NRL team of the week Round 12

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    In the last round before the bye, a host of big names pressed their claims for representative selection resulting in an entertaining weekend of football.

    The Rabbitohs, Panthers and Sharks flipped the script by defeating the Warriors, Dragons and Knights respectively by big margins. Meanwhile, the Raiders and Storm both scraped through for one-point victories.

    Here is the NRL team of the week for Round 12.

    Fullback: James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters)
    The people of the Central Coast were treated to a brilliant performance from James Tedesco. The State of Origin representative ran for 193 metres with eight tackle busts, a try and a try assist during the Roosters’ 34-14 thrashing of the Titans.

    James Tedesco

    James Tedesco (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

    Wing: Nick Cotric (Canberra Raiders)
    Cotric scored two tries in the Raiders’ come-from-behind 21-20 victory over the Sea Eagles. The New South Wales Blues debutant impressed with his two-try haul coming off some solid tackle busts, he also set up Jack Wighton for a try from a kick in the 75th minute.

    Centre: Jesse Ramien (Cronulla Sharks)
    Ramien has continued his ascent with another sensational 80 minutes against the Knights as they ran away with a 48-10 victory. The Newcastle-bound centre ran for 149 metres with five tackle busts, two tries and a try assist while also holding his own on defence making 15 tackles.

    Centre: John Olive (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
    Making his debut for the Bulldogs, Olive stepped into the No.3 jumper with ease coming close to scoring on multiple occasions. The 21-year-old ran for 157 metres with five tackle busts and sending winger Brett Morris over for the opening try of the match.

    Wing: Valentine Holmes (Cronulla Sharks)
    Holmes rocketed past the Sharks, working hard down the right wing with a hattrick. The Queensland Origin hopeful made eight tackle busts and ran for 164 metres, pressing his claim and stretching the Knights’ defence.

    Five-Eighth: Cameron Munster (Melbourne Storm)
    Munster sliced his way through the Cowboys’ defensive line in a gritty grand final rematch on Friday night. The Storm No.6 has found his calling, leading Melbourne’s attack after running for 104 metres and busting through six tackles. He also made 18 tackles in defence.

    Halfback: Nathan Cleary (Penrith Panthers)
    The Panthers continue to stun the competition after silencing the Dragons 28-2, Nathan Cleary the key man in inspiring the chocolate soldiers’ victory. Cleary’s kicking game was pin-perfect forcing a handful of dropouts while also utilising his running game with three tackle busts and a try.

    Prop: George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
    George Burgess was pivotal in leading the Rabbitohs’ forward pack. The fiery English prop inspired his team alongside twin brother Thomas, scoring a try and making five tackle busts. He also made 36 tackles in defence, proving a nightmare for the Warriors.

    Hooker: Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)
    Smith made his return from suspension without a hiccup. The former Kangaroos skipper proved his value at the Storm, acting as the key cog behind their win over the Cowboys. He burrowed over for Melbourne’s only try, scooting out of dummy-half with six tackle busts and making 44 tackles in defence.

    Cameron Smith

    Cameron Smith (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

    Prop: Martin Taupau (Manly Sea Eagles)
    Taupau wreaked havoc against the Raiders, taking it to the green machine with a heavy workload. The New Zealand international made a stunning 189 metres, while two of his runs resulted in tackle busts. He also provided 37 tackles for the Sea Eagles.

    Back row: Tevita Pangai Junior (Brisbane Broncos)
    Pangai Junior was lethal on the edge, threatening with everytime he touched the ball. The Eels struggled to contain him, busting through six tackles with 173 running metres and 30 tackles.

    Back row: Angus Crichton (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
    Crichton was at his attacking best against the Warriors in Auckland, standing up in a solid display. The backrower ran for 136 metres in the cardinal and myrtle, making two tackle busts and setting up a try while also backing up for 42 defensive tackles.

    Lock forward: Joe Ofahengaue (Brisbane Broncos)
    Ofahengaue did all the little things right for the Broncos in their win over the Eels. He ran for 136 metres over 51 minutes with 38 tackles and two tackle busts, laying the platform for Anthony Milford to work off.

    Interchange: Jaydn Su’A (Brisbane Broncos)
    Su’A worked well down the right edge for the Broncos, adding to a dominant Brisbane pack. Su’A made 39 tackles for the evening in a full 80-minute performance, setting up a try, making two tackle breaks and running for 136 metres.

    Interchange: Peni Terepo (Parramatta Eels)
    Terepo has been one of the Eels’ best forwards throughout the 2018 season with some promising runs and a heavy defensive workload. The Tongan international ran for a total of 157 metres at lock with six tackle busts while his defensive capabilities were felt by virtue of 31 tackles.

    Interchange: Daniel Alvaro (Parramatta Eels)
    Alvaro led the way for the Eels up front both in attack and in defence. He started Parramatta off well, setting the tone for their forward pack with 124 running metres from the run-on side as well as two tackle busts. His 47 tackles made helped the blue and gold during crucial moments in the game.

    Interchange: Viliame Kikau (Penrith Panthers)
    Kikau made a huge difference off the bench for the Panthers scoring a try and providing some attacking flair to their forward pack against a big, mobile Dragons outfit. The Fijian ran for 145 metres from 14 runs with six tackle busts and a line break to his name.

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    The Crowd Says (20)

    • May 28th 2018 @ 3:44am
      KenoathCarnt said | May 28th 2018 @ 3:44am | ! Report

      Great to see so many young gun fowards stepping up for the Broncos it was desperatly needed with no Gillete Maguire and Simms

    • Roar Guru

      May 28th 2018 @ 7:11am
      Renegade said | May 28th 2018 @ 7:11am | ! Report

      There’s a 5/8 who had six try assists on the weekend mate…. and it wasn’t Munster.

      • May 28th 2018 @ 7:22am
        souvalis said | May 28th 2018 @ 7:22am | ! Report

        Moylan wasn’t just the best 6 of the round,he was head and shoulders the best player of the round…weird oversight..

        • Roar Guru

          May 28th 2018 @ 10:24am
          Renegade said | May 28th 2018 @ 10:24am | ! Report

          6 try assists
          5 line break assists
          1 tackle break
          18 tackles (0 missed)

          Yep, I think you’re right souvalis… those numbers are very, very rare!

        • May 28th 2018 @ 10:26am
          Greg said | May 28th 2018 @ 10:26am | ! Report

          You can also add five line break assists compared to Munsters zero and zero missed tackles compared to Munsters five…..

        • Roar Rookie

          May 28th 2018 @ 10:45am
          steveng said | May 28th 2018 @ 10:45am | ! Report

          That might be right but, those stats are useless. The Knights were a depleted side, on top of all that, Ponga (their best player) was taken out by a dog act tackle from Lewis and ‘knocked out cold’, where was the penalty and/or Lewis put on report, for that? The Knights are not your benchmark in the comp, lets get real. Moylan has had a very ordinary season and the Knights game is no reflection of his form, you can’t pick Moylan on ‘one game’ where the opposition was very ordinary as they have been for the last 3 weeks, where the Knights lost 33–26 to the Titans round 11, 29–18 to the Panthers round 10, 36–18 Rabbits round 9 and their last win was against Manly 18–12 in round 8.

          • May 28th 2018 @ 10:54am
            Greg said | May 28th 2018 @ 10:54am | ! Report

            “you can’t pick Moylan on ‘one game'”…, yes you can, that’s exactly what the team of the week is! It’s purely based on the past 7 days only, and Moylan outplayed Munster who by the way was playing against the second last team in the comp….Newcastle are harder opposition than the Cowboys

          • May 28th 2018 @ 11:19am
            Albo said | May 28th 2018 @ 11:19am | ! Report

            Haven’t the Sharks won their last 6 straight with Moylan at 6 ?

          • Roar Guru

            May 28th 2018 @ 11:30am
            Renegade said | May 28th 2018 @ 11:30am | ! Report

            Seriously… what are you smoking Stevie?

            It’s a team of the week… so yeah one game is all that matters… it’s not rep selection!

            The form of any side right now is no reflection of the season… what matters is September – Bunnies can have the June premiers trophy mate 🙂

            • Roar Rookie

              May 28th 2018 @ 12:17pm
              steveng said | May 28th 2018 @ 12:17pm | ! Report

              lol…good one renegade…mate, the Bunnies will be the right up there in Jun, Jul, Aug and Sep with the premiers trophy mate, we are certainties, you watch us ‘smash’ the Moylan Sharks (and he won’t have 6 assists either) he’ll S.. himself (like he mostly does lol on Friday night! Even though, we’re missing 4 of our best players. I still don’t rate Moylan he’s a dud and as were the Knights on Sunday, for him to get those BS 6 assists stats! The Cows are a 100% better side than the Knights even though they are running 15th, it should be the reverse, the Knights 15th and the Cows 11th.

              • May 28th 2018 @ 7:05pm
                farkurnell said | May 28th 2018 @ 7:05pm | ! Report

                put a sock in it Steve. The Bunnies are winning the “Grub Team of the Year” at the moment and you are the tearaway leader in The Obnoxious Fan Award for this year.

      • May 28th 2018 @ 3:33pm
        KenoathCarnt said | May 28th 2018 @ 3:33pm | ! Report

        But Munster has more skill fancy footwork always prevails.

    • May 28th 2018 @ 8:20am
      kk said | May 28th 2018 @ 8:20am | ! Report

      Happy Monday, Riley

      Trent Merrin, the hyphens Reagan Campbell- Gillard and James Fisher-Harris
      led one of the best displays of forward power seen in the past decade.

      I respect your selections. It ain’t an easy assignment. I expected all three to be
      named in your team. To not have one of them in the TOTW has stopped me.

      It was a delight to see John Olive make the team. With a bit more time on the
      paddock Wade Egan may make it before seasons end.

      Merrin is ready for a return to Origin. Hope Fittler was impressed.

      As always enjoy your work.

      • May 28th 2018 @ 11:23am
        Albo said | May 28th 2018 @ 11:23am | ! Report

        I actually thought Issiah Yeo was he best forward of the round after driving the Dragons right side defence mad all night and crunching them in defence. Still no mention of rep possibilities ?

        • May 28th 2018 @ 6:05pm
          RoryStorm. said | May 28th 2018 @ 6:05pm | ! Report

          I’m with you Albo when it comes to Yeo yesterday. The only thing I can put it down to is he’s surrounded by the “bigger” names in the team. Considering all the injuries Penrith have had this year it must be a great feeling now sitting at the top of the ladder.

          People can say the Dragons played poorly yesterday but I doubt any side in the comp could have gone with Penrith in the mood your guys were in. Talk about quick right across the parliament. There line speed was a joy to behold.

    • May 28th 2018 @ 8:22am
      Fish said | May 28th 2018 @ 8:22am | ! Report

      Disagree with Smith and Munster. Munster was very good but Moylan was exceptional.

      Smith manipulated the game very well, but play wise I finally saw the old champ slowing down a bit. Cook was very good, again.

      My opinion only.

      • Roar Guru

        May 28th 2018 @ 9:59am
        Con Scortis said | May 28th 2018 @ 9:59am | ! Report

        I agree Fish. Smith played very well but he looked exhausted at half time and even worse at full-time. He’s still an amazing player, but I think the speed of the game is getting a bit too much for the old fella.

    • May 28th 2018 @ 9:13am
      rossco said | May 28th 2018 @ 9:13am | ! Report

      No Cook? You’re dreaming. Ofahengaue ahead of Sam Burgess? Your selections are getting more puzzling as the weeks go by.

      Moylan was the stand-out for 5/8ths and whilst Crichton played well he was overshadowed by Sutton.

    • Roar Guru

      May 28th 2018 @ 12:21pm
      Matt H said | May 28th 2018 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

      A little surprising to see so many selections from the very ordinary Thursday night game and the just as poor Cowboys-Storm contest.

      • May 28th 2018 @ 7:28pm
        John said | May 28th 2018 @ 7:28pm | ! Report

        Yeah that surprised me too. With a 7-6 scoreline it would have been hard to justify including a play maker from either side in the TOTW.

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