PREVIEW 🔍 Robert Crosby looks at what to expect in Sunday night's second State of Origin clash.
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For the first time in 2014, the LeagueUnlimited.com's Team of the Week actually has a bench full of fowards, owing to the strong performances of many of the big men in Round 6.
In the leaderboard, Gareth Widdop and Josh Reynolds are well out in front, with only Jarryd Hayne anywhere near.
Fullback: Greg Inglis (Rabbitohs)
Controller things from the back of the field - his hands directly led to two Rabbitohs tries. He was easily the best on the field for Souths in a terrible game.
Wing: Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles)
Unlucky to be pushed to the wing to accommodate Inglis at fullback. Set up three tries, and directly had a hand in a couple of line breaks as well. As always, was good under the high ball and lead the team from the back of the pack
Centre: Jarryd Hayne (Eels)
Ran for almost 100 metres from the back - set up a try for his team, and was safe under the high ball.
Centre: Josh Dugan (Dragons)
Was unstoppable for the Dragons - ran over 200 metres, and broke 10 tackles, including a quick tap that he ran 40 metres from, beating almost everyone on the park.
Wing: Jorge Taufua (Sea Eagles)
All speed and great hands to score and set up his team for further points. Great return for him from injury, running for almost 200 metres, and breaking a whole pile of tackles.
Five Eight: Gareth Widdop (Dragons)
Was unlucky to have the win snatched from him. Widdop controlled the game tempo brilliantly, and chimed in with several nice attacking plays to put his outside men in the right places.
Halfback: Josh Reynolds (Bulldogs)
Continued his run of amazing form for the Bulldogs, setting up two tries, two line breaks, and making two line breaks of his own.
Lock: Sam Burgess (Rabbitohs)Ran for 160 metres, almost 70 metres more than anyone else in his team. Also broke two tackles and made two offloads.
Second Row: Beau Scott (Knights)
Was outstanding for the Knights, providing solid defense and some quality ball running as well. Set up tries, line breaks, and made three key offloads.
Second Row: Paul Carter (Titans)
Provided some spark and second phase play off the interchange bench.
Prop: Willie Mason (Knights)
Turned the clock back 10 years, running for 125 metres from the interchange bench, and making 3 tackle busts as well. The Knights would be stoked to see this sort of impact every week.
Hooker: Robbie Farah (Tigers)
Was injured late in the game, but still managed 150 metres, 5 tackle busts, and set up two tries. Will be missed sorely for the Tigers.
Prop: Luke Douglas (Titans)
In his 200th game, Douglas stood up for his team with his solid defence, and caused havoc with several strong runs at key times.
Interchange 1: James Gavet (Tigers)
Interchange 2: Ben Te'o (Rabbitohs)
Interchange 3: Paul Vaughan (Raiders)
Interchange 4: Brenton Lawrence (Sea Eagles)
On the fringes: Ben Hunt, Chris Sandow, Semi Radradra, Pat Richards, Shaun Johnson, Trent Hodkinson, Cooper Cronk
12 points - Gareth Widdop, Josh Reynolds
10 points - Jarryd Hayne
9 points - Robbie Farah, Albert Kelly
8 points - Ben Hunt
7 points - Johnathan Thurston, Sam Burgess, Greg Inglis, Cooper Cronk
6 points - Chris Sandow, Aaron Woods, Peter Wallace, Semi Radradra
5 points - Paul Carter, Anthony Milford, Jesse Bromwich, Josh Mansour
4 points - Greg Bird, Beau Scott, Sam Thaiday
3 points - Josh Jackson, James Tedesco, Mitchell Pearce, Trent Hodkinson, Anthony Watmough, Nathan Friend, Cameron Smith, Jamie Soward, Luke Brooks, Kieran Foran, Glen Fisiiahi, Joseph Leilua, Terry Campese, Ben Hampton, Lachlan Maranta, Brett Stewart, Aidan Sezer, Todd Carney, Jamie Buhrer, Brett Morris, Steve Matai
2 points - Josh McCrone, Willie Mason, James Gavet, Shaun Johnson, Kade Snowden, Jorge Taufua, Konrad Hurrell, Aiden Tolman, Nathan Peats, Andrew Fifita, John Sutton, Robert Lui, Jason Nightingale, Sam Moa, Corey Parker, Adam Quinlan, Sisa Waqa, Cheyse Blair, Sam Rapira, Trent Merrin, Manu Ma'u, Jason Taumalolo, Tyrone Roberts, Anthony Minichiello, Andrew McCullough, Jarrod Croker, David Simmons
1 points - Michael Morgan, Pat Richards, Ben Barba, Josh Dugan, David Nofoaluma, Brenton Lawrence, Ben Te'o, Young Tonumaipea, Dean Whare, Luke Douglas, Tyson Frizell, Paul Vaughan, Sam Perrett, Chris McQueen, Martin Kennedy, Jake Friend, Michael Gordon, Nate Myles, Tariq Sims, Chase Stanley, Timoteo Lafai, Wade Graham, Nathan Stapleton, Matt Ballin, Gavin Cooper, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Shaun Fensom