After six rounds of the shortened NRL competition because of COVID-19 we have a new leader in the Dally M medal race with a Test forward now on the same points as Tom Trbojevic.
The top five players on the Dally M leaderboard definitely deserve to be there and expect those same players to be there at the end of the season.
Sitting at fifth spot is Kangaroos, NSW and Roosters fullback James Tedesco who is on seven points and I don’t think anyone will forget what he did against the Bulldogs in Round 5.
80 minutes, scored three tries and setup two more along with 231 running metres, ten tackle breaks, two line breaks and conceded two errors but that didn’t really matter as the Bulldogs were blown off the park 42 to 6.
Sitting in fourth place also on seven Dally M points is Storm loanee and current Wests Tigers player Harry Grant who for me has been one of the most consistent players throughout the year and the Tigers are lucky to have him.
Harry Grant’s recent performance of one try assist, 112 running metres and 42 tackles for only two misses which is quite amazing for him three Dally-M points and I’m sure the Tigers will be spewing if he returns to the Storm next season.
Sitting in third place is the G.O.A.T himself Cameron Smith and all you have to do is to go back to their 26-12 win over the Knights were Cameron was everywhere.
Two try assists, 98 running metres and 42 tackles for only four misses along with 132 kick metres and one error made but you also look at the game against South Sydney were he was literally everywhere because he stopped Queensland and Rabbitohs winger Dane Gagai from scoring.
In second place is the now injured Tom Trbojevic who scored a try against the Raiders on Sunday night and then was eventually taken off the field because of another hamstring injury and will most likely miss the next six weeks.
If you go back to the Broncos game when Manly won by only two points after trailing 18-0 at one stage, Tom Trbojevic was the key man in attack producing two try assists for 167 running metres.
If you also go back to their Bulldogs game when Trbojevic carved the Doggies up 32-6 with Trbojevic scoring two tries and setting up three others for 200 running metres.
Sitting first place is Jason Taumalolo also on nine after averaging over 300 running metres for most of the competition, it’s hard to say why Taumalolo doesn’t deserve top spot on the Dally M medal list.
I know the Cowboys alone aren’t doing well but once Michael Morgan and Valentine Holmes return, watch out for big Jason because he’s going to haunt your dreams.