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 7. (Main photo: photosport.nz)
10. Peta Hiku (new entry)
Continued his great start to life as a Panther by running for 128 metres off 13 carries last weekend. Threatened the Roosters’ edge defence on a number of occasions and was solid when they came back at him.
9. Tuimoala Lolohea (new entry)
Has been one the best backs at the Warriors so far this year, and his move to five-eighth (and then quickly to fullback) only enhanced that claim. The 21-year-old was instrumental in the Warriors getting past the Bulldogs in Wellington, scoring a try, setting one up and breaking the line twice.
8. Martin Taupau (+1 from 9th)
After a couple of quiet weeks we saw some high involvement from Taupau against the Eels, where he averaged more than 10 metres on his 15 carries. Needs to go looking for work if we are to see his best week in, week out.
7. Jason Taumalolo (+1 from 8th)
A rather large fall from last week’s heroic 216 run metres, Taumalolo managed only 81 in a big win over South Sydney. Numbers aside he still troubled the line with his carriers.
6. Ben Matulino (=)
Good numbers last week despite heavily reduced minutes on the field (he played only 45). The only reason Matulino isn’t moving up this week is the strong form of the players in front of him.
5. Tohu Harris (+2 from 7th)
Playing 85 minutes in the back-row is no mean feat, and Harris put them all to good use, running for 173 metres and making 48 tackles as the Storm edged the Tigers in golden point.
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4. Kieran Foran (+1 from 5th)
Consistent in the halves again for Parra as they got up over rivals Manly. His leadership might become even more important over the next few weeks as the Eels await punishment around the salary cap scandal.
3. Shaun Johnson (+1 from 4th)
Laid on three try assists and controlled the game with his kicking, in a way which we probably haven’t seen from him before. Is playing some good football, even if the big running metres aren’t there.
Clinical passing exchange from the @NZWarriors!
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2. Simon Mannering (+1 from 3rd)
Back in the middle last week after a stint on the edge and he wasted no time in getting back to doing what he does best. Made 51 tackles without a single miss and averaged over 10 metres per carry against Canterbury-Bankstown.
1. Jesse Bromwich (+3 from 4th)
In 67 minutes on the park Bromwich pounded his way through for 222 metres and made 32 tackles. He is sure to be pumped at the prospect of facing fellow Kiwis Ben Matulino and Sam Lisone this week.
Coming in this week: Tuimoala Lolohea, Peta Hiku
Dropping out this week: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (season-ending ACL injury), Shaun Kenny-Dowall.
Knocking on the door of the top 10: Manu Ma’u, Solomone Kata, Bodene Thompson