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NRL Team of the Week: Round 20

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 12:00 PM
Source: SportsFan
Author: Dominic Brock

1. Josh Dugan (Raiders) - The fullback stole the show on Monday night, crashing through a group of Dragons goal-line defenders to kick-start Canberra's second-half fightback and pouncing on a kick in the final minute to clinch a dazzling win. A special mention goes to Matt Bowen for engineering another comeback win for the Cowboys.

2. Manu Vatuvei (Warriors) - The barnstorming 'Beast' ran in a hat-trick against a tackle-shy South Sydney outfit.

3. William Zillman (Titans) - Gave the Titans a very rare good start against North Queensland with an early tryscoring double, the second coming from a terrific weaving run.

4. Joel Moon (Warriors) - Ran in his first two tries in Warriors colours and taunted the the Rabbitohs defence with five tackle busts and four offloads.

5. Justin O'Neill (Storm) - Scored in the corner with a great leaping finish and led Melbourne's go-forward with 146 metres from 15 runs.

6. Josh McCrone (Raiders) - Fluffed a couple of grubbers early on but made up for it by slipping through the Dragons defence for a solo try, throwing a cut-out pass to set up another and putting the kick in for the match-winner.

7. Cooper Cronk (Storm) - The classy Melbourne playmaker made the final pass for his team's first four-pointer, crashed over for a try himself and chipped ahead to set up another as the Storm bumped Brisbane out of the top four.

8. Tim Mannah (Eels) - Did the hard yards for Parramatta in the middle of the park, running for a massive 223 metres from 26 hit-ups.

9. Cameron Smith (Storm) - Was back in the thick of things with an 80-minute performance. Slotted two sideline conversions to help bring up 500 career goals, made a try-saving swoop at the back to clean up an attacking kick, and lead a super Storm defensive effort with 43 tackles and zero missed tackles.

10. Keith Galloway (Tigers) - Led the Tigers' go-forward in a hard-fought win over the Roosters with 16 hit-ups.

11. Feleti Mateo (Warriors) - Made an instant impact off the bench, pushing through a gap before sending Maloney in under the posts, and finished with more line breaks (two), offloads (six) and tackle busts (nine) than anyone else on the park.

12. Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) - Another week, another golden-point defeat, but Hindmarsh was superb in defence as usual with 62 tackles while also contributing 17 carries, five tackle busts and two offloads in attack.

13. Shaun Fensom (Raiders) - Helped the Raiders counter the Dragons' famed forward pack with a typically busy performance featuring 14 hit-ups, five offloads and 57 tackles.

Team of the Week leaders
7 entries - Cameron Smith, Paul Gallen
6 entries - Benji Marshall
5 entries - Matt Cooper, Mark Gasnier, Feleti Mateo, Cooper Cronk
4 entries - Akuila Uate, Brett Stewart, Will Hopoate, Blake Ferguson, Darren Lockyer, Chris Sandow, Robbie Farah, Luke Douglas, Aidan Tolman, Dave Taylor, Luke Lewis, Corey Parker
3 entries - Billy Slater, Jarryd Hayne, Luke Burt, Ben Barba, Jamie Lyon, Kieran Foran, Johnathan Thurston, Jack Reed, Kade Snowden, Petero Civoniceva, Matt Scott, Fuifui Moimoi, Nathan Hindmarsh, Shaun Fensom, Anthony Watmough
2 entries - Darius Boyd, Matt Bowen, Anthony Minichiello, William Zillman, Nathan Gardner, Manu Vatuvei, Jharal Yow Yeh, Justin o'Neill, Jamal Idris, Greg Inglis, Blake Ayshford, Ben Pomeroy, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Steve Matai,  Daly Cherry-Evans, Josh McCrone, Luke Bailey, Dan Hunt, Tim Mannah, Josh Papalii, Ben Creagh, Frank Pritchard, Dallas Johnson, Sika Manu, Chris Heighington, Alex Glenn, Tariq Sims.

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