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NRL Team of the Week: Round 11

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 12:00 PM
Source: SportsFan
Author: Dominic Brock

1. Anthony Minichiello (Roosters) - equalled the Roosters try-scoring with a crucial four-pointer against Newcastle, also coming up with three tackle breaks and 146 run metres.

2. Peter Mata'utia (Knights) - the Newcastle debutant looked right at home filling Akuila Uate's boots, running strongly with three tackle breaks and leaping high to score from a bomb in the dying minutes to almost send the game into extra-time.

3. Blake Ayshford (Tigers) - barrelled through the Panthers defence to score the opener for Wests, and finisihed a hard-running display with five tackle-breaks, a line break and 11 carries for 101 metres.

4. Jamal Idris (Bulldogs) - didn't do enough to convince Blues selectors he is an Origin player, but did provide some much-needed entertainment in an otherwise bland weekend with several spectacular hits early on against Canberra, a couple of which resulted in turnovers.

5. Reece Robinson (Raiders) - swooped on an intercept for a runaway try and set up another with a terrific kick chase in the second half.

6. Benji Marshall (Tigers) - helped save his team from embarrassment after an erratic display, first running 85 metres to score a solo try and then combining with Robbie Farah to set up the match-winner.

7. Jeff Robson (Eels) – a near perfect performance from the Eels No.7, playing alongside new halves partner Casey McGuire. He sent Ben Smith across for the opening try, rolled in a perfect grubber kick for Chris Walker, then kicked ahead for himself and gave away an offload for Jordan Atkins to score.

8. Russell Packer (Warriors) - did the hard work up front for a Warriors side that just keeps on winning, making 13 carries for 124m along with 39 tackles.

9. Robbie Farah (Tigers) - sized up the Penrith defence and threw the perfect pass to send Simon Dwyer over for a first-half try and did it again to set up the match-winner for Mitch Brown. Also made 35 tackles and a couple of offloads.

10. Luke Douglas (Sharks) - worked his heart out in a badly beaten side, with more hit-ups (15), metres gained (131) and tackles (51) than any other Cronulla player.

11. Taniela Lasalo (Eels) - A big performance from the hard-running back-rower, packing 12 hit-ups for 140 metres, a line break, a try assist, three tackle breaks, two offloads and 24 tackles into an impressive 80 minutes.

12. Justin Horo (Eels) - impressed in a half hour cameo for Parramatta, making a line break and four tackle breaks, making 141 metres from his nine carries and even bringing down a Jarryd Hayne bomb for a try.

13. Shaun Fensom (Raiders) - the workaholic Canberra lock made a staggering 75 tackles against the Bulldogs, setting a new record for an 80-minute NRL game.

Team of the Week leaders
5 entries - Cameron Smith, Paul Gallen.
4 entries - Benji Marshall.
3 entries - Ben Barba, Will Hopoate, Blake Ferguson, Matt Cooper, Mark Gasnier, Johnathan Thurston, Chris Sandow, Aidan Tolman, Corey Parker.
2 entries - Billy Slater, Jarryd Hayne, Luke Burt, Akuila Uate, Jharal Yow Yeh, Jamal Idris, Ben Pomeroy, Darren Lockyer,  Cooper Cronk, Robbie Farah, Luke Bailey, Dan Hunt, Petero Civoniceva, Kade Snowdwn, Matt Scott, Ben Creagh, Feleti Mateo, Dave Taylor, Dallas Johnson, Sika Manu, Chris Heighington.


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