Round 8 of the NRL season produced some memorable moments. This is a roundup of all the games during the round and what players got the Dally M votes.
Broncos (16) def Sharks (7)
Round 8 started with a blockbuster clash with top 4 team, the Cronulla Sharks travelling to Brisbane to take on the Broncos.
Matt Moylan started the game scoring with a kick and chase inside the Broncos 10m line. After leading by one point thanks to a Nicho Hynes field goal at halftime, the Sharks went into the break with an edge.
After the break it was a whole different story, as the first ten minutes saw the Broncos counter with two quick tries. The last chance came within the final two minutes as Talakai was held up over the line.
Dally M Votes: 3. Kotoni Staggs 2. Adam Reynolds 1. Will Kennedy
Panthers (18) def Titans (4)
This was a tale of two halves. Luai and Cleary vs Smith and Sexton. A nicely placed kick by Smith provided the Titans with the early advantage going into the second half. From then, the Panthers playmakers and backs were influential in scoring the next three consecutive tries through short passses, kicks and creativity.
After their win, Penrith remain undefeated on top of the ladder with only Melbourne looking like they could defeat them. Unfortunately, the Titans look to lose their best player in David Fifita for a month due to his MCL injury during the game.
Dally M Votes: 3. Dylan Edwards 2. Nathan Cleary 1. Isaah Yeo
Rabbitohs (40) def Sea Eagles (22)
Coming off a humiliating loss to the Wests Tigers, Souths fans would have been fearing the worst after a terrible kick-off. This allowed Manly to start the game off strong, but a Josh Mansour interception provided this wasn’t to be.
A controversial decision sent off Karl Lowton with seventy minutes still left to play as the Sea Eagles tried to go into the break with an early lead. From then on it was all Souths except for a lucky bounce that provided Cherry-Evans with a try. Having an extra man helped the Rabbitohs find gaps in the Manly defence and helped them win comfortably.
Dally M Votes: 3. Cody Walker 2. Cameron Murray 1. Blake Taaffe
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Warriors (21) def Raiders (20)
With the Raiders and Warriors outside the top 8 both teams were eager for the win and the game did not disappoint.
Jack Wighton provided his teammates with two try assists and scored one try as he controlled the first half of the match. His ability to pass under pressure and ability to step through players has made him a premium five-eighth in the competition.
Going into halftime down by eight points, a try by Euan Aitken followed by a penalty goal put the game into extra time. The game was won by Shaun Johnson putting on a step and kicking it over the black dot for the Warriors.
Dally M Votes: 3. Adam Elliott 2. Jack Wighton 1. Reece Walsh
Bulldogs (16) def Roosters (12)
The Roosters went into this clash as red-hot favourites against wooden-spooners Bulldogs, but they were in for a surprise.
An intercept by Josh Addo-Carr helped give the Bulldogs a ten point lead as he showed selectors why he should keep his Origin spot. Right after the break Tedesco scored as he fights against Papenhuyzen for the starting fullback role.
A 40/20 followed by a cut-out pass got the Bulldogs out to sixteen points and no amount of Roosters magic could tie the game. The last chance came with a Suaalii dive in the corner but was called a no try by the video referee. This provided the Dogs with their second win of the year as they move up from the bottom of the ladder.
Dally M Votes: 3. James Tedesco 2. Matt Burton 1. Paul Vaughan
Cowboys (35) def Eels (4)
The Cowboys dominated the first half leading by fifteen points due to consecutive tries by Kyle Feldt and a Valentine Holmes field goal, before Feldt got his third to complete his hat-trick in the 57th minute.
Between this period and the 70th minute, Paramatta put up a fight but could only manage one try. In the last ten minutes it was all Cowboys. Three tries in four minutes provided them the opportunity to improve the points differential, which all came from poor defensive efforts from the Eels as they were able to run the whole field.
Brad Arthur will be hoping to improve their defence next week if they are any chance to stay in the top 5.
Dally M Votes: 3. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 1. Jason Taumalolo
Storm (50) def Knights (2)
Another blowout game from the Melbourne Storm as the Knights fell to the bottom of the ladder.
With tries from Olam, Coates, Hughes, Moeroa, Meaney and Munster, the Storm has become the team to beat, the win highlighting how far ahead they are of the rest of the competition. The game started off poorly for the Knights, with a horrible kick-off that landed out on the full.
With many unforced errors the only way the Knights were able to get points on the board was with a penalty goal.
Dally M Votes: 3. Cameron Munster 2. Harry Grant 1. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Dragons (12) def Wests Tigers (6)
Before this game started, it had all the feeling of a classic in the making. Played on a Sunday afternoon, with sunny weather and at one of the few iconic local grounds, the Dragons narrowly defeated the Wests Tigers.
The first points came in the form of a penalty goal after a disallowed try, allowing the Tigers to go into the break with the advantage. Good defensive efforts by both teams prevented multiple tries as the forwards controlled the game.
Some Ben Hunt brilliance made sure the Dragons walked away with the win as the Tigers tried to draw the game with some razzle dazzle footy in the last play.
Dally M Votes: 3. Ben Hunt 2. James Tamou 1. Moses Mbye
2022 Dally M Leaderboard
1. Ryan Papenhuyzen (15 Votes)
2. Isaah Yeo and Ben Hunt (13 Votes)
4. Mitchell Moses (12 Votes)
5. Nicholas Hynes and Daly Cherry-Evans (10 Votes)
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