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Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans.

A couple of Rabbitohs light up and a young Bronco goes large while Daly Cherry-Evans and Robbie Farah keep piling on the points.

Here are the big talking points from round five.


There were plenty of points on offer when the Rabbitohs and Warriors played the first ever NRL game at Sunshine Coast Stadium. Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (79) was on fire early but by the end of the match it was four tries to Cody Walker that generated the weekend's best score of 90.

It was a fine weekend to skipper Damien Cook (86) in Fantasy with the Blues hooker shredding the Warriors out of dummy half.

Score of the weekend went to Dragons half Ben Hunt (98), who scored twice and set up three more tries in a great individual game, with teammates Corey Norman (67) and Cameron McInnes (60) scoring well.

Boyd Cordner (77) crossed in the Roosters' big win over Cronulla, Ryan James (75) reminded us what he can do when he gets big minutes in the middle, Josh Papalii scored a try in his 74, DCE's 73 actually matches his incredible four-game average, Robbie Farah (70) is still the top-scoring player this year while fellow Tiger Alex Twal (69) maintained his phenomenal PPM scoring in a huge, unchanged 68-minute spell at prop.

Hopefully not too many people sold Luke Garner (67) or Kurt Capewell (63) this week, and if you did hopefully it was for giant young Bronco Payne Haas (65) who was a late addition to the run-on side at lock and racked up some big numbers in attack and defence.

Lachlan Burr (62) has exceeded all expectations as a cash cow while the likes of Briton Nikora (60) and Blake Lawrie (54) keep on keeping on. Chanel Harris-Tavita (42) overcame a slow start against the Rabbitohs to justify the decision of many to bring him in this week.

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There was a big comedown for Canterbury winger and popular cash cow Jayden Okunbor (15), who had a very tough afternoon under the high ball against the Dragons and finished with 12 demerits.

Aiden Tolman (36) was not brought back for a second spell as he and Lachlan Lewis (38) each registered their lowest score so far this year.

In the same game, Jacob Host (25) only got 40 minutes off the bench to bring his time as a low-end cash cow to an end.

Dylan Edwards (7) was an urgent sell even before being named on the wing this week in a shift that did his Fantasy scoring no favours.

Blake Ferguson (6) broke his nose then possibly his ribs before going off early in the second half against Canberra. Anyone who jumped on Jaeman Salmon (2) following Dylan Brown's injury may be regretting that decision. Maika Sivo's price rises have pretty much stopped after his 16 unless he can produce another game like the round three effort against the Roosters.

Jack Bird (20) dropped a try over the line for the second week running and his price rises have now shuddered to a halt unless he can return to the sort of scoring he showed in the early rounds.

Matt Gillett (28) is probably a sell while Angus Crichton's 35 would have been just 24, however he returned straight after being subbed off due to a HIA for Isaac Liu.

While the Rabbitohs playmakers ran riot, forwards Sam Burgess (38) and Cameron Murray (39) each registered their first sub-40 scores of 2019.

Andrew Fifita (53) scored well while he was on for the Sharks but went off shortly into his second stint with a hammy strain that threatens to rule him out of round six in a blow to those relying on him as captain.

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