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Round 13 Dream Teams

Round 13 Team of the Week

Jordan Rapana was one again the best player on the field in a beaten side. His 17 points was his third best score of the year and came through two tries, a try assist, three line breaks and a 255m double metre eater. It’s hard to keep writing superlatives about this bloke. His runaway try in the 69th minute was typical of him – something from nothing.

It was magical to watch Billy Slater back to his best – particularly when I had him as captain in my Supporters League! He was out to show the Maroons selectors that they were mad not to pick him and he’s spot on. His 17 points was his highest score since Round 15 2014 and came through two tries, two try assists, a line break, two line break assists and a metre eater.

Blues captain Boyd Cordner followed up his 54 involvement workhorse for NSW on Wednesday night with his second highest NRLCEO score ever on Saturday. His 42 involvement workhorse was topped with two tries, a line break and a metre eater. Let’s hope he keeps this up through Origin!

Martin Taupau eats forward packs when he is fired up and he made the massive Raiders pack look like Under 8’s. He dominated the Raiders in Round 8 with 157 metres but was even better this time around with a try, line break, workhorse and 217m double metre eater.

Special mention to Mitch Rein who made his first appearance in Panthers colours on the weekend and scored a double for good measure. He was just three involvements off topping it off with a workhorse.

 

Here is the rest of the Team of the Week:

  1. Billy Slater (17)
  2. Josh Mansour (11)
  3. Tautau Moga (10)
  4. Benji Marshall (8)
  5. Jordan Rapana (17)
  6. Gareth Widdop (11)
  7. Cooper Cronk (10)
  8. Martin Taupau (13)
  9. Mitch Rein (9)
  10. Felise Kaufusi (8)
  11. Boyd Cordner (15)
  12. Corey Harawira-Naera (9)
  13. Jason Taumalolo (9)

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

 

Overall Dream Team

We have our first centurion for the year! Congratulations to current MVP Jordan Rapana for achieving the mark at the exact halfway point of the season. With 13 tries he leads the try scorers, has the most line breaks, sits second on the most metres gained and sixth on the list of metre eaters.

After a short three week injury lay off Gareth Widdop is back in the Dream Team once again. He has an incredible strike rate of eight tries in just nine games which puts him in the top six try scorers this year. An amazing record for a half that isn’t named Anthony. He needs just two more tries to eclipse his best ever season of 9 tries in 2015. I’m backing him in with interest!

Fresh off being named the top workhorse at the halfway point of the season, Josh McGuire is back in the team again too. With 14 workhorses he is equal top with Aiden Tolman but has played one less game. He hasn’t missed a workhorse all year and is averaging 53 involvements per game. An easy workhorse that you can bank on each week.

There are no other new entries to the Dream Team and we wait to see if Paul Gallen will be the next centurion which looks more than likely.

 

Here is the Dream Team at the conclusion of Round 13 (with total points in brackets):

  1. Tom Trbojevic (75)
  2. Suliasi Vunivalu (72)
  3. James Roberts (79)
  4. Tim Lafai (74)
  5. Jordan Rapana (102) – MVP
  6. Gareth Widdop (67) – NEW
  7. Shaun Johnson (59)
  8. Paul Vaughan (75)
  9. Cameron McInnes (68)
  10. Josh McGuire (68) – NEW
  11. Sam Burgess (79)
  12. Jake Trbojevic (73)
  13. Paul Gallen (89)

 

Points based on: Tries (4), Workhorses (4), Double Workhorses (8), Metre Eaters (2), Double Metre Eaters (4), Try Assists (2), Line Breaks (1), Line Break Assists (1), 40/20s (1), Field Goals (1), Sin Bins (-2) and Send Offs (-4).

 

By way of comparison, here is the predicted Dream Team that over 100 CEOs voted on at the end of last year.

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