Original story by Jack Brady – NRL.com
After strong showings against the Roosters, Warriors duo Tuimoala Lolohea and Shaun Johnson make the NRL team of the Week. Melbourne enforcer Jesse Bromwich also cracks a spot on the bench.
1. James Tedesco (Wests Tigers)
Copped a knee to the head in the opening exchanges but returned 15 minutes later to lay on one try and score two more in a standout effort in a losing side against the Sharks.
2. Tuimoala Lolohea (Warriors) (c)
While Roger Tuivasa-Sheck stole the headlines by scoring the match-winner in the Warriors’ golden point win over the Roosters, it wouldn’t have been made possible without Lolohea’s lead-up work – just one of three tries the winger was directly involved in.
3. Jarrod Croker (Raiders)
The Raiders skipper finished with an 18-point haul and five tackle breaks in Canberra’s upset 22-8 win over the Bulldogs at Belmore.
4. Brad Takairangi (Eels)
Takairangi was one of the Eels’ best attacking weapons on Sunday despite his team losing out in the final 10 seconds to the Panthers.
5. Josh Mansour (Panthers)
Mansour inched closer to a New South Wales debut thanks to his 200 metres, try and six tackle breaks in his team’s late 20-18 win over rivals Parramatta.
6. Shaun Johnson (Warriors)
Johnson showed glimpses of his best form by scoring two tries in the Warriors’ 32-28 win over the Roosters.
7. Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)
Thurston laid on two try assists in his team’s shutout 36-0 victory over St George Illawarra on Saturday night.
8. Jacob Lillyman (Warriors)
Lillyman sent a timely reminder to representative selectors that he wasn’t over the hill by smashing out 160 metres and producing magic hands for Johnson’s first try against the Roosters. (Main photo: photosport.nz)
9. Cameron McInnes (Rabbitohs)
The Rabbitohs hooker had a hand in all three of his team’s tries (two tries, one assist) in South Sydney’s 16-12 win over the Sea Eagles.
10. Andrew Fifita (Sharks)
Fifita was a crucial component in his side’s victory over his old club the Tigers by smashing out seven tackle breaks and 172 metres.
11. Bryce Cartwright (Panthers)
The Panthers’ hero of the day, Cartwright scored two tries including the match-winner in his team’s second win of the year.
12. Ethan Lowe (Cowboys)
Lowe continued his superb start to 2016 by making 169 metres and 33 tackles against the Dragons.
13. Corey Parker (Broncos)
The Broncos skipper was instrumental in his team’s eight-point win over the Titans with 150 metres and 33 tackles in a typically busy performance.
14. Richard Kennar (Storm)
Kennar was a constant threat on the wing for the Storm, showcased by the winger’s barnstorming kick returns in Melbourne’s 18-14 win over Newcastle.
15. Robbie Rochow (Knights)
Featured at prop, the back row and in the centres throughout his side’s four-point loss to the Storm and still produced a tick under 100 metres and 39 tackles.
16. Chris Grevsmuhl (Rabbitohs)
Grevsmuhl has been the Rabbitohs’ most improved forward in recent weeks, showing his worth against Manly with 128 metres and 25 tackles.
17. Jesse Bromwich (Storm)
Bromwich’s offloading prowess kept the ball rolling for the Storm as they reversed an eight-point deficit to secure a comeback win over Newcastle.