Every week of the NRL season, NSWRL.com.au staff writers will have their say on the Blues' Best Five performing players from that round. More than one player can be selected in a position if their performance is deemed to be in the top five for that week. Selections are purely subjective and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSWRL or the selection process for the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues.
The Sydney Roosters halfback turned in a dominant performance against Wests Tigers after engineering a 40-6 win. Keary, who made his debut for the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues last year, had 13 runs for 139 metres, two line breaks, one line break assist, three try assists, 21 tackles for no misses, and 14 kicks for 298 metres.
The evergreen Sydney Roosters winger has started the season in white-hot form and regularly tormented the Tigers defence during the 40-6 win. Morris chalked up another hat-trick of tries to go with the three he bagged in Round One against Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, as well as making 21 runs for 220 metres, three line breaks, one line break assist, one try assist, and five tackle breaks.
The Newcastle Knights centre went into the match against the Warriors under an injury cloud with an ankle problem but showed no signs of that after producing the match-winning play in the 20-16 win. Best had 12 runs for 128 metres including 57 post-contact, one line break, one line break assist, two try assists (including the match-winner for Hymel Hunt) and made 19 tackles with no misses.
The ever-reliable Parramatta Eels fullback produced several tireless efforts in defence against the indomitable Melbourne Storm that earned him a spot in the Blues’ Best Five. Gutherson came up with several try-saving tackles – including one miracle play on Cameron Munster where he knocked the ball out of his hands when he seemed certain to score – to help set up a determined 16-12 win.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs hooker went into the game under a little pressure after a quiet effort against Melbourne Storm in the opening round but was back to his dynamic best in the 26-12 win over the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. Cook scored a try, had eight runs for 94 metres, made two line breaks, three tackle breaks, and came up with 56 tackles for only one miss.