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 South Sydney Rabbitohs fullback was at his damaging best against traditional rivals the Sydney Roosters after running for 127 metres including 42 post-contact, coming up with two line break assists and two try assists and a tackle break. The pass he produced back inside for Cody Walker to score was pure class and instinctive play at its very best.
The St George Illawarra centre was on a hot streak after scoring 22 points in the Dragons’ 38-12 win over Manly Warringah Sea Eagles including two tries and seven goals. He displayed his aerial skills after jumping high for a bomb and showed great desperation to chase a grubber kick down for the second. He has also now nailed 22 consecutive goals to be in sight of the record former Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs winger Hazem El Masri set with 35 straight in 2003.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs five-eighth is one of the best support players in the game and that was never more evident than his two tries against the Sydney Roosters. He scored his first off the back of an inside pass from Latrell Mitchell and his second after nearly putting Dane Gagai over for a try before backing him up. He also had 10 runs for 88 metres, 5 tackle breaks and made 14 tackles for no misses.
The talismanic Parramatta Eels captain has a field day against a Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks team that was always going to do it tough at the back end after losing four players by halftime. He ran for 284 metres including 71 post-contact (and one terrific burst where he charged on to a kick before setting sail up field), had a line break, four tackle breaks and two offloads. He also took over the goalkicking duties when Mitchell Moses left the field and managed four from five attempts.
The Newcastle Knights prop has been in good touch this season and he showed that again against Wests Tigers after sparking a line break assist for Connor Watson which led to Mitchell Pearce grabbing a try in his 300th game. Saifiti also ran for 167 metres including 70 post-contact, had three offloads and made 30 tackles with two misses.