NRL Team of the Week: Round 6
'Leipana' runs riot, Warriors rekindle some old form and a couple of players from losing sides force their way into the Round 6 Team of the Week.
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Warriors)
Twelve months after suffering his ACL injury Tuivasa-Sheck was at his sparkling best against the Eels, making nine tackle breaks and a line break and running for 207 metres. Nice to have RTS back doing his thing.
2. David Nofoaluma (Wests Tigers)
A powerful performance from the Wests Tigers winger who scored a try, set one up, had three tackle busts and ran for 164 metres.
3. Dane Gagai (Knights)
Few players from losing teams make the Team of the Week but Gagai was absolutely outstanding for the Knights against Canterbury. He scored the try that kept his team in the contest, made two line breaks, had eight tackle busts and ran for a total of 224 metres. Threatened with every touch.
4. Joey Leilua (Raiders)
Terrorised a Titans defence that was well below its best, providing the final pass for two of Jordan Rapana's three tries as well as scoring one himself.
5. Jordan Rapana (Raiders)
The NRL's leading try-scorer had a hat-trick inside 25 minutes but his overall performance was much more than that. Broke an astonishing 19 attempts at tackles from Titans on his way to 234 metres from 20 runs.
6. Cody Walker (Rabbitohs)
Another classy performance from South Sydney's No.6, completing the full card of tries (1), try assists (1), line-break assists (1), line breaks (1), tackle breaks (six) and offloads (1) along with 145 run metres.
7. Josh McCrone (Dragons)
Arguably McCrone's finest display in the top grade, credited with four try assists in the Dragons' big win over Manly. Had a line break of his own and three tackle busts in a perfect accompaniment to Gareth Widdop.
8. James Graham (Bulldogs)
Because when you rack up 213 metres and 42 tackles in 66 minutes (along with three offloads) you get to keep your place in the Team of the Week.
9. Andrew McCullough (Broncos)
The 200-gamer is having a major influence on the Broncos each and every week, scoring his side's opening try and providing the pass for Korbin Sims to score the match-sealing four pointer. Also active in the kicking department, kicking for 138 metres.
10. Paul Vaughan (Dragons)
The Dragons forwards destroyed their Manly counterparts in the opening exchanges, led by perennial TOTW inclusion Vaughan. The Dragons prop accumulated 216 metres to go with four tackle busts and two offloads.
11. Josh Papalii (Raiders)
Another power-packed performance from the Origin back-rower, busting six Titans tackles, running for 164 metres and also being rewarded with a try when he followed through on a Josh Hodgson grubber kick.
12. Wade Graham (Sharks)
Yes the 175 run metres and four tackle busts are good numbers but the real value in Graham's effort on Sunday was to harass Storm half Cooper Cronk for the entire 80 minutes he was out there. Take note Laurie Daley.
13. Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys)
Another addition from a losing team because even though the Cowboys were well below their best, Taumalolo was at his bullocking best, scoring a try, busting nine tackles and running for 259 metres. Enormous.
14. Simon Mannering (Warriors)
The greatest Warrior of them all turned back the clock, scoring the 59th try of his career to go with 182 run metres across 76 minutes.
15. Sam Burgess (Rabbitohs)
Another industrious performance from the South Sydney skipper, asserting his authority over the Panthers forwards with 51 forceful tackles, 129 run metres and a try.
16. Junior Paulo (Raiders)
Combined brute force with deft touch in a dominant display, running for 211m and showing lovely quick hands for the second of Rapana's three tries.
17. Jack de Belin (Dragons)
The NSW forward stocks are healthy when this guy doesn't look like he will get a look in. A try, 35 tackles and 155 run metres and everything done with purpose. Setting the tone for a firing Dragons forward pack.