NRL Round 11: Team of the Week

Another week, another 17 top performers in the NRL. Here's the Round 11 Team of the Week.


  1. 1 Matthew Dufty (St George Illawarra Dragons)

    There's plenty of contention surrounding the selection of the New South Wales Blues squad ahead of the first State of Origin clash, but you have to think Matt Dufty is right in the mix for a sky blue jersey after his stellar 2018 campaign.

    Dufty lodged a try-assist during the course of a tough clash with the Raiders out in Mudge before snaring the match-winner courtesy of his blistering pace.

    An absolute excitement machine.

  2. 2 Jamayne Isaako (Brisbane Broncos)

    Isaako scored the match-winning four-pointer in controversial circumstances as the Broncos got over the top of the Sydney Roosters on home turf on Friday night.

    Isaako has been a revelation on the left flank for Brisbane so far in 2018 and he was again a go-to weapon for the Broncos as they shifted consistently to his side of the field in attack.

  3. 3 Tyrone Peachey (Penrith Panthers)

    I think Penrith fans are just starting to get their head around just how much talent Tyrone Peachey has and, unfortunately for them, he's away to the Gold Coast at the end of the season.

    The Peach was again right amongst the very best of the park as the Panthers made light work of a committed but toothless Tigers outfit at Panthers Stadium, scoring a try and posing a genuine threat every single time he touched the football.

    Peachey is a genuine live-wire and he showed his very best broken-field running again on Thursday night.

  4. 4 James Roberts (Brisbane Broncos)

    The one-on-one battle between James Roberts and Latrell Mitchell was definitely the highlight of the Broncos clash with the Roosters and while Mitchell was able to land a few blows, Jimmy the Jet ended the bout on top.

    Both Roberts and Mitchell were found out defensively on occasion, but it was Roberts' superior efforts with the ball, finding gaping holes at will that earned his side a vital win and put him into our Team of the Week for Round 11

  5. 5 David Fusitu'a (New Zealand Warriors)

    Genuine question, is David Fusitu'a the best try-scoring finisher in the game right now?

    We're blessed with an incredible array of freakishly consistent try-scorers, but 'The Fus' might just be the very best in the game right now. 

    He was dangerous every time he touched the football on Friday night and managed to handle a peppering under the high ball as well, cementing himself in as one the wingers in this round's Team of the Week. 

  6. 6 Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons)

    Slotted a key field and was great with the boot as usual, but it was Gareth Widdop's poise and control with the ball in hand that saw the Dragons home in a tight contest with the Raiders.

    Widdop is amongst the very best playmakers in the game today and he was well and truly in the mix again this week as he ensured the Dragons earned back their 2-point buffer at the top of the competition table.

  7. 7 Ash Taylor (Gold Coast Titans)

    The Titans have been amongst the worst sides in the competition over the last 4-5 weeks but they managed to overcome their own issues as well as a couple of sin-binnings and a valiant effort from the Knights off the back of a strong performance by halfback Ash Taylor.

    Taylor was the quintessential maestro as he led the Titans around the park, taking much of the pressure from young halves partner AJ Brimson and helping the Titans bank a much-needed pair of competition points.

    Most impressively, Taylor showed a cool head and plenty of poise.

  8. 8 Andrew Fifita (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)

    It's little wonder there's talk of the NSWRL powerbrokers doing everything in their power to sway Fifita back into the State of Origin fold after his defection to play for Tonga at the World Cup earlier this year.

    The big man has dominated just about every game he's played over the last 5-6 weeks and he showed no signs of slowing down after a ding-dong battle with former Origin teammates David Klemmer and Aaron Woods.

    Fifita is like a dead-set cannonball charging at the defence right now and he looks practically unstoppable.

  9. 9 Isaac Luke (New Zealand Warriors)

    Isaac Luke was back to his very best as the Warriors beat the Eels at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.

    Sometimes questioned for his commitment and heart, Luke has been immense despite injury concerns over the last few weeks and was again pivotal out of dummy-half for the Warriors as they overcame a desperate Eels outfit.

    Managed to grab a four-pointer as well on a good night.

  10. 10 James Tamou (Penrith Panthers)

    Big Jimmy Tamou has had his detractors since his move from North Queensland to the Panthers but talk to anyone around the facility and they'll sing his praises.

    Big, tough and extremely professional, Tamou showed glimpses of the sort of form that earned him a raft of sky blue and green and gold jumpers in the not too distant past.

    Tamou led the charge alongside fellow veteran big-man Trent Merrin as the Panthers put the Tigers to the sword on Thursday night.

  11. 11 Tevita Pangai Junior (Brisbane Broncos)

    Big Tevita Pangai Junior led from the front as the Broncos banked an important and much-needed win on home soil against the Sydney Roosters.

    Pangai finished the night with 25 tackles and 174 running metres from 19 hit ups in a strong performance.

    The Broncos pack needed a big-bopper to stand up and go toe-to-toe with the Roosters and Pangai Junior stood up and took on that responsibility.

  12. 12 Angus Crichton (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

    I copped an absolute spray from a passionate punter online for only having Crichton on the bench last week, so in the interest of avoiding another serve, he's edged his way into the starting side this time around.

    On a serious note, Crichton was immense as the Bunnies got the job done in Townsville and grabbed the starting berth with his strong performance.

  13. 13 Jack De Belin (St George Illawarra Dragons)

    Talking about Origin footy, I think it's safe to say that Jack De Belin has all but confirmed his selection to the New South Wales Blues squad for the 2018 series with his tremendous campaign for the Dragons.

    De Belin was at his usual high level of performance as the Dragons edged out the Raiders and secured top spot on the NRL ladder for another week.

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  14. 14 Damien Cook (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

    The NRL Team of the Week is incredibly blessed in the dummy-half department this week. Luke earned the starting berth, but Cook will feel unlucky to have been consigned to a bench gig after his stellar performance against the Cowboys in Townsville.

    Cook was elusive, scoring a try for himself and setting up another as he all but cemented himself as the New South Wales Blues hooker.

  15. 15 David Klemmer (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

    Another bloke plucked from a losing side, big David Klemmer did everything he could to drag the Bulldogs into the contest with Cronulla, including a relatively stunning cut-out pass to set up a try as they tried to hunt down the Sharks late in the second stanza.

    Klemmer relished the hard work through the middle of the ruck and went with Andrew Fifita all night.

  16. 16 Matt Prior (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)

    The evergreen Matt Prior score a surprise four-pointer purely off the strength of his line running and was a tireless work throughout the course of a fiery affair at the old Shark Park.

    Easily visible thanks to the shock of blonde hair on his head, Prior also managed to stand out with a strong effort this week.

  17. 17 Peni Terepo (Parramatta Eels)

    Despite being on the wrong end of the scoreline yet again, Peni Terepo did absolutely everything he could to drag the Eels to an unlikely win against the Warriors on Friday night.

    Terepo set up a second-half try which gave the Eels the lead and ran with purpose and strength throughout the night, something one or two of his teammates could definitely learn from as the Eels dismal season peters out already.

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