Before the 2021 season kicked off, the Roosters were favourites in many people’s eyes to feature heavily in the finals series once again and maybe even win another premiership.
After an injury, some high scoring and players really stepping up, here is the Dally M leader board after Round 7 of the shortened NRL competition.
Sitting in fifth place with eight Dally M points is Cronulla Sharks five-eighth Shaun Johnson, after receiving three points from their 40-22 victory over an injury-riddled Manly side, who is missing Tom Trbojevic and Dylan Walker.
Johnson kicked six from seven goals, set up two tries along with eight kicks for 240 metres and one error. This was definitely Johnson’s best game for the Sharks in 2020 and maybe his career at Cronulla.
Johnson also leads the NRL in try assists with ten and the next best is Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary with eight try assists.
Sitting in fourth place is Tom Trbojevic with nine votes. Even being injured and missing the next month and a bit of footy, currently Tommy Turbo is sitting in fourth place but will definitely get taken over in the next round or two.
After nearly being ruled out of the game against South Sydney with a nose infection, Nathan Cleary sits third and is tied with Tom Trbojevic with nine Dally M points next to his name.
Nathan Cleary scored a wonderful solo try showing his speed, his strength and his skill to not only be brave enough to play on Thursday night but run the ball.
His goal-kicking is usually on point but not on Thursday after he kicked one from four. But that didn’t matter as the Panthers beat the Rabbitohs 20-12.
Tigers fans will be spewing if Cameron Smith retires because sitting second on the list with ten points is Harry Grant, who is on loan from the Melbourne Storm.
Grant has been a handy pick-up for the Tigers and after scoring a try and setting up one in a 34-6 win over the last-placed Bulldogs, he received three Dally M points from that game.
Sitting pretty on top with 11 Dally M points is Cowboys lock forward Jason Taumalolo. He received three Dally M points from their 32-20 win over the Knights as he played 70 minutes and ran for 297 metres, making 32 tackles.
Taumalolo leads the Dally M leader board after Round 7.