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. Tom Trbojevic (Manly) – Crossed for a hat-trick in the 44-30 loss to the Raiders and proved once again that the Sea Eagles have a superstar and future State Of Origin representative on their books.
2. Alex Johnston (Souths) – Scored a double against the Knights and reaped the rewards of a strong performance by the Bunnies spine.
3. Tyrone Peachey (Penrith) – It was another workman-like performance from Peachey in the win over the Knights that included 17 runs for 171m and 10 tackle-breaks.
4. Joey Leilua (Canberra) – Put his name forward once again to be the Dally M Centre of the Year with another strong performance in the win over the Sea Eagles that included a double and three line-breaks.
5. Jordan Rapana (Canberra) – Scored a hat-trick in the big win over the Sea Eagles and ran for over 200 metres in another dominant performance. His work-rate and ability to bust a tackle as a winger is second to none.
6. Anthony Milford (Brisbane) – Set up two tries and was a constant threat all game in the Broncos impressive win over the Storm. It’s the form the Broncos need from Milford as they head towards the finals.
7. Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland) – It was a clinical performance from the best player in the game that ultimately led his Cowboys to a win over his former side in the Bulldogs. People were quick to write-off the Cowboys as they went through a slump, but JT and co. are starting to hit their straps as we head towards September.
8. Aaron Woods (Wests) – It was a captain’s knock from the man known as ‘Woodsy’. He was the most dominant forward on the field, scoring a try and running for close to 200 metres, and even had time to send his teammate Sauaso Sue over for a try.
9. Cameron Smith (Melbourne) – Did everything he could to get his side over the line against the Broncos, but his troops fell short in one of the games of the season. Scored a try, made close to 40 tackles and had 5 tackle-breaks.
10. Sauaso Sue (Wests) – Scored a rare double and took the ball forward with gusto to complement his captain Aaron Woods in the Tigers’ engine room.
11. Josh Papalii (Canberra) – Set up two tries in the Raiders’ win over the Sea Eagles and was at his damaging best in a strong 80-minute effort.
12. Ethan Lowe (North Queensland) – Scored a double in the win over the Bulldogs and ran for the second most metres, only behind the rampaging Jason Taumalolo, who was unlucky to miss a spot in the team of the week behind Paul Gallen.
13. Paul Gallen (Cronulla) – Led from the front with 26 runs for 224 metres in the Sharks big win over the Roosters. His value to the Sharks cannot be underestimated and it’s hard to see the Sharks winning the competition without him in their side.
14. Coen Hess (North Queensland)
15. Jason Bukuya (Cronulla)
16. Ava Seumanufagai (Wests)
17. Kenny Edwards (Parramatta)