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Superstars of League - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Wed, 30 May 2007 16:07:00 GMT
Due to unprecedented demand by our fans, the Superstars of Rugby League awards have returned exclusively to GRL.

After many night-sweats, our selectors finally decided on which players were too good to miss out on an award.

1. Fullback – Trent Cutler (Bulldogs) This man gives Bulldogs fans a lot to look forward to every week. An excellent winger in first –grade who was versatile enough to play fullback in Premier League last weekend. Scored a double against the Magpies and left fans hoping he’ll return to the big time sooner rather then later.

2. Wing - Jason Nightingale (Dragons). The Dragons 2006 Jersey Flegg ‘Player of the Year’ was outstanding last weekend even if his team got beaten 30-6 against the Raiders. Handled the cold weather really well and was unfortunate not to score a try. Has played consistently this year for the Dragons.

3. Centre: Matt King (Storm). King scored 1 of the Storm’s two tries in a low-scoring encounter at Brookvale Oval on the weekend. I was disappointed he didn’t walk off the field prematurely without congratulating Manly. But why should that blemish his outstanding running game.

4. Centre: Krisnan Inu (Eels). He handled returning to premier league very professionally and had a solid game. Will be back in the NRL soon.

5. Wing – Manu Vatuvei (Warriors). This man contributed to two Parramatta tries on Monday night off the back of repeat handling errors. Excellent value for the Eels.I can’t understand why Ivan Cleary has dropped him to premier league. Everybody has a bad day. Many Bulldogs fans have forwarded complaints to me about Vatuvei being dropped. I feel their pain.

6. Five-Eighth: Jeremy Smith (Souths). Scored his first try of the year against the Gold Coast Titans on the weekend. Plenty more to come and some will win matches I guarantee you.

7. Halfback: Joe Williams (Souths). Had a one hundred per cent record with the boot on Saturday night after kicking 3/3 goals. An accurate star who will turn this team’s fortune around soon.

8. Prop: Josh Perry. Tried very hard in a team that got decimated by 65-points and did his best in a team that was physically deficient. If Brian Smith let’s this bloke leave the club, their will be more people protesting about SmithChoices then WorkChoices!.

9. Hooker - Corey Hughes (Bulldogs). This man is consistently aggressive regardless of the circumstances in which he finds the team playing in. His never say-die attitude most certainly contributed to the Dogs late charge in the second-half against the Cowboys on Friday night. An influential player in crucial periods of the game. He was tough both mentally and physically. An Origin star of the future.

10. Prop – Steve Price (Warriors). Minimal errors from him on Monday night, stuck to the game plan and physically did everything he could to kick-start his team. Price however wasn’t the problem for the side. There are always going to be great players in losing teams and Steve Price is one of them.

11. Second-Rower – Neville Costigan (Raiders) made the 4th least amount of tackles amongst second-rowers (18) and the most handling errors amongst his teammates (4).He also made 2 line-breaks and scored his 3rd try of 2007.

12. Second-Rower – Craig Fizgibbon (Roosters) was the top tackler in round 11 (51) while gaining the 4th most metres amongst the second-rowers of all the teams that won in round 11.

13. Lock – Dean Widders (Rabbitohs) The former Eel produced an excellent individual achievement last week as one of only three lock-forwards not to miss a tackle. Excellent defense.

Superstar of the Week award: Brett Kimmorley (Sharks) who made one line-break against the Roosters despite having to deal with media attention over his future. - Read More, Here