Round 23 of the Intrust Super Cup saw several standout performers in the final round of the regular season. None better than Julian Christian, who was the Hastings Deering man of the match.
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 named captain.
Team of the Week
1. Michael Purcell - Ipswich Jets
The Kangaroo catcher finished the regular season for the Jets with a bang, scoring one try, kicking six goals from six attempts, busting five tackles and running for 150 metres in the 28-28 draw with the Sunshine Coast Falcons at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
2. Josh Beehag - Redcliffe Dolphins
The Redcliffe flyer had a field day against Mackay Cutters in Round 23, bagging three tries, busting six tackles and running for 142 metres in the Dolphins' 48-10 victory over Cutters at Dolphin Stadium.
3. Edene Gebbie - Wynnum Manly Seagulls
Despite the positional switch to the centres, Gebbie was at his barnstorming best against Norths Devils, with two tries, one try assist, eight tackle breaks and 166 running metres from 17 carries.
4. Jeremy Hawkins - Redcliffe Dolphins
The former Canberra Raiders outside back terrorised Mackay Cutters, with two tries, one try assist, three tackle breaks and 202 running metres to his name.
5. Gideon Gela-Mosby - Northern Pride
The Northern Pride speedster capped of his 2019 season with a strong performance against Tweed Seagulls in Round 23. Gela-Mosby was the sole points-scorer for the Pride with two tries, six tackle breaks and 132 running metres.
6. Cooper Johns - Sunshine Coast Falcons
Johns took the reins for Falcons in the absence of Nicho Hynes, Harry Grant and Todd Murphy, orchestrating a second half comeback with three try assists and four goals, including a kick from the sideline to level the scores in the 77th minute.
7. Julian Christian - Ipswich Jets (C)
The young Jets playmaker saved his best game until last, with one try, one try assist and 188 kick metres in a Hastings Deering Man of the Match performance against 2019 minor premiers.
8. Jordan Grant - Redcliffe Dolphins
Grant pushed his case for the 2019 Intrust Super Cup Prop of the Year with another massive performance for Redcliffe in Round 23, with 222 running metres and 82 post-contact metres, as well as 21 tackles with 100 per cent effectiveness.
9. Krys Freeman - Townsville Blackhawks
Despite coming off the bench for the Blackhawks, Freeman brought intensity for Townsville in the back half of the contest with 101 running metres, 19 tackles and he set up the winning try with a late offload to Tom Gilbert in the 73rd minute.
10. Lachlan Roe - Sunshine Coast Falcons
A powerhouse performance from Falcons front-rower Roe inspired a second half come-back against his former club with two tries, nine tackle breaks and 143 metres from 12 carries - all in just 35 minutes.
11. Moses Meninga - PNG Hunters
The experienced Hunters forward was injected into the game off the bench and wreaked havoc, running for 145 metres from 10 carries and scoring one try to level the game in the 68th minute.
12. Jack Peoples - Easts Tigers
The Tigers forward, on debut, was the standout performer in the back row across the competition in Round 23, with a monster work rate that included two tries, 135 running metres and 46 tackles at 94 per cent effectiveness.
13. Rory Lillis - Tweed Seagulls
The Seagulls forward put in a monster effort against the Northern Pride in Round 23, running for 207 metres and making 28 tackles with 100 per cent effectiveness in just 56 minutes.
14. Jamal Fogarty - Burleigh Bears
The Bears half led his team around the park against a Central Queensland Capras side looking to finish their season on a high. Fogarty kicked five goals, ran for 105 metres, registered 162 kick metres and set up two tries in the Bears' 30-12 victory over the Capras in Rockhampton.
15. Izaia Perese - Redcliffe Dolphins
Perese all but confirmed why he is a favourite to win the 2019 Intrust Super Cup Centre of the Year with another powerhouse display in Round 23. Perese finished the game with one try, one try assist, four tackle breaks, two line breaks and a massive 206 running metres to his name.
16. Ase Boas - PNG Hunters
The Hunters half orchestrated an inspiring PNG win in their final game of the season, kicking the winning field goal to claim a 25-24 victory over Souths Logan Magpies at Davies Park.
17. Tom Gilbert - Townsville Blackhawks
Gilbert pushed his claim for the 2019 Lock of the Year with a huge performance against Easts Tigers, producing 155 running metres, 29 tackles, and the winning try in the 73rd minute.