Jason Taumalolo has made a habit of rising to a new level in big games throughout his career and the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys lock enhanced that reputation on Saturday evening.
Playing in his landmark 150th NRL game, Taumalolo was at his destructive best against the Rabbitohs in Round 11.
The 24-year-old rumbled his way for 166 running metres from 18 carries and was immense in the second half as the Cowboys charged back into the match.
Cowboys head coach Paul Green had no hesitations naming Taumalolo his Tropic Petroleum Man of the Match during post-match presentations at the Cowboys Leagues Club.
"There were a few contenders for man of the match which is a really good sign, but Jason Taumalolo really got us on the front foot when it mattered. He had a fantastic game on what was a really big occasion for him personally," Green said.
Taumalolo said prior to the game he had never taken much interest in personal milestones, but becoming just the 14th Cowboys player to feature in 150 NRL games was one achievement he had to sit back and let sink in.
"It was a really special night for me and my family. Obviously I was devastated about the end result, but to play 150 games and all of them coming for this great club was an achievement I am very proud of," Taumalolo said.