Ricardo: Team of Week 22

Ricky Ricardo chooses his best players from Round 22 of the NRL.

Fullback: Nathan Merritt – Has continued his good try-scoring form scoring two tries in an upset win over the Sea Eagles and is a catalyst in the Bunnies recent good form.

Wing: Generally a fullback, Burt has been moved to accommodate Hayne at fullback. This hasn’t stopped him from excelling them as he scored 24 points in the Eels thrashing of the Knights. Got some strong praise from Gus on the weekend also.

Centre: Alex Glenn – The strong utility had perhaps his best game of the season scoring a try and showing his class in plays. Definitely a player of the future.

Centre: Mat Rogers – Playing in the centres last week, Rogers scored two skilful tries against a lacklustre Warriors outfit. Showed his versatility with a mix of skill and precision to help the Titans to a win.

Winger: Bryson Goodwin – Scored two more tries to cement his spot in the top tryscorers list. Teams seem to struggle with awareness to find the line whenever he has the ball.

Five Eighth: Brett Finch – Struggled to find his feet early on at the Storm, but since his return from a collapsed lung, he has really excelled and scored a good individual try in the Storm’s win.

Halfback: Brett Kimmorley – Noddy certainly isn’t letting age get in the way of good form as he continues to outshine most of his younger counterparts. Involved in all the Dogs tries and scored one of his own.

Prop: Frank Paul Nuuausula – The NZ’er who was in a poor patch of form only a month ago has turned his game around and is playing some terrific football. Strong carries and strong in defence also and is leading the way for the Roosters.

Hooker: Robbie Farah – Took charge against the Roosters in the second half and set the tone for a strong Tigers resurgence. Is linking well with Benji. Can they keep it up?

Prop: Fui Fui Moi Moi – One of the form props of the competition at the moment. His carries are perhaps some of the most dangerous you will ever see. Not to mention he has been playing with ligament damage to his knee. Courageous stuff!

Second Row: Jeremy Smith – Started off the bench but still managed to score two tries as he gets back into form following a lengthy lay-off with injury. Should be named in the NZ side.

Second Row: Willie Mason – Yet again, Mason is putting his hand up and putting in the hard yards for the Roosters. He is in terrific form of late and could be rewarded with a bench spot for Australia.

Lock: Michael Luck – A complete machine in defence. Amassed an incredible 54 tackles and still manages to make good metres as well. Incredible versatility.

Reserve 1: Manu Vatuvei: Scored both of the Warriors tries in an otherwise disappointing performance. Near certain starter for NZ.

Reserve 2: Jack Afamasaga: A relative nobody, he led the way for the Sharks in their attacking raids and caused havoc for the Broncos down the left hand side.

Reserve 3: Terry Campese: Back to his best as some would say with a strong performance despite the Raiders narrow loss. A darkhorse for an Australian jumper.

Reserve 4: Luke Lewis: A terrific utility who scored the only Panthers try and is quickly finding form again following his injury lay-off.

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