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    Simplicity key to Ferguson's Roosters form

    Sydney Roosters winger Blake Ferguson has started the NRL season as the game's most damaging ball runner.

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    Blake Ferguson likes to keep it simple.

    And it's his attention to the basics and keeping a clear head that has seen him start the NRL season as the game's most damaging ball runner.

    Through the first five rounds, no one has made more metres than the Sydney Roosters winger, according to Fox Sports Stats.

    He has run for 939m in 2018 - an average of 187m a game. That's 137m more than his nearest rival, St George Illawarra's Nene MacDonald and well ahead of the leading forward, Canterbury's David Klemmer (786m).

    Only 153 of his metres have come off kick returns, meaning his numbers aren't being inflated because he's taking advantage of staggered defensive lines.

    He also made more runs than any other player (90).

    And made eight-plus metres on 60 of those carries - also a league-high.

    He's given the Roosters a new dimension and provided them with the kind of punch out of the backfield they haven't had since Roger Tuivasa-Sheck departed for the Warriors at the end of 2015.

    "I just simplified things," Ferguson said when asked about what he's done to unlock his best.

    "I probably wasn't preparing the right way.

    "Going into games I probably didn't go in with the best mindset, just getting the mind right and knowing you've done everything you can during the week.

    "Over the years you find out what's good for you and I think I've found it."

    Ferguson was last year criticised for drinking just five days from NSW's game three State of Origin loss to Queensland and was later dropped from Mal Meninga's Kangaroos squad for the World Cup.

    He has since worked to get himself back on top and has started the year in peak form.

    "Whenever he takes a carry, he gets us a quick play-the-ball and gets us 10 or 15 metres every time," Roosters fullback James Tedesco said.

    "He's always there to put his hand up for a run.

    "If we're stuck in a corner and I see Fergo come running in, he definitely takes the heat off me. He's there every time."


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