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1 - Kurt Gidley (Newcastle) - Has been in great form all year and is quite easily the Knights greatest asset. Quite easily in the best form of his career, and he keeps getting better.
2 - Luke Rooney (Penrith) - Safe display in a losing side. He was in great form against the Roosters, a team that relies heavily on it's wingers to score tries off kicks.
3 - Colin Best (Canberra) - Moved to centre for the game against the Bronco's, he handled the role with ease. He was a key ingredient to the dominant Raider's backline against a defensively inept Bronco's outfit.
4 - Ben Pomeroy (Cronulla) - Continuing his hot form streak with another dominant display in both attack and defence.
5 - Luke Covell (Cronulla) - Has been in the form of his career the last few weeks. His goalkicking form also returned. What he lacks in speed, he makes up for in hard work and defence.
6 - Feleti Mateo (Parramatta) - Was probably causing some of the Tigers players to have nightmares prior to the match, but after the game he had all Tigers players, staff and fans in agony. Another dominant powerhouse display by arguably the best player in the competition at present.
7 - Brett Finch (Parramatta) - Has been playing brilliantly alongside Mateo. Finch's passing and kicking game were at their best against an injury ravaged Tigers pack. His combination with the Eels forwards dominated the Tigers.
8 - Carl Webb (North Queensland) - Webb played his heart out in his best performance of the season thus far, albeit in a losing side. He is playing like he really wants his Maroon jumper back.
9 - Danny Buderus (Newcastle) - At his absolute best against an uncertain Cowboys side. He ran rings around the cumbersome Cowboys pack allowing the Knights backs to take advantage and come away with the win.
10 - Steve Price (Warriors) - Another consistent high quality performance from one of the games best front rowers. Made even greater by the fact that it was just 4 days after his powerful display in the second Origin clash.
11 - Paul Gallen (Cronulla) - Tough performance, especially just a few days after being hammered by the Maroons forward pack. He was tough in defence and ran the ball hard, as he has all season, further proving his worthiness as one of the Countries best back rowers.
12 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta) - Ran riot off the passing game of Finch, and against the frail Tigers defence.
13 - Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters) - Another Origin forward who put in a solid performance backing up. His consistency is a huge factor in the Roosters strong performances this season.
14 - Willie Mason (Roosters) - After being dominated in the second Origin, Mason did his selection hopes no harm after a strong display against the Panthers.
15 - Josh Cordoba (Parramatta) - Was absolutely unstoppable coming off the bench against the Tigers.
16 - Greg Bird (Cronulla) - Played at his preferred position of Lock, and played much better than his performance in Origin a few days prior.
17 - Justin Carney (Canberra) - Possibly one of the best debut matches ever played. If he plays like that all the time, the Raiders will beat a lot of sides and make a strong push for the finals.