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Nicho Hynes leads Dally M race after consecutive strong displays for Sharks

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Cronulla halfback Nicho Hynes has taken an early outright lead in the Dally M standings after consecutive stand out performances in his clubs faultless start to 2024.

Hynes received the maximum six votes for the second time in as many weeks after steering the Sharks to a 25-6 win over the Bulldogs on Friday night.

The 27-year-old ran for 127 metres with the ball with three tackles breaks, made 23 tackles at 89 per cent efficiency, and kicked for 519 metres on top of directing play from the halves.

After going into the sheds at half time locked up at 6-6, Hynes said it was good to see his side "work really hard for the win".

"It came together really well. I think we just stayed to our system and stuck to what we do, charging through the middle and playing our sort of footy and I'm really glad we did that," he said post match.

Hynes also added a field goal in the dying stages.

The 2022 Dally M Medallist has a less than perfect history with drop goal attempts, missing some opportunities in crucial stages through his career.

The Sharks tumbled out of last year's finals after Hynes failed to level the game twice from 25 metres against the Roosters.

Hynes was honest about the "heartbreaking" fashion to end the year in a dejected interview following the September loss.

He said "it's always practice" for more important situations after the lower-stakes to ice the game on Friday.

"It didn't nail it last year…the more practice you can get the better," Hynes said.

Trailing Hynes in the early Dally M standings, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow sits equal sixth after claiming five votes in his Dolphins' big win over St George on Sunday.

Fellow Indigenous stars Reece Walsh (5 votes) and Selwyn Cobbo (3) were rewarded after the Broncos saw off the Souths in Brisbane, Adam Elliot (5) starred in a losing effort against North Queensland for the Knights, and Raiders half Jamal Fogarty (1) was acknowledged in his side's win over the Tigers in round two.

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