Rickyâ€™s Team of the Week Round 7
Fullback: Karmichael Hunt: Tore the Eels defence to shreds with some solid runs from kick returns and dummy half runs scoring 3 tries. The favourite for the QLD fullback position.
Winger: Etu Uaisele: Had a very strong debut with some solid runs and half breaks as well as getting on the score sheet. Will be a player to watch over the coming weeks.
Centre: Daryl Millard: A player who has had limited opportunities proved he belongs in the NRL with a solid performance for the Bulldogs in their win over the Raiders. Also scored a try and was solid in defence.
Centre: Dean Collis: A relatively unknown player scored an incredible three tries in the Tigers win and was the best player on ground. Challenging his team-mate Chris Lawrence along with others for a NSW Origin spot in the centres.
Winger: Luke Covell: A player who appears to be on the outer at the Sharks proved what a valuable asset he is to the club despite their loss with two tries and 3 conversions. He will be a huge loss if the club lets him go.
Five-Eighth: Darren Lockyer: Took his game to another level following a few weeks of disappointment. Directed the Broncos attack and was instrumental in the lead-up to all of their tries.
Halfback: Peter Wallace: Along with his five-eighth Lockyer, Wallace took control of the game and had a strong kicking game as well as pulling off some great cut-out balls to put players through. The favourite for the NSW halfback.
Prop: Keith Galloway: The red-headed prop is having his best season to date with scintillating performances every week. Gaining huge metres and producing solid defensive efforts has only strengthened his chances for a NSW Origin berth.
Hooker: Glen Buttriss: The livewire hooker came up with some important plays and created a few half breaks that led to strong attacking raids for the Raiders.
Prop: FuiFui MoiMoi: Despite the Eels heavy loss, MoiMoiâ€™s commitment was there the whole time. He was the Eels most destructive forward and gained huge metres. Highlight was a huge shot on Karmichael Hunt.
Second Row: Tom Learoyd-Lahrs: A young forward who has really worked on his game over the past year or two and it is showing in his form. The Raiders best forward by far producing huge metres and proving hard to tackle. Could be a bolter for NSW.
Second Row: Nate Myles: One of the Roosters best despite a very poor performance against the Dragons. Never gave up and carried the ball as hard and fast as he could every time. Should make the QLD side.
Lock: Michael Luck: Amassed an incredible 74 tackles setting a new NRL record. The previous best was 67 by Nathan Hindmarsh. A very strong defender and mobile for a forward. Will be unlucky if he misses out on Origin.
Reserve 1: Mitchell Pearce: Sent to hospital following an allergic reaction to a needle, the little halfback defied the odds and played for the Roosters showing true determination and courage. Despite their heavy loss and his sickness, Pearce was one of the Roosters best.
Reserve 2: Jarrod Sammut: Came off the bench and won the game for the Panthers. Regarded as a player who canâ€™t kick and canâ€™t run, he showed he can do both of those scoring two tries.
Reserve 3: Hazem El Masri: In what could potentially be his last season, Hazem El Masri is ensuring that he goes out with a bang. Scored 14 points (1 try and 5 conversions) in the Bulldogs win over the Raiders and was strong in defence out on the wing.
Reserve 4: Benji Marshall: The Tigers best player setting up three tries and having a hand in all attacking raids by the Tigers. Has to back up his performance this week, with some solid ones over the next few weeks.