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5 things you need to know: Bye week

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are on the bye this weekend, so we take a look at some of the statistical achievements of our boys in 2018.

1. Wrecking Ball

Jason Taumalolo leads the competition in post-contact metres, running for an incredible 1,089 metres after impact, 83 metres more than his closest competitors, David Klemmer and Blake Ferguson (1,006 metres). In his last four games alone, the Tongan International has run for 389 metres after contact.

Taumalolo also currently sits second in total run metres in 2018, covering 2,586 metres, averaging 161.6 metres per game this season, while making the fourth most tackle breaks with 74.

2. The Finisher

Winger Kyle Feldt sits in fifth on the list of top try scorers in 2018 with 10 four-pointers, five behind Warriors winger David Fusitu'a. The Norths Thuringowa Devils junior sits just five tries short of his career best (15), which he has scored the last two seasons. Feldt also sits inside the top 10 for line-breaks with 10 for the season.

3. Dropping Dimes

Halfback Johnathan Thurston currently sits equal third in linebreak assists with 12, just two behind Cronulla Sharks playmaker Matt Moylan. Thurston also ranks sixth with 11 try assists, five behind competition leader Ash Taylor. Cowboys five-eighth Michael Morgan still sits inside the top 10 for try assists despite being out for the season with a torn bicep.

4. Hands on

Only St George Illawarra hooker Cameron McInnes has touched the ball more times this season than Cowboys dummy-half Jake Granville. The 29-year-old has 1380 receipts this season, which sits almost 300 behind McInnes, but is still good enough for the second most in the NRL. Thurston sits just outside the top 10 with 862.

5. Best behaviour

During a tough season one thing Paul Green's men have remained is disciplined. The Cowboys have conceded just 121 penalties in 16 games this season, the fourth least of any side. Penrith lead the way in penalties conceded with 148, while St George have committed the least with 113.

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