NRL Team of the Week Round 25
1 Billy Slater (Melbourne)
Billy Slater put in his best performance of 2017 in Melbourne’s 60-point thrashing of South Sydney on Saturday night. Slater was at his attacking best, racking up three-line breaks, a try and a try assist.
2 Semi Radradra (Parramatta)
4 tries. 4 line-breaks. 1 try assist. 260 run metres. Semi Radradra, take a bow. The Fijian flyer reminded us all on Thursday night why he is one of the best wingers in the game.
3 Josh Morris (Canterbury)
Josh Morris backed up his season best performance last week with an even better game against the Gold Coast. Morris ran for 132 metres, set up a try, and scored the sneakiest try of the season to win Canterbury the contest.
4 Michael Jennings (Parramatta)
Michael Jennings put in his best performance for the Eels since signing with the club last season. Crossing for two tries and running for over 100 metres, Jennings combination with Kirisome Auva’a continues to improve.
5 Suliasi Vunivalu (Melbourne)
The second Fijian winger to make this list, he also rivals Semi Radradra in her put in the better performance for their clubs in Round 25. Crossing for a hattrick, racking up four line-breaks, assisting a try and running for 255 metres – Suliasi Vunivalu was a force to be reckoned with against South Sydney.
6 Cameron Munster (Melbourne)
After a poor comeback game against Newcastle, Munster bounced back in outstanding fashion against Souths. Munster finished the game with two try assists, a try, a line break and a handful of tackle breaks.
7 Michael Morgan (North Queensland)
North Queensland’s Michael Morgan continues to lead the way for the embattled club. A try, a try assist along with a strong kicking game kept North Queensland in the contest throughout the game before finally going over for the match winner in the final minutes of the matchup.
8 Tariq Sims (St. George Illawarra)
Tariq Sims wound the clock back to 2011 in a man of the match 80-minute performance which ultimately led to the Dragons keeping their final dreams alive. With the Dragons on the back-foot, Sims took the initiative to step up, strip the ball and run 50 metres for a try with 20-minutes to go. It was a moment in the game which completely turned momentum of the contest in the favour of St. George.
9 Cameron Smith (Melbourne)
What can’t this man do? Cameron Smith has cemented himself as the greatest hooker to ever lace on the football boots. Smith orchestrated Melbourne’s early dominance and crossed for a try himself in the 38th minute.
10 Paul Vaughn (St. George Illawarra)
Remember when Laurie Daley didn’t pick this man for New South Wales? Oops. Vaughn scored his eighth try of the season in St. George Illawarra’s tight win over the Penrith Panthers on Sunday. His 172 metres and 32 tackles were also a great help to his side.
11 Luke Lewis (Cronulla)
Luke Lewis gets better with age. The 34-year-old and reigning Clive Churchill medallist ran for 145 metres and made 30 tackles against Easts. He also crossed for yet another meat pie, his seventh for the season.
12 Josh Aloiai (Wests)
Josh Aloiai put in the best performance of his career against North Queensland. Taking every hit-up as if it were his last, Aloiai bent the North Queensland defensive line on several occasions. He crossed for a great solo try in the early minutes of the contest while finishing his 60-minute performance with 40 tackles.
13 Nathan Brown (Parramatta)
Boy does this man have a motor! In yet another 70 minute plus performance, Brown took 22 hitups, ran for 210 metres and made 33 tackles.
14 Josh Addo-Carr (Melbourne)
Melbourne’s ‘other’ winger also crossed for a hattrick against South Sydney in an outstanding performance which also saw him run for over 190 metres.
15 David Klemmer (Canterbury)
David Klemmer has had a disappointing 2017 season. Fortunately for Bulldogs supporters, he put in his best performance for the club since the early rounds of the year. Running 235 metres, scoring a try and making 25 tackles – Klemmer led the way for the Canterbury middle-third.
16 Jason Taumalolo (North Queensland)
Taumalolo was the leader of the North Queensland forward pack with 200 running metres and 30 tackles. Will come close to lock of the year honours.
17 Blake Green (Manly)
Two 40/20’s in the space of ten minutes helped turn the tide in Manly’s favour mid-way through the first half. His combination with Cherry-Evans continues to impress.