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Team of the Week Round 19: Picture perfect Perese

Round 19 was not your average round of Intrust Super Cup, with the seven games of footy played over two weekends.

Redcliffe Dolphins centre Izaia Perese was the standout performer after he inspired a come-from-behind win for the Dolphins with two strong individual tries.

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. Nicho Hynes - Sunshine Coast Falcons

Hynes led the Falcons around the park in the absence of key playmaker Todd Murphy, creating several try-scoring opportunities, with 154 running metres, three line break assists and two try assists in the Sunshine Coast’s 44-12 victory over the CQ Capras at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

2. Paul Ulberg - Norths Devils

Another powerhouse performance from the Devils flyer, scoring two tries and running for a huge 171 running metres from 19 carries, including six tackle breaks and 51 post-contact metres.

3. Enari Tuala - Northern Pride

North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green will be keeping an eye on Tuala after a string of impressive performances for the Pride in recent weeks. The 20-year-old centre was a standout performer in a losing side with 210 running metres, seven tackle breaks and one try.

TOP FIVE: Intrust Super Cup Round 19

4. Izaia Perese - Redcliffe Dolphins (C)

Surely it won’t be too long before we see this bloke running around for the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL, after yet another standout performance for the Dolphins. Perese set up a come-from-behind win for the Dolphins with two tries, including the match-winning four-pointer in the 75th minute of the game.

5. Zac Santo - Townsville Blackhawks

The Townsville fullback returned for the Blackhawks on the wing after a five-week layoff and was back to his best, scoring a scintillating length-of-the-field try in the 24th minute.

6. Guy Hamilton - Souths Logan Magpies 

The Souths Logan half continued his fine run of form in Round 19, leading the Magpies to a 24-20 victory over Pride with four goals, two try assists and 310 kick metres to his name.

7. Shaun Nona - Townsville Blackhawks 

The 28-year-old Townsville half orchestrated a 48-18 victory over the PNG Hunters, kicking a perfect eight from eight goals and creating several try-scoring opportunities to the put the Blackhawks two wins clear of fifth-placed Norths Devils with four rounds remaining.

Intrust Super Cup Round 19 highlights: Blackhawks v Hunters

8. Trent Schaumkel - Sunshine Coast Falcons

The 115kg forward enjoyed his best game of the season to date, scoring two tries within the opening 10 minutes of the game and registering 100 running metres from nine carries.

9. Mania Cherrington - Souths Logan Magpies 

The first player to win the Hastings Deering Man of the Match in 2019 after starting the game off the bench, Cherrington was instrumental for the Magpies, registering two line breaks, 95 running metres and one try in just 58 minutes.

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10. Alex Gerrard - Mackay Cutters 

The 27-year-old Mackay front rower led his team from the front against an experienced Tweed Seagulls outfit, with 136 running metres, 40 tackles and one try during an 80-minute performance.

11. Matiu Love-Henry - Wynnum Manly Seagulls

A huge performance for the Wynnum Manly edge backrower, who ran for a massive 190 metres, including six tackle breaks, 73 post-contact metres and a try in the Seagulls' 18-2 victory over Easts Tigers at Langlands.

12. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui - Sunshine Coast Falcons

The 107kg Melbourne Storm forward returned for the Falcons after spending the past couple of weeks playing for the Storm in the NRL. The 19-year-old led his pack from the front with a powerhouse performance, registering 177 running metres, including eight tackle breaks and 83 post-contact metres.

13. Jamil Hopoate - Redcliffe Dolphins

The 2018 Lock of the Year has been in fine form for the Dolphins with another strong performance in Round 19, running for 190 metres, including 60 post contact metres and 24 tackles in a Hastings Deering Man of the Match performance.

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14. Edene Gebbie - Wynnum Manly Seagulls

Another massive game for South Sydney Rabbitohs' new recruit, with a huge 258 running metres, five tackle breaks and a length-of-the-field try against the run of play.

15. Tyronne Roberts-Davis - Burleigh Bears

The former Gold Coast Titans flyer was a standout performer for the Bears in a losing side with 104 running metres, three tackle breaks, one try assist and one try in Round 19.

16. BJ Aufaga-Toomaga - CQ Capras

CQ Capras' best player to date enjoyed another solid performance in a losing side with two tries, two goals and 117 running metres against competition leaders Sunshine Coast Falcons. The 22-year-old has now scored 11 tries in his last six games.

17. Nick Hasu - PNG Hunters

The PNG Hunters hooker was outstanding for the Hunters in Round 19 with 61 running metres, 51 tackles and a try against an experienced Townsville Blackhawks outfit.