Team of the Week: Round 9
A dominant Storm quartet, a trio of Eels and plenty of internationals gearing up for the upcoming Representative Round headline NRL.com's Team of the Week for Round 9.
1. David Fusitu'a (Warriors)
The Warriors' third-string fullback was the star of the show thanks to his try, six tackle breaks and try assist in his side's dominant 16-point win over the Dragons.
2. Clinton Gutherson (Eels)
The Eels winger made a whopping 200-plus metres and 11 tackle breaks in his side's eight-point win over the Bulldogs.
3. Blake Ferguson (Roosters)
The centre's hat-trick against Newcastle was a timely return to form as he gears up to make his Test debut for the Kangaroos on Friday.
4. Tohu Harris (Storm)
Harris's utility value continues to benefit Melbourne after producing a try and five tackle breaks in the Storm's 38-0 win over the Titans.
5. Jordan Rapana (Raiders)
The Raiders winger was a constant threat and scored two tries for his troubles despite Canberra's eventual loss to the Panthers.
6. Jackson Hastings (Roosters)
Hastings certainly made Mitch Pearce's NRL return easier with the young playmaker starring in the Roosters' 38-0 win over the Knights.
7. Corey Norman (c) (Eels)
In the face of adversity – with usual halves partner Keiran Foran unavailable – Norman stood tall for the Eels when they needed him most.
8. James Graham (Bulldogs)
Did everything possible to try and reverse his side's fortunes against the Eels by producing 167 metres and 48 tackles.
9. Cameron Smith (Storm)
The Storm skipper put forth another typical innings against the Titans, where he finished with a try assist and 29 tackles.
10. James Tamou (Cowboys)
Tamou was the biggest metre-eater from either side in North Queensland's 16-point win over the Sea Eagles.
11. Bryce Cartwright (Panthers)
Cartwright's try and try assist against the Raiders was crucial in the grand scheme of Penrith's one-point victory.
12. Beau Scott (Eels)
Parramatta's rock helped combat a huge Bulldogs pack where he ended his side's eventual win with a try assist.
13. Paul Gallen (Sharks)
Gallen threw his body around like he was 10 years younger in the Sharks' two-point win over the Broncos. Cronulla's skipper made 185 metres and scored the first try of the game.
14. Cameron Munster (Storm)
Munster's two try assists against the Titans was just another example of the Storm fullback's growing star.
15. Corey Parker (Broncos)
Played more minutes than he's been accustomed to this season and was duly rewarded with a late try against the Sharks.
16. Dale Finucane (Storm)
Finucane has become Melbourne's quiet achiever in 2016, if his 158 metres and 32 tackles against the Gold Coast are anything to go by.
17. Michael Morgan (Cowboys)
North Queensland's livewire scored one try and set up another in the reigning premiers' big win over the Sea Eagles.