Can Jamie Soward engineer another win for Penrith against his old club the Dragons? Credit: Robb Cox. Copyright: NRL Photos.
Some usual suspects and exciting newcomers figure in our Team of the Week for Round 3.
1. James Tedesco (Wests Tigers): Had another wow of a game in last Friday’s win over the Rabbitohs, scoring a brilliant try, assisting another and running 114 metres.
2. Semi Radradra (Eels): Produced a stunning outing at Brookvale Oval, scoring two tries, notching a grubber-to-flickpass assist, running 184 metres and breaking a stack of tackles.
3. Michael Jennings (Roosters): An early try and a pair of line breaks against Brisbane for the electric NSW centre, who is looking super sharp already this season.
4. Steve Matai (Sea Eagles): Two tries including the last-gasp match-winner, a try assist and 143 run metres made the tough veteran a standout against Parramatta.
5. Brett Morris (Dragons): Scored an incredible, unforgettable Superman try against the Sharks in a two-try match that brought up his NRL ton of four-pointers.
6. Jamie Soward (Panthers): Delivered three try assists against the Bulldogs, including a superb long cut-out pass for the match-winner at the death.
7. Cooper Cronk (Storm): Delivered a rolled gold performance befitting a Dally M-winning Test halfback against the Knights, featuring a pair of try assists and sublime kicking.
8. Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers): The classy young prop stood up with a relentless performance against Souths’ Burgess brothers, churning out 138 metres and 29 tackles.
9. Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers): Revelling in the pace of the NRL this season, running 155 metres, notching a try assist and making 40 tackles against Souths.
10. Jesse Bromwich (Storm): Proved he is worth every cent of his new Melbourne contract, powering through 143 tough metres and 29 tackles against Newcastle.
11. Ben Creagh (Dragons): Playing like the skipper of a team with something to prove, Creagh has started the season on fire and ran for 146 metres against Cronulla with 23 tackles.
12. Tariq Sims (Cowboys): Really hitting his straps again after a run of injury and patchy form, he made 131 metres and 31 tackles in aggressive fashion against the Warriors.
13. Trent Merrin (Dragons): Becoming an absolute numbers machine with the quality to match, the mobile forward made 133 metres and 42 tackles against the Sharks.
14. Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers): Did we mention this kid is exciting? Another pair of try assists, including a brilliant kick for a Tedesco four-pointer, and a general oozing of class against a top team.
15. Ben Hunt (Broncos): The slow-blooming halfback had perhaps the best game of his career against the Roosters, scoring two tries and making two try assists.
16. Sam Thaiday (Broncos): The quality you expect of the Test and Queensland forward against the Roosters, with a try, 133 metres and 28 tackles.
17. Jacob Lillyman (Warriors): The Queensland prop got through a mountain of work against former club North Queensland, taking just 43 minutes to rack up 180 metres and 27 tackles off the bench.
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