The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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This weeks team is a strong one, with a few surprises. After a strong game Rooster Luke Phillips grabs the fullback spot, fighting off Robbie Ross and David Peachey with his kamikaze runs against the Eels. On the flanks eagles flying Robert Miles and Shark Paul Mellor both snared two tries a piece to force their way into the side. Dragons centre Lee Hookey also bagged a double against new NRL heavy weights the Warriors. Joining him in the centres is Tiger Kevin McGuiness who looked dangerous every time he touched the ball against the Knights. Forcing their way into the halves are former origin stars Braith Anasta from the Bulldogs and Brett Kimmorley from the Sharks, both having strong games for their clubs.
This weeks forward pack is a real power house one, with Robbie Kearns from the Storm and Eels captain Nathan Cayless packing down in the front row, joining them is Tigers hooker Robert Mears after his man of the match performance in the Tigers win against the Knights on Sunday. Former second row partners in Dragon Lance Thompson and Rooster Craig Fitzgibbon are reunited. Thompson leading from the front against the Warriors, and Fitzgibbon a stand out in the Roosters v Eels draw. Locking the scrum in tigers captain Darren Senter, who played a real captains game, and lead his chargers to fine victory.
Coming off the bench is Dragons hooker come halfback Aaron Gorrell who was just beaten to the starting spot by Kimmorley. Joining him are Bulldogs forward Wliie Mason and Sharks prop Danny Nutley, both stand outs in their clubs big wins on the weekend. Taking up the last spot on the bench is Panther Scott Sattler who played out of his skin in a beaten side, setting up several tries with pin point kicks.
1 ? Luke Phillps ( Roosters ) 2 ? Robert Miles ( Eagles ) 3 ? Kevin McGuiness ( Tigers ) 4 ? Lee Hookey ( Dragons ) 5 ? Paul Mellor ( Sharks ) 6 ? Braith Anasta ( Bulldogs ) 7 ? Brett Kimmorley ( Sharks ) 8 ? Natahn Cayless ( Eels ) 9 ? Robert Mears ( Tigers ) 10 ? Robbie Kearns ( Storm ) 11 ? Craig Fitzgibbon ( Roosters ) 12 ? Lance Thompson ( Dragons ) 13 ? Darren Senter ( Tigers )
14 ? Aaron Gorrell ( Dragons ) 15 ? Willie Mason ( Bulldogs ) 16 ? Danny Nutley ( Sharks ) 17 ? Scott Sattler ( Panthers )
In a first, and in what will become a regular feature in the team of the week, listed below is what the team scored this round in points.
League Unlimited Online?s Team of the Week Scorers.