NRL Team of the Week, Week 3 2009With the NRL season well underway, Ricky Ricardo gives his view on the best players from Round 3.

1. Fullback – Billy Slater Tore the Cowboy’s to pieces. Pierced the line on with most of his runs and was influential in most of the Storm’s attacking plays.

2. Winger – Taniela Tuiaki Currently the form winger of the competition. Five tries in three games and destined to get more. Solid performance in the Tigers win over the Roosters. Used his size and strength to overpower the Roosters backs.

3. Centre – Mitchell Aubusson One of few standouts for the Roosters in their loss to the Tigers. Always in the right place at the right time and finished with two tries in a solid performance.

4. Centre – Luke Capewell The stand-in Bunny more than held his own with some key defensive plays. Enthusiastic and gritty, with speed sprinkled in.

5. Winger – Akulia Uate  Amassed an incredible 234 metres and scored a try for the Knights. With Gidley, was the stand-out for the Newcastle team.

6. Five-eighth – Terry Campese Canberra’s best players by far. Kicking game was highly impressive, with several 40/20’s and ran with the ball when needed.

7. Halfback – Benji Marshall The coach said it was his best ever performance, set up 3 tries and who could forget the reverse flick set up Tuiaki.

8. Prop – Sam Thaiday – Massive effort from the Brisbane bombshell. Extremely physical in defence and tireless in attack. Should get an Origin jersey in 2009.

9. Hooker – Masada Iosefa The rookie Panthers hooker played uptempo and was influential in the Panthers win. Scored the try to put the Panthers ahead.

10. Prop – Jeff Lima Turning in tradesman like performances each week. Possbily in career best form. Making good metres and proving to be a tough player for opposition players to deal with. Could make the NSW Origin side.

11. 2nd Row – Ben Creagh Strong defensive showing and always threatened in attack. Bagged the winning try and had several other chances to score. Should get a bench spot for NSW.

12. 2nd Row – Nathan Hindmarsh Again he has proved that he is a total workhorse amassing 50+ tackles and screaming out to be reconsidered for State of Origin.

13. Lock – Nathan Smith A quiet achiever, makes a tonne of tackles and always rolls the sleeves up for Penrith. Was a key man as the Panthers defended for their lives in the back-end of their game against Manly.

14. Bench – Preston Campbell Very strong performance from the often underrated player in the absence of Scott Prince. Scored one try and set up another in the Titans win against the Bulldogs. Could be a darkhorse for an Origin spot.

15. Bench – Craig Wing Mr Universal. His injection from the bench changed the game. Started at hooker, but his move to pivot was a masterstroke.  Looked dangerous every time he touched the ball and will be a key asset for Souths.

16. Bench – Dave Taylor The young man has really matured in such a short space of time. Solid ball running, great on-field passion, his all-round game has improved and he could get a bench spot for QLD.

17. Bench – Chris Bailey: The Sea Eagles best player in an otherwise poor performance by the Eagles. Scored both tries and put in a gallant effort.

By ricky

One thought on “Ricardo: NRL Team of Week 3”
  1. Hey Ricky you keep picking N Hindmarsh.of course he will chalk up 50+ tackles ,The Eels never had the ball.Andrew Ryan last year was top tackler and guess where his side finished.He won’t make the state side the blues need new blood not old worn out players,

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