1.Harry Hoopert – Reds
Off the stats, Hoopert wins the #1 jersey this week. Part of the dominant scrum from the weekend.
2. Jordan Uelese – Rebels
The one-time Wallaby starter put a marker on counterpart and Wallaby rival Folau Fainga’a.
3. Harry Johnson-Holmes – Tahs
HJH had an impressive game on Friday, despite the loss. Slowly edging his way to Wallabies consideration
4.Lukhan Salakaia-Loto – Reds
I’ll be honest, I can’t see any useful stats to compare locks so I’ll just go off what Rugby Reg said.
5. Murray Douglas – Brums
Was a big reason the Brumbies line out was so effective. Also made 15 tackles on defence
6. Lachie Swinton – Tahs
I’ll concede several good reasons why Wright should be here. He brought grubbiness, cheek and most of all, he brought life to the State of the Union. Australian rugby is suffering from apathy, self-interest, Phil Kearns’ commentary and an oversaturation of News Corp. It was inspiring to see his passion and heeeeeeeart on Friday. G&GR POTW
7. Liam Wright – Reds
To satiate the Queensland fans, and I know he didn’t technically play at 7, here is Liam Wright. Made some critical pilfers and led from the front.
8. Harry Wilson – Reds
Thought he had a great game on Friday. Made 51m, 3 busts, and laid on 11 tackles himself. Also he scored a try
9. Tate McDermott – Reds
Tate curated a promising scrumhalf exhibition, including the classics of clean, crisp passing, as well as some more avant-garde flourishes. Set up a try, scored one himself and put a marker down as the Wallabies #9.
10. Noah Lolesio – Brums
The most promising of the new generation of flyhalfs – which I think might just be him and Harrison – Lolesio put in another encouraging display for the Brumbies.
11. Marika Koroibete – Rebels
From a week of so-so winger performances, Koro got himself up to 84 run metres off 10 runs despite his – and the Rebels – rocky start.
12. Irae Simone – Brums
What is wrong with the Waratahs? Simone is beginning to look like the footballer he can be every game he spends with the Brumbies.
13. Hunter Paisami – Reds
Paisami put on a deadly display against the Waratahs, crushing several spines in a dominant defensive display.
14. James Ramm – Tahs