NRL power rankings: Tigers steady the ship, new team hits bottom
1. St George Illawarra Dragons (Last Week: 1): Well beaten by the Bunnies, but stay on top thanks to the Warriors copping an even bigger hiding at the hands of the Roosters.
2. New Zealand Warriors (2): What happened here? They smashed the Chooks in Sydney but when the fixture was reversed, they were completely and utterly embarassed. Need to bounce back this week.
3. Melbourne Storm (3): An easy win against the Titans and they’re looming just off the top of the ladder, ready to strike.
4. South Sydney Rabbitohs (4): A very impressive win over the Dragons in which their defence looked mostly impenetrable.
5. Penrith Panthers (5): Another win, they’ve quietly gone about their business without Nathan Cleary, who returns this week to face off against his dad’s Tigers.
6. Wests Tigers (8): Snapped a three-game losing streak with a solid showing at Leichhardt on Thursday night.
7. Cronulla Sharks (7): A comeback win against the Raiders, whose home fans must be sick of the sight of Shane Flanagan’s men by now - Cronulla have won six straight in the nation’s capital.
8. Sydney Roosters (9): Their best performance in what has been an inconsistent season - but everyone was firing against the Warriors in Auckland.
9. Brisbane Broncos (6): At ‘home’ against the team that’s sitting equal last and struggling to score… and you let them put 38 on you? Disastrous.
10. Canberra Raiders (10): After a couple of good performances they came crashing back to earth - big test against the Dragons this week.
11. North Queensland Cowboys (11): The Leichhardt curse continued for the Cowboys, who will host a red-hot Souths team this Saturday.
12. Newcastle Knights (12): A pretty disappointing effort at home against Penrith, but still only one win outside of the top eight.
13. Manly Sea Eagles (16): A stunning performance at Lang Park, they looked a world apart from the horror show we’ve seen in recent weeks.
14. Canterbury Bankstown-Bulldogs (15): Beat their old rivals Parramatta in a gritty, powerful performance at ANZ on Friday.
15. Parramatta Eels (14): Lost to the Bulldogs and now once again sit last on the ladder, with just two wins from ten games.
16. Gold Coast Titans (13): Five losses in a row now and this week’s game at home against Newcastle is simply a must-win for Garth Brennan’s players.
NRL Team of the Week - Round 10
Valentine Holmes Fullback Ran all over the place, breaking 300 metres in what was probably his best ever game at the back for the Sharks.
Mahe Fonua Wing Has been a real gem since coming into first grade, his damaging runs putting the Tigers on the front foot repeatedly.
Dylan Walker Centre Dangerous out wide and looks far more comfortable in his favourite position, rather than in the halves.
Latrell Mitchell Centre Dominant showing against one of the better backlines in the competition, Mitchell continues to get better and better.
Blake Ferguson Wing Has quietly been carving out a very strong season in an up-and-down Roosters team, and was good again here.
Tyrone Peachey Five-eighth Dangerous with the ball in hand and has been more than serviceable playing in the six - what happens to him this week with Cleary back?
Luke Brooks Halfback Led the team around the park brilliantly as the Tigers snapped out of their losing streak. His best season to date.
Andrew Fifita Prop Played a full game and continues to be the star of the show for Cronulla, leading by example.
Api Koroisau Hooker A livewire performance from the NSW hopeful as the Eagles stunned Brisbane at Lang Park.
David Klemmer Prop Ran all over the Eels pack as the Bulldogs faithful enjoyed a much-needed win.
Angus Crichton Second-row Grabbed a try and ran dangerously all day in what was his best performance of the year.
Tyson Frizell Second-row Showed great speed for that runaway try, grabbed a second and was easily the Dragons’ best in a well-beaten team.
Jake Trbojevic Lock Helped himself to a double, 200 running metres and over 40 tackles in an all-round brilliant showing. (Player of the Week)