SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 15: Billy Slater of the Storm runs the ball during the round seven NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Melbourne Storm at Lottoland on April 15, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

The Zero Tackle “Team of the Week” is based predominantly on a statistical performance. This understandably has pros and cons but allows us to remove any bias or preconceptions about a player or their opponents.

Players are compared to others in their starting position across a variety of stats, with a small bonus added if their team wins that round. The player with the highest “value” is then selected in each position. Players cannot be selected out of position.

As such, the interchange players are chosen from players who start the match from the bench and are there to give an indication of the players who performed best in that role.

Team of the Week: Round 7

  1. Billy Slater (Storm)
  2. Suliasi Vunivalu (Storm)
  3. James Roberts (Broncos)
  4. Tim Lafai (Dragons)
  5. Semi Radradra (Eels)
  6. Gareth Widdop (Dragons)
  7. Mitchell Pearce (Roosters)
  8. James Graham (Bulldogs)
  9. Josh Hodgson (Raiders)
  10. Andrew Fifita (Sharks)
  11. Felise Kaufusi (Storm)
  12. Boyd Cordner (Roosters)
  13. Josh McGuire (Broncos)
  14. Iosia Soliola (Raiders)
  15. Chris Heighington (Sharks)
  16. Tim Glasby (Storm)
  17. Cameron Munster (Storm)

Honourable Mentions: Darius Boyd (Broncos), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Roosters), Joey Leilua (Raiders), Josh Reynolds (Bulldogs), Kodi Nikorima (Broncos), Aiden Tolman (Bulldogs), Cameron Smith (Storm), Josh Jackson (Bulldogs), Jack de Belin (Dragons)


  1. You would have to think Melbourne put on a masterclass to have 5 players in this team. Didn’t they only just win? Wade Graham I thought was the standout of the week and not even a shout out.

  2. Semi had his best game for a number of weeks but don’t think he was good enough for TOW – bombed a couple of tries.

    • He coulda had 5 tries if Jennings would pass the ball… captained semi in sc sonoaid close attention ha ha

      • I agree that Jennings doesn’t pass the ball enough, but he seemed to make more of an effort this week. And Semi was guilty of being in front of him a couple of times, which didn’t help. I wouldn’t mind seeing them change positions at times through the game. Semi showed last year that he has really developed his skill set and has a decent passing game, and Jennings has the speed off the mark and footwork to cause some trouble on the wing.

        • i thought Jennings was very good yesterday, his pace and line running had the tigers worried every time he touched the ball.
          there were a couple of times he could have passed but at the same time he held it back when he saw that semi had overrun him.
          Jennings has been one of the few positives over the last 5 weeks.

  3. He coulda had 5 tries if Jennings would pass the ball… captained semi in sc so paid close attention ha ha

  4. I love this article every week but how any statistical analysis can leave Jarrod Wallace out has me baffled. 26 runs, 264m and 33 tackles in 73 minutes.

    • Good call Davel. I’m guessing Fifita got the nod as his team won and he scored a try. Wallace was a machine on Friday night. Even though I tipped the Broncs, I was hoping the Titans would get up solely to reward the work Wallace had done during the game.

  5. I know these TOW are purely based upon statistics and not actual performance but Matt Gillett was IMO was the standout in the Brisbane-Titans game. Just shading Wallace.

  6. Also I am astounded by Slaters form considering how long he has been out. His dedication to maintaining fitness and his skill base during the last 18 months is testament to his mental strength.

    • Same here. I cannot stand the bloke on the field but his form cannot be ignored. To do what he is doing is commendable. He clearly hasn’t taken his physio lightly looking for a swansong year, leaving poor munster to wait a couple of seasons for the number 1 to be his again.

    • Agree 100%. I cannot believe how seamless his return has been after such a long period on the sidelines. We saw vintage Slater on the weekend gliding across the field. Love him or hate him, it is one of the great sights on a rugby league field.

  7. Josh Hodgson is a cheat. Made a serval 2 on 1 strips only one of which got called and one ultimately that didn’t get called he scores a soft try diving out of dummy half. He was always in the refs ear which ultimately won them the game.

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