Team of the Week: Round 15
Last weekend's seven games saw steely Broncos, a flying Knight, exhilarating halves and a rejuvenated Shark shine. This is NRL.com's Team of the Week for Round 15.
1) Jake Mamo (Knights)
In his first NRL game of the year, the Knights flyer capped of his return to the big time with a magical try assist, where he selflessly dove over the dead ball line to bat the ball back in-field for Carlos Tuimavave to score, and scored a try himself.
2) Jordan Rapana (Raiders)
An absolute nightmare for the Cowboys defence to bring down, Rapana weaved his way into the Team of the Week off the back of seven tackle breaks and a try assist.
3) Jack Reed (Broncos)
Arguably the best centre in the NRL on current form, Reed continued his solid run by scoring a nifty try in Brisbane's hard-earned win against the Storm.
4) Sisa Waqa (Raiders)
More known for his attacking exploits, the Raiders centre showed he isn't a one trick pony by coming up with several clutch defensive plays against North Queensland.
5) Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Roosters)
On a night where his two tries saw him become the second-most prolific try scorer in Roosters' history, Kenny-Dowall was able to outshine Kiwis teammate and Dragons rival Jason Nightingale.
6) Kieran Foran (Sea Eagles)
Had his best game of the year against the Wests Tigers. Foran's two try assists and try played a huge role in the Sea Eagles' 10-point win.
7) Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)
Sia Soliola tried his best to prevent Thurston from shining with a couple of charge-downs but it didn't stop the game's best from breaking the Raiders' hearts with a game-winning field goal with mere seconds remaining in the game.
8. Josh McGuire (Broncos)
With the Broncos forced by Melbourne to make 11 drop outs over the course of the game, McGuire was just one forward who held firm in defence (50 tackles) while also doing his job with the ball in hand (164 metres).
9) Andrew McCullough (Broncos)
Coming up with 64 tackles, McCullough held firm for the Broncos in the middle of the paddock in their two-point win over Melbourne.
10) Ben Matulino (Warriors)
The future is looking bright for the New Zealand Test team if Matulino can continue his amazing form for the Warriors. His offloads caused the Titans trouble all game while his 222 metres from 21 carries weren't too shabby either.
11) Luke Lewis (Sharks)
The veteran back-rower turned back the clock to his days as a winger when a break down the edge saw him come up with a try on the other side of the field – on the same play – thanks to his ridiculous support play.
12) Matt Gillett (Broncos)
For the same reasons as McGuire, Gillett backed up from his Origin II appearance by producing 101 metres and 54 tackles in a 75-minute stint.
13) Bryce Cartwright (Panthers)
The best player on the field in a losing team, Cartwright's two tries wasn't enough to help sink the Bulldogs but it would have ensured he stayed in coach Ivan Cleary's good books.
14) Shaun Johnson (Warriors)
Johnson's fleet-footed try-scoring double put the game out of reach for the Gold Coast as the Kiwis halfback looked to kick-start his return to form.
15) Sio Siua Taukeiaho (Roosters)
Quickly becoming the Tricolours' not-so-secret weapon, Taukeiaho ran for 190 metres in a barnstorming performance, overcoming being a late inclusion in the starting team for Sam Moa.
16) Feleti Mateo (Sea Eagles)
Starting in the back row, Mateo proved his ball-playing capabilities haven't diminished in his time at Manly with a handy try assist. His 107 metres and 28 tackles ticked plenty of boxes too.
17) Simon Mannering (Warriors)
You know what you're going to get from Mannering every week and it was no different against the Titans where he produced 118 metres and a try assist for good measure.