NRL 2021: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck moves into Dally M Medal lead after stunning performance against Cowboys

NZ Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has stormed into contention for the NRL's Dally M Medal, moving to first-equal on the leaderboard, after the round eight victory over North Queensland Cowboys.

Tuivasa-Sheck, 27, assisted teammate Kodi Nikorima's try, as well as running 225 metres, made eight tackle breaks, threw three offloads and made one tackle, as the Warriors closed out a dramatic 24-20 victory at Gosford.

The performance earned him three votes in the Dally M standings, taking him to 13 points - enough to move into first equal in the race to be recognised as the NRL's best.

The Warriors fullback won the Dally M Medal for the NRL's best player in 2018 and has also picked up awards for the game's best winger in 2013, and fullback in 2015 and 2018. 

Tuivasa-Sheck is joined at the top by Penrith Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary, who also picked up three points for his part in the 28-16 victory over Manly Sea Eagles.

They join Latrell Mitchell, on 13 votes, but the Rabbitohs' fullback is ineligible to win the award after being suspended for a high shot on David Nofoaluma of Wests Tigers.

Melbourne Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen is in hot pursuit with 12 points, while Penrith Panthers Kiwi prop James Fisher-Harris has 11.

Kodi Nikorima is the next best-placed Warriors representative, albeit much further down the list with six points.

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