IT was another action-packed week of footy as teams and players start to find their feet for the season ahead.
From electric backs to barnstorming frontrowers here’s our team of the week for round two:
1. Matt MOYLAN (Panthers)
Moylan was back to some of his best as the Panthers bounced back from the horrific display in the opening round of the season. The 25-year-old look assured at the back and his involvement to set-up the first try of the game outlined his threat as a playmaker when up and in the line.
2. Semi RADRADRA (Eels)
It’s hard to hate him when he’s in this sort of form. Radradra was irresistible on Sunday as he had his way with the Dragons defence on his way to career-best four try haul. The scary part is it could easily have been five or six for the Fijian flyer who tormented the Saints left edge.
3. Tyrone PEACHEY (Panthers)
Penrith’s utility was simply scintillating against the Tigers as the Panthers left edge ran riot. The Panthers’ centre ran for over 180 metres and came up with four line breaks in a dynamic display.
4. Peter MATA’UTIA (Knights)
The 26-year-old put his best foot forward in helping the Knights break their 335-day drought. Mata’utia scored and created a try for his side and was one of the best on ground for Newcastle. He got through his fair share of work defensively and was crucial in sealing the win for the home side.
5. Nathan ROSS (Knights)
It’s only fitting that Ross play a pivotal role in the Knights ending their baron run of games without a win. Two crucial tries, the second putting the game to rest, takes his early season tally up to four. Ross ran for an impressive 145 metres off 13 carries, with his two line-breaks a clear indication of how threatening he is down the Knights left edge.
6. Luke KEARY (Roosters)
Keary has certainly thrown his name in the ring for signing of the season! The former Rabbitoh looks right at home alongside Mitchell Pearce as he helped steer his side to back-to-back wins to start 2017. The Roosters’ no. 6 racked up three try assists and was involved in almost everything going forward for the Tri-colours.
7. Corey NORMAN (Eels)
The Eels are off to their best start to a season since 1999 and it’s thanks in large to their impressive halfback. Norman was again instrumental for Brad Arthur’s side as he showed off his array of talents. From his overall kicking game to his dual-threat with the ball, Norman was sublime for the Blue-and-Gold.
8. Andrew FIFITA (Sharks)
The big man was at his devastating best once more as the defending premiers bounced back from their round one loss. The hulking prop ran for 187 metres off his 18 hit-ups as he terrorised Canberra’s defence time and again.
9. Jayden BRAILEY (Sharks)
The Sharks rookie certainly found his feet in this one as he displayed a level of confidence missing from his debut last week. The youngster helped set the tempo for his halves and was rewarded with a well-deserved four-pointer to cap off an impressive performance.
10. Jordan MCLEAN (Storm)
In tough conditions McLean stood tallest for Melbourne in filling in for the absent Jesse Bromwich in the front-row. McLean carried the extra workload in testing conditions as he helped push the Storm to a 2-0 start on their 2017 campaign.
11. Mitch AUBUSSON (Roosters)
Mr Reliable was once again just that for the Chooks as he put forth another tireless display. A 40 tackle performance to go with his 84 metres gained has become expectant of Aubusson with his consistency once again at the forefront of the Roosters solid performance.
12. Wade GRAHAM (Sharks)
A first career hat-trick for the Sharks’ forward as he took full advantage of a poor Raiders defence. Four-pointers aside, the 26-year-old was terrific for the full 80 minutes as he ran for 126 metres and contributed with 21 tackles to go with his three line-breaks and one try-assist. As good a performance as you’ll see from a second-rower this season!
13. Jason TAUMALOLO (Cowboys)
The human wrecking ball continues to impress week in, week out for the Cowboys. Taumalolo was as destructive as ever on Friday night as the two teams put on another game for the ages. The Dally M winner ran for over 230 metres on just 20 carries, while chipping in with 37 tackles in defence. It’s becoming the norm to see the 23-year-old put up these figures, but that doesn’t manke it any less impressive!