Round 17 Team of the Week: Jet powered

Ipswich Jets players dominated selection in the Round 17 ‘Team of the Week’, after recording a 54-0 victory against the Mackay Cutters last Friday night. 

Take a look below at which players QRL Media's Nathan Jones thought made some outstanding contributions for your favourite teams last weekend.

>> Each round, QRL Media recognise the 17 best performers and name the Intrust Super Cup ‘Team of the Week’*. These team selections will be based not only on statistical data, but will also take on board live and broadcast viewings of the games, with the standout performer of the week to be named captain.

1. Michael Purcell (Ipswich Jets) – (c)

The Ipswich fullback is clearly loving being back on the field for the Jets, claiming three tries in Round 17 his side’s 54-0 win over Mackay. Purcell now has five tries in three games since returning from injury.

2. Marmin Barba (Ipswich Jets)

Known for his freakish try-scoring ability; Barba starred with the kicking tee in Round 17 as well, clearing nine of 11 conversions, registering 18 points from goal kicks. Further to his goal kicking numbers, Barba also claimed up a try and set up another.

3. Edward Burns (Wynnum Manly Seagulls)

The Wynnum Manly centre troubled the Tweed Heads opposition defence with his strength and speed, getting over for two tries, running for 171m, busting five tackles and making two offloads.

4. Marion Seve (Easts Tigers)

The powerful centre was a late inclusion for Easts after recently signing with the Melbourne Storm. The former Souths Logan Magpie was impressive in his first game for his new club, running for 213m from 18 carries, including 96 post contact metres and 12 tackle breaks. 

5. Shawn Bowen (Northern Pride)

A solid performance for the Northern Pride flyer in a losing side, scoring two tries and recording 153 running metres from 13 carries, along with four tackle breaks.

6. Zach Clay (Townsville Blackhawks)

A great performance from the Blackhawks half in Round 17, scoring a great individual try, kicking three goals, and setting up two tries to steer his side to victory against the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

7. Cam Cullen (Redcliffe Dolphins)

An instrumental performance from the Redcliffe half in Round 17, with a try, 130 running metres, seven tackle breaks, 214 kick metres in what was an impressive away win for the Dolphins.

8. Tyson Lofipo (Ipswich Jets)

105kg forward Lofipo had arguably his best game of the season in Round 17, producing 187 running metres, including 76 post contact metres and six tackle breaks, in just 46 minutes.

9. Mitch Cronin (Wynnum Manly Seagulls)

Cronin played a pivotal role in securing victory for Wynnum Manly in Round 17, with 113 run metres, a try assist and 39 tackles in a Hastings Deering Man of the Match performance.

10. Keenan Palasia (Wynnum Manly Seagulls)

A massive performance from the Seagulls front-rower in Round 17, recording 181 run metres from 16 carries, with two offloads and 24 tackles.

11. Brett Greinke (Easts Tigers)

A powerhouse performance from the young forward in Round 17, leading his team from the front against an experienced Pride pack with 162 running metres, eight tackle breaks and 28 tackles, in just 50 minutes.

12. Radley Brawa (PNG Hunters)

Whilst the Hunters weren’t able to come away with the win, the Hunters second rower was a shining light for PNG with 132 running metres and 52 tackles.

13. Jamie Hill (CQ Capras)

The third consecutive Team of the Week appearance for the CQ Capras lock forward. He again starred with a monstrous work rate of 193m, seven tackle breaks, a try and 40 tackles to his name.

14. Kurtis Rowe (Burleigh Bears)

Solid in a losing side, claiming two tries, three line breaks, 159 running metres and eight tackle breaks, in a strong all-round performance from the Burleigh fullback.

15. Scott Drinkwater (Easts Tigers)

Another great performance from the Tigers fullback, scoring two tries, setting up another, busting seven tackles and kicking for 220m. Drinkwater played a key role in securing the victory against a Northern Pride side looking to cement their spot in the top 6.

16. Zac Santo (Townsville Blackhawks)

Just six games into his Intrust Super Cup season, the Townsville Fullback turned it on in Round 17 terrorising his opposition with his speed and footwork, registering 213 running metres, including 65 post contact metres and three tackle breaks.

17. Nat Neale (Ipswich Jets)

A massive game in Round 17 for the Jets cult figure, with 177m from 19 carries, 83 post contact metres, six tackle breaks and six offloads to his name.

*The team selections are the opinions of QRL Media only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the QRL.