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Team of the Week Round 13: Olam onslaught

Sunshine Coast Falcons continued their unbeaten run in Round 13 of the Intrust Super Cup, recording their 13th consecutive victory, becoming dual record holders for the most consecutive wins in a season. 

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. Kurtis Rowe - Burleigh Bears

The Bears fullback orchestrated a 36-4 victory over the Easts Tigers, setting up two tries and running for a huge 235 metres from 19 carries.

2. Troy Leo - Burleigh Bears

The Bears flyer starred for the Bears in Round 13, with three tries, two line breaks and 180 running metres. Leo leads the competition for tries scored with 16, sitting five tries ahead of Norths Devils flyer Herbie Farnworth on 11.  

3. Justin Olam - Sunshine Coast Falcons (C) 

The PNG Kumul and Melbourne Storm-contracted centre was unstoppable for the Falcons in Round 13, with three tries, two try assists, and 172 running metres in Sunshine Coast’s 36-0 victory over Tweed Heads at Piggabeen.

4. Izaia Perese - Redcliffe Dolphins

Brisbane Broncos coach Anthony Seibold will be keeping a close eye on the young outside back after he put in a standout performance in a losing side, with one try, try assists, six tackle breaks and a massive 251 running metres.

5. Kalifa Faifai Loa - Townsville Blackhawks

The 2018 Intrust Super Cup winger of the year was back to his best in Round 13, with one try, seven tackle breaks and 201 running metres in Townsville’s 28-14 victory over Souths Logan Magpies at Davies Park.

6. Cooper Johns - Sunshine Coast Falcons

The Falcons half was instrumental for the Sunshine Coast in their 36-0 victory over Tweed, setting up two tries for fellow Storm-contracted player Justin Olam.

7. Jack Hickson - Mackay Cutters

The Cutters half enjoyed his best game of the season to date, setting up a try for centre Jayden Batchelor and scoring one himself in the 42nd minute, leading Mackay to a 34-26 victory over the PNG Hunters in Port Moresby.

8. Luke Page - Burleigh Bears

The Bears hard man put in a Hastings Deering Man of the Match performance in Round 13, registering 169 running metres, including 61 post-contact metres in 43 minutes.

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9. Mitch Cronin - Wynnum Manly Seagulls

Cronin is a gun. The experienced Wynnum Manly hooker terrorised the Ipswich Jets out of dummy half, setting up four tries and running for 91 metres, in the Seagulls' 32-8 victory over the Jets at BMD Kougari Oval.

10. Corey Jensen - Townsville Blackhawks

The North Queensland Cowboys-contracted forward will be pushing for a Cowboys call-up after the experienced forward registered a huge 204 running metres from 17 carries, including 54 post-contact metres in Round 13.

11. Brendan Frei - Norths Devils

A huge performance from the former Sydney Roosters forward, who scored three tries, made four line breaks, and ran for 134 metres in the Devils' 28-16 victory over the Redcliffe Dolphins.

12. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui - Sunshine Coast Falcons

Arguably his biggest performance in the Intrust Super Cup to date, the 107kg forward played 80 minutes and terrorised the Tweed defence with his powerful running game, registering 231 metres, including seven tackle breaks, and 85 post-contact metres.

Intrust Super Cup Round 13 highlights: Tweed v Falcons

13. Peter Hola - Northern Pride

The North Queensland Cowboys-contracted forward was a standout for the Pride in Round 13, looking dangerous every time he ran the ball, scoring one try and running for 130 metres in Pride’s 30-4 victory over the CQ Capras in Cairns.

14. Connor Jones - Northern Pride

The crafty Pride rake terrorised the Capras out of dummy half with his running game and leg speed, crossing for two tries, along with two line breaks and 79 running metres.

15. Pat Templeman - Wynnum Manly Seagulls

A late change saw the Wynnum Manly half move to fullback - a preferred position for Templeman. The 26-year-old excelled at the back, setting up two tries and scoring one himself, leading the Seagulls to a 32-8 victory over the Jets.

16. Jayden Hodges - Mackay Cutters

The Cutters hooker created a number of opportunities for the away side, setting up two tries and scoring one of his own in the 21st minute.

 17. Aaron Pene - CQ Capras

It was a huge performance from the Capras front-rower in a losing side, registering 184 running metres, including three tackle breaks and 77 post-contact metres in Round 13.

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