The NRL made its triumphant return after the pandemic and we were treated to some scintillating performances.
NRL is a team game but at times, individual performances stand out and deservedly so.
Here is our team of the week for round 3:
- James Tedesco (Roosters) – Not much to say about Tedesco other than his masterclass against the Rabbitohs, cementing his spot as an elite fullback.
2. David Nofoaluma (Wests Tigers) – Nofoaluma loves a good try and he was able to make his presence felt in the Tigers win.
3. Ben Hampton (Cowboys) – A utility back, Hampton has impressed for the Cowboys out wide this season and nabbed another two tries.
4. Brad Parker (Manly) – One of the game’s most improved, Parker was the beneficiary of Tom Trbojevic, but had several great touches.
5. Tom Trbojevic (Manly) – Tedesco and Trbojevic with great games but only one can appear at fullback. Need to have Tom here somewhere after his blistering display of three tries and two try assists.
6. Kodi Nikorima (Warriors) – Experience over youth proved the key and Nikorima showed how crafty he is. Controlled the Warriors attack, scored a try and held them together.
7. George Williams (Raiders) – It is just three weeks but Williams looks like a seasoned NRL veteran. The Super League half is so far excelling.
8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Eels) – Sighting a fresh start, RCG led from the front for the Eels alongside his prop partner.
9. Reece Robson (Cowboys) – One of the best individual performances from a bench hooker we may have ever seen. Two tries, controlled the ruck, nippy runs. Cowboys have a quality kid here.
10. Junior Paulo (Eels) – Alongside RCG, the Eels mobile pack ran the Broncos wild. Junior showed his silky skills with some great ball-playing to set a try up.
11. Boyd Cordner (Roosters) – The veteran back-rower was at it again, scoring a try, and just being his normal productive self.
12. Curtis Sironen (Manly) – Perhaps an underrated back-rower, Sironen was a powerhouse for Manly. Offloads, hard hits, big runs and deservedly scored a try.
13. Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys) – Every week, he does it. Big metres, a likely break and no wonder he is the game’s best forward. Colossal.
14. Daniel Saifiti (Knights) – Stepping in early due to HIA, Saifiti impressed and helped kickstart the Knights comeback.
15. Eliesa Katoa (Warriors) – For a young kid, Katoa’s head is well and truly in the game. Defended well, attacked well and bustled over for a try.
16. Josh Aloiai (Wests Tigers) – Nabbed a try late on for the Tigers but was quality all game and is a key player for the club.
17. David Klemmer (Knights) – One of the consistent performers in recent years, Klemmer was at it again. A powerhouse forward in every sense.
Player of the Week: Tom Trbojevic (Manly)