Each week in the Intrust Super Cup, players from across all the 14 clubs show off their skills with the ball in hand and put in immense efforts in defence to help lift their teams.
From this week onwards**, QRL Media will recognise these players and name the 17 best performers from each round in the Intrust Super Cup ‘Team of the Week’*.
These team selections will be based not only on statistical data (which does not always tell the full story of a player’s contribution), but will also take on board live and broadcast viewings of the games, with the standout performer of the week to be named captain.
Take a look below at which players QRL Media's Nathan Jones thought made some outstanding contributions for your favourite teams last weekend.
Round 7 Intrust Super Cup Team of the Week
- Edene Gebbie (PNG Hunters)
This Cup rookie put in a great performance in a beaten side, running 80m to score one of the tries of the year so far.
- Jonathon Reuben (Townsville Blackhawks)
A perennial try scorer, he continued his form in the win over the Devils, not only scoring two himself, but setting one up as well.
- Sami Sauiluma (Burleigh Bears)
One of the form centres in the competition this year, he continued his strong showing against Wynnum Manly, scoring a try and running for more than 180m.
- Justin Olam (Sunshine Coast Falcons)
A solid performer in a losing side, he had a number of strong carries and set up a try for his winger to level the game early.
- Jonus Pearson (Redcliffe Dolphins) – (c)
The standout performer of the round, Pearson did his Broncos claims a world of good, scoring two long range tries and setting up another. His speed is an asset the Dolphins used well to sink Mackay.
- Cam Cullen (Redcliffe Dolphins)
This was one of the most dominant kicking performances of the year, making more than 240m. He also set up one of the tries of the round with a long-range kick.
- Sam Scarlett (Souths Logan Magpies)
His skill was a vital aspect in Souths securing their win over the PNG Hunters; setting up a try with a pin-point kick, and scoring one himself.
- Luke Page (Burleigh Bears)
The prop forward continues to do what he does best, producing a number of huge carries to get his team on the front foot and lay the platform for their second half comeback.
- Pat Politoni (Burleigh Bears)
The 2017 Intrust Super Cup Hooker of the Year was instrumental for the Bears in his Hastings Deering Man of the Match performance. He is a steady and experienced campaigner who helps set the team in the right direction.
- Jet Key (CQ Capras)Injuries forced him to swap from five-eighth to prop pre-game, but he was happy to be back in his more familiar place in the front row, running for 205m and making 32 tackles.
- Dave Taylor (CQ Capras)
The Coal Train was at his damaging best, scoring the winning try with a barnstorming run in the dying minutes of the game against Northern Pride.
- Hayden Schwass (Burleigh Bears)
Round 7 against Wynnum Manly was a dominant game from one of Burleigh’s most consistent performers, scoring a try and running for more than 160m.
- Cheyne Whitelaw (Tweed Heads Seagulls)
A captain’s performance from the Tweed forward, running for more than 200m and making some strong carries against an experienced Tigers pack.
- Sam Caslick (Ipswich Jets)
Although he played limited minutes, he was the point of difference, kicking the winning field goal from 40m out to clinch the game for the Jets.
- Blake Leary (Burleigh Bears)
The experienced backrower continued to press his selection claims to retain his place in this year’s XXXX Queensland Residents side, scoring a try and troubling opposition defenders with his strong running game.
- Ben Shea (Ipswich Jets)
Arguably the most dominant forward in the Jets pack in Round 7, Shea made some strong carries in the back end of the game when it counted.
- Francis Molo (Townsville Blackhawks)
He broke the game open for Townsville with some damaging ball running, keeping his opposition on the back foot.
*The team selections are the opinions of QRL Media only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the QRL.
**From Round 8, QRL Media will publish the Intrust Super Cup Team of the Week every Tuesday.
Main Photo: Jonus Pearson in action in Round 1 against Souths Logan. FILE IMAGE