ANZAC Round saw some stellar individual performances, great team efforts and plenty of pizzazz.
Burleigh Bears skipper Luke Page put in a gutsy performance during his side's win over PNG Hunters to earn himself the title of Hastings Deering Player of the Match and captain of this week's Team of the Week.
Each round, Queensland Rugby League 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.
Round 5 Team of the Week
1. Jayden Campbell - Tweed Seagulls
The young Seagulls fullback was impressive during his side's 28-16 win over Redcliffe Dolphins. Campbell scored one try, clocked a whopping 217 run metres, had one line break assist and one try assist. His try was dubbed the "try of the match" after he "fielded a bomb on his own line and cut a swathe through the Dolphins defence to go coast to coast and score a memorable try".
2. Ratu Jope Rotavisoro - Ipswich Jets
The Jets winger provided the pizzazz the Jets needed to get their first win of the 2021 season. Rotavisoro scored two tries, recorded the most line breaks for his side with two, had two tackled breaks and clocked 154 run metres.
3. Jokadi Bire - PNG Hunters
The Hunters centre was a standout for his side during their loss to Burleigh Bears. Bire scored one try, clocked 164 run metres, had one line break, four tackle breaks and made 17 tackles.
Top five: Intrust Super Cup Round 5
4. Isaiah Tass - Souths Logan Magpies
The Magpies centre was one of several impressive performers for Souths Logan in Round 5. Tass scored two tries, kicked eight from 11 conversions, which gave him a personal points tally of 24; he also clocked 159 run metres, had one line break assist, two try assists, four tackle breaks.
5. Jack Goodsell - Souths Logan Magpies
The Magpies winger was integral during his side's 60-10 win over Mackay Cutters. Goodsell scored two tries, clocked 141 run metres, had the most line breaks for his side with three, and one tackle break.
6. Anthony Milford - Souths Logan Magpies
The Brisbane Broncos-contracted five-eighth was one half of an unstoppable halves combination in Round 5. Milford scored one try, 117 run metres, two line breaks, three line break assists, two try assists, 12 tackle breaks. “The forwards really did their job tonight,” Milford said post-match. “They really laid the platform for us outside backs. They made my job easier, and I was able to inject myself into the game."
7. Albert Kelly - Souths Logan Magpies
The Magpies halfback was dangerous in attack for the Magpies, creating chance after chance in "a scintillating display of attacking football". Kelly scored one try, 104 run metres, one line break, two line break assists, four try assists, seven tackle breaks.
8. Luke Page - Burleigh Bears (C)
The Bears skipper was on fire during his 66 minutes on the field during the battle for the Kokoda Cup. Page scored one try, clocked 181 run metres including 52 post-contact, had one line break, four tackle breaks and made 24 tackles. "We really showed what we are capable of doing on the field,” Page said post-match. “Everyone played their own part and it’s good to see some reward from our hard work.”
9. Jayden Berrell - Wynnum Manly Seagulls
The crafty hooker was at his consistent best against Brisbane Tigers in Round 5. Berrell made the most tackles for his team with 43, with a 89.6 per cent tackle efficiency; he also scored one try, and had one line break and two tackle breaks.
10. Nat Neale - Ipswich Jets
The Jets skipper has not skipped a beat during season 2021. During his 51 minutes on the field, Neale clocked a whopping 220 metres, including 52 post-contact; he also had one line break assist, one try assist, one tackle break and made 17 tackles. This is Team of the Week appearance five from five for Neale.
11. Nixon Putt - Central Queensland Capras
The Capras second rower was a standout in a losing side during ANZAC Round. Putt scored two tries, clocked 118 run metres including 48 post-contact, made two line breaks, six tackle breaks and made 29 tackles.
12. Nathan Barratt - Townsville Blackhawks
The Blackhawks second rower finds his spot on the bench for scoring two tries, making 73 run metres, and having one line break, one tackle break, and for making 21 tackles during his side's loss against the Falcons.
13. Beau Fermor - Burleigh Bears
The Gold Coast Titans-contracted lock was absolutely unstoppable against PNG Hunters. Fermor scored a hat-trick of tries, clocked a huge 265 run metres, three line breaks and 15 tackles. “Obviously when I come back from the Titans, I’m here as a Burleigh Bear, so it’s important that I play well for the Bears,” Fermor said.
14. Matt Milson - Sunshine Coast Falcons
The Falcons fullback put in a stellar performance during his side's "tough, uncompromising encounter" against the Blackhawks. Milson scored two tries, and had three line breaks, one line break assist, one try assist and six tackle breaks.
15. Josh Cleeland - Ipswich Jets
The Jets five-eighth joins team mate Neale in the Round 5 Team of the Week after helping lead the Jets to their first victory of 2021. Cleeland scored one try, kicked six from seven conversions, clocked 83 run metres and had one try assist.
16. Tyson Smoothy - Sunshine Coast Falcons
The Melbourne Storm-contracted hooker was a strong performer for the Falcons during their 24-16 win over the Blackhawks in Townsville. Smoothy had one try assist and made a huge 47 tackles.
17. Ben Nakubuwai - Norths Devils
The Devils lock scored both tries for the Devils during their tight 13-12 win over Northern Pride. During his 56 minutes on the field, Nakubuwai also clocked 144 run metres, including 40 post-contact, and two line breaks, three tackle breaks and made 30 tackles.