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Round 9 of the NRL saw a couple of upsets take place and as a result we've got a fresh faced 17 raring to take on any comers. The past few weeks have yielded sides that faced scrutiny from some quarters, but there is no arguing that the Round 9 League Unlimited Team of the Week would do a number on anyone in the comp. Just look at the backline which oozes points and the forwards who could run over the top of any opposing pack!!!
Fullback - B Hornby (Dragons) He wasn't among the points on either Friday or Saturday night, but he had a great game for the Dragons and finds himself in the 30-man Blues squad.
Wing - A Roberts (Roosters) This fella's going great guns right now. Bagged a double on Friday, a double on Sunday and was everywhere in attack. I thought he might have been a real smoky for the Blues.
Centre - W McKinnon (Eels) Back to his best after a hamstring injury struck him down. Scored a double for Parra in their surprise rout of the in-form Cowboys.
Centre - M Cooper (Dragons) Scored two tries, starred for the Dragons and still managed to create a bit of controversy for getting on the paddock in the first place. Looks to have one centre position wrapped up for the Blues.
Wing - H El Masri (Bulldogs) This guy might not be the quickest around, but he is an absolute point scoring machine. It's no surprise to see him selected on the wing again after sterling performances at the weekend.
Five-eighth - D Lockyer (Broncos) Saved the day for the Broncos again with his sharp-shooting left foot. Right now there is no better player in the game and he's a regular fixture in the no.6 for LU.
Halfback - T Smith (Eels) Shone for the Eels against the Cowboys with some superb choices in running, passing and kicking. Looks to have cemented his spot at Parra and we might be seeing a bit more of him here.
Lock - B Kennedy (Sea Eagles) Scored a hat-trick in a powerful display of his ability and sent a reminder out there to everyone in the comp. He's injury free for the first time in a while and showing what he can do.
Second-row - S Menzies (Sea Eagles) The old stager carded a top effort on Friday night and backed up on Sunday to once again lift the under-strength Sea Eagles. Like a fine bottle of wine?
Second-row - T Waterhouse (Panthers) Timely performance for the big man in a badly beaten team - how did they let that one slip? He's in the Blues squad but still has a few things to do methinks.
Prop - A Tongue (Raiders) Played hard for the Raiders in their stirring victory over the Panthers. Doesn't always get the wraps he deserves but we recognise real talent here at LU.
Hooker - M Ennis (Dragons) Ennis is starting to hit his straps at the Dragons and he played well on Saturday night against the hapless Bunnies. He adds another dimension in attack and kicking options to the team.
Prop - D Nutley (Sharks) Tireless workhorse this man! He dropped an absolute sitter from a tap out in WA but played hard all game and takes it up thanklessly each game. A true leaguey and LU favourite.
This bench is a good one with Hohaia providing a bit of spark and impact. Fitzy, Watmough and Gallen are all tradesman-like in their approach to the game with the Sea Eagles back-rower a real chance to make his Origin debut this year.
Interchange: L Hohaia (Warriors), C Fitzgibbon (Roosters), A Watmough (Sea Eagles), P Gallen (Sharks).