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 6. (Main photo: photosport.nz)
10. Shaun Kenny-Dowall (=)
Was a busy man as the Roosters got up for their first win of the year, running for 144 metres off 15 carries. His leadership out wide is so important to the Bondi club right now.
9. Martin Taupau (-2 from 7th)
Scored a try and played the full game, but his numbers of 68 metres and 19 tackles are fairly modest. While Manly played well Taupau seemed to take a back seat to the likes of fellow forwards Tom Symonds and Jake Trbojevic.
8. Jason Taumalolo (+1 from 9th)
The big lad from Otahuhu smashed his way to 216 run metres – the most of any forward in Round 6 – in a 23-18 win for the Cowboys over the Panthers. Big impact in a grinding contest.
7. Tohu Harris (+1 from 8th)
Back in the second-row after stints in the centres, Harris had 44 tackles without a miss on his edge. In attack he added plenty too, making a line break and scoring a try.
Try Tohu Harris!
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6. Ben Matulino (-1 from 5th)
Struggled a little in a forward pack which was easily outmuscled by their opponents on the night. Still played all but eight minutes of the match and didn’t make many errors in defence.
5. Kieran Foran (+1 from 6th)
Scored an excellent solo try in a big win for ‘Parra’ and handled his defensive duties well down his corridor. His relationship with five-eighth Corey Norman is fast becoming one of the NRL’s best.
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4. Shaun Johnson (-2 from 2nd)
Didn’t get much help from his pack, and had a measly four carries for 18 metres. Still laid on a try with some nice skill.
3. Simon Mannering (=)
Forty two tackles on his side of the field with just the one miss. The Warriors missed his presence in the middle of the park and will be glad to be able to name him back at lock this week.
2. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (-1 from 1st)
A quiet night on the running front (by his excellent standards) for the second week in a row, with 159 from the back of the field. Missed three tackles in a tough match.
1. Jesse Bromwich (+3 from 4th)
Averaged almost 10 metres per carry on his way to 157 with 38 tackles. One of the first to put his hand up when the Storm needed someone to get them out of trouble, which is a trait we almost take for granted with this guy.
Knocking on the door of the top 10: Issac Luke, Peta Hiku, Manu Ma’u,