NRL Team Of The Week: Round 24

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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. Blake Ferguson (Sydney) – Finally looked comfortable in the custodian role for the Tricolours and scored a double in the Roosters big win over the Dragons

2. Suliasi Vunivalu (Melbourne) – Leads the NRL in tries and added to his growing tally with 4 tries against the Sea Eagles.

3. Jarrod Croker (Canberra) – Set up 3 tries in the win over the Eels and scored one of his own. The only let-down was his goal-kicking where he converted just 2/6.

4. Konrad Hurrell (Gold Coast) – We’re starting to see the form that we’ve been accustomed to from Hurrell in his early days at the Warriors. Ran for over 200 metres in a rampaging performance against the Knights.

5. Brenko Lee (Canberra) – He’s off to Belmore next year, but he reminded Raiders coach Ricky Stuart of his finishing ability with 4 tries in the come-from-behind win over the Eels.

6. Bryce Cartwright (Penrith) – Unstoppable against the Tigers with 1 try, 1 try assist and 5 offloads in a damaging performance that almost ends the Tigers finals hopes.

7. Cooper Cronk (C) (Melbourne) – He’ll go close to taking out this year’s Dally M Medal after yet another inspiring performance in the 38-18 win over the Sea Eagles. He set up 4 of the Storm’s 7 tries and was a threat every time he took on the line.

8. James Tamou (North Queensland) – Stood up in the absence of Matt Scott, leading the hit-up count with 22 and running for over 200 metres. It was a glimpse of the form that first earned Tamou a sky blue jersey.

9. Damien Cook (South Sydney) – He has made the most of his starting role since the dropping of Cameron McInnes. Made 43 tackles in a strong effort in tough conditions against one of the better forward packs in the competition.

10. Ryan James (Gold Coast) – The breakout season for James continues and his try-scoring ability continues to surprise. Scored two tries in the win over the Knights and led the hit-up count with 20.

11. Boyd Cordner (Sydney) – He has been arguably the Roosters best player since his return from injury. Led the hit-ups with 18 and was a constant threat in yet another workman-like performance.

12. Mitchell Barnett (Newcastle) – He’s made the most of his mid-season move from Canberra and was one of the best players in a beaten side this weekend. Made 53 tackles and produced 5 offloads in his 80-minute effort.

13. Jason Taumalolo (North Queensland) – ‘Lolo’ was at his rampaging best and the Warriors simply had no answers. Ran for 215 metres from his 21 hit-ups and scored a try in another strong performance from the Cowboys lock.


14. Jacob Saifiti (Newcastle) – Like Barnett, Saifiti was one of the Knights best in a beaten side. He was heavily involved, hitting the ball up 18 times and made 44 tackles.

15. Luke Douglas (Gold Coast) – Provided plenty of impact off the bench after Agnatius Paasi took his starting spot. Ran for 150 metres and made 29 tackles in a Douglas-like performance.

16. Nathan Brown (South Sydney) – He’s been the unsung hero of the Rabbitohs pack this season and continues to provide plenty of grunt off the bench. More than matched the big Sharks pack and has one of the better offloads in the game.

17. Ryan Matterson (Sydney) – Filled in admirably in the centres after the injury to Mitch Aubusson. Scored a try and proved his versatility as a play maker as well as a ball runner.

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