WRECKING BALL: Sea Eagles forward Martin Taupau has been a standout this year averaging 164m per game.
WRECKING BALL: Sea Eagles forward Martin Taupau has been a standout this year averaging 164m per game. CRAIG GOLDING

NZ wrecking ball leads the charge for Sea Eagles

HE IS steamrolling through defences but Martin Taupau says the NRL hasn't seen the best of him yet.

The New Zealand wrecking ball, who has run for 2133m at an average of 164m per game, will play his 100th first grade game against former club West Tigers this weekend.

"There are a lot of things I need to work on, especially in terms of off-the- field and getting my state of mind ready," Taupau said.

"When I get that right, anything can happen."

Off the back of Taupau's efforts, the 27-year-old is the best forward in the league, the Sea Eagles have made a mockery of pre-season predictions with the Sydney club now eyeing off a top four finals berth.

The Tigers meanwhile are languishing just one spot above the wooden spoon and may struggle to contain the player they let go in 2015 after releasing him from his contract a season early.

"It's pretty ironic I get to play against the Tigers (in my 100th game)," Taupau said.

Behind only Jason Taumalolo, Paul Gallen and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in metres run this season, Taupau attributes much of his success to coach Trent Barrett.

"I feel more relaxed under Trent," Taupau said.

"We're so open about everything when it comes to the football. It's more enjoyable this side of the fence.

News Corp Australia

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