Ricardo: NRL Team of Week 6

Ricky Ricardo gives us his his opinion on the Team of the Week for Round 6. Some interesting choices here, feel free to comment on the article below with your opinion:

Team of the Week Rd 6

Fullback: Todd Carney – He just keeps on getting better and better, showed that he is committed to his football career with a stellar display. Have we seen Carney’s best though, or can he get even better?

Winger: Israel Folau – Such a talented outside back, who would have thought that he’d make such an impact after coming back from a few weeks on the sidelines? Two tries in a dominant display in the Broncos rout of the Sharks. With Inglis possibly out of Origin this year, Folau will have to step it up another gear.

Centre: Matt Gillett – 2nd rower turned centre, this young kid could possibly take out the Rookie of the Year award. He has been consistent every week and will look to continue that over the next few weeks as the Broncos face a tough run of opponents.

Centre: Adrian Purtell – Moved from the Raiders to Panthers and what a move its been, looks right at home in the backline at Penrith and has been on a try scoring spree of late, scoring 2 in a resounding performance by the Panthers.

Winger: Michael Robertson – Seems to have re-captured his form of the Sea Eagles 2008 winning year. Scored two tries in a hard-fought 2 point win over the Storm. With the Sea Eagles winning 4 on the trot, can they continue the streak, or will they come crashing back to earth next week?

Five- Eighth: Jamie Soward – Soward put his hand up again for his side, leading the Dragons to a win against the Titans. Keeping himself in the mix for NSW. But is his defence good enough?

Halfback: Cooper Cronk – Has slotted right back into the Storm side after a long layoff. Directing traffic beautifully and almost snatched the victory for his side single-handedly. In an otherwise lacklustre 55-60 minutes from the Storm, Cronk was the man – scoring two tries and causing havoc for the Sea Eagles defence when given the chance.

Prop: Luke Bailey – The leader of the Titans pack led the way in an otherwise poor performance by his team, amassing an incredible 169 metres. Had he not retired from representative football, he would have been a shoe-in for NSW. They’ll miss his experience on the big stage.

Hooker: Kevin Kingston – Forced out of the Eels due to salary cap restrictions, Kingston has found a happy home at the Panthers and is causing big problems for retreating defenders out of dummy half. Scoring two tries and being involved in several others.

Prop: Tim Mannah – Amassed 159 metres off the bench which is no easy feat, but Mannah did it with ease averaging about 12-13 metres a run. In a struggling Eels outfit this year, Mannah has been a shining light. Keeps on keeping on.

Second Row: Willie Mason – Mason is playing some very good footy off the bench. Working hard and chalking up decent stats, for this reason he’ll get the nod to start against the Eels this weekend, he’s repaying the faith the Cowboys showed in him.

Second Row: Nate Myles – Dropped several kilos in the off-season under Brian Smith and has added a yard of pace to his game, Myles has been totally focused this year. Playing great footy week in, week out. Expect to see him starring for Queensland at this rate, especially with the likes of Dallas Johnson missing this year.

Lock: Glenn Stewart – It’s usually Watmough getting all the love, but the man they call ‘Gift’ had a cracking game against the Storm – scoring the first try of the game and remaining busy. Outside chance for the Blues if Manly keep on winning.

Reserve 1: Justin Horo – Hindy might be nearing the end of his career, but this guy is ready to take up the reigns. With good line breaking potential coupled with a sound defensive game – this rookie could be the real deal. Again was highly involved and let rip a quality flick pass for Tahu to score.

Reserve 2: Cooper Vuna – Speed, size and skill. What more could a coach want? This guy is in the Manu Vatuvei mould but with better hands. Will continue to wreak havoc on opposing fringes all year.

Reserve 3: Josh Hoffman – Competing with Corey Norman for the Broncos fullback spot, Hoffman showed his potential scoring a try, and offering some great kick return metres.

Reserve 4: Isaac Gordon – Young Sharks back showed he has a future in the NRL, one of the few things to be happy about down at Shark Park at the moment.

Player of the Week: Israel Folau

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