APN NRL team of the week
Fullback: Anthony Milford (Raiders). It's a joy to watch this kid work his magic. Ran close to 150m, scored a marvellous try and had a hand in a few others. Super player in the making.
Wing: Manu Vatuvei (Warriors). Kapow! This human steamroller was terrific against the Titans with his high work ethic and willingness to cart the ball up for his forwards.
Centre: Jarrod Croker (Raiders). Most underrated centre in the game, with the safest hands. Consistently one of Canberra's best whether they win or lose, and was on fire against the depleted Cowboys.
Centre: Konrad Hurrell (Warriors). Like his Warriors teammate Vatuvei, he leaves a trail of destruction in his wake. Was at his bulldozing best on the weekend, his four off-loads helping set up tries.
Wing: Daniel Vidot (Broncos). Not the fastest winger in the game, but he carves out the critical minutes that gives his forwards a much-needed breather. Was at it again against the Tigers, narrowly missing 200m.
Five-eighth: James Maloney (Roosters). (Pictured) As expected he responded to his Origin ditching with a smart game against the Bulldogs. Ran strongly and was at his playmaking best.
Halfback: Ben Hunt (Broncos). Continues to shine in the No.7 and took the points ahead of a very impressive Luke Brooks thanks to a key try assist, 29 tackles and the match-winning pressure penalty.
Prop: George Burgess (Rabbitohs). Joins his brother in our team of the week again with another powerful performance up the middle against the Sharks. Very hard to handle when he builds up a head of steam.
Hooker: Andrew McCullough (Broncos). Followed 59 tackles the previous week with another tireless defensive game against the Tigers despite suffering a nasty head knock.
Prop: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Roosters). Staged a running battle with brave young Bulldogs forward David Klemmer on the way to 150 tough metres.
Second-row: Dave Taylor (Titans). The Coal Train is steaming along, and a hat-trick to tries in a half is quite rare. Playing like a man on a mission after a couple of years in the representative wilderness.
Second-row: Sonny Bill Williams (Roosters). Stepped it up against his former club, as he always does, with 155m, two tries, a try assist and 25 tackles.
Lock: Sam Burgess (Rabbitohs). Turned in his usual performance with a try, a lot of metres and a hatful of tackles. Is almost becoming a permanent fixture in this weekly team.
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