The NRL came back with a bang last weekend after 10 weeks off due to the Covid-19 suspension, with plenty of action and several outstanding performances.
Here’s the 13 players SARL writer Jordan Evans thought stood out the most…
1. Tom Trbojevic
Another fine performance from one of the game’s top players. Continued his fine-form with two tries and three assists during Manly’s dominant performance against the Canterbury Bulldogs.
2. Brett Morris
Multiple try-saving efforts in defence earns Brett Morris his first appearance in our Team of the Week. He played a vital role in keeping a resurgent South Sydney outfit at bay during the second half.
3. Michael Jennings
An excellent performance from the Parramatta veteran. The 32-year-old notched up 135 running metres as well as scoring a try and assisting another as the Eels continued their perfect start to the season.
4. Bradman Best
Best played a vital role in the Knights’ second half comeback against the Panthers, scoring two tries to help level the scores. The 18-year-old also ran for 186 metres and made 16 tackles.
5. David Nofoaluma
Making his second appearance in our Team of the Week, Nofoaluma was instrumental in Wests’ win over Cronulla. He made 187 run metres and scored an important second half try in the Tigers’ victory.
6. Kodi Nikorima
Nikorima was at the heart of the Warriors’ excellent performance against the Dragons in Round 3. The Kiwi made two line breaks, scored one try and set up another in his sides 18-0 victory.
7. George Williams
Englishman Williams put in the best performance of his NRL career to date as he set up two tries in Canberra’s dominant win over the Storm.
8. Josh Aloiai
Also making his second appearance in our Team of the Week, Aloiai made 149 run metres, 22 tackles and scored the try that put the game out of Cronulla’s reach late in the second half.
9. Harry Grant
Wests Tigers debutant Harry Grant earned himself a spot in this week’s team, as the youngster scored the game’s opening try and made 46 tackles to mark an impressive start to his Tigers career.
10. Josh Papalii
Papalii helped set the platform for Canberra’s impressive victory. He made 170 running metres and over 30 tackles.
11. Tohu Harris
Harris was a leading performer in a historic Warriors win. He ran for 220 metres and made 48 tackles.
12. Boyd Cordner
Cordner made 127 run metres in his side’s victory over rivals South Sydney. He also made 17 tackles and scored a try.
13. Jason Taumalolo
In another devastating performance for the Cowboys, Taumalolo made an impressive 290 run metres, seven tackle breaks and 16 tackles in his side’s win over the struggling Titans.