Rickyâ€™s Team of the Week Rd 4
Fullback: Todd Carney â€“ Who would have thought that heâ€™d be consistent this season given his the weight on his shoulders? Heâ€™s put in some fantastic performances and is already forming strong bonds with the players in the team. Could be a bolter for a NSW spot.
Winger: Blake Ferguson â€“ Sometimes compared to Greg Inglis and Israel Folau, the young winger showed what he is capable of scoring two tries in the Sharks win against the Eels. A live-wire winger who can also play centre, he has the jumping ability of Folau and the speed of Inglis. A well-rounded player.
Centre: Willie Tonga â€“ After having a few quiet years, Tonga has come out all guns blazing and is having his best year in quite some time. He is forming a deadly partnership with JT and itâ€™s only going to become even deadlier. Could be a surprise inclusion in the QLD side with Hodges out for the series.
Centre: Beau Champion â€“ Again, showed just how under-rated he is scoring two tries and getting two try assists. The question remains though, if Souths falter, can he continue to score the tries?
Winger: Akila Uate â€“ Wow! That is the only word that can possibly describe this manâ€™s performance in the Knights loss. 3 tries involving a combination of speed, skill and strength. If he wasnâ€™t a Fijian, heâ€™d be a bolter for a NSW spot.
Five-Eighth: – Jonathon Thurston â€“ Once again, JT showed why he is the best half in the NRL right now. He produced an incredible display to score a try of his own, as well as setting up others and getting involved in just about every play. Breathtaking to watch in action.
Halfback: Cooper Cronk â€“ Itâ€™s almost as if Cronk hasnâ€™t been injured. Forced to miss out on the first few rounds because of a groin complaint, heâ€™s playing as if heâ€™s had a whole pre-season under his belt. Supplied a beautiful no-look pass to Billy Slater to score and is almost a shoe-in for the QLD halfback spot for when Lockyer retires.
Prop: Ben Hannant â€“ Despite the fact that rumours constantly persist he wants out due to homesickness, he continues to give it all his all and showed the heart, passion and grit that most of the other Bulldogs players lacked big time in their poor showing against the Bunnies. The future of QLDâ€™s Origin stocks is in good hands.
Hooker: Andrew McCullough â€“ Easily the Broncos best player in an otherwise incredibly flat performance from the Broncos team. Looked to create problems for the Roosters defence and almost did so on several occasions, and was rewarded with a try for his efforts. A very good young player.
Prop: Petero Civoniceva â€“ This man looks as if he could play until he is about 50! Surely he canâ€™t do it right? 😛 Hehe. Always consistent regardless of whether the Panthers win or lose and he could very well be headed back to the Broncos in the near future.
Second Row: Sam Burgess â€“ Very very close to already being buy of the season. Had his best display in a Bunnies jumper scoring two tries, and amassing some very strong metres. Just imagine if NSW were able to use him in the second row.
Second Row: Justin Horo â€“ Touted as the next Nathan Hindmarsh, the young Parramatta forward showed that he can definitely live up to the hype after he was one of the Eels best players coming off the bench. A player to watch for in the near future.
Lock: Liam Fulton â€“ Another Tigers recruit, he is really coming into his own and playing consistent footy that he has previously lacked over the years. Should be interesting to see if he can maintain it for the next few rounds.
Reserve 1: Ben Barba â€“ Touted as the next big halfback for the Dogs, he seems to be progressing well, but he does still have work to do in order to achieve that status.
Reserve 2: Shaun Fensom â€“ Again showed why he is a star of the future with a solid performance in the Raiders loss.
Reserve 3: Grant Millington â€“ The Sharks most under-rated prop overshadowed the more experience props and played one of his best games of his career.
Reserve 4: Mark Minichello â€“ The less heralded Mini brother showed he is just as good on his day scoring two tries and producing a strong game in the Titans loss.
Player of the Week: Sam Burgess