Round 20 Team of the Week
1. Jarryd Hayne (Eels)
The Eels fullback single-handedly turned the game around against the Titans on Saturday night with two tries in seven minutes while also making an equal-season high 13 tackle breaks. Hayne finished with three line breaks and 230 metres in a standout performance.
2. Brett Morris (Dragons)
The Dragons winger showed off his inner-playmaker on Sunday afternoon against the Tigers, producing two try assists. The Red V veteran has returned to his best following a shoulder injury suffered in Origin I with another try for himself, plus 190 run metres, three line breaks and five tackle breaks.
3. Jamie Lyon (Sea Eagles)
The Manly captain proved once again why he is the most sought after [representative] retiree in rugby league with a dominant display against the Warriors. His contribution of a line break, a line break assist and a try assist paid dividends for his team while his three tackle breaks and 139 metres proved vital in the grand scheme of the Sea Eagles' victory.
4. Dylan Walker (Rabbitohs)
Walker made a massive impact in the Rabbitohs' demolition of the Raiders on Monday night. The young centre scored the first try of the evening as well as setting up his winger Alex Johnston for another. The 19-year-old also ran 133 metres and made 13 tackles.
5. Peta Hiku (Sea Eagles)
Hiku made it obvious why he'll be on the Sea Eagles right edge for years to come after his performance against the Warriors. His two tries, two line breaks, four tackle breaks and 113 metres proved why Manly refused to let him go at season's end. His performance was enough to keep Cronulla's two-try hero Jacob Gagan out of the team of the week.
6. Gareth Widdop (Dragons)
The English international continues to firm as one of the buys of the season after another Man of the Match performance against the Tigers on Sunday. The Red V romped past the Tigers thanks in large part to Widdop's two tries, line break assist, try assist, 311 kicking metres and four tackle breaks.
7. Cooper Cronk (Storm)
The Melbourne halfback helped the Storm move up to sixth place on the competition ladder following their comprehensive win over the Broncos on Friday. His try, line break and line break assist helped the cause though it was his three try assists that were the defining factor in a rock-solid performance.
8. Andrew Fifita (Sharks)
The Sharks prop arguably had his best game of the season against the Panthers in his team's upset win. His 235 metres was the most of any player in Round 20 while his line break and try assist helped fellow prop Sam Tagataese cross the line. Fifita's seven offloads and seven tackle breaks were also influential.
9. Jake Friend (Roosters)
The Roosters hooker was one of the reigning premiers' shining lights after their loss to the Knights. After recording the second most tackles by an individual in a game this season with 69 tackles, Friend had 124 involvements in the game and also set-up his team's first try as well as breaking four tackles.
10. Jesse Bromwich (Storm)
Bromwich continued his brilliant form for Melbourne on Friday night with a try assist that would make any halfback jealous. His sneaky around-the-back offload to lock Ryan Hinchcliffe will be one for the highlight reel for the rest of the season. His 169 metres and 22 tackles showed he's still doing the grunt work up front as well.
11. Beau Scott (Knights)
When he wasn't butting heads with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves on Friday night, Scott was influential against the Roosters – even when he shifted to the centres for the second half. His 91 metres, line break, 23 tackles and five tackle breaks helped his cause though it was his try assist that helped resurrect the Knights midway through the second half.
12. Ryan Hoffman (Storm)
The Melbourne back-rower is making the most of his time left with the Storm before next year's switch to the Warriors if his performance against the Broncos was any indication. His two tries down the Storm's left-edge and 120 metres helped his team's cause immensely while his 28 tackles kept the Broncos grounded for the majority of the match.
13. Dale Finucane (Bulldogs)
The ever-reliable Bulldogs lock had a flawless game in his club's loss to the Cowboys. A late-inclusion into the starting line-up, Finucane produced 166 metres and 25 tackles in a solid outing by the young forward.
14. Tyrone Roberts (Knights)
With halves partner Jarrod Mullen bowing out of the fixture with a stomach muscle tear, Roberts lifted his games to new heights and practically won the game for the Knights on Friday night against the Knights. The 23-year-old had a hand in all three of the Knights' tries, scoring two himself and setting up the match winner while his line break, five tackle breaks and line break assist were instrumental in the comeback win.
15. Adam Reynolds (Rabbitohs)
With Luke Keary making his way back into the first-grade team there were doubts over how Reynolds would respond, but it didn't hinder him in his side's demolition of the Raiders on Monday night. The halfback scored twice and made 66 metres after regular halves partner John Sutton went down injured early in the game, though his goal kicking suffered in the cold winter air.
16. Corey Parker (Broncos)
The Broncos co-captain kept his string of good games alive with a solid showing up front. Parker punched out 163 metres, 34 tackles and a line break assist. The Queensland and Australian representative lynchpin also produced four offloads.
17. Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys)
The Kiwi enforcer had one of his best games of the season, punishing the Bulldogs defence with four tackle breaks, 21 tackles and a solid 171 metres to help the Cowboys to their second away win of the year.