North Queensland Toyota Cowboys fans have witnessed countless astounding performances by Jason Taumalolo, but his effort against Parramatta in Round 10 may have claims to being one the best in his already legendary career.
Taumalolo played the entire 80 minutes in the 17-10 victory, running for 233 metres and registering a massive 40 tackles, both of which were the most by any Cowboys player.
The 25-year-old superstar was named Tropic Petroleum Man of the Match by head coach Paul Green at post-match presentations at Cowboys Leagues Club.
“There were some really good performances. Hessy had his best game for us tonight, Jake Granville did his claims for Queensland no harm and Matt Scott played really well,” Green said.
“We lost Ben Hampton early and you usually don’t factor a winger into your interchange, so we needed someone to play a bit longer through the middle and that ended up being Jason Taumalolo and his effort was enormous, which was why he was our man of the match.”
Taumalolo passed the credit to his teammates when accepting the award.
“It’s always a tough ask playing 80 minutes in the middle, but I had a lot of help from the boys and I’m really grateful for that,” he said.
“Making that many tackles was a bit energy draining, but I thought we shared the workload well, guys like Macca, Bolts and Thumper really stepped up. It was a great win and I think we saw some character building as well and hopefully we can carry that on to next week.”