BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01: Ryan James of the Titans passes the ball during the round four NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on April 1, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

1. Tom Trbojevic

After a slow start to the season, Tommy Turbo hit some form against a struggling Canberra side who are yet to pick up their first victory of the season. In a dominating display, Trbojevic recorded six tackle busts, four try assists, three line breaks, three offloads, three line break assists and a try to go along with his 205 running metres. Wow!

2. Phillip Sami

The unknown Philip Sami became a cult hero after a starring performance to lead his side to an upset win over the Brisbane Broncos. In just his eighth first grade appearance; Sami scored a hattrick, set another up and recorded 200 run metres.

3. Solomone Kata

Scored a try and broke five tackles against a Roosters side who never really got out of the blocks. Kata was strong defensively and ran for 170 metres as he hits back to form after a disappointing 2017 season.

4. Esan Marsters

Marsters has proved to be the form centre in the competition in the opening rounds of the season. Set up two tries, ran for 170 run metres and was once again Wests go to source for their second phase play with five offloads.

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5. Nene Macdonald

If Esan Marsters has been the form centre of the NRL over the opening month of football, then Nene Macdonald has been the form winger. Scored another two tries and ran for 180 metres in a scintillating performance.

6. Blake Green

New Zealand’s upset victory over the Sydney Roosters had much to do with Green’s calmness under pressure and exceptional kicking game. Green recorded 330 kick metres and forced two dropouts in a display which has seen him touted for State of Origin honours.

7. James Maloney

Wound the clock back to put in his best performance in recent seasons. Scored 21 of Penrith’s 33 points in a dominating display which saw him outplay his counterpart Johnathan Thurston from the get-go. Two-try assists and a mammoth 500 kicking metres. Stood up in the absence of Nathan Cleary; may find himself partnered with Blake Green in the halves for New South Wales this season.

8. Ryan James

Returned to form in a near 80-minute performance. Made 40 tackles, ran for 130 metres and set up a try.

9. Issac Luke

It’s great to see Issac Luke return to playing the football we all know he’s capable of. Ran for 117 metres from dummy-half, was influential in attack and was strong in defence too with an effective tackle rate of 100 percent.

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10. James Graham

James Graham has proved the critics wrong in the opening month of the season. With many thinking the big brit may have been done after an injury-riddled two seasons at the Bulldogs, Graham has responded in fashion. Against Newcastle, he ran for 180 metres and recorded 40 tackles in a 60-minute performance.

11. Tohu Harris

The signing of the season. In another strong performance, Harris ran for over 100 run metres with the ball in hand, showcased his ball playing skills with yet another try assist and broke three tackles.

12. Viliame Kikau

The breakout performer of the season thus far. Came back to haunt his former club with a barnstorming try and his strong carries.

13. Jake Trbojevic

Tried his best to match his younger brother’s form with a try of his own, 34 tackles and 120 run metres. Also managed three tackle breaks and two offloads in his best performance of the season to date.

 

12 COMMENTS

  1. Can someone please help me settle a debate.

    Who is the best hooker in NSW at the moment?

    Who would you have in your origin team for game one?

    QLD fans I also value your opinion.

    • Manly fans will say Api, others seem to be torn between him and McInnis. Personally I think Api offers more but McInnis is the safer option. I guess it also depends on who the halves are. If there is enough creativity in the halves then McInnis will do fine (so would Peats for that matter as long as Fittler tells him to run the ball).

    • Api by far, I am bias as manly supporter, but e does the tackles the others do but creates way more then others, and isn’t afraid to run like peats amd McInnes..
      Even if you pick the 2 most creative halves possible for nsw whoever that may be, they still aren’t enough to score too many points so api is a must this year. IMO

  2. Thanks for the feedback.. I personally don’t rate Mcinnes at all. I think a hooker should posses qualities other than providing service out of Dummy half. I also note that he is a great defender but he is far behind the other 2 (Api & Cook) when it comes to attack. And in origin a run through the guts could open the game up.

    The debate between my mate and I was that he thinks McInnes is the best hooker in NSW by a long way but cant provide any info as to why. Stats wise he is behind both Cook and Api. I might add he is a dragons supported but doesn’t think he is biased HA!

  3. Api, plain and simple. Always gives 110% no matter what the score. Also the more complete player as he can dominate in defence and be creative in attack. I don’t see the love McInnes. Looks like another pests to me.

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