Round 20 Team of the Week

Round 20 was an action-packed affair, with several sides aiming to cement their spot in the top six as we edge closer to the 2018 finals series.

Following their impressive 46-12 victory over Norths Devils, several Easts Tigers players were rewarded with selection in this weeks ‘Team of the Week’.

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. Scott Drinkwater (Easts Tigers) (c)

One of the most dominant individual performances we’ve seen in season 2018. Drinkwater put on a clinic in Round 20, with three tries, three try assists, 176 run metres, three line breaks and 10 tackle breaks, in a convincing 46-12 win for the Tigers.

 2. Marmin Barba (Ipswich Jets

The Jets flyer was at his try scoring best in Round 20, scoring two tries and booking himself a place in this week’s team. Furthermore, Barba contributed 14 of the 15 points scored by the Ipswich Jets in Round 20.

 3. Thompson Teteh (PNG Hunters)

A huge game in Round 20 for the Hunters centre, running for 195m, scoring a try, busting seven tackles and breaking the line on two occasions. Thompson was a clear standout for the Hunters and put his hand up with some strong carries when the game was in the balance.

Talor Walters on his way to a Tweed Heads try. Photo: Tweed Heads Seagulls Media
Talor Walters on his way to a Tweed Heads try. Photo: Tweed Heads Seagulls Media

4. Talor Walters (Tweed Heads Seagulls)  

In his limited time playing Intrust Super Cup, Tweed Heads outside back Walters has already found himself playing centre, wing and fullback for the Seagulls. In Round 20, Walters was a clear standout for the Gulls, running in two sensational tries and running for 154m, in a strong performance.

5. Troy Leo (Burleigh Bears)

Whilst Burleigh didn’t come away with the win, Bears flyer Leo was sensational, getting over for two tries, including one of the tries of the season as he ran the length of the field and beat several Hunters chasers in the process.

6. Billy Walters (Easts Tigers)

Young Easts half is hitting his stride at the right time of the season, and was again outstanding in Round 20, scoring two tries and terrorising Norths with his running game, registering 104m from nine carries.

7. Lindon McGrady (Tweed Heads Seagulls)

He only played 33 minutes due to injury, but was a standout in his time on field, setting up two tries and kicking two goals, providing Tweed Heads with the upper hand, against a Mackay side looking to find some form in the back end of the season.

8. Nat Neale (Ipswich Jets) 

An outstanding 80-minute performance from the Jets front rower, running for 137m, making 41 tackles, producing two offloads and 54 post contact metres in a Hastings Deering Man of the Match performance. Neale (pictured below) has now won three Hastings Deering Man of the Match awards, the most of any player in season 2018.

9. Krys Freeman (Townsville Blackhawks)

A solid all round performance from the Blackhawks rake, kicking for 180m, busting four tackles, running for 56m and securing the win for Townsville, scoring a try with a darting run from dummy half, late in the game.

10. Pat Carrigan (Wynnum Manly Seagulls)

A dominant performance from the young powerhouse forward, registering 177 run metres, including 73 post contact metres, three tackle breaks and 20 tackles, in 47 minutes.

11. Brett Greinke (Easts Tigers) 

Arguably his best game of the season, scoring a sensational try and setting up a try for partnering prop forward Albert Vete late in the game. Further to his efforts, Greinke ran for 135m, busted five tackles and made 23 tackles.

12. Toby Rudolf (Redcliffe Dolphins)

A massive game from Redcliffe second-rower in Round 20, as he terrorised Ipswich edge defence with his powerful running game, with 144 running metres, eight tackle breaks, 57 post contact metres, a line break and 34 tackles.

13. Tui Kamikamica (Sunshine Coast Falcons) 

Falcons forward Kamikamica was a standout for the Falcons in their 15-14 victory over the Northern Pride in Hervey Bay. Kamikamica put the Falcons in prime attacking territory with several strong carries, registering 183 running metres, two tackle breaks and 69 post contact metres.

14. Zac Santo (Townsville Blackhawks)

A standout performance from the Blackhawks fullback in Round 20, setting up a try for winger Carlin Anderson, running for 143m, and busting 10 tackles in another dominant performance.

15. Jordan Grant (Mackay Cutters)

A huge performance in a losing side, Grant lead Mackay from the front with a massive 208m from 15 carries, including 102 post contact metres, three tackle breaks and 21 tackles to his name.

16. Jet Key (CQ Capras)

After coming off the bench, the Capras front- rower made an immediate impact with several strong carries against a big Wynnum pack, with 190 running metres, 60 post contact metres, two offloads and six tackle breaks. The 102kg forward also aimed up in defence with 32 tackles.

17. Tyson Lofipo (Ipswich Jets)

Along with his front-row partner Nat Neale; Jets forward Lofipo was impressive in Round 20, laying the platform for Ipswich, with 160 run metres, including 56 post contact metres and five tackle breaks.

>> 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.