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 17. (Main photo: Shaun Johnson dives over for a try against the Titans in Rd 17. Credit: photosport.nz).
10. Martin Taupau (new entry this week)
Storms back into the top 10 after a strong showing against the Dragons, breaking through for 195 metres. Has a whole lot more in him yet if he can find top form.
9. Manu Ma’u (-3 from 6th)
Had a really quiet day at the office despite playing 67 minutes. Only managed nine carries and had missed five tackles.
8. Ben Matulino (=)
Typically reliable for the Warriors against the Titans. Played an hour of the match with 154 metres and 36 tackles.
7. Bodene Thompson (+2 from 9th)
An immense presence on the right edge, getting involved at every opportunity to run for 161 metres while making 46 tackles. Scored a very good try off a great line late in the game.
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6. Kevin Proctor (-1 from 5th)
A solid showing featuring over 100 run metres, 34 tackles and a line break. Scored his fourth try of the year as well.
5. Shaun Johnson (+2 from 7th)
It was vintage Shaun Johnson once again on the weekend. The star No.7 made two line breaks, and scored a spectacular try which lifted the Warriors late in the match.
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4. Simon Mannering (=)
Shifted to the edge for game No.250 and assumed the captaincy with Ryan Hoffman out. Made 38 tackles without a miss, but we expect that from this guy; it’s just what he does.
3. Tohu Harris (-1 from 2nd)
Only managed 47 minutes and as a result his numbers were well done on his 2016 standards.
2. Jesse Bromwich (+1 from 3rd)
One of his better performances this year, against the representative-laden Brisbane pack. Ran for 206 metres, broke the line and threatened with his pre-contact footwork.
1. Jason Taumalolo (=)
Bullied South Sydney into submission with 15 carries for 155 metres. Did his Dally M Medal chances no harm with another strong showing.
Dropping out this week: Jordan Rapana
Coming in this week: Martin Taupau
Knocking on the door of the top 10: Issac Luke, Tuimoala Lolohea, Jordan Rapana.