Here’s NRL tragic RickyRicardo with his team of the week. Do you agree or disagree with him?
Fullback: Preston Campbell – Is unlucky to have never played State of Origin as he is perhaps the Titans most consistent player and has been for some time. Amassed 225 metres with quick darts, and despite getting on in years, he is still a speedy player.
Wing: Manu Vatuvei – The Beast is back and with a vengeance. He scored three tries in a dominant display against the Knights and will look to continue his recent hot streak.
Centre: Steve Michaels – Once again, the Broncos discard showed what he is capable of with a two-try performance. Broncos fans must be livid at management for not having faith in him, as he is now showing what an asset he is to the Titans side.
Centre: Ty Williams – Retiring at the end of this year after a long, and at times injury-plagued career, Williams will be looking to end the year on a high, and will be honoured at Grand Final day along with all retirees. Had a stellar game, scoring two tries, that could be the last of his career should he not score in the next few weeks.
Wing: Brett Morris – Currently in a battle with brother Josh as to who can score more tries with the winner buying the other a keg of beer, as well as money being raised for each try scored. Got on the score-sheet late, but is a terrier for the Dragons.
Five-Eighth: Kris Keating – Utility Kris Keating had perhaps his best game of the year albeit at halfback, but another player fits the bill for better halfback this week. Caused havoc for the Broncos with solid runs, and linking well with the backs. Moving to the Bulldogs next year, he’ll be sorely missed.
Halfback: Josh McCrone – Often criticised for being a poor halfback, he has long since shunted any criticism and put in perhaps his best stint of football in his career. He scored one try, and had a hand in several others forming a breathtaking partnership with Terry Campese.
Prop: Petero Civoniceva – The workhorse never seems to wilter or lose any of his intimidation despite his age. Still remains the best prop in the NRL at the moment, and seems to be getting even better every game.
Hooker: Robbie Farah – Arguably NSW’s best prop, he played an integral part in the Tigers dominant performance over the Panthers. Scoring tries, scooting out of dummy half and linking well with half Benji, it all flowed for Farah and his Tigers team.
Prop: Justin Poore – Despite being criticised at the start of the year by his own fans, he has worked hard to play better and has delivered with a strong performance making good metres consistently and improving his already solid work-rate. Very close to his Origin form.
Second Row: Nathan Hindmarsh – If there is any man that can be classed as superman in the NRL, it is Hindy. Whilst he might set the record for most times a butt crack appears during a game, it doesn’t take away from the fact that he makes huge amounts of tackles, as well as improving his running game to make the all-round player he is.
Second Row: Gareth Ellis – Had his best game in some time after previously being down on form. Scored two tries from close range and is an absolute beast and giant of a man that is hard to stop at such close range. Arguably, the Tigers best forward.
Lock: Ryan Hinchcliffe – The hooker turned lock had a stellar game in the Storm’s narrow win, scoring two tries which is generally not a part of his game. Despite the move to lock, his defensive work has remained consistent and he seems to be improving it all the time.
Honourable mentions to both Anthony Mitchell who had a fantastic debut. Showed his quickness out of dummy half, and topped it off with a try to put the icing on the cake for the Eels.
Also to Andrew Fifita who amassed 112 metres and scored two tries off the bench which is a feat in itself.
Player of the Week: Nathan Hindmarsh