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Big Dave ‘Coal Train’ Taylor has a full head of steam in his quest to win the Paul Broughton Medal, going to a runaway lead after 15 rounds.

During the period in which he regained his Queensland jersey, Taylor polled points in six successive matches – against Penrith (two), Wests Tigers (three), South Sydney (two), Brisbane (one), NZ Warriors (two - when he scored three tries) and Penrith (three), to go to 13 points – five clear of his nearest rivals.

In second place on eight points were co-captain Nate Myles, David Mead and rookie forward Paul Carter who picked up maximum points in rounds 10 and 11 against the Broncos and Warriors.

Early joint leader Albert Kelly had been sidelined with leg injuries had missed four games and would play only two more matches in 2014.

The leader board after round 16 was:

 13 – David Taylor

8 – Nate Myles, David Mead, Paul Carter

7 – Ashley Harrison

6 – Albert Kelly, Brad Takairangi

3 – Greg Bird, William Zillman, Matthew White, Luke Bailey, Brad Tighe, Ben Ridge, Mark Minichiello