Ricardo: NRL Team of Week

THE NRLNEWS TEAM OF THE WEEK SECTION HAS FINISHED FOR 2009.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMPANY IN 2010 WHEN THE NRL KICKS OFF IN MARCH.

Ricky’s NRL Team of the Week

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Fullback: Matthew Bowen – The little master struck form this week. Blistering pace and his successful partnership with Thurston is finally coming back into fruition. A darkhorse for an Australian jumper.

Winger: Jarryd Hayne – Had to squeeze this man Hayne onto the wing, as he is just on fire right now. Made 240+ metres against the Sharks and he averages more tackle busts per game then any other player. No matter how much they try – teams cannot contain him at the moment.

Centre: Joel Moon – Gave the Warriors a comfortable lead scoring a whopping 4 tries! How often do see that happen? Making the transition from the halves to the centres has really helped his career and he is playing some of his best footy.

Centre: Michael Jennings – Burst to life late in this one to get his side a valuable draw. This guy is a genuine freak and as Phil Gould always says – give me speed in a football side and you’ll go a long way to winning. Jennings has raw pace and a marvellous swerve.

Winger: Phil Graham – The relative unknown Raider has put his hand up and got himself into the spotlight after scoring 4 tries in the massive slaughter of the Broncos. Two players scoring 4 tries in a game, that’s almost unheard of!

Five-Eighth: Ben Jones – The little redhead who got a shot earlier this year by Fittler has grabbed it with two hands. Forming a strong partnership with Pearce in the halves, the Roosters attitude got them over the line and Jones was deadly.

Halfback: Jonathon Thurston – Fighting with Soward and Hayne for the Dally M, Thurston did his chances no harm with another solid performance in the Cowboys win. Starting to re-form his deadly partnership with Matthew Bowen.

Prop: Mark Taufua – Given a rare chance by outgoing coach Brian Smith, Taufua has been a revelation in the Knights fairytale run and despite their losses, has still put in solid performances.

Hooker: Issac Luke – Caused a lot of trouble for the Bulldogs in the first half and looked dangerous every time he carried the ball. Got taken off by Taylor after 25 minutes though and the Bunnies lost all their momentum.

Prop: Justin Poore – Leaving the Dragons at the end of the year, Poore wants to prove to Bennett that he is still an integral part of the Dragons team and he did just that. Solid carries and very robust for a big man.

Second Row: Nathan Hindmarsh – Is there anything that this man cannot do? Pulled off a try-saving tackle and stopped a near certain try by pouncing on the ball. Not to mention his efforts in defence either. Surely has to be a consideration for the Australian team?

Second Row: Anthony Watmough – The only Manly player who looked hungry for the win last night in the Eagles narrow loss. Scored two tries and his in barnstorming form.

Lock: Corey Parker – The only Broncos player who genuinely tried in their flogging at the hands of the Raider. Led the tackle count and made strong metres.

Reserve 1: Joel Reddy – The son of Rod ‘Rocket’ Reddy is on fire. Having one his best seasons so far in attack and defence. Also pulled out a contender for try of the year with his body contortion for a try.

Reserve 2: Gary Warburton – Not one of the bigger names at the Bulldogs, but this man is all about effort and commitment. Has been a crucial part of the Bulldogs resurgence with strong go forward and good partnerships.

Reserve 3: Nathan Friend – The dynamic hooker is a little machine. Racks up a huge tackle count and still gets involved in all attacking raids.

Reserve 4: Luke Douglas – Developed nicely in 2009 despite playing in a consistently beaten team. Quality front row stocks are low across the NRL and this guy could really rise to the top in the next few years. Has good physical

Player of the Round: Matthew Bowen.

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