Our lead sideline eye, Ricky Ricardo is back with his high performers from last weekend. We’re getting ever closer to State of Origin and stay tuned as Ricky selects his lineups later this week for the Queensland and NSW sides;
Fullback: Jarryd Hayne – The Eels best player in an otherwise relatively poor showing.Â Gained huge metres through the middle of the ruck and scored two tries. One being a bit streaky following a rebound off the post following his own kick and chase.
Winger: Joel Monaghan – The versatile Raiders player, who can also play Centre was the Raiders best player in a terrible showing against the Storm. Leapt high to score the Raiders only try and should be on the NSW WingÂ along withÂ Jarryd Hayne.
Centre: Jamie Lyon – Basically tore the Eels to shreds with some great runs and setting up some good tries for the Sea Eagles. Guaranteed a centre position for NSW.
Centre: Joel Moon – MadeÂ a solid transition to Centre and played solidly for a Warriors outfit that didn’t show much promise in their loss. Made some good runs and is a strong mobile back.
Winger: Kevin Gordon – The livewire winger scored a great runawayÂ try for the Titans in their loss and is a great player for the future and a great find for the Titans.
Five-Eighth: Wade Graham – The Penrith 5/8 has really matured into a fine youngÂ footballer and is gelling well with theÂ youth and experience that the Penrith side possesses. He is formingÂ dangerous partnerships with his fellow team-mates.
Halfback: Jarrod Mullen – Did his Origin hopes no harm with a solid display in the Knights thrashing of the Roosters. Took the line on and created a fair few opportunities for his forwards.
Prop: Nate Myles – The man is a workhorse. Whether his team is up by 50 or down by 50, he never gives in and gives 100% in every carry. Basically guaranteed a QLD forward spot.
Hooker: Cameron Smith – Showed why he is again near the top of the Dally M Awards table with a solid offensive performance for the Storm in their drubbing of the Raiders. Showed great skill andÂ poise toÂ have a hand in a number of the Storm’s tries.
Prop: Shane Tronc – The often underrated forward showed his worth to the Cowboys side with a solid defensive effort and solid ball-running. Strong, versatile forward.
2nd Row: Anthony Tupou – TheÂ Sharks best player in a game they fought soÂ hard in. Scored two tries in quick succession to give the Sharks a sniff but it wasn’t enough.
2nd Row: Jeff Lima – The hard hitting Kiwi had a blinder of a game having a strong hand in the Storm’s solid defence and showed that he is a very hard player to tackle.
Lock: Alan Tongue – The versatile utility once again played his heart out despite the Raiders heavy loss. Had a strong game however as he usually does.
Reserve 1: Kurt Gidley – This guy has moved into the all-time star category, playing amazing footy and split the Roosters on most carries. As Hagan says, Gidley is fast reaching the ‘Johns’ and ‘Buderus’ class of player.
Reserve 2: Esi Tonga – Gordon’s partner in crime at the Titans. Both are in great form and will lookÂ to form a deadly partnership down theÂ wings for the Titans in the next few games.
Reserve 3: Luke PattenÂ -Â Perhaps the most underrated fullback in the game, playedÂ aÂ terrific matchÂ and madeÂ the break that led to the Bulldogs disallowed try right at the death.
Reserve 4: Zeb Taia -Â He is a changed man at the Knights. After seeking a release from the Eels a few seasons back, he has really shown his worth to the club putting in a solid season so far.