NYCDB Team of the Week – Round 8

Thomas Mikaele

Disclaimer – Statistics for today’s Roosters-Dragons game may not be available for a few days so their players have been left out of this week’s team.

1. Scott Drinkwater (Melbourne Storm)
1 try, 223m, 2 line breaks, 1 offload, 8 tackle breaks, 1 line break assist
2. Michael Carroll (North Queensland Cowboys)
3 tries, 222m, 3 line breaks, 5 tackle breaks
3. Dane Aukafolau (Parramatta Eels)
1 try, 182m, 3 line breaks, 1 try assist, 6 offloads, 10 tackles, 9 tackle breaks, 1 line break assist
4. Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga (Cronulla Sharks)
1 try, 144m, 1 line break, 1 try assist, 2 offloads, 7 tackles, 4 tackle breaks, 2 line break assists
5. Daniel Brown (Penrith Panthers)
3 tries, 122m, 3 line breaks, 7 tackles, 2 tackle breaks
6. Gerome Burns (Brisbane Broncos)
95m, 1 line breaks, 2 try assists, 1 offload, 26 tackles, 5 tackle breaks, 1 line break assist, 261 kick metres
7. Jake Clifford (North Queensland Cowboys)
2 tries, 87m, 1 line break, 1 try assist, 2 offloads, 13 tackles, 4 tackle breaks, 2 line break assists, 284 kick metres
8. Stefano Hala (Penrith Panthers)
151m, 1 try assist, 2 offloads, 17 tackles, 6 tackle breaks, 1 line break assist
9. Calum Gahan (North Queensland Cowboys)
1 try, 105m, 2 line breaks, 1 try assist, 20 tackles, 6 tackle breaks
10. Thomas Mikaele (Wests Tigers)
1 try, 172m, 1 line break, 1 offload, 18 tackles, 7 tackle breaks, 1 line break assist
11. Jayden Okunbor (Canterbury Bulldogs)
1 try, 132m, 1 line break, 1 try assist, 4 offloads, 14 tackles, 6 tackle breaks, 1 line break assist
12. Kalani Going (Canberra Raiders)
2 tries, 149m, 2 line breaks, 3 offloads, 25 tackles, 7 tackle breaks
13. Eddie Faalua (Cronulla Sharks)
2 tries, 221m, 3 line breaks, 13 tackles, 12 tackle breaks

14. Caleb Daunt (Melbourne Storm)
58m, 2 try assists, 30 tackles, 2 line break assists, 141 kick metres, 1 40/20
15. Payne Haas (Brisbane Broncos)
2 tries, 163m, 1 line break, 22 tackles, 9 tackle breaks
16. Blayke Brailey (Cronulla Sharks)
1 try, 18m, 1 line break, 2 try assists, 19 tackles, 4 tackle breaks, 1 line break assist
17. Nathan Traill (North Queensland Cowboys)
139m, 1 line break, 2 try assists, 2 offloads, 4 tackle breaks, 3 line break assists

Player of the Week
Jake Clifford (North Queensland Cowboys)
After missing the entire 2016 season through injury, Cowboys’ halfback Jake Clifford return in 2017 has been seamless and he picks up our Player of the Week award for Round 8. The Tully junior was instrumental in his side’s 42-point thrashing of the Knights, scoring twice, setting up another and kicking for 284 metres.

Rookie of the Week
Thomas Mikaele (Wests Tigers)
Tigers’ prop Thomas Mikaele scores his second Rookie of the Week award after another impressive display in his side’s 20-all draw with Canterbury. Stepping into the big boots left by Taniela Paseka, Mikaele has become the Tigers’ forward leader. He scored a try, ran for 172 metres and broke 7 tackles in Sunday’s draw.

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