Despite a short round there were still plenty of top performances to chose from for this weeks team!
Fullback: Michael Gordon
A heavily taxed origin team it came as a surprise that the Roosters came close to victory against the Raiders and they arguably should have won the game. The reason the Tri-colours came so close to an unlikely upset was down to the performance of veteran #1 Michael Gordon, who was once again solid as a rock. He even had the chance to level the game but his sideline conversion was just narrowly wide.
Wingers: Jordan Rapana & Ken Maumolo
Jordan Rapana was back to his try scoring best and had Origin hopeful Daniel Tupou on his backside all night, Raiders fans will be happy to see him scoring again with recent showings not matching his lofty standards. On the other side we have rampaging winger Ken Maumolo who ate metres up for breakfast against the Broncos and even got on the score sheet.
Centres: Latrell Mitchell & Gerard Beale
What a turn around it has been for Latrell Mitchell, who, since being dropped to reserve grade, has put in a 9 out of 10 performances. One try to his name and could have been more in Zane Tetevano passed him the ball. Our other centre spot goes to Gerard Beale, who produced a solo effort that sent the Sharks on their way to a gritty win.
5/8: Mitchell Moses
After a debut to forget Mitchell Moses showed his attacking class as he guided the Eels past the Rabbitohs. Produced 2 try assists and showed an improvement in defence.
Halfback: Shaun Johnson
Finally what NZ Warriors have been praying to see! A masterclass from Shaun Johnson. Shaun Johnson stepped up as his side trounced a depleted Broncos side and reminded Benji Marshal who the king of New Zealand rugby league is.
2nd Row: Angus Chrichton & Tepai Moeroa
Angus Chrichton for the most part was pretty ordinary for his Souths side, as was the rest of the team but a 90 metre effort from a back rower is some achievement. On the other hand the enthusiasm of Tepai Moeroa for the Eels was electric and his aggression in defence and try to his name took the Eels a long way.
Lock: Paul Gallen
There were calls for his return for Origin after he single handily won two points for the Sharks. Two memorable moments was his escape from the in goal that was the backbone for the Beale try and his barnstorming run that set up a platform for the Chad Townsend field goal.
Props: Aiden Tolman & Junior Paulo
There really wasn’t many props that stood out this week but both Tolman and Paulo put in the yards with both achieving plus 100 metres and 60 minute efforts.
Hooker: Jake Friend
Another member of the old guard that almost catapulted the Roosters to victory. Playing his 200th game Friend scored a try and was part of a sensational Roosters try that was bombed by Zane Tetevano as I mentioned before.
Bench: James Gavet, Kaysa Pritchard, Valentine Holmes, Mitchell Aubusson
A free for all for Bench spots this week but all these men stepped up for their sides when it mattered.
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