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 8. (Main photo: photosport.nz).
10. Tuimoala Lolohea (-1 from 9th)
Suffered a medal strain early in the Warriors’ big defeat at AAMI Park and will miss at least a week.
9. Peta Hiku (+1 from 10th)
Ran for almost 100 metres as the Panthers fell just short against the Sharks.
8. Martin Taupau (=)
Was destructive in a good victory over the Knights on Anzac Day and averaged over 10 metres per carry for the Sea Eagles. Coming into form nicely in time for the Test match.
7. Ben Matulino (-1 from 6th)
A solid presence in a pack – and team in general – who were badly, badly beaten. Clocked up 109 metres and 35 tackles on Anzac Day.
6. Jason Taumalolo (+1 from 7th)
Bashed through for 170 metres in 46 minutes on the park. it was a tough battle in the middle of the park against the Eels and Taumalolo came through with a glowing review.
5. Shaun Johnson (-2 from 3rd)
Hardly any chances in the match to set up plays in attack, such was Melbourne’s dominance in their clash. Missed four tackles which is a worry.
4. Simon Mannering (-2 from 2nd)
Only played 44 minutes before being forced from the field with a nasty mouth cut which looks set to keep him out for a few weeks.
3. Tohu Harris (+2 from 5th)
Another of the Kiwi try scorers in the Storm v Warriors clash, Harris had a field day on his edge. Finished with 228 run metres and 26 tackles without a single miss.
2. Kieran Foran (+2 from 4th)
Super impressive under intense defensive pressure v the Cowboys, making 39 tackles with just the one miss.
1. Jesse Bromwich (=)
Scored a try and had 142 metres with 24 tackles and no misses. Also set up a try and made a line break.
Knocking on the door of the top 10: Manu Ma’u, Bodene Thompson, Kevin Proctor.