NRL Team of the Week: Round 13
The 20-year-old stood up in a do or die clash against the Parramatta Eels. Was threatening every time he touched the football, Ponga ran for 168 metres in attack, broke nine tackles, recorded a try assist and kicked five goals.
The first time Winterstein finds himself on this list in 2018. Scored a double in North Queensland’s fourth win of the season over the Manly Sea Eagles. Ran for 143 metres with ball in hand and broke a handful of tackles.
- Sione Mata’utia (Newcastle Knights)
The former Newcastle skipper, Sione Mata’utia was in impressive form Saturday night. Scored a try, ran for over 100 metres and was strong in defence with 22 tackles.
Was given a chance to shine and the 19-year-old took it with both hands. As one of the youngest players in the competition, Tuala didn’t look out of place against Manly. Scored a try after a nice set piece, ran for 129 metres and broke five tackles.
Returned from injury in fine form in a two-point victory over the Wests Tigers on Sunday. Scored a double and was strong in defence, saving a try.
Gets more comfortable in his role every week. Scored a try and had a hand in another in a comprehensive victory over Parramatta.
Led South Sydney to victory on the back of a strong kicking game. There’s no surprise of Reynolds’ form surge in 2018 after the Rabbitohs forward pack have returned to form, making the same yardage they once did in their premiership winning season of 2014.
- Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
The return to form of the South Sydney pack is thanks in part to Tom Burgess. Has hit career best form after two below par seasons; scored two tries against Cronulla and ran for 140 metres with ball in hand.
His best performance in over three years. In his first appearance of 2018, a resurged Robbie Farah put in a strong 80-minute performance which saw him record a mammoth 62 tackles and set up a try.
- Martin Taupau (Manly Warringah-Sea Eagles)
Far from his best performance of the season but still managed 47 tackles and 107 running metres in his 58-minute stint. Broke five tackles and proved to be a primary source in Manly’s second phase play with seven offloads.
Another South Sydney forward in the best form of his career – and at the ripe old age of 34 nonetheless! Recorded a try assist and a line break to go with his strong running game which saw him provide his side with 150 metres.
As tough as nails. The makeshift backrower churned out 154 run metres and 42 tackles in a man of the match performance against the Wests Tigers. Saved a try, broke four tackles and recorded two offloads – all in a day’s work.
In his best performance of the 2018 season, Jason Taumalolo dominated the Manly defensive line in a contest where a depleted Cowboys side needed him to stand up. Scored a try, broke a whooping 11 tackles and ran for 234 metres with ball in hand.
- Blake Ferguson (Sydney Roosters)
- Daniel Saifiti (Newcastle Knights)
- Adam Doueihi (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
- Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys)