Round 23 Team of the Week
1. Greg Inglis (Rabbitohs)
The Rabbitohs fullback is finding form at the right end of the season after single-handedly dismantling the Broncos. Inglis scored a hat-trick of tries, including a try of the year contender, to go with his 157 metres, six tackle busts, a line break, a try assist and a try save for good measure.
2. Sione Mata'utia (Knights)
The youngest of the Mata'utia clan stamped his authority on the NRL against the Warriors. His coach Wayne Bennett dubbed him a "future Newcastle captain" after the 18-year-old scored a hat-trick and made two line breaks, 150 metres and three tackle breaks.
3. Joey Leilua (Knights)
With young Mata'utia outside him, Leilua was able to shine in Newcastle's win over the Kiwis. Having a hand in two of Mata'utia's tries, Leilua scored one himself to go with his 105 metres, five tackle breaks and a line break to boot.
4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Roosters)
The Roosters centre was influential in his team's massive win over the injury-ravaged Tigers. SKD busted through for a try and contributed a further 165 metres, five tackle breaks, two line breaks and a try assist in a solid performance out wide.
5. Brett Morris (Dragons)
The stand-in captain was enormous for the Red V in their hoodoo-breaking win over the Raiders. Morris scored a hat-trick, including an amazing acrobatic effort over the sideline, and was a constant threat out wide with 122 metres, six tackle breaks and three line breaks to his name.
6. Kieran Foran (Sea Eagles)
The Sea Eagles five-eighth had a hand in both of Manly's tries in their close 15-12 win over the Titans, scoring one and setting up the other while also testing the defence with four tackle breaks.
7. Jamie Soward (Panthers)
While a Matt Moylan field goal kept the Panthers purring along nicely, it was Soward who truly proved the difference against the Cowboys. Soward scored twice, set up a couple of other four-pointers and made two line breaks in Penrith's one-point win.
8. Jesse Bromwich (Storm)
Bromwich continued his rise towards being NRL's premier prop on the weekend when the Storm dismantled Cronulla. The Kiwi international scored a try, set up another, busted four tackles, made 21 tackles and ran for 208 metres and could be in the running for prop of the season honours at year's end.
9. Issac Luke (Rabbitohs)
The Rabbitohs hooker has well and truly shrugged off his early season injury woes after helping Souths to a dominant victory over Brisbane. His 145 metres and three tackle busts helped his team's cause while he wrapped up the match nicely by setting up Kirisome Auva'a for the Rabbitohs' final try of the match.
10. Aiden Tolman (Bulldogs)
Two weeks back from a hamstring injury, Tolman helped the Bulldogs reverse a four-game losing streak with a barnstorming performance. The prop made 189 metres and 41 tackles in their two-point win over the Eels as well as scoring his second try of the year.
11. Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)
The Manly back-rower flexed his muscles against the likes of Nate Myles and Greg Bird with a dominant performance to help the Sea Eagles reclaim spot on the top on the ladder. Watmough made 185 metres, seven tackle breaks, 32 tackles and a line break in Manly's three-point win.
12. Tony Williams (Bulldogs)
The T-Rex helped the Bulldogs take down his old Parramatta club with an unyielding performance in the back row. Williams busted nine tackles, the equal-most for a forward in a game this season, as well as making 21 tackles and 115 metres in the Dogs' 18-16 win.
13. Sam Burgess (Rabbitohs)
The Rabbitohs lock continued his charge towards higher individual honours with another solid performance for the foundation club. Burgess produced 150 metres, four tackle busts, 32 tackles and assisted Inglis's try of the year contender to top things off.
14. Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles)
Foran's partner in crime Cherry-Evans was also influential in the Sea Eagles' win. The Queensland representative set up Foran for his try with a spectacular grubber and helped Manly's efforts with 113 metres, a field goal, 271 kicking metres, 24 tackles and three tackle busts.
15. Jarryd Hayne (Eels)
It wouldn't be a Team of the Week without the Eels fullback sitting somewhere in the week's best 17. Despite the Eels' three-game winning streak coming to an end, Hayne excelled again by scoring a try, setting up another, running for 229 metres and busting nine tackles.
16. Paul Gallen (Sharks)
The Sharks captain made his return from a month-long layoff after suffering a bicep injury and was instantly back to his best despite Cronulla getting flogged. Gallen ran for 204 metres and made 35 tackles to stand tall despite the cellar-dwellers' 42-point loss to Melbourne.
17. Tom Burgess (Rabbitohs)
It's double trouble for the Burgess boys in this week's Team of the Week with Tom Burgess getting a run in the round's best. With twin George suspended, Tom came off the bench for his older brother Luke and dominated from there on to rack up 200 metres, three tackle breaks and 16 tackles.