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Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards has joined Nicho Hynes atop the Dally M leaderboard after a starring performance in Round 9 helped Penrith to a commanding win over the Rabbitohs.

Earning three points in the 42-12 win, Edwards finished the night with 200m run metres, six tackle breaks, two linebreaks, a try assist and six goals from six attempts as the Blues hopeful helped fill the void left by Nathan Cleary.

The performance continues Edwards' strong recent run of form which has seen him collect 12 points in the last three weeks after scoring five points in Round 7 and four points in Round 8 to go with this week's three-point score – now drawing him level with Hynes on 24 points to lead the Dally M race.

The New South Wales hopefuls narrowly lead Bulldogs forward Viliame Kikau on 23 points after he collected five points in his side's win over Wests Tigers.

Kikau too hard to handle

There were only four players to land the maximum six points in Round 9, with Isaah Yeo (Panthers), Elliott Whitehead (Raiders), James Tedesco (Roosters) and Jackson Hastings (Knights) all producing the goods in the teams' respective wins.

AJ Brimson picked up five points despite the Titans going down to the Storm, while six players split the points in the Sharks-Dragons derby – Cameron McInnes (3), Teig Wilton (3), Nicho Hynes (2), Daniel Atkinson (2), Kayal Iro (1) and Ben Hunt (1).

AJ at home at the back

Two Manly players sit inside the top five of Dally M voting leading into Round 10 with Tom Trbojevic (21 points) and Daly Cherry-Evans (20 points) within one game's score of the lead, while Zac Lomax (19 points) and Pat Carrigan (18 points) remain in the mix despite their teams suffering defeat in Round 9.

Dally M leaderboard after Round 9

  1. Dylan Edwards (Panthers) – 24 points
  2. Nicho Hynes (Sharks) – 24 points
  3. Viliame Kikau (Bulldogs) – 23 points
  4. Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles) – 21 points
  5. Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles) – 20 points
  6. Zac Lomax (Dragons) – 19 points
  7. Pat Carrigan (Broncos) – 18 points
  8. James Tedesco (Roosters) – 17 points
  9. Kalyn Ponga (Knights) – 17 points
  10. Isaiya Katoa (Dolphins) – 16 points
  11. Isaah Yeo (Panthers) – 16 points
  12. Ryan Papenhuyzen (Storm) – 16 points
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