2019 Rookie Rankings – Round 8

Briton Nikora

A shorter than normal Rookie Rankings this week due to some time constraints. Our usual full length article will be back for next week’s edition.

1. Briton Nikora (Cronulla Sharks – last week: 1st)
v Melbourne – 80 minutes, 1 try, 10 runs, 68 metres, 26 post contact, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 24 tackles, 3 missed, 3 ineffective, 1 error

2. Maika Sivo (Parramatta Eels – last week: 2nd)
v St George Illawarra – 2 tries, 15 runs, 206m, 2 line breaks, 9 tackle breaks, 2 tackles, 2 missed, 2 ineffective

3. Payne Haas (Brisbane Broncos – last week: 3rd)
v South Sydney – 61 minutes, 12 runs, 121 metres, 41 post contact, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 36 tackles, 2 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 penalty

4. Corey Waddell (Manly Sea Eagles – last week: 7th)
v Canterbury – 55 minutes, 16 runs, 150 metres, 58 post contact, 33 tackles, 5 missed, 4 ineffective

5. Jack Williams (Cronulla Sharks – last week: 6th)
v Melbourne – 40 minutes, 15 runs, 142 metres, 44 post contact, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 12 tackles, 1 miss

6. Bronson Xerri (Cronulla Sharks – last week: 5th)
v Melbourne – 9 runs, 77 metres, 32 post contact, 5 tackle breaks, 8 tackles, 0 missed, 1 ineffective

7. Thomas Flegler (Brisbane Broncos – last week: 4th)
v South Sydney – 30 minutes, 3 runs, 37 metres, 1 tackle break, 19 tackles, 0 missed

8. Jayden Okunbor (Canterbury Bulldogs – last week: 8th)
v Manly – 16 runs, 180 metres, 63 post contact, 1 line break, 2 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 2 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective, 3 errors

9. Reuben Garrick (Manly Sea Eagles – last week: unranked)
v Canterbury – 2 tries, 5 goals, 16 runs, 169 metres, 40 post contact, 2 line breaks, 4 tackle breaks, 3 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective, 1 error

10. Kyle Flanagan (Cronulla Sharks – last week: unranked)
v Melbourne – 4 goals, 8 runs, 38 metres, 1 try assist, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 14 tackles, 3 missed, 1 ineffective, 7 kicks, 205 metres, 1 forced drop out, 1 penalty conceded

Outside looking in:

  • Oregon Kaufusi, Parramatta Eels (v St George Illawarra – 27 mins, 8 runs, 104m, 3 tackle breaks, 12 tackles, 0 missed, 1 ineffective, 2 errors)
  • Braden Hamlin-Uele, Cronulla Sharks (v Melbourne – 29 minutes, 1 try, 12 runs, 98 metres, 25 post contact, 1 line break, 4 tackle breaks, 5 tackles, 0 missed)
  • Caleb Aekins, Penrith Panthers (v Canberra – 18 runs, 135 metres, 39 post contact, 1 line break, 2 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 3 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective, 1 penalty conceded)
  • Marion Seve, Melbourne Storm (v Cronulla – 14 runs, 122 metres, 39 post contact, 2 tackle breaks, 19 tackles, 1 missed, 3 penalties conceded)
  • Sitili Tupouniua, Sydney Roosters (v Wests Tigers – 26 minutes, 6 runs, 70 metres, 25 post contact, 1 try assist, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 12 tackles, 0 missed, 2 ineffective)

The 18th Man’s Rookie Rankings, released after each round, take into account a player’s previous round performance and their season as a whole.

We are using the NRL’s criteria for Dally M Rookie of the Year; the player must not have played more than four NRL games prior to the current season to qualify. Unlike the NRL, a player won’t be taken off the rankings if he becomes ineligible through suspension.

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