Easts Tigers and Sunshine Coast Falcons flexed their muscles in Round 4 of the Intrust Super Cup, as both Melbourne Storm feeder clubs recorded four consecutive wins from the opening four rounds of the competition.
Each round, QRL recognises the 17 best performers and name the Intrust Super Cup Team of the Week; these team selections are based not only on statistical data, but 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)
The 2018 leading try scorer was outstanding for the Ipswich Jets in Round 4, in a sensational return to form. Purcell scored two tries and helped the Walker brothers claim a 28-16 victory in their 200th Intrust Super Cup game as Jets coaches.
2. Tom Hughes (Easts Tigers)
The former Newcastle Knights flyer secured victory with two late tries for Easts Tigers, in their 30-14 victory over PNG Hunters, at Langlands Park.
3. Justin Olam (Sunshine Coast Falcons)
PNG Kumuls centre Olam was at his barnstorming best in Round 4, with two tries, three line breaks, and 117 running metres.
4. Enari Tuala (Northern Pride)
The North Queensland Cowboys outside back will be pushing for an NRL call up after another dominant display in Round 4. Tuala scored a try, set up another, and ran for a huge 209 metres, including 62 post contact metres and nine tackle breaks.
5. Junior Rau (PNG Hunters)
Despite their fourth consecutive loss, Hunters flyer Rau was a standout performer for the away team, crossing for two tries and registering 151 run metres.
6. Tom Dearden (Wynnum Manly Seagulls) (C)
Originally named to play Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup, the Brisbane Broncos young gun hit the ground running in his Intrust Super Cup debut, with 112 running metres, three offloads and a try assist in a Hastings Deering Man of the Match performance.
7. Julian Christian (Ipswich Jets)
The Cairns product was instrumental for the Jets in their first win of the season, with a try, three line breaks and 178 run metres, against an experienced Northern Pride outfit.
8. Aaron Pene (CQ Capras)
Capras forward Pene has been a standout for the Rockhampton-based club in the early rounds of the competition, and was again impressive in Round 4, clocking up 151 running metres, including 47 post contact metres and two tackle breaks.
9. Harry Grant (Sunshine Coast Falcons)
The Sunshine Coast hooker was influential for the Falcons from dummy half, scoring a try in the 26th minute and registering a huge 46 tackles, in a big 80-minute effort.
10. John Palavi (Tweed Seagulls)
The experienced forward led the Seagulls pack from the front, running for a huge 170 metres, including 69 post-contact metres, in what was a convincing 26-12 victory for Tweed.
11. Nixon Putt (Norths Devils)
The former PNG Hunters forward terrorised the Falcons edge defence with his powerful running game and upper body strength. Putt registered 143 running metres and set up two tries off the back of strong carries.
12. Tom Gilbert (Townsville Blackhawks)
The third Team of the Week appearance in four weeks for the North Queensland Cowboys forward. The 21-year-old was a standout for the Blackhawks, running for 152 metres and making 33 tackles at 100 per cent tackle efficiency.
13. James Taylor (Redcliffe Dolphins)
A powerhouse display from the Dolphins middle forward, registering a huge 192 metres from 17 carries, including six tackle breaks and 28 tackles, against an experienced Souths Logan forward pack.
14. Christian Hazard (Tweed Seagulls)
Seagulls recruit Hazard was outstanding in his first game of the season, crossing for a try and setting up another for centre Kody Parsons. The 24-year-old was lethal with the boot, forcing two drop-outs and recording 202 kick metres.
15. Kody Parsons (Tweed Seagulls)
The Tweed centre had a night out in Rockhampton, crossing for two meat pies in the Seagulls 26-16 victory over CQ Capras at Browne Park.
16. Connor Broadhurst (Norths Devils)
The Rockhampton product was a standout performer for the Devils in a losing side, crossing for two tries within a nine-minute period inside the first half.
17. Edene Gebbie (Wynnum Manly Seagulls)
The fourth consecutive Team of the Week selection for the Wynnum Manly fullback. Despite not scoring a try, the former Hunters gun registered a massive 268 running metres from 23 carries, including 12 tackle breaks and 61 post contact metres.