Team of the Week: Round 13
A classy playmaker, rookie fullback, resurgent Rabbitohs and comeback Cowboys headline NRL.com's Round 13 Team of the Week.
1. Cameron Munster (Storm)
Replaced Billy Slater at custodian for the Storm and put in a performance the Queensland and Australian fullback would be proud of. Word is opposition winger David Simmons is still picking his ribs out of Pepper Stadium's surface.
2. Daniel Vidot (Broncos)
Named as a stop-gap solution in Wayne Bennett's side to make up for the absence of workhorse Corey Parker, Vidot made it hard for the supercoach to drop him after scoring two tries and running for over 200 metres.
3. Josh Morris (Bulldogs)
In his first appearance since dominating Greg Inglis in Origin I, Morris gave the Dragons trouble all game after scoring one try and setting up another for wingman Curtis Rona.
4. Dylan Walker (Rabbitohs)
In his best performance this season after scoring a brace of tries, Walker resembled a pinball as he bounced off and past plenty of Warriors to set up an Alex Johnston try.
5. Semi Radradra (Eels)
One of the only Eels to be able to hold his head high after his team's loss to the Cowboys on Monday, Radradra's try of the year contender was just one highlight of the Fijian flyer's performance.
6. Aidan Sezer (Titans)
Orchestrating the Titans' first victory in a month, Sezer was in everything in a match where he had to make do without usual halves partner Kane Elgey who suffered a syndesmosis injury in the opening half.
7. Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)
With his Cowboys team down 30-6 against a rampant Eels side, Thurston turned on the afterburners and coordinated the second-biggest comeback in NRL history to completely embarrass Parramatta.
8. Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers)
Even when the Tigers had zero answers in attack Woods was up to his old tricks, that is, bulldozing opponents. Captaining the team solely for the first time, Woods ran for 228 metres and made 37 tackles.
9. Josh Hodgson (Raiders)
While plenty of others will receive their plaudits at the Raiders before hooker Hodgson, his rock solid defence on the weekend and sneaky 40/20 to boot helped add some balance to Canberra's performance in their big win over the Knights.
10. David Shillington (Raiders)
In just a matter of weeks Shillington has gone from the doghouse to the penthouse in Ricky Stuart's team. The Knights had no answers to Shillington who ran for over 200 metres and offloaded four times.
11. Gavin Cooper (Cowboys)
Scoring a hat-trick in six minutes against the Eels in the Cowboys' 36-30 win, back-rower Cooper is the face of North Queensland's astonishing Monday night comeback win.
12. Matt Gillett (Broncos)
Dominant in defence, Gillett was his team's most prolific tackler against the Sea Eagles in the absence of his Brisbane and Queensland teammate Corey Parker.
13. Paul Gallen (Sharks)
Eight weeks out meant Gallen was always going to return in a big way and he did just that, running for over 200 metres and making close to 40 tackles in a 74-minute stint.
14. Sam Williams (Raiders)
While everyone was getting carried away with how Blake Austin performed, the calculated performance of Raiders halfback Williams against the Knights saw him come up with an outstanding four try assists.
15. Nate Myles (Titans)
A rock in the middle of the paddock, the Titans captain put in another great performance in his final game before Origin II.
16. Josh McGuire (Broncos)
The Broncos prop has looked like a new man since his Origin debut. McGuire was a wrecking ball against the Sea Eagles having run for 192 metres.
17. Wade Graham (Sharks)
Graham rivalled Gallen's performance against the Roosters after producing 228 metres, five tackle breaks and 30 tackles.