Team of the Week: Round 16
Five Bulldogs, opposing five-eighths, a post-try celebration and a courageous Cowboy headline NRL.com's Team of the Week for Round 16.
1. Will Hopoate (Bulldogs)
Brett Morris may be back for the Bulldogs but Hopoate is making it hard for Des Hasler to take the fullback spot off him another awesome showing in his side's 26-point win over the Broncos.
2. Marika Koroibete (Storm)
A runaway try and almost a triple-century of metres proves why Koroibete was the star of the show in Melbourne's 29-20 win over the Wests Tigers.
3. Jarrod Croker (Raiders)
The Raiders captain's two-try effort was vital his side's eight-point win over the Titans.
4. Euan Aitken (Dragons)
Aitken was one of the chief destroyers of the Knights' left edge with a try and try assist helping the Dragons to a 10-point win.
5. Brett Morris (Bulldogs)
Morris emphatically put his injury woes behind him in his first game of the season by scoring a hat-trick against Brisbane.
6. Bryce Cartwright (Panthers)
Three try assists and six offloads in Penrith's 28-26 win over Souths proved why Panthers coach Anthony Griffin has entrusted Cartwright with the No.6 jumper.
7. Benji Marshall (Dragons)
Marshall turned back the clock with a try, two try assists and three line break assists against the cellar-dwelling Knights.
8. Aiden Tolman (Bulldogs)
Tolman was incredible against the might of the Broncos, racking up a massive 229 metres and 41 tackles.
9. Michael Ennis (Sharks)
Ennis probably would've made the Team of the Week for his post-try celebration alone, but backed it up with a solid 49 tackles and a try assist in the Sharks' golden point win over the Warriors.
10. Ryan James (Titans)
James shouldn't be too far off an Origin debut considering his recent form. The Titans prop produced another stellar effort against the Raiders – including his seventh try of the year.
11. Bodene Thompson (Warriors)
Thompson produced a solid all-round showing for the Warriors against the lead-leading Sharks with six tackle breaks in attack balancing out a huge defensive haul of 47 tackles.
12. Josh Jackson (Bulldogs)
Four days after a career-best State of Origin showing, Jackson backed it up without a hiccup against Brisbane.
13. Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys, captain)
Two tries, 200 metres and six tackle breaks helped seal the Cowboys lock's position as the round's best player in North Queensland's four-point win over the Sea Eagles.
14. Simon Mannering (Warriors)
Mannering was rock solid in the middle for the Warriors and after 87 minutes had produced a whopping 67 tackles.
15. Cody Walker (Rabbitohs)
A late reshuffle didn't perturb Walker who played from his preferred five-eighth position against Penrith, producing three try assists.
16. Sam Kasiano (Bulldogs)
Slammin' Sam lived up to his nickname by coming up with a try-scoring double from the bench.
17. Andrew Fifita (Sharks)
After returning from a concussion test, Fifita exploded out of the blocks and ended proceedings with 188 metres and six tackle busts against the Warriors.