NYCDB Team of the Week – Round 25

Manase Fainu

Two more teams bowed out of the race for Top 8 in Round 25, as we saw some brilliant team and individual performances. Among them was the Sydney Roosters stunning upset victory over the Cronulla Sharks. Despite being one of the teams to be knocked out of finals contention, the Roosters ended the Sharks’ competition record 15-game winning streak.

As a reminder, we’re unable to watch every NYC game each week, so these Team of the Week articles rely heavily on the statistics provided by NRL.com.

NYCDB Team of the Week – Round 25
1 Beau Cordtz (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
176m, 1 line break, 1 try assist, 2 offloads, 5 tackles, 7 tackle breaks, 2 line break assists
2 Alfred Smalley (Manly Sea Eagles)
3 tries, 171m, 3 line breaks, 1 offload, 3 tackles, 8 tackle breaks
3 Cory Denniss (Newcastle Knights)
194m, 1 line break, 1 try assist, 2 offloads, 10 tackles, 6 tackle breaks, 1 line break assist
4 Mawene Hiroti (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
166m, 3 line breaks, 2 try assists, 16 tackles, 6 tackle breaks
5 Steven Marsters (St George Illawarra Dragons)
3 tries, 113m, 3 line breaks, 1 offload, 9 tackle breaks
6 Adam Doueihi (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
1 try, 137m, 1 offload, 15 tackles, 2 tackle breaks, 4 line break assists, 216 kick metres
7 Michael Doolan (Canterbury Bulldogs)
52m, 3 try assists, 13 tackles, 3 tackle breaks, 3 line break assists, 78 kick metres
8 Cameron King (Newcastle Knights)
182m, 6 offloads, 18 tackles, 2 tackle breaks
9 Manase Fainu (Manly Sea Eagles)
1 try, 106m, 1 line break, 2 try assists, 3 offloads, 26 tackles, 4 tackle breaks, 3 line break assists, 172 kick metres
10 Jordan Mailata (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
1 try, 165m, 3 line breaks, 1 offload, 4 tackles, 14 tackle breaks
11 Reuben Porter (Sydney Roosters)
106m, 1 try assist, 2 offloads, 23 tackles, 1 line break assist
12 Dalton Smith (Canterbury Bulldogs)
196m, 2 line breaks, 1 try asist, 16 tackles, 2 tackle breaks, 1 line break assist
13 Victor Radley (Sydney Roosters)
176m, 36 tackles, 3 tackle breaks

14 Patrick Carrigan (Brisbane Broncos)
165m, 50 tackles, 2 tackle breaks
15 Zac Lomax (St George Illawarra Dragons)
188m, 1 try assist, 5 tackles, 3 tackle breaks, 1 line break assist
16 Corey Horsburgh (North Queensland Cowboys)
144m, 2 offloads, 40 tackles, 5 tackle breaks
17 Nathan Traill (North Queensland Cowboys)
80m, 1 line break, 2 try assists, 1 offload, 5 tackles, 1 tackle break, 1 line break assist

Player of the Week
Manase Fainu (Manly Sea Eagles)
Sea Eagles’ hooker Manase Fainu helped his team to an important victory over the Warriors on Sunday, moving them into 6th place and one step closer to the finals. The Junior Kiwi representative scored a try, ran for 106 metres and recorded 2 try assists and 3 line break assists in a brilliant all around display from dummy half.

Rookie of the Week
Jordan Mailata (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
The biggest player in the NYC, Jordan Mailata picks up our Rookie of the Week award after a dominant cameo in the resurgent Rabbitohs’ big win over Melbourne. Standing at 200cm and weighing in at 150kg, Mailata recorded 165 metres, 3 line breaks and a massive 14 tackle breaks in just 22 minutes of game time.

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