Each week fans on our social media accounts vote for their NZ Player of the Round, with a running leaderboard which decides the 2017 kiwileaguecentral.com NZ Player of the Year.
Playing his second-consecutive match with extra time, Jason Taumalolo helped the Cowboys to another famous victory over rivals the Brisbane Broncos.
The reigning Dally M Player of the Year carried the ball 20 times for 231 metres, along with making 37 tackles, but will miss the next two weeks after copping a suspension for a shoulder charge.
Former Kiwis skipper Simon Mannering picked up three points in Round 2 with a strong showing on both sides of the ball, carrying for 148 metres and making 43 tackles as his Warriors went down to the Storm.
Speaking of Melbourne, winger Suliasi Vunivalu – who is eligible for the Kiwis having played college rugby union in Auckland – picked up two points thanks to a stellar game which saw him score a try and power to 202 metres in torrential rain at Mount Smart Stadium.
Penrith playmaker Te Maire Martin took the remaining point after setting up a pair of tries in the Panthers’ big win over the Wests Tigers.
Round 2 NZ Player of Week points:
Jason Taumalolo (79% of vote) – 4 points
Simon Mannering (21% of vote) – 3 points
Suliasi Vunivalu (0% of vote) – 2 points
Te Maire Martin (0% of vote) – 1 point
2017 NZ Player of the Year standings after Round 2:
Jason Taumalolo – 8 points
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck – 3 points
Simon Mannering – 3 points
David Fusitu’a – 2 points
Suliasi Vunivalu – 2 points
(Main photo: photosport.nz).