries in a win that should see the Raiders avoid last place.
7. Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)
Without Thurston calling the shots on Saturday night, the Cowboys wouldn't have gone close against South Sydney. The North Queensland halfback's kicking game was pin-point while his two try assists and two line break assist kept the Cowboys' finals hopes thriving.
8. Corey Parker (Broncos)
The Broncos co-captain spearheaded his side's go-forward by punching out 193 metres and a sneaky tackle break. In defence, his 28 tackles helped keep Newcastle to a single try. The fact Parker missed a chunk of the game with a head wound makes his numbers all the more impressive.
9. Issac De Gois (Eels)
Eels coach Brad Arthur called his rake's performance the best game of his career and it is hard to disagree after veteran hooker De Gois earned Man of the Match honours against the Sea Eagles. Accompanying his $1000 gift voucher were two tackle breaks and 35 tackles – seven of which were one-on-one efforts.
10. Matt Scott (Cowboys)
Going up against the might of Sam Burgess and Co, the Cowboys enforcer was outstanding for North Queensland in their win over Souths. Australia's premier prop ran for 229 metres and made a further five tackle breaks, three offloads and 28 tackles.
11. Boyd Cordner (Roosters)
The Roosters forward shined in his side's massive win in New Zealand. Cordner has been jumping from strength to strength in recent times and it was highlighted again with a try, 154 metres, two tackle breaks, two line breaks, 25 tackles and a try assist reaffirming his status as one of the competition's best young back-rowers.
12. Josh Jackson (Bulldogs)
Jackson is hitting his straps at the right time with the finals approaching for him and his Bulldogs teammates. His Man of the Match effort against the Tigers included 120 metres, six tackle breaks, a try assist and 28 tackles.
13. Trent Merrin (Dragons)
The Red V lock returned to form against the Titans with the Dragons smashing their opponents on Sunday afternoon. Merrin set up his side's first try with a sharp offload to Benji Marshall before running for 150 metres and punching out two tackle breaks, two line break assists and 28 tackles.
14. Ben Barba (Broncos)
The Brisbane five-eighth's 11-minute scoring spree which garnered an individual hat-trick was the cherry on top for Brisbane in their 48-6 win over Newcastle. Barba was able to punch out a further try assist and 103 metres for his efforts.
15. Cameron Smith (Storm)
The Melbourne captain was solid in the middle of the park on Monday night. With 114 touches of the ball to guide his team around the park, plus 52 tackles and four conversions from as many attempts, Smith was as reliable as ever for the Storm as they overpowered fellow top-four contenders Penrith.
16. Jack Reed (Broncos)
Reed was a main benefactor of Brisbane's massive victory over Newcastle on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos centre crossed for two tries and produced 170 metres, two tackle breaks, two line break assists and a try assist for good measure.
17. Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys)
The Cowboys back-rower continued his purple patch of form with a try, 172 metres, two tackle breaks and 17 tackles in North Queensland's win over premiership favourites the Rabbitohs. Taumalolo achieved all of this in just over a half of football.