Ahead of Friday's #NRL game between Penrith Panthers and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, writer Rob C...
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A great weekend of footy has produced a flamboyant, energetic and creative Round 15 League Unlimited Team of the Week. We've got some unexpected choices but all deserving, with a backline that exudes strength, speed and skill, a great halves pairing and some rough and tumble forwards who are arguably the pick of the comp right now. This team is loaded with poise, power and points (78 in total!) and it's anyone's guess as to who could match them on the field after some devastating displays at the weekend.
Fullback - M Thaiday (Knights) This guy's been working himself into some great form since his conversion to the real game and is proving to be one of Newcastle's outstanding bargain purchases. Got himself a double at the weekend and had his hands full all day long.
Wing - R Bell (Rabbitohs) A genuine speedster of the game and was heavily involved against the Dragons. Whilst he didn't get over the chalk he belted an incredible conversion from the sideline to keep the Bunnies in the contest just before halftime.
Centre - T Hill (Sea Eagles) Back to his best and a favourite here at LU, where he's made the coveted centre spot a few times now. Tezza put on a double and gave plenty of his trademark lip to unsettle the opposition.
Centre - B Berrigan (Broncos) He's had a quiet Origin series so far but at club level the younger Berrigan boy has been outstanding and this weekend was no exception. He piled on two more tries and leads the comp in that department.
Wing - M Utai (Bulldogs) A powerful addition to the backline, Utai was dynamic at the weekend and scored when his team needed him to. Known for his low centre of gravity, he's hard to stop close to the line.
Five-eighth - J Morris (Eels) The elusive Eel doesn't always get the wraps he deserves particularly with Tim Smith's arrival this season, but he had a cracker at the weekend and is helping his young halfback find his way around.
Halfback - M Monaghan (Sea Eagles) A big game from Monna's, who just a fortnight ago looked on his way out of the club. He proved they need him desperately with two great tries, a hand in a few others and chimed in with a conversion.
Lock - D Young (Dragons) This guy keeps getting better every week. Albert jnr isn't the biggest forward running around but he's always involved in the action and plays a varied role for coach Brown, helping out at dummy half and also making a stack of tackles.
Second-row - P Bailey (Sharks) Since moving into the backrow Bailey has been finding some of his good form again and helped steady the ship for Cronulla on Friday night after a string of losses and a slump in confidence. He pitches in here with another try.
Second-row - C Fitzgibbon (Roosters) Tireless worker, Fitzy has had a big week with Origin and backing up again on Friday. But he didn't back down and got his hands dirty doing the tough stuff for the Roosters, who would be lost without him.
Prop - R Asotasi (Bulldogs) Asotasi has really stepped up since the club's injury crisis developed along with the departure of Steve Price. Sunday's game was a perfect example of how he operates under the radar with all eyes on O'Meley's return.
Hooker - L Priddis (Panthers) Pridds had a wow of a game against the Storm, running and tackling all night long. He scored a clever try and there were immediate calls for his reinstatement to the Blues team in light of Buderus's injury and his rousing performance.
Prop - C Parker (Broncos) Corey is becoming a favourite in the pack for LU and carved out another solid act on Saturday. Deputising under Webcke has seen him improve his game drastically this season after appearing to be a second-stringer in his early days.
This bench has some great attacking weapons in Campbell, Lockyer and Anasta who all got amongst the thick of things at the weekend. Hindmarsh is there to be injected at any stage of the game - a luxury few sides can boast.
Interchange - P Campbell (Panthers), D Lockyer (Broncos), N Hindmarsh (Eels), B Anasta (Bulldogs).