The NSW Team of the Week is back! Each week of the NRL season, NSWRL.com.au staff writers will have their say on the round's best performing New South Welshmen. These are based entirely on the opinions of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSWRL or the selection process for the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues. Captaincy is awarded based on that week’s on-field performance and is not based on club captaincy or leadership qualities.
1. Clint Gutherson
Club: Parramatta Eels. NSW Origin appearances: 0. TOTW selections: 1.
In true ‘King Gutho’ fashion the Parramatta fullback sealed victory with a golden point field goal against the Raiders, after preferred kicker Mitchell Moses left the field earlier due to a calf injury. Gutherson also produced two try-assists, one line-break, two line-break assists and two tackle-breaks, kicked two conversions and a penalty goal and ran for 165 metres.
2. David Nofoaluma
Club: Wests Tigers. NSW Origin appearances: 0. TOTW selections: 4.
Another starring role from Nofoaluma has featured in a big win by the Tigers on the weekend, beating the Bulldogs 34-6. Nofoaluma scored two tries, produced one try-assist and one line-break, made seven tackle-breaks and ran for 216 metres including 64 post-contact.
3. Brett Morris
Club: Sydney Roosters. NSW Origin appearances: 15. TOTW selections: 3.
The ageless Morris has now moved to seventh place on the all-time try scorers list with his 10th career hat-trick on Friday against St George Illawarra. A shift to left centre was no problem for Morris, who also recorded a line-break, five tackle-breaks, 70 run metres and 20 tackles with zero missed.
4. Paul Momirovski
Club: Melbourne Storm. NSW Origin appearances: 0. TOTW selections: 1.
Momirovski made the most of another opportunity in Melbourne’s starting line-up, producing two tries, one line-break, seven tackle-breaks and 183 run metres including 49 post-contact.
5. Tommy Talau
Club: Wests Tigers. NSW Origin appearances: 0. TOTW selections: 1.
Talau has a bright future ahead of him and his Round 7 performance in just his second NRL game is only a glimpse of what’s to come. Talau scored two tries, made a line-break and three tackle-breaks, and ran for 156 metres including 72 post-contact.
6. Luke Keary
Club: Sydney Roosters. NSW Origin appearances: 0. TOTW selections: 4.
With no James Tedesco at the back, or Victor Radley after eight minutes of play, Keary was at the centre of the Roosters’ attack in their 26-12 win over the Dragons. The five-eighth scored a try with a line-break, produced two-assists and two tackle-breaks, ran for 61 metres and made 19 tackles.
7. Nathan Cleary
Club: Penrith Panthers. NSW Origin appearances: 5. TOTW selections: 4.
Cleary’s 76th-minute try against South Sydney finished off a man of the match display for the Penrith halfback. He also recorded a line-break and line-break assist, six tackle-breaks, two forced dropouts, 111 run metres, 591 kick metres and 17 tackles.
8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard (c)
Club: Parramatta Eels. NSW Origin appearances: 1. TOTW selections: 2.
Campbell-Gillard was one of the Eels’ best in their win over Canberra with a massive 78-minute performance at prop. In that time, Campbell-Gillard ran for 247 run metres including 131 post-contact, had five tackle-breaks and made 49 tackles.
9. Reece Robson
Club: North Queensland Cowboys. NSW Origin appearances: 0. TOTW selections: 1.
Robson has produced arguably his best first-grade performance since earning the starting hooker role for the Cowboys. Robson came up with a try-assist, one line-break and 62 run metres while also making 50 tackles against the Knights.
10. Junior Paulo
Club: Parramatta Eels. NSW Origin appearances: 0. TOTW selections: 3.
Paulo was again the perfect complement for Campbell-Gillard in Parramatta’s front-row, recording 180 metres including 72 post-contact, six tackle-breaks, two offloads and 31 tackles.
11. Shaun Lane
Club: Parramatta Eels. NSW Origin appearances: 0. TOTW selections: 2.
Lane dominated the left edge for Parramatta in a 90-minute display against the Raiders. Lane produced one try-assist, two line-break assists, six tackle-breaks, three offloads, 194 run metres including 83 post-contact and 42 tackles.
12. Ryan Matterson
Club: Parramatta Eels. NSW Origin appearances: 0. TOTW selections: 4.
Matterson continues to find the try line after a string of solid performances for his new club. In Saturday night’s win Matterson opened the scoring in the fourth minute, had a line-break, five tackle-breaks and two offloads, ran for 137 metres including 59 post-contact and made 41 tackles.
13. Jake Trbojevic
Club: Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. NSW Origin appearances: 9. TOTW selections: 2.
Trbojevic tried his best to spark the Sea Eagles’ attack against the Sharks with brother Tom and five-eighth Dylan Walker out injured. Trbojevic produced a line-break and try-assist for Addin Fonua-Blake in the 60th minute, ran for 146 metres and made 39 tackles.
14. Ryan Papenhuyzen
Club: Melbourne Storm. NSW Origin appearances: 0. TOTW selections: 2.
Papenhuyzen was a constant threat for the Warriors defensive line who struggled against the Melbourne Storm in Round 7. Papenhuyzen crossed for two tries along with two try-assists, two line-breaks, one line-break assist, four tackle-breaks and 147 run metres.
15. James Tamou
Club: Penrith Panthers. NSW Origin appearances: 14. TOTW selections: 2.
Tamou’s experience in the forward pack proved vital yet again for Penrith as they continued their winning ways on Thursday night. Tamou ran for 182 metres including 94 post-contact and made 21 tackles from 48 minutes played.
16. David Klemmer
Club: Newcastle Knights. NSW Origin appearances: 14. TOTW selections: 4.
Despite a surprising defeat for Newcastle given their recent run of form, it was Klemmer who stood out among the rest. Klemmer ran for 172 metres including 50 post-contact, had four tackle-breaks and four offloads, and made 29 tackles.
17. Angus Crichton
Club: Sydney Roosters. NSW Origin appearances: 4. TOTW selections: 3.
Crichton was forced into lock for the Roosters after early injuries to middle forwards Isaac Liu and Victor Radley, and the in-form No.12 didn’t disappoint. Crichton ran for 113 metres including 52 post-contact, threw two offloads and made 46 tackles.