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Team of the Week Round 17: Flyers on fire

What a week of footy. For the first time in Team of the Week history, we have dual captains after Jon Reuben and Matt Soper-Lawler had equally impressive performances in Round 17 of the Intrust Super Cup.

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. Trai Fuller - Redcliffe Dolphins 

Fuller created several opportunities for the home side with his speed and tackle-busting ability, with two line breaks, 202 running metres and 10 tackle breaks in Redcliffe’s 32-20 victory over Wynnum. 

 2. Matt Soper-Lawler - Souths Logan Magpies (c)

The Souths Logan flyer was on fire in Round 17, scoring four tries including the match winning try in the 78th minute, to ice a come-from-behind victory over fellow Brisbane Broncos feeder club Norths Devils.

3. BJ Aufaga-Toomaga - CQ Capras 

A huge effort from the 22-year-old in a losing side, with two tries, four goals, nine tackle breaks and 202 running metres. Aufaga-Toomaga now leads the competition for runs with 275 in 17 appearances.

4. Sami Sauiluma - Burleigh Bears 

It was a dominant display of strength and speed by the experienced Bears centre, scoring two tries and registering 151 running metres in Burleigh’s 42-6 victory over fellow Gold Coast Titans feeder club Tweed Seagulls.

5. Jon Reuben - Sunshine Coast Falcons (c)

One of the most dominant individual performances we have seen in 2019, with the Facons flyer scoring three tries and running for a season high 334 metres, the most of any player in the Intrust Super Cup this season.

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6. Guy Hamilton - Souths Logan Magpies

Hamilton orchestrated a 29-22 come-from-behind victory over Norths Devils with three goals, a try assist, 165 running metres and a field goal in the 75th minute.

7. Jamal Fogarty - Burleigh Bears 

The former Parramatta Eels half was instrumental for the Bears in their 42-6 victory over Tweed Seagulls, setting up three tries, and kicking five goals in a Hastings Deering Man of the Match performance.

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8. Corey Jensen - Townsville Blackhawks

A power-house performance form the North Queensland Cowboys-contracted forward who ran for a massive 190 metres, including 78 post-contact metres in just 59 minutes.

9. Harry Grant - Sunshine Coast Falcons

Yet another Team of the Week appearance for the Falcons dummy half who registered two tries, two try assists, 150 running metres and eight tackle breaks in an 80-minute performance.

10. Tui Kamikamica - Sunshine Coast Falcons

The Melbourne Storm forward led the Falcons pack in the absence of Darryn Schonig and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, running for 190 metres from 17 carries, including 73 post contact metres and four tackle breaks against a physical PNG Hunters outfit.

11. Temone Power - Townsville Blackhawks

Back-to-back Team of the Week appearances for the Blackhawks tearaway who scored two tries, busted nine tackles and ran for 160 metres.

12. Sam Coster - Burleigh Bears 

The 26-year-old Bears forward has been in fine form in recent weeks and was again solid in Round 17, with two tries and 132 running metres from 11 carries.

13. Ben Shea - Ipswich Jets

The most consistent performer for the Jets this season was again impressive against an experienced Tigers outfit, with 172 running metres and 74 post contact metres from 18 carries.

14. Pat Politoni - Burleigh Bears 

The Bears hooker was outstanding out of dummy half, setting up two tries and scoring one himself in Burleigh’s 42-6 victory over Tweed at Piggabeen.

15. Cooper Bambling - Mackay Cutters 

A standout performer for the Cutters in Round 17, setting up two tries for Mackay in their 28-24 victory over the CQ Capras in Rockhampton.

16. Luke Page - Burleigh Bears 

A rampaging DJ Moey Fresh lead his pack from the front with a devastating performance that included 175 running metres and a try, in just 42 minutes.

17. Izaia Perese - Redcliffe Dolphins 

It seems Perese has taken the crown for the hardest bloke to tackle in the Intrust Super Cup, registering another 14 tackle breaks along with 187 running metres and a try in Round 17. Perese has now made 14 tackle breaks in three consecutive games and now leads the competition for tackle breaks with 93 in 12 appearances.

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