Teddy, Turbo, Cleary, Walker, DCE to battle it out for Dally M

Trbojevic joined Cleary, Roosters captain James Tedesco, South Sydney's Cody Walker and Sea Eagles halfback Daly Cherry-Evans as the stars short-listed for the prestigious award to be announced next week.  

The unveiling of the top five on Monday night was part of a new-look awards ceremony this year, split across two evenings with the Dally M medal winner to be crowned at Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane on September 27.

Turbo back in gear

All the talk in the lead-up to this semi-final meeting was around whether the Roosters could replicate Melbourne's template to silence the Manly superstar, but Trbojevic was irrepressible in a two-try, one try-assist performance in the huge 42-6 win.

Manly exploded out of the blocks with Trbojevic crossing in the right corner in the sixth minute on the back of a glut of possession.

A Roosters error coming out of yardage handed the Sea Eagles another chance with Kieran Foran backing up a Trbojevic line break from a nice pass delivered by his brother in the 13th minute.

Centres of excellence: Turbo, Latrell star as Blues rack up biggest win

Yet for every moment of Mitchell brilliance, fellow NSW makeshift centre of excellence Tom Trbojevic answered with his own magic and another Origin hat-trick as the pair tore Queensland to shreds in a record 50-6 triumph.

Repeatedly the regular No.1s turned Origin centres found themselves linking in the backline and by midway through the second half, they were laying on tries for each other.