Each week of the NRL season, the NSWRL.com.au staff writers will have their say on the round's best performing New South Welshmen. These are based entirely on the opinions of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSWRL or the State of Origin selection process.
1 - Michael Gordon
Club: Sydney Roosters; Origin appearances: 1; 2017 TOTW selections: 0.
Two tries, one line-break, 120 total metres
Michael Gordon turned the clock back on a ground he tore up during the first half of his career, scoring two tries in the Roosters' tight victory over Penrith. He hit a hole at serious pace to open the scoring for the tri-colours, before showing off his soccer skills for his second, when he skilfully toed the ball forward to score the match-winning try. In a game where points were hard to come by, Gordon scored 10 of the Roosters’ 14.
2 - Brett Morris
Club: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs; Origin appearances: 12; 2017 TOTW selections: 0.
113 total metres, two line-breaks, five tackle-breaks, two tries.
Facing the prospect of their seventh consecutive loss amidst a minor outside back injury crisis, the Bulldogs turned to some of their most experienced to help deliver their Round 3 win in Dunedin. Brett Morris was very solid for the Canterbury side, playing on the opposite edge to brother Josh, who was also impressive in the Bulldogs' new-look back line. Scoring a brace of tries in the 24-12 victory, Morris reiterated that he is vitally important to the Bulldogs.