Team of the Week: Round 10
State of Origin hopefuls, fleet-footed fullbacks and veterans of the highest order headline NRL.com's Team of the Week for Round 10.
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Roosters)
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck turned the Bulldogs-Roosters game on its head when he scored just before half-time in his team's eventual 14-point win. The fullback's 10 tackle breaks and 281 metres ensured he earned man-of-the-match honours and more importantly a place in NRL.com's team of the week.
2. Valentine Holmes (Sharks)
Holmes continues to impress after coming up with a try-scoring double and a golden point-winning field goal against the Titans.
3. Sione Mata'utia (Knights)
In his best career performance in Newcastle colours to date, Mata'utia overcame a concussion test to produce 150 metres and five tackle breaks in the Knights first win in six weeks.
4. Solomone Kata (Warriors)
Kata continued his promising rookie season after putting forward one of his best displays in first grade to date. His try, 154 metres and six tackle breaks helped his cause immensely in the Warriors golden point win.
5. Eto Nabuli (Dragons)
The Fijian flyer returned from a knee injury in place of Dylan Farrell and didn't let anyone down. Running for 149 metres, Nabuli capped of his performance with a nice bat-back try assist to seal the win for the Red V.
6. Michael Morgan (Cowboys)
The Cowboys five-eighth threw his hat in the ring once again for Daly Cherry-Evans's Queensland utility spot after scoring a hat-trick in his team's 11-point win over Brisbane.
7. Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)
New South Wales beware! Thurston is plugged in and his form is sizzling – his four try assists against the Broncos on Friday night was a warning shot to all Blues fans and players.
8. Jesse Bromwich (Storm)
Jesse Bromwich proved once again why he's the game's premier front-rower, producing 204 metres and 37 tackles. His impact is only matched by his consistency.
9. Jake Friend (Roosters)
While he initially may have been trying too hard, the Roosters hooker turned it on when it mattered against the Bulldogs. Friend ended proceedings with two fantastic try assists.
10. Andrew Fifita (Sharks)
Fifita put his hand up for a return to the Origin arena with 181 metres, six tackle breaks and 37 tackles in a dominant display against the Titans.
11. Bodene Thompson (Warriors)
With a jink and a step which would make teammate Shaun Johnson jealous, Thompson carried plenty of Eels defenders and his team over the line to secure a Warriors victory in extra time. Thompson got through a mountain of work as a result of Ryan Hoffman getting injured in the first five minutes.
12. Tyson Frizell (Dragons)
Arguably the most improved player in the NRL this year, Frizell's man-of-the-match performance against the Raiders – where he produced a try assist, 146 metres, seven tackle breaks and 29 tackles – did his chances of a New South Wales berth zero harm.
13. Luke Lewis (Sharks)
Lewis produced a try, 103 metres and 33 tackles in a very influential performance. Continues to get the job done for Cronulla.
14. Matt Moylan (Panthers)
The Panthers fullback was everywhere, with his try assist and match-winning 39-metre field goal proving vital in his team's 11-10 win over the Sea Eagles.
15. James Tamou (Cowboys)
Peaking at the appropriate time of the season with Origin just around the corner, Tamou blasted the Broncos with 204 metres, four tackle breaks and 24 tackles.
16. Iosia Soliola (Raiders)
Soliola continued pressing his claim for 'Buy of the Year' for the Raiders after his dominant showing against the Dragons. The back-rower scored a try, made 43 tackles and ran for 123 metres despite the Green Machine's loss.
17. Tim Mannah (Eels)
Playing 61 minutes, with a concussion test in between, Mannah led from the front by making 188 metres and 41 tackles, despite his team going down in extra time.