North Queensland wrecking ball Jason Taumalolo has broken his own personal best with a whopping game to lead the Cowboys to victory in Round 1.
The $10 million man had a previous best game of 283 running metres, set in Round 15 of the 2017 season against Melbourne.
On a rainy Saturday night in front of a home crowd, he smashed his own record, steamrolling St George Illawarra for a total 301 metres according to Fox Sports Lab.
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Taumalolo surpassed his own 283-metre record with 12 minutes still to play in the game. It took him 20 carries to do it, which took him to 287 metres for the night.
Cowboys skipper Michael Morgan put it simply.
“He’s a freak,” he told Fox League.
The sentiment was similar from fans on social media, with many calling him an “absolute freak” and lauded the “beast’s” dominant performance.
Two runs earlier he had broken the defensive line, ran about 30 metres and then offloaded to set teammate Te Maire Martin up for a try and seal the victory over the Dragons.
He also had six tackle busts and two linebreaks in a huge performance.
The NRL run metres record is 346 in a game, set by the retired Justin Hodges,
The Cowboys tied him down on a massive 10-year contract two years ago, said to be worth $10 million.
If he continues Saturday night’s form over the course of this season, he will be worth every cent.