Fortescue Premier Grade Team of the Week: Round 3

· WA Premier
by Rugby WA Media

It was Nedlands Rugby Club that was a stand-out this week, which one of your favourite players made this week's squad.

1. Dante Tatafau – Perth Bayswater

RugbyWA Senior Academy member Dante Tatafau is having a huge breakout early in his Premier Grade career leading the Perth Bayswater front row. His scrummaging was top-class winning a number of penalties for his side. Combine that with his accuracy at line-out time and you have a sure pick at the first TOTW selection for round three.

2. Anthony Russell – ARKs

Coming up against a much-improved Curtin Uni side, ARKs were looking to front up early in Saturday’s hit-out and no player brought it more than hooker Anthony Russell. The physicality Russell brought to the match was a huge asset for ARKs and came in handy when he was able to pick off an easy try off from a one on one out on the wing.

3. Devotion Morris – Nedlands

It was on the defensive end that young prop Devotion Morris shined on the weekend, denying his opposition any chance to gain metres. New to the Premier Grade Morris could be somewhat of a dark horse for Nedlands as they look to get back on top of the table.

4. Michael Egan – Nedlands

Recently returning to the Premier Grade after an injury the leadership Mike Egan brings to his side was a key factor in Nedlands finding their form again this weekend. His dominance at the line-out was unmatched and his strong ball carrying definitely added to his sides colossal margin over Southern Lions.

5. Corey Thomas – UWA

Yet another sub to make an immediate impact off the bench UWA’s Corey Thomas changed his side’s game after subbing in for Jack Bromley. The former Sunwolf was able to man-handle his Coastal Cavaliers opponents and added another level of superiority at the line-out.

6. Chris Tuatara-Morrison – Wests Scarborough

Former Western Force star Chris Tuatara-Morrison proved his versatility over the weekend gaining the best of ground title after moving into his new position in the backrow. Adding another level of depth to the side Tuatara-Morrison was extremely valuable at the breakdown and used his skills as a centre to tear up the defence every time he got the ball.

7. Connor O'Sullivan – UWA

Flanker Connor O’Sullivan has had nothing short of a cracking start to the season, playing top class rugby in all three of his clubs first matches. It seems impossible at the moment to stop this young back-rower from scoring, his ability to find space and break the line has been second to none and this week he was no different.

8. Paul Hamber – Wests 

Adding to the strength Wests Scarborough displayed in their back-row last Saturday number eight Paul Hamber was another bright spark in the sides 18-point victory over Kalamunda. Hamber’s ability to shake the defence with strong tackles caught Kalamunda off their feet on the weekend allowing him to cause a number of turnovers for his side.

9. Hershelle Classen – Nedlands

Getting his Premier Grade breakthrough for this season halfback Hershelle Classen was a scoring machine in round three for his side. A dead-eye with the boot Classen was also a pest around the breakdown making it increasingly hard for his opposition to gain any momentum.

10. Sheldon Tarawa – Joondalup

Joondalup captain Sheldon Tarawa has been one of the top fly-halves in the Fortescue Premier Grade for a number of years now and his performance this weekend was no different. Whether it’s with the boot or using slick passes Tarawa was able to slice the Perth Bayswater defence even setting his teammate up off a cheeky intercept try.

11. Nicolas Chadwick – Curtin Uni

Nick Chadwick was nothing but a hero on the weekend for the mighty Curtin Uni Goats. Scoring two tries in their first win of the season over ARKs, his best coming from an intercept try late in the second half putting his sides lead out of reach.

12. Ammon Matuauto - Nedlands

Yet another Nedlands man to make a TOTW selection former Perth Spirit player and Premier Grade legend Ammon Matuauto was another standout in his sides 55-point drumming against the Southern Lions. Matuauto showed some classy play making skills setting up his teammates with strong runs all across the park all while making a few metres himself.

13. Alaistair Haining – Cottesloe

Cottesloe’s Premier Grade side was all round very dominant over Palmyra last weekend, however local outside centre and long-time club member Al Haining was playing a tier above the rest, earning his second TOTW selection in a row. Like in round two Haining’s ball carrying was unstoppable and it allowed his team significant go forward throughout the match.

14. Oscar Anderson – UWA

Every dominant side needs a good finisher and UWA’s Oscar Anderson played that role to a tee against Coastal Cavaliers. Finishing off some brilliant team tries Anderson ran some strong lines and always broke his first up tackles gaining territory with ease.

15. Alexander Klewinghaus – Curtin Uni

If Nick Chadwick was the hero on the weekend for the goats then fullback Alexander Klewinghaus was the perfect sidekick. A deadeye with the boot Klewinghaus ensured his side was one step ahead of the opposition all afternoon in round three gaining the points that was pivotal in keeping Curtin in the match early.