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Superstars of League - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Thu, 07 Jun 2007 13:14:00 GMT
Many talented individuals in rugby league competitions right throughout the world were contenders for the GRL selectors team of the week.

Picking 13 players from the queue of candidates was a thankless task and unfortunately some very skilled, consistent and in-form stars were dropped from the squad.

However if they really apply themselves next weekend, they should be able to bounce back very soon.

As you will see, this column doesn't discriminate.

It includes players from the NRL, Super League, Premier League, QLD Cup, Jim Beam Cup and Jersey Flegg who uphold the standards and values that the GRL selectors are looking for.

To the players that did join the honour roll this week, give yourselves a pat on the back.

1.Fullback - Gordon Fred (Kundiawa Warriors - PNG) . In Rugby League Review this week it was revealed that the former fullback was banned from Rugby League for life after attacking referee Richard Mathews last month during a game between Kundiawa and the Wari Vele Raiders. Talk about taking one for the team.

2.Wing - Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles) - The electrifying Manly winger really mixed up his game on the road last weekend. Not only did he score the first try of the game inside the opening set but he also spilled the ball more times in round 12 then any other winger (3 times).

3.Centre - Mark Hendy (Wests). One of the stars that scored a try to help lead the Magpies to a 24-18 victory over Parramatta in round 12, Hendy is an inspiration for the premier league cellar dwellars, having scored more points this season from tries (10) then his club has been able to compile on the competition ladder (8).

4. Centre - Troy Savage (Newtown) - During the Jets round 12 clash against Newcastle in Premier League, Savage was the only player with enough guts to attempt passing inside his own in-goal area to help his side get the ball back into the field of play. Fortunately for Newcastle, this movement turned into a passing try-assist for Knights lock Mitchell Steele.

5. Wing - Ronald Prince (Illawarra) - Scored two tries in the Country Divisional Championship final and still didn't get picked for the NSW Country Squad. But he did get picked in the Traitor's team of the week and I guess that is some sort of consolation. This bloke has pace, skill and the talent to make it back into the NRL.

6. Five-Eighth - Adam Dykes (Sharks). Announced he has signed with Hull FC in 2008. This enabled Cronulla to seal a deal with rising Parramatta five-eighth Blake Green.

7. Halfback - Luke Robinson (Salford). Down 27-26 after the St Helens halfback Matty Smith slotted a field goal, Robinson countered by successfully hitting the posts when he tried to replicate the same move. While the play wasn't a success and the Reds lost the game and two invaluable points which may make it harder for them to avoid relegation, Robinson did everything he could to keep the contest alive.

8. Prop - Nathan Cayless (Eels) .Cayless to his credit spilled the ball from the kick-off in his own in-goal area and didn't mishandle the white pill for the rest of the evening. He learn't from his mistake quickly and never allowed the error to affect his game.

9. Hooker - Nathan Fien (Warriors). Ran an incredible 8 metres but still has a long way to go if he wants to make it into the most running metres category.

10.Prop - Courtney Rolfe (The Entrance) - The big prop power walked his way through the defence of Belrose to cross the line. But then in a cheeky move, instead of touching down, he flicked the ball to fullback James McLeod on the left despite the presence of at least half a dozen Belrose defenders nearby.

11. Second - Rower - Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles). Made 2 line-breaks against the Panthers, one of which helped set up a try. As the fifth best tackler for the Sea Eagles in round 12, Watmough should've skipped Des Hasler's colourful talk at half-time. He was outstanding all night.

12. Second - Rower - Feleti Mateo (Eels) - Scored a double set of tries for the second time this season against the Tigers on Monday night. Seems to help the Eels bring out the best when he is on the field. Proof positive that Parramatta will do well by relying heavily on rising stars in the lower grades. Consistent, reliable and will never take a step backwards against anybody.

13. Lock - Tonie Carroll (Brisbane) - Was in superb form last weekend against the Dragons on the eve of Origin selection. Made 3 missed tackles and 1 handling error. Blues fans will be hoping he can go one better on June 13.


Nigel Plum (Raiders). The former roosters forward joined his second NRL club this week after being granted an immediate release. Not only did Plum secure a contract with the Raiders until 2009, he also recieved the lowest player rating in this week's edition of Rugby League Week(1). Plum proved some people wrong. - Read More, Here