BRONCO-BASHER GETS A PERFECT 10!
As he basks in the glory of being crowned the Players’ Champion at the RLPA awards and taking out the prestigious RLW Player of the Year award, Cowboys wrecking ball Jason Taumalolo can add a perfect RLW ‘10’ to his growing list of achievements.
At just 23, Taumalolo has already put together a CV worthy of a man 10 years his senior, and his performance against the Broncos was one for the ages.
With the Cowboys’ season on the line, the barnstorming back-rower ran for astonishing 251 metres from 23 ferocious hit-ups. Throw in 11 tackle breaks and 28 tackles and you have the sort of game reserved for only the elite of the NRL.
Going as strong in the 85th minute as he was in the first, it was a trademark Taumalolo charge that laid the platform for Johnathan Thurston to weave his magic and set up the matchwinning try.
Taumalolo is only the seventh forward to receive a ‘10’ since RLW introduced its exclusive ratings system in 1970, joining team-mate Matt Scott on a list that also includes Sharks captain Paul Gallen, who’ll be doing his best to nullify the Cowboys’ big men this Friday night at Allianz Stadium.
If the Sharks can’t rein in the destructive Taumalolo then their season will be done and the Cowboys will move one step closer to becoming the first team since Brisbane in 1992-93 to go back-to-back.