Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
After another Round where we saw some close games, and some floggings the team of the week is another real mix of players. Bronco Darren Lockyer lines up at fullback this week, with warrior Henry Fa?afili and Dragon Shane Laloata joining him. In the centers, Tiger Kevin McGuiness partners Broncos young gun Brent Tate after both put in strong games for their clubs. Two of the best halve in the game join forces this week, with Rooster Brad Fittler outside Knights general Andrew Johns.
In the Forwards Knight Danny Buderus hooks the scrum with book ends Brad Meyers from the Broncos and Ben Roarty from the Panthers packing down either side of him. Warriors star second rower Ali Luaiti?iti makes another retirn to the team, and partners Dragons hard man Lance Thompson and Sharks Mr Reliable Nick Graham in the back row.
The reserves consists of Eagles Steve Menzies who played his guts out in a side that was thrashed, Storm hooker Richard Swain, Panther half back Craig Gower and Dragons prop Luke Bailey join the Eagles captain.
1 ? Darren Lockyer ( Broncos ) 2 ? Henry Fa?afili ( Warriors ) 3 ? Kevin McGuiness ( Tigers ) 4 ? Brent Tate ( Broncos ) 5 ? Shane Laloata ( Dragons ) 6 ? Brad Fittler ( Roosters ) 7 ? Andrew Johns ( Knights ) 8 ? Brad Meyers ( Broncos ) 9 ? Danny Buderus ( Knights ) 10 ? Ben Roarty ( Panthers ) 11 ? Ali Luaiti?iti ( Warriors ) 12 ? Lance Thompson ( Dragons ) 13 ? Nick Graham ( Sharks )