ISP NSW Team Of The Week | Round 14

1 – Brad Abbey
Club: Canterbury Bulldogs; 2017 TOTW selections: 2.

One try, one try-assist, two line-break-assists, four tackle-breaks.

He debuted for the Canterbury Bulldogs NRL side earlier in the year, and that experience has Brad Abbey massively in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW. He was once again unstoppable over the weekend, scoring a try, setting up one, creating two line-breaks and breaking four tackles.

 

2 – Peter Schuster
Club: Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles; 2017 TOTW selections: 0.

Two tries.

Points were aplenty among the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles side last week, upsetting the New Zealand Warriors at home 30-12. Peter Schuster scored two important first half tries that got the Sea Eagles the start they needed, and consequently are staying in reaching distance of the top eight.

 

3 – Josh Mantellato
Club: Wyong Roos; 2017 TOTW selections: 0.

18 points, 102 total metres.

It was a high scoring affair at Campbelltown Stadium, and Wyong’s Josh Mantellato was still able to score 42 per cent of their points against the Wests Tigers. He scored a try, kicked seven goals, and ran for 102 metres with the ball in hand.

 

4 – Richie Kennar (c)
Club: Canterbury Bulldogs; 2017 TOTW selections: 0.

Two tries, one try-assist, one line-break 149 total metres.

It was a busy day for Richie Kennar, who was instrumental at centre in the Bulldogs’ 38-0 thrashing of Illawarra. He scored a double, set up another, made a line-break, and carried the ball for just under 150 metres.

 

5 – Abbas Miski
Club: North Sydney Bears; 2017 TOTW selections: 0.

Two tries, 212 total metres.

Not often does a winger have such an influence over the result as much as Abbas Miski did on the weekend for North Sydney. He scored two tries in a low-scoring game, but caused nightmares for the Magpies right-side defence, amassing 212 powerful metres with the ball in hand.

 

6 – Pita Godinet
Club: Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles; 2017 TOTW selections: 0.

Three try-assists, two line-break-assists.

Pita Godinet was a huge factor in Blacktown’s upset over the Warriors last weekend, having a hand in three of their five tries. Godinet always poses a threat with the ball in hand, and will need to keep his great form if the Sea Eagles are to make the finals in 2017.

 

7 – Jordan Rankin
Club: Wests Tigers; 2017 TOTW selections: 1.

One try-assist, one line-break-assist, 512 kicking metres.

The 42-22 score-line perhaps did not reflect the Wests Tigers v Wyong Roos content over the weekend, and Jordan Rankin was one of the stars of the day despite his side being on the losing side. He set up a try and a llne-break, and controlled the game beautifully with his kicking game. 

 

8 – Alex Twal
Club: Wentworthville Magpies; 2017 TOTW selections: 5.

46 tackles.

Alex Twal has been a regular in the Intrust Super Premiership team of the week in 2017, mostly thanks to the massive defensive workload he takes on on a week-to-week basis. It was no different in Round 14, with Twal topping the tackle count for the game with 46.

 

9 – Adam Clydsdale
Club: Mounties; 2017 TOTW selections: 0.

61 tackles.

It was a massive defensive effort for Adam Clydsdale against the Penrith Panthers on the weekend, amassing 61 tackles in his side’s 18-12 defeat. His experience mixed with his will to defend has really boosted Mounties this season despite not getting the win on Saturday.

 

10 – Dave Taylor
Club: Mounties; 2017 TOTW selections: 0.

One try, 132 total metres, five tackle-breaks.

Sometimes, you simply cannot stop big Dave Taylor. He’s had a wealth of experience over two top-tier competitions, and his massive frame allowed him to barge over for a try on the weekend, and he broke five tackles in his 76 minute performance.

 

11 – Jarrad Kennedy
Club: Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles; 2017 TOTW selections: 0.

167 total metres, 31 tackles.

A frequent member of the Intrust Super Premiership NSW team of the week in 2016, Jarrad Kennedy earns a spot for the first time in Blacktown colours. He ran for 167 metres with 72 of these post-contact, and shaped up in defence with 31 tackles.

 

12 – Raymond Faitala-Mariner
Club: Canterbury Bulldogs; 2017 TOTW selections: 1.

183 total metres, 5 offloads, 27 tackles.

Raymond Faitala-Mariner has featured heavily in the Bulldogs’ NRL side in 2017, which greatly helps him in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW. He was an absolute wrecking ball in attack, running for 183 metres and getting five offloads away, and did his job in defence with 37 tackles.

 

13 – Jamil Hopoate
Club: Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles; 2017 TOTW selections: 4.

153 total metres, 36 tackles

Jamil Hopoate has been one of the form players in the competition this year, and his power-game did not stop over the weekend against the Warriors. He ran for 153 metres, and worked hard in defence with 36 tackles which was the third most for the game for both teams.

 

14 – Luke Sharpe
Club: Wyong Roos; 2017 TOTW selections: 2.

Two tries, two line-break-assists, five tackle-breaks.

Luke Sharpe was his dynamic self for the Wyong Roos on the weekend, playing a massive part in his side’s 42-22 victory over the Wests Tigers. The central coast live wire scored two impressive tries, broke five tackles and ran for 132 metres.

 

15 – Justin Toomey-White
Club: Wyong Roos; 2017 TOTW selections: 1.

One try, 168 total metres, 29 tackles.

Justin Toomey-White got through a mountain of work against the Wests Tigers over the weekend, running for 168 metres from just 12 runs, and he made 29 tackles. He was rewarded for his effort with a well-deserved try.

 

16 – Isaiah Papalii
Club: New Zealand Warriors; 2017 TOTW selections: 1.

One try, 35 tackles.

His team was on the wrong end of the scoreboard, but that did not stop Isiah Papalii putting in a monster effort for the New Zealand Warriors. He easily made the most tackles for his side with 35 – 10 above anybody else – and also scored a try.

 

17 – Jeff Lima
Club: Mounties; 2017 TOTW selections: 0.

149 total metres, 40 tackles.

The experienced Jeff Lima will never let you down, this time running the ball for almost 150 metres and shaping up in defence with 40 tackles. He is 34 years old, but that hasn’t stopped him putting his best foot forward on a weekly basis for Mounties.

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