With only three weeks until the Anzac Test in Sydney, NZ Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney is encouraged by the performances of players in contention for team spots.
"For me, there were a few that stood out," he reflects on Round Six of the NRL.
Incumbent Kiwis five-eighth Kieran Foran (Kiwi #757) showed he's is rounding into form at just the right time to take on the Kangaroos, running for 117 metres in Manly's 24-4 romp over Cronulla Sharks.
"A couple of weeks ago, he had a game where he had been injured and came back to run for 150 metres, and was really good," says Kearney.
"He played really well again on the weekend, which is really positive from a New Zealand point of view."
Another two players hopefully kken on catching the eye of the Kiwi's coach are Justin Horo and Peta Hiku.
Horo has become a mainstay of the Sea Eagles back-row, while Hiku is conituning on his fine form from his rookie year in 2013, securing a spot in the side's world-class backline.