Team of the Week Round 18: Postman Pat delivers

The Intrust Super Cup 'Get in the Game' Country Week, presented by BHP, saw players trek to seven out-of-the-ordinary locations to showcase the game.

Players from all teams certainly stepped up to the plate and put on quite a show for crowds in Wabag in Papua New Guinea, Pittsworth, Thursday Island, Cloncurry, Ilfracombe, Ingham and Nanango. 

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. Terry Wapi - PNG Hunters

The Hunters fullback certainly put on a show during his team's 38-38 draw with Easts Tigers in Wabag. Wapi scored one try - his fourth for the Hunters, registered one try assist, clocked the most run metres for the Hunters with 186 and broke the line twice during the 80 minutes he was on the field. 

2. Troy Leo - Burleigh Bears

The Bears flyer, despite his side losing to Townsville Blackhawks 22-10 in Ingham, was dangerous with the ball. He broke the line twice, had eight tackle breaks and registered 158 running metres, including 40 post-contact metres, during his 80 minutes of play.

Troy Leo in action for Burleigh Bears. Photo: QRL Media
Troy Leo in action for Burleigh Bears. Photo: QRL Media

3. BJ Aufaga-Toomaga - CQ Capras

The 22-year-old gets back-to-back Team of the Week honours, despite the Capras losing to Tweed Seagulls 28-12 in Ilfracombe, after scoring two tries, assisting in one and registering 181 run metres, including 57 post-contact metres.

4. Sami Sauiluma - Burleigh Bears

The Bears centre, who was also in the Round 17 Team of the Week, was on fire during his 80-minute stint against Townsville Blackhawks. The 27-year-old scored one try, assisted in one, broke the line twice and registered 161 run metres, including 40 post-contact metres.

5. Jon Reuben - Sunshine Coast Falcons

Reuben, what a weapon. The Falcons speed demon, co-captain of last week's Team of the Week, played 80 minutes, scored two tries, registered 316 run metres, broke the line once and registered six tackle breaks during his side's 30-12 win over Norths Devils in Nanango. 

Jon Reuben scores. Photo: QRL Media
Jon Reuben scores. Photo: QRL Media

6. Pat Templeman - Wynnum Manly Seagulls (C)

The Wynnum Manly five-eighth was a standout performer during his side's 34-12 Country Week win against Mackay Cutters. The 26-year-old played 80 minutes, scored two tries, kicked four conversions and one penalty goal and registered 185 run metres - the most for Wynnum Manly.  

7. Todd Murphy - Sunshine Coast Falcons

The Team of the Week regular was once again a solid performer for the ladder leaders against his former side Norths Devils in Nanango. The talented halfback played 80 minutes, scored one try, assisted in one try, kicked five goals and registered 100 run metres. 

8. Jordan Grant - Redcliffe Dolphins

The Dolphins prop and captain at the weekend had a huge game against Souths Logan Magpies in Pittsworth. Grant registered 32 tackles - the most for the Dolphins and 216 run metres - also the most of the Dolphins, including 79 post-contact metres, during his 67 minutes on the field. 

Jordan Grant in action. Photo: QRL Media
Jordan Grant in action. Photo: QRL Media

9. Harry Grant - Sunshine Coast Falcons

The Falcons hooker, and Team of the Week regular, was an absolute machine during his side's 30-12 win over Norths Devils in Nanango. The Melbourne Storm-contracted player played 80 minutes, registered one try assist, 44 tackles - the most in the game, and 158 run metres to earn himself the Hastings Deering Man of the Match award. 

 
 
 
 
 
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10. Nat Neale - Ipswich Jets 

The Jets tough man was a solid performer for the Jets during the side's 22-12 win over Northern Pride on Thursday Island. Neale scored one try and registered 35 tackles - the most for the Jets, during his 77 minutes on the field. He also clocked 147 run metres, including 60 post-contact metres.

Nat Neale on Thursday Island. Photo: QRL Media
Nat Neale on Thursday Island. Photo: QRL Media

11. Tom Rafter - Sunshine Coast Falcons

The rampaging redhead was on fire for the Falcons in Round 18. Rafter scored one try, registered 35 tackles - second only to Harry Grant in the game, and 102 run metres including 36 post-contact metres. The Blackhawks' Jake Marketo was also impressive in this position but was pipped at the post by Rafter. 

12. Tom Hancock - Northern Pride

The Pride second rower was impressive in attack and defence during his side's loss to Ipswich Jets on Thursday Island. Hancock scored one try, registered a whopping 50 tackles and had a 92.6 per cent tackle efficiency during his 80 minutes on the field. Wynnum Manly's Keenan Palasia also deserves a mention with one try, 107 run metres, including 47 post-contact, one line break, four tackle breaks and 29 tackles.  

13. Shaun Fensom - Souths Logan Magpies 

The Brisbane Broncos-contracted lock had a big 80 minutes against the Redcliffe Dolphins in Pittsworth. Fensom registered 51 tackles, had a 98.1 per cent tackle efficiency and clocked 120 run metres, including 46 post-contact metres. 

14. Josh Chudleigh - Townsville Blackhawks

The Blackhawks hooker was super impressive during the Blackhawks' 22-10 win over Burleigh Bears in Ingham. The 25-year-old scored one try, registered two line breaks, four tackle breaks, 23 tackles and 122 run metres including 37 post-contact metres during his 70 minutes on the field.  

15. Matt Soper-Lawler - Souths Logan Magpies

The 22-year-old Magpies flyer was once again impressive for his side, scoring two tries to help the Magpies beat Redcliffe Dolphins 24-16 in Pittsworth. Soper-Lawler also registered 122 run metres, three tackle breaks and 10 tackles to earn back-to-back Team of the Week honours. 

Matt Soper-Lawler is one speedy winger. Photo: QRL Media
Matt Soper-Lawler is one speedy winger. Photo: QRL Media

16. Ash Taylor - Tweed Seagulls

It was great to see the Gold Coast Titans star back on the rugby league field. The talented 24-year-old half was a crowd favourite during his 80 minutes, scoring one try, kicking one goal, registering 300 kick metres, 91 run metres, 12 tackles, one try assist, one line break and two line break assists. 

17. Sam Lavea - Easts Tigers

Lavea made the most of his 49 minutes on the field. The Tigers prop scored one try, registered 132 run metres - the most for the Tigers, one line break, six tackle breaks and 17 tackles.