Each week The Wolf announces his NRL Team Of The Week from the best fullback to all four bench players. He will also announce his captain of the team, awarded to the best player out of the 17 players named in The Wolf’s team. The players will also be named in the positions that they played for their clubs in the relevant week.
1. James Tedesco (Wests) – The NSW fullback continued his outstanding season, busting through 12 tackles and scoring one of the most remarkable tries that brought back memories of Steve Jackson in the 1989 grand final.
2. Jordan Rapana (Canberra) – Scored a double against the Sharks and made plenty of valuable metres from dummy-half.
3. Solomone Kata (New Zealand) – Produced one of the great fends on Titans winger Anthony Don on his way to scoring a double for the day.
4. Tyrone Peachey (Penrith) – Mr Fix It has found a home in the centres after the season-ending injury to Dean Whare and hasn’t looked out of place. Another player to score a double this week.
5. David Nofoaluma (Wests) – The underrated Tigers winger had a career-best match, running for over 200 metres and breaking 11 tackles. He also scored a try and made plenty of the tough metres out of the Tigers’ half.
6. Mitchell Moses (Wests) – Robbie who? It might a coincidence, but Moses’ game has gone to another level since the axing of Robbie Farah. He’s the man calling the shots now with Farah and Brooks missing and was instrumental in the Tigers upset win over the Cowboys.
7. Nathan Cleary (Penrith) – The Panthers youngster would have to be one of the front runners for rookie of the year after another strong performance in the Panthers win over the Roosters. Scored a try of his own and set up another with a brilliant cross field kick.
8. Josh McGuire (Brisbane) – It was a workman-like performance from Josh McGuire, running for 143 metres from 19 hit-ups and making 48 tackles.
9. Josh Hodgson (C) (Canberra) – Hodgson is this week’s captain after an outstanding performance against the Sharks. Set up two tries and was involved in everything to cap off a strong day for the Green Machine.
10. Ryan James (Gold Coast) – James has been one of the Titans’ best all season and was extremely unlucky not to wear a Blues jersey this year. Led the Titans’ tackle count and scored a try. One of the best in a losing side this week.
11. Sam Thaiday (Brisbane) – Thaiday turned back the clock in his performance against the Dragons on Thursday night. Scored a try, ran for over 200 metres and made 31 tackles.
12. Tohu Harris (Melbourne) – Mr Consistent does his job week in and week out and it was no different against the Rabbitohs. Ran for over 150 metres and tackled everything that was thrown his way.
13. Sam Burgess (Souths) – Burgess has had a mixed season with his hands letting down on occasions but he did everything in his power to try and get the Rabbitohs across the line. Led with 17 hit ups and made 52 tackles.
14. Jarryd Hayne (Gold Coast) – The Hayne Plane started off the bench in his return to the NRL but immediately made his presence felt with a try-saving tackle on Bodene Thompson. Showed glimpses of brilliance and will be playing 80 minutes in no time.
15. Kenny Bromwich (Melbourne) – Sometimes the forgotten Bromwich brother, but Craig Bellamy understands the value Kenny brings to his side. Provides great impact off the bench and was heavily involved, making 15 hit ups and 24 tackles.
16. Chris Grevshmul (Penrith) – Showed great strength in scoring his try and reminded Souths of the impact he can provide with his hard running.
17. Tim Grant (Wests) – It was a no nonsense performance from Grant to complement the go forward provided by Tigers captain Aaron Woods. Ran the ball 14 times and made 32 tackles in a clinical showing.