Each week kiwileaguecentral.com will rank the top 10 Kiwis in the NRL right now, with a rolling power rankings system. Here’s how things sit after Round 5.
10. Shaun Kenny-Dowall (new entry)
The Roosters’ best player so far in 2016, Kenny-Dowall was a huge part of why they were even in the game against the Warriors come the end of 80 minutes. Scored two tries and did well defensively for most of the match.
9. Jason Taumalolo (=)
Effective in his 39 minutes on the park, getting involved in attack and not making any errors. Playing in a dominant pack who seem to be a step above most in 2016.
8. Tohu Harris (=)
Had 113 metres off 14 carries out in the centres, once again showing how versatile he is.
7. Martin Taupau (=)
Seems to have fallen off the pace a little after a fantastic start to the year. Played the full 80 minutes, managing only 84 metres, which by his standards is low. Will be looking forward to a big clash against plenty of fellow Kiwis in the Warriors this week.
6. Kieran Foran (=)
Had plenty of traffic directed his way in defence and handled it well. Set up a try in a narrow loss for the Eels.
5. Ben Matulino (=)
Put his 69 minutes on the field to good use, running the ball 15 times for 124 metres. Along with fellow starting prop Jacob Lillyman he was fantastic in the pack.
4. Jesse Bromwich (=)
Played less minutes than he has in previous weeks this season, but ran for 136 metres. The Manurewa junior played a big role in Melbourne’s comeback to beat the Knights.
3. Simon Mannering (-1 from 2nd)
Played on the edge again and had less involvement defensively. Still made 39 tackles and ran for almost 100 metres in a typically classy performance.
2. Shaun Johnson (+1 from 3rd)
A line break and two tries in a winning side. Showed some nice touches and was a big reason why the Warriors pulled away in the match before half-time. His four missed tackles were the only real blight on his game.
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (=)
Came back to haunt his former team the Roosters in dramatic style. ‘RTS’ set up two tries and scored the winning one himself in golden point.
— NRL (@NRL) April 3, 2016
New this week: Shaun Kenny-Dowall
Dropping out this week: Issac Luke
Knocking on the door of the top 10: Issac Luke, Adam Blair, Alex Glenn
(Main photo: Ra Pomare – warriors.kiwi)