NYCDB Team of the Week – Round 23

Dean Matterson

It was a weekend of big scorelines in the Holden Cup, with six games won by 20+ points, as the Top 8 begins to take shape with three rounds to play. Here is our team of top performers from Round 23.

As a reminder, we’re unable to watch every NYC game each week, so these Team of the Week articles rely heavily on the statistics provided by

NYCDB Team of the Week – Round 23
1 Kalyn Ponga (North Queensland Cowboys) 
3 tries, 267m, 3 line breaks, 1 try assist, 7 tackles, 7 tackle breaks, 1 line break assist, 45 kick metres
2 Sione Katoa (Cronulla Sharks)
3 tries, 276m, 3 line breaks, 3 tackles, 9 tackle breaks
3 Kurt Wiltshire (North Queensland Cowboys)
1 try, 241m, 13 tackles, 9 tackle breaks
4 Jesse Ramien (Cronulla Sharks)
1 try, 232m, 2 line breaks, 2 offload, 8 tackles, 9 tackle breaks, 3 line break assists
5 Mikaele Ravalawa (Canberra Raiders)
2 tries, 203m, 2 line breaks, 9 tackles, 5 tackle breaks
6 Dean Matterson (Parramatta Eels)
109m, 1 try assist, 16 tackles, 1 tackle break, 2 line break assists, 84 kick metres
7 Jackson Willis (St George Illawarra Dragons)
3 tries, 48m, 1 line break, 1 try assist, 14 tackles, 3 tackle breaks, 288 kick metres
8 Ben Thomas (Sydney Roosters)
174m, 1 offload, 14 tackles, 6 tackle breaks
9 Daniel Peck (Wests Tigers)
46m, 4 try assists, 3 offloads, 40 tackles, 1 tackle break, 3 line break assists
10 Sam Johnstone (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
159m, 39 tackles, 2 tackle breaks
11 Reuben Porter (Sydney Roosters)
175m, 2 offloads, 17 tackles, 7 tackle breaks
12 Brayden Gallagher (St George Illawarra Dragons)
1 try, 127m, 1 offload, 24 tackles, 3 tackle breaks
13 Nat Butcher (Sydney Roosters)
1 try, 224m, 1 offload, 28 tackles, 8 tackle breaks

14 Reed Mahoney (Parramatta Eels)
1 try, 173m, 1 line break, 2 try assists, 1 offload, 38 tackles, 2 tackle breaks, 2 line break assists, 85 kick metres
15 Billy Magoulias (Cronulla Sharks)
162m, 1 line break, 2 try assists, 3 offloads, 37 tackles, 4 tackle breaks, 1 line break assist
16 Dean Hawkins (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
1 try, 74m, 1 line break, 2 try assists,1 offload, 11 tackles, 2 tackle breaks, 1 line break assist, 224 kick metres
17 Sean O’Sullivan (Sydney Roosters)
77m, 1 line break, 3 try assists, 1 offload, 15 tackles, 4 tackle breaks, 4 line break assists, 70 kick metres

Player of the Week
Kalyn Ponga (North Queensland Cowboys)
After a relatively quite year by his standards, the Newcastle-bound Kalyn Ponga has been back to his usual best during the Cowboys’ current four game winning streak. Against the second placed Panthers on Saturday, Ponga scored three tries, ran for 267 metres, set up a try and broke seven tackles in North Queensland’s 24-point victory.

Rookie of the Week
Jackson Willis (St George Illawarra Dragons)
It’s weird to think of him as a “rookie” at this stage of the year but another great performance in his debut year sees Jackson Willis pick up his second Rookie of the Week award. The Camden Rams junior scored a hat trick in the first 20 minutes of the Dragons’ 24-point win over the Titans, adding a try assist and 288 kick metres.



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