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Round 13 Team of the Week: Siegwalt stars for Dolphins

Redcliffe Dolphins No.1 Latrell Siegwalt helped his side to a big win over the Mackay Cutters on Saturday, with an electric performance in Townsville.

Siegwalt has earned captaincy honours for the Round 13 Hostplus Cup Team of the Week, putting on an attacking masterclass against the Cutters.

A number of Dolphins starred and earned places in the Team of the Week, but Siegwalt played a hand in four tries - and scored one of his own - to show his class in his first season in the Hostplus Cup.

Each round, Queensland Rugby League recognises the 17 best performers and names the Hostplus Cup Team of the Week, presented by Hostplus. These team selections are based not only on statistical data, but also take on board live and broadcast viewings of the games.

Round 13 Team of the Week

1. Latrell Siegwalt - Redcliffe Dolphins (C)

The electric Dolphins fullback was unstoppable on Saturday afternoon against the Mackay Cutters. On the main stage at Queensland Country Bank Stadium – playing as a curtain raiser to the North Queensland Cowboys – Siegwalt proved extremely dangerous with the ball in hand, contributing heavily to the 42-6 victory with a try and a stunning four try assists. Siegwalt also amassed 224 run metres with 13 tackle busts, three line break assists and two line breaks to pick up this week's captaincy honours. Elsewhere, Western Clydesdales’ Esom Ioka was excellent at the back for his side in their narrow loss to PNG.

Siegwalt. Photo: NRL Imagery
Siegwalt. Photo: NRL Imagery

2. Ronald Philitoga – Brisbane Tigers

The reigning premiers may not have managed to get the two points but Philitoga played his part strongly on Saturday against the Wynnum Manly Seagulls. In a tight contest, a number of Tigers backs stood up, with Philitoga recording a try, 277 run metres, four tackle breaks, two line breaks and an offload.

3. Kane Bradley - Brisbane Tigers

A key part of the Tigers' ability to comeback and threaten the Seagulls, Bradley inspired his side with two tries, scoring in the 19th and 63rd minutes. The Melbourne Storm affiliate also ran for a huge 193 metres with five tackle busts, two line breaks and two offloads, as well as 10 tackles.

4. Kea Pere - Burleigh Bears

Another one who didn't manage the win but put in a strong performance was Bears centre Pere. He barreled his way over the line for a crucial try in the 27th minute and was destructive in attack throughout the game, amassing 184 run metres with seven tackle breaks, a line break, an offload and 15 tackles. Other centres who starred throughout Round 13 include Northern Pride duo Will Partridge and Tom Chester.

5. Brenton Baira – Redcliffe Dolphins

In his third game back from injury, Baira was in blistering form against the Cutters on Saturday. The elusive winger nabbed a hat-trick in Townsville and also got through a mountain of work, including 155 run metres, four tackle breaks and three line breaks. Other standout wingers included Burleigh's Troy Leo, Brisbane's Coby Williamson, Wynnum Manly's Sione Hopoate and PNG's Solo Wane.

Baira celebrates a try. Photo: NRL Imagery
Baira celebrates a try. Photo: NRL Imagery

6. Finley Glare - PNG Hunters

The Hunters' clash with the Western Clydesdales was a cracking Sunday afternoon match, with PNG triumphing by just six points. Glare was key in the victory, setting up two of his side's five tries. The young gun had a few misses in defence, but in attack also recorded two line break assists, a line break, an offload and 153 run metres, as well as 15 tackles. Northern Pride's Dantoray Lui and Tweed's Lindon McGrady were also strong in Round 13.

7. Tom Duffy - Northern Pride

One of the leading contenders for this year's Petero Civoniceva Medal, Duffy continued his sensational form with an influential performance in the Pride's crucial victory over the Bears on Saturday. The North Queensland Cowboys affiliated playmaker led his team to the win with two try assists, two line break assists, two tackle busts, an offload, 14 tackles and 77 run metres. Renowned for his kicking game, Duffy also had 355 metres off 14 kicks.

8. Kalolo Saitaua – Wynnum Manly Seagulls

The versatile Saitaua helped his side hang on against the Burleigh Bears on Saturday with a strong effort through the middle. In his 58 minutes on the field, Saitaua was damaging in attack with 115 run metres and 10 tackle busts. He then also made a mammoth 36 tackles, with just one miss.

9. Taniela Otukolo - Western Clydesdales

One of the club's best signings for 2024, Otukolo continues to shine for the Clydesdales. While they couldn't quite get the two points on Sunday, the No.9 was instrumental yet again, scoring a try and running for 151 metres against the Hunters. Otukolo also had five tackle breaks, three offloads and a line break, as well as 26 tackles.

10. Jackson Owen - Tweed Seagulls

In his third time starting for the Seagulls, Owen put in a solid, all-round effort against the Central Queensland Capras. In 61 minutes Owen scored a try, ran for 135 metres, recorded five tackle busts and a line break, and made 25 tackles. Other props who impressed included Owen's teammate Luke Burton, Burleigh's Bailey Butler and Western Clydesdales forward Blake Lenehan.

11. Larson Dale-Doyle - Central Queensland Capras

The backrower was a defensive machine on Saturday, muscling up against Tweed's pack to earn his side a much-needed two points. Dale-Doyle made a massive 41 tackles and also had a try, 51 run metres and a tackle break for good measure.

12. Dane Aukafolau - Northern Pride

A consistent force for the Pride, Aukafolau stepped up in a big way for Saturday's top four clash against Burleigh. The second rower got through a mountain of work, including 219 run metres off 19 runs with two tackle breaks and an offload. He also made 24 tackles with zero misses.

13. Josh Stuckey - Wynnum Manly Seagulls

The lock position was the hardest to pick for Round 13 but the honours went to Wynnum Manly No.13 Stuckey for scoring two crucial tries in his side's two-point victory over the Brisbane Tigers. Stuckey also ran for 112 metres with four tackle breaks, three offloads and 20 tackles. Another strong performance came from Central Queensland's Lachlan Hubner with 35 tackles and a try assist.

14. Max Bailey – Redcliffe Dolphins

Bailey was another standout lock, captaining his Dolphins to a convincing win over the Cutters. In 56 minutes on the field, Bailey had a try, 162 run metres, five tackle breaks, a line break and 22 tackles.

Bailey scores against the Cutters. Photo: NRL Imagery
Bailey scores against the Cutters. Photo: NRL Imagery

15. Sam Coster – Burleigh Bears

A regular face in Team of the Week, Coster earns a nod for Round 13 for having the most tackles across the competition. The reliable Bears No.13 racked up 48 tackles with just two misses and had 100 run metres and an offload against the Northern Pride.

16. Sean O’Sullivan – Redcliffe Dolphins

The Dolphins NRL affiliated playmaker starred for the Cup team over the weekend. O'Sullivan scored a try and set up another two, as well as notching up 71 run metres, three tackle breaks, a line break assist and 15 tackles.

17. Lachlan West – Northern Pride

Holding onto the No.1 jersey even with Tom Chester back in the side, West is proving his worth for the Northern Pride this year. The talented young fullback scored a try in the win against the Burleigh Bears and ran for 161 metres with five tackle breaks, a line break and a line break assist.

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