NRL Team of the Week- Round 8

Round 8 was dominated by four players from both the Storm and Cowboys as they had easy wins. It also includes a Penrith prop, a Warriors forward, two under-rated Broncos players and a former Bronco.

Fullback: Scott Drinkwater (Cowboys)

Drinkwater was easily the best player of the round with his performance against the Eels. His attacking flair got him a try, three try assists, four line break assists, 113 run meters having and having a hand in 20 of the Cowboys 35 points. Without him playing it could have been a different outcome in the match.

Honourable Mention: James Tedesco (Roosters)

Scott Drinkwater was the best player in the round, having a hand in 20 of Cowboys 35 points. (Photo: cowboys.com.au)

Wingers: Kyle Feldt (Cowboys) & Xavier Coates (Storm)

Feldt had the first three tries of the game with two of them coming in the first half. He put on 146 run meters which included three line breaks. His dominance on the wing has provided Cowboys another force in attack alongside Valentine Holmes. Continually getting better, Feldt was able to get past the defence easily without barely any effort.

After scoring four tries in last week’s clash against the Warriors, Coates had another three tries this week. His hat-trick, three line breaks and one try assist should put him in selectors mind for game one of State of Origin. He showed that last weeks game was not a fluke and is able to continually perform at an elite level.

Honourable Mention: Josh Addo-Carr (Bulldogs)

Kyle Feldt is one of four Cowboys in the Round 8 team of the week. (Photo: cowboys.com.au)

Centres: Justin Olam (Storm) & Kotoni Staggs (Broncos)

Olam’s pace is on another level compared to the rest of the competition. He had two tries, eight tackle busts, three line breaks and ran 165 meters. Narrowly missing out the team of the week last round, his consistency in the centres has been notable. His ability to get pace the oppositions defence has given the Storm a boost in attack.

Another consistent performer, Staggs had six points, one line break and 116 run meters against the Sharks. In this game his ability to make 18 tackles allowed the Sharks to not have their attack presence they did in Round 7. His consistency in both attack and defence comes at a good time with State of Origin just around the corner.

Honourable Mention: Moses Suli (Dragons)

Justin Olam is one of the fastest players in the competition. (Photo: melbournestorm.com.au)

Five-Eighth: Cameron Munster (Storm)

Unlucky not to be chosen in the team of the week in Round 7, Munster put on a showcase against the Knights. His 166 kicking meters, one try assist and two line break assists were one of the highlights of the game. Without Munster as their number six, the Storm would be in trouble in attack, as he eloquently provides opportunities for his teammates, whether it be from his passing, running or kicking ability. He ended the game by getting a well deserved try.

Honourable Mention: Jack Wighton (Raiders)

Munster’s kicking ability has provided many opportunities for the Storm. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Halfback: Ben Hunt (Dragons)

Hunt was instrumental in the win over the Tigers. Not only did he provide a try with some nice fancy footwork but was essential in controlling the middle of the field with his playmaking ability. He had five tackle busts and one line break in his three runs. His kicking game has significantly improved as he had 623 kick meters putting the pressure on the Wests Tigers backline.

Honourable Mention: Nathan Cleary (Panthers)

Ben Hunt got three Dally M votes in the Dragons win against the Wests Tigers (Photo: dragons.com.au)

Props: James Fisher-Harris (Panthers) & Reuben Cotter (Cowboys)

With attention always being on the Panthers attack and backline, Fisher-Harris is extremely under-rated. He had 34 tackles and 134 run meters as he continues to do the gritty work that forwards are meant to do. His defence in the middle of the field allowed the Titans forwards, including David Fifita to not find any gaps and keep them to only 4 points.

Starting off his career as a hooker, Cotter has become a starter as a prop for the Cowboys. He led the game in tackles with 54, had no missed tackles and provided the Queensland team with 128 run meters off his 15 runs. His strong performance in the middle of the field was crucial as it allowed the Eels forwards Papali’I and Matterson to have no impact in the game.

Honourable Mention: Thomas Burgess (Rabbitohs)

James Fisher-Harris was a major factor through the middle for Penrith. (Photo: penrithpanthers.com.au)

Hooker: Harry Grant (Storm)

For the second time in consecutive weeks Grant has provided the Storm with getting past the advantage line. Add on his 24 tackles, two try assists and 61 run meters, he is currently the best hooker in the competition. His speed behind the play of the ball allows Jahrome Hughes and Cameron Munster to easily go through the Knights defence and the opportunity to get it to the Storms backline.

Honourable Mention: Damien Cook (Rabbitohs)

Harry Grant and Brandon Smith have been a lethal dummy-half combination for the Storm (Photo: melbournestorm.com.au)

Second-Row: Kurt Capewell (Broncos) & Euan Aitken (Warriors)

Capewell was the best forward on the field in their clash against the Sharks. In defence he had 26 tackles but had one try, two line breaks and three tackle busts, running for a total of 102 meters in attack. His performance guided the Broncos towards the win as he could easily get past the Sharks backrowers. With State of Origin around the corner he will be hoping to have a repeat performance next week.

Aitken was the best player in the Warriors golden point win against the Raiders. Playing all 83 minutes he had one try, one line break and one try assist in attack and put on 36 tackles in defence. His try equaled the score-line at the time and provided the Warriors with the momentum to get the win. His ability to be a force in attack and defence will make him a target for opposing teams.

Honourable Mention: Keaon Koloamatangi (Rabbitohs)

Euan Aitken had has best performance of this year in Round 8 (Photo: warriors.kiwi)

Lock: Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys)

Taumalolo was back to his best in a great performance against the Eels. He had 149 run meters, 24 tackles and one line break. His ability to find gaps in the Eels defence helped the Cowboys as they won by 31 points.

Honourable Mention: Tino Fa’asuamaleaui

Jason Taumalolo and Isaah Yeo try to out do each other every round. (Photo: cowboys.com.au)

Player of the Round: Scott Drinkwater (Cowboys)

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