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Petero Civoniceva Medal update: Burns and Sailor surge up the ladder

Two of the Hostplus Cup's most electric players have surged to the top of the Petero Civoniceva Medal tally.

After Round 9, Souths Logan Magpies fullback Tristan Sailor took the outright lead with 11 points, picking up three points for his performance against the Western Clydesdales.

Meanwhile, Burns sits comfortably in second on 10 points after helping guide his3 team to a stunning 62-16 victory against the Brisbane Tigers in Round 9.

While Sailor is now sidelined for four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain - a blow for both the Magpies and the Brisbane Broncos - Burns has a chance to continue his climb up the standings.

The five-eighth joined the Devils from the Ipswich Jets - enjoying a pre-season with the Dolphins NRL - and coach Dave Elliott said he has fit in seamlessly.

"We’ve tried as a team to give him the momentum that he needs to play off," Elliott said.

"He’s very, very good at identifying where he needs to be in the line and defenders he needs to get to but also very, very creative.

"One on one, he’s hard to handle. 

"He’s such a great competitor. He competes hard on everything. He’s really enjoyed coming back here. He was at the Devils and loved that previously. There were really good players here at that point and he was young.

"He’s certainly enjoying himself and regardless of who you are, if you’re enjoying yourself, you’re playing your best footy. 

"He had a really good pre-season and it gave him confidence as well. I know that’s what he’s gunning for, like any other player. He’s after an NRL deal somewhere.

"If he keeps playing the way he’s going, someone will come knocking, that’s for sure."

While Burns often gets most attention for his talent in attack, Elliott has particularly been impressed with his defensive skillset.

"The most enjoyable part of Gerome’s game at the moment is his attitude to his D," Elliott said.

"He’s a really strong defender for a half. He loves contact, kick-chase, he competes on every play... we probably didn’t know that about him.

"Everyone knows Gerome for his attacking flair. But he’s been outstanding defensively."

The leaders after Round 4 - Sam Coster and Trai Fuller - now sit in third and fourth respectively, with Coster surrounded by a number of others players also on eight points.

Fuller meanwhile has been playing with the NRL Dolphins in recent weeks and is on seven points alongside PNG Hunters fullback, Sanny Wabo.

The standings following Round 9 are below, with the top nine players listed.

Voting will go behind closed doors at the conclusion of Round 12.

Petero Civoniceva Medal standings after Round 9

Name Team Points
Tristan Sailor Souths Logan Magpies 11
Gerome Burns Norths Devils 10
Sam Coster Burleigh Bears 8
Tom Duffy Northern Pride 8
Cody Hunter Sunshine Coast Falcons 8
Jesse Jennings Central Queensland Capras 8
Matt Wright Townsville Blackhawks 8
Trai Fuller Redcliffe Dolphins 7
Sanny Wabo PNG Hunters 7

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