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Team Of The Year Already Set In Stone

With three rounds to go in the competition I thought I’d examine the possibilities for the team of the year and how many positions could be determined by form over the final three weeks of the regular season.

For each position I’ve listed four finalists as such in each position. As I look through it, most positions seem pretty well set at this point.

Fullback
Contenders: Lachlan Coote (Cowboys, Josh Dugan (Dragons), James Tedesco (Tigers), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Roosters)

So strong are the arguments for these four I’ve had to overlook the superb play by Greg Inglis and Brett Stewart. Coote has been tremendous all season for the Cowboys, as has Dugan for the Dragons and for NSW – though Origin form really shouldn’t count in this exercise. Tedesco’s finish to the season has been sublime but it would take a huge three weeks from any of those players to match what the Warriors-bound Tuivasa-Sheck has done in his first full season in the number one jumper.

Winger
Contenders: Valentine Holmes (Sharks), Marika Koroibete (Storm), Semi Radradra (Eels), Curtis Rona (Bulldogs)

The fact that Radradra finds himself on the shortlist despite missing a couple of months through injury is testament to how well he has played even in a poor side. Rona started well but his try-scoring deeds have slowed in the past month or two. Koriobete has been fantastic on the end of the Storm back-line but I think Holmes, who has swapped between wing and fullback, is the man to beat. His x-factor play has given the Sharks something they’ve been missing and is largely responsible for his team’s late-season form.

Centre
Contenders: Jarrod Croker (Raiders), Blake Ferguson (Roosters), Dane Gagai (Knights), James Roberts (Titans)

Ferguson has probably played at a higher level than the other contenders here but missed too much time to win the award. Gagai has swapped positions a little and suffered in a disappointing Newcastle side. Croker has enjoyed a terrific season but has had some issues defensively. Roberts has really stood out in a weak Titans team, using his blistering speed to be one of the competitions leading try-scorers. He’ll take some catching in the final three weeks.

Five-Eighth
Contenders: Blake Austin (Raiders), Jack Bird (Sharks), Anthony Milford (Broncos), Michael Morgan (Cowboys)

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mt.wellington

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Halfback
Contenders: Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles), Ben Hunt (Broncos), Benji Marshall (Dragons), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)

I’ve listed three other contenders here for consistency’s sake but Thurston will win this even if he fails to play another minute. The Queensland and Australian star has enjoyed one of his best ever seasons for the Cowboys and will be odds-on to win the Dally M Player of the Year yet again in 2015. His consistency and will to win has almost single-handedly carried the Cowboys to the pointy end of the table and will be gunning to bring a premiership to Townsville.

Prop
Contenders: Ben Matulino (Warriors), James Tamou (Cowboys), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Roosters), Aaron Woods (Tigers)

So good have these four props been in 2015 I haven’t been able to include Storm and Kiwis prop Jesse Bromwich or test star Matt Scott. Matulino has stood out in an average Warriors side. Tamou has returned well since surgery on a troublesome neck injury. Woods and Waerea-Hargreaves are pretty well neck and neck but the former will struggle to get back on the field with a knee injury. Waerea-Hargreaves has take his game to another level in the past month and looks set to pick up the accolade.

Hooker
Contenders: Michael Ennis (Sharks), Jake Granville (Cowboys), Josh Hodgson (Raiders), Mitch Rein (Dragons)

Hodgson has been a real find for the Green Machine while Rein has started to realise his potential with the Dragons this season. Granville has taken his opportunity with the Cowboys with both hands and made a huge impact on their form this year but the wily old veteran Ennis must surely win hooker of the year. He has found a home at the Sharks this year and has inspired them to a storming run into the playoffs.

Second-Row
Contenders: Gavin Cooper (Cowboys), Tyson Frizell (Dragons), Josh Jackson (Bulldogs), Sam Thaiday (Broncos)

Frizell produced a superb first half of the season but has not had the opportunities in the second half to further his case. Thaiday responded to some early season criticism and Cooper has been fantastic playing alongside Thurston at the Cowboys. I’ve gone with the super consistent Jackson has the best of the bunch so far. He looks like a rep player for a long time to come and has been a consistent best of the Bulldogs in an up-and-down season.

Lock
Contenders: Simon Mannering (Warriors), Corey Parker (Broncos) Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys), Martin Taupau (Tigers)

Mannering has been his consistent self even in an ordinary side this year. Taumalolo has been bruising but missed too much time to win the award. Taupau has come on leaps and bounds but Parker just seems to get better and better despite his age. He should win the award for the second year running after another tremendous season for the Broncos.
 

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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You not think Jessie Bromwich was worth a mention at prop? Also like Jake Friend at hooker but that could be bias. I like him.

Who do you think will win Rookie of the Year? Thurston is pretty much a lock for Dally M...
 

BeastMode

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You not think Jessie Bromwich was worth a mention at prop? Also like Jake Friend at hooker but that could be bias. I like him.

Who do you think will win Rookie of the Year? Thurston is pretty much a lock for Dally M...

That big boppa from the doggies who played origin this year. Is he a rookie though? not sure.
 

Play The Ball

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Jun 8, 2015
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I did think about both of those two guys. Bromwich has been terrific the past 3 seasons and Klemmer is an absolute beast. I decided to keep all positions limited to four candidates and just think those other guys pip Jesse and Klemmer as a whole across the season. Prop and Fullback were the two hardest spots to keep to four.
I'm sure the Dally M team will be different but an interesting exercise.
 

Apus

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Sep 6, 2012
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You not think Jessie Bromwich was worth a mention at prop? Also like Jake Friend at hooker but that could be bias. I like him.

Who do you think will win Rookie of the Year? Thurston is pretty much a lock for Dally M...

Bromwich definitely deserves a spot over Tamou who was missing for the first couple of months.

Rookie of the year looks destined to go to Jack Bird imo.

That big boppa from the doggies who played origin this year. Is he a rookie though? not sure.

Klemmer? Definitely not a rookie. Shaun Lane might be a chance but probably started too late in the season.
 

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