Rd 2 Team of the Week

By Wilson Smith

 

  1. James Tedesco

James Tedesco played a huge part in the Tigers defeat of Manly and showed he could very well be the new Blues fullback this year! Tedesco was nearly unstoppable running for 166 metres, making 3 line breaks as well as bagging 3 tries for himself and gifting another to David Nofoaluma.

 

  1. Alex Johnston

Alex Johnston was one of the many players who benefited from a dismal performance by Newcastle allowing Souths to run riot. Although only having 8 runs, Johnston made the most of having the ball in hand making 2 line breaks and scoring twice.

 

  1. Bryson Goodwin

Bryson Goodwin was another Souths player who ran riot over Newcastle scoring twice as well as laying on two for Aaron Gray. With the absence of Reynolds Goodwin really stood up providing 3 offloads and 2 line breaks, as well as picking up the kicking duties, notching 6 from 9.

 

  1. Will Chambers

While the Storm did not look convincing for the whole of their game, Will Chambers was by far one of the sides best running for 166 metres, making 2 line breaks and 6 tackle breaks. He also provides 3 offloads for his side and scored a handy 2 tries to help get Storm over the line.

 

  1. Aaron Gray

One of the stars of the bunnies demolition of Newcastle, Aaron Gray played on of his best games to date, scoring 3 tries on the back of 4 line breaks and 8 tackle breaks.

 

  1. Blake Green

Blake Green played a much more dominant role in Storm’s downing of the Titans than his counterpart Cooper Cronk, scoring a try, making a line break and a line break assist. He was also very busy in defence making a handy 22 tackles for his side.

 

  1. Moses Mbye

Moses Mbye showed on Thursday night that he is not just a star of the future, but also a star of today with an incredible effort against the Panthers. The star half scored 2 tries from himself, including one at the death to steal the win from Penrith. His impressive speed made him almost untouchable when he ran the ball, making 3 line breaks and 12 tackle breaks.

 

  1. Aaron Woods

The new Tigers Captain provided a real classy and busy performance for his side with his 17 runs for 190 metres and 31 tackles really setting the platform for the Tigers to down Manly.

 

  1. Cameron Smith

As brilliant as always, the Storm skipper put in a real solid effort to set the platform for his sides win, setting up a try and making an impressive 40 tackles.

 

  1. James Graham

Forced to play extra minutes after Aidan Tolman left the field with concussion, James Graham was the busiest player on the field, running for 140 metres, making 2 tackle breaks and 44 tackles.

 

  1. Josh Papalii

One of the stars of Canberra’s impressive and gutsy win over the Roosters, Papalii played 80 minutes after the loss of Shaun Fensom and really picked up the extra work load, making 28 tackles. Papalii helped seal the win for the Raiders, scoring twice thanks to a line break and 5 tackle breaks.

 

  1. Martin Taupau

Despite being on the losing side on Monday night, Martin Taupau showed how deadly he can be in a new look Manly side and was by far their best player. Unstoppable with the ball in hand Taupau ran for 164 metres, making 3 line breaks, 9 tackle breaks and scored a try. Taupau was also busy in defence, making 33 tackles, the 3rd most of his team.

 

  1. Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess built on his performance from last week and played a huge role in Souths win, running for 149 metres and 25 tackles. He also created some nice second phase play with 9 offloads, as well as making a line break assist that lead to a try to Luke Keary.

 

Bench

 

  1. Anthony Milford (2 Try assists, 1 Goal, 1 Field goal, 45 touches, 4 tackle breaks, 2 line break assists)

 

  1. Matt Gillett (1 Try, 1 Line break, 43 tackles, 3 tackle breaks,)

 

  1. Iosia Soliola (1 Try, 1 Line break, 1 runs for 125m, 45 tackles, 2 Tackle breaks)

 

  1. Jesse Bromwich (13 runs for 107 m, 32 tackles, 2 offloads)