By Wilson Smith
1. Brett Stewart
Brett Stewart was great for the Sea Eagles putting in a man-of-the-match performance, coming up with 2 try assists and was close to getting his own if not for the video referees. He also ran for 70 metres and while he made only 6 tackles, several of them were try savers!
2. Jorge Taufua
Jorge Taufua had an absolute field day against the sharks, scored 3 tries, ran for 128 metres, as well as getting a try assist, 2 line breaks
3. Euan Aitken
Euan Aitken played one of his best games of the season for the Red V, scoring a try, as well as getting a try assist and a line break. He ran for 161 meters and made an incredible 33 tackles, quite a lot for an outside back.
4. Kane Linnett
Kane Linnett played one of the games of his career, running for an incredible 276 meters and scoring two tries!
5. Semi Radradra
Semi put in a history making performance tonight, scoring 2 tries and becoming the first player since 1954 to score 2 or more tries in 5 consecutive games. His 2 tries also level him up with Curtis Rona as the leading try scorer this season. On top of his 2 tries, Semi ran for an impressive 135 meters, a try assist and a line break to top it off.
6. Peter Wallace
Peter Wallace really stood up, giving a man-of-the-match performance, helping put Dean Whare over for a try and coming up with a great put down to score one of his own. He was also busy in defence, coming up with 25 tackles, several of which were crucial try saving tackles.
While still not at his best, DCE responded well from his origin snubbing by scoring a try and making an incredible line break and almost scoring another. He made 92 meters and was also busy in defence coming up with 25 tackles.
8. Andrew Fifita
While not his best game with some errors and missed tackles he stood up at several stages in the game, coming up with 2 line breaks and scored 2 tries. He also ran for 88 meters and made 29 tackles, making up for his inconsistency throughout the game.
9. Mitch Rein & Jake Granville
This was a really close match up between Rein and Granville and I can’t decide between the two. Granville was busy, running for 91 meters, making 41 tackles and scoring a try. And while Mitch Rein hand didn’t score a try he made up for it running for 81 meters and making an incredible 66 tackles.
10. George Burgess
The only thing South Sydney did wrong in their loss to the Panthers was not scoring enough tries and George Burgess really helped lay the platform for his side, making 155 meters off 18 runs and also made 41 tackles.
11. Wade Graham
Wade Graham tried his heart out despite being on the losing side, making 180 meters off 22 carried of the ball and also made 26 tackles.
12. Bryce Cartwright
Bryce Cartwright’s hot streak of good form continued this week and he was easily one of the best on the field. He was involved in everything on both sides of the field and ran for a game high 227 meters off 23 runs. Although he didn’t score he had a hand in several of his sides tries and set up a great team try off a great run and a fancy backward flick pass reminiscent of Benji Marshall in the 2005 grand final.
13. Mike Cooper
Mike Cooper put in an incredible performance for the Red V, playing all 80 minutes in which time he made 111 meters off 11 runs and also made 55 tackles.