Cameron Murray tuned up for Origin II by posting the season's second-highest VB Hard Earned score.
As he prepared to return to an edge for the Blues, South Sydney star Murray carved up the middle in his team's 46-0 win over the Broncos last Thursday night and earned an index score of 109.
Per stats provided by VB, the lock produced 38 tackles, 14 runs (gaining eight or more metres 10 times), 12 line engagements, three tackle busts and four offloads in a 69-minute masterclass.
Only Knights back-rower Tyson Frizell has recorded a higher index score in 2021 with his 110 against the Sharks in round six.
In good signs for NSW, prop Daniel Saifiti (107) wasn't far behind Murray as he inspired Newcastle to a 10-6 win over the Warriors.
Saifiti was credited with 23 carries - including a gain of eight or more metres on 13 occasions - and 25 tackles.
Sea Eagles No.1 Tom Trbojevic's stunning run continued as he bagged a hat-trick against the Titans on Sunday. The superstar was the highest-ranking back with an index score of 78.
The average score for a fullback is 46, so, as usual, Trbojevic soared levels above the norm to help his team win 56-24.
On the overall leaderboard, Panthers prop James Fisher-Harris continues to set the pace up front with Eels second-rower Isaiah Papali'i and Wests Tigers forward Alex Twal giving strong chase.
After scoring 72 against the Roosters, Penrith winger Brian To'o has returned to the top eight - the lone outside back on the list. That's despite To'o missing two games due to Origin.