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 4. (Main photo: photosport.nz)
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (=)
Got in on the playmaking with a try assist for Solomone Kata’s match-opener. Looking more and more likely with his running game too.
2. Simon Mannering (=)
Moved from the middle to an edge by coach Andrew McFadden. Had an increased role to play on attack but a lower tackle count than usual as a result. Shored things up out wide defensively with some nice reads.
3. Shaun Johnson (=)
Had his best game of the year, scoring a nice individual try and setting one up. Looked composed in attack, particularly as the Knights started to wear down.
4. Jesse Bromwich (=)
His 69 minutes on the field in the loss to the Sharks was the third-most by a starting prop in Round 4. An ideal player for the soggy conditions the match was played in, adding 129 run metres and 37 tackles.
5. Ben Matulino (+1 from 6th)
Seems to be getting better every week in 2016. Played 70 minutes on the field, showing he has adapted perfectly to the new interchange rules. Scored a try off sheer determination and ran for 139 metres on the day.
6. Kieran Foran (+1 from 7th)
Showing why he was worth the big bucks Parra threw at him, adding some real class on both sides of the Steeden. In a tight struggle against the Tigers he set up a try, had a few decent runs at the line and held his edge together well in defence.
7. Martin Taupau (-2 from 5th)
Was suspended for Round 4.
8. Tohu Harris (=)
Returned to the back-row after playing the previous week in the centres and had his usual big numbers.
9. Jason Taumalolo (=)
Ran for 214 metres in what will go down as one of the best club matches in history. Played 56 minutes which is probably about right for him at this stage.
10. Issac Luke (new entry)
Scored a try off a crafty dart late in the game and benefited from some fast play the balls as the Warriors out-muscled Newcastle. Played 55 minutes, sharing time with youngster Jazz Tevaga.
New this week: Issac Luke
Dropping out this week: Benji Marshall (from 10th)
Knocking on the door of the top 10: Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Sam Moa, Alex Glenn