Fortescue Premier Grade Team of the Week: Round 6

· WA Premier
by Rugby WA Media

It was Palmyra that starred this week rolling over the Coastal Cavaliers while Wanneroo stood up the face Juggernauts Nedlands in a 24 all draw. 

Who stood out this week in the Fortescue Premier Grade?

 

1. JP Sauni – Associates

Despite this being JP Sauni’s first selection in the TOTW for the 2020 season, this abrasive prop has been consistently performing week in and week out for the men in gold and last Saturday’s win over Kalamunda was no different.

2. Dylan Hutchins – Wests Scarborough

Wests can draw a number of bright spots from their loss to Cottesloe over the weekend, including the performance from young hooker Dylan Hutchins. His delivery at line-out time was top class and he was able to generate a couple of turnovers for his side as well.

3. Nick Mclennan – Wests Scarborough

It can be argued that this young Wests side were the more physical side up front against Cottesloe and captain Nick Mclennan can be to blame for that. A big hit on the competitions leading prop Reggie Churchward caught the attention of everyone on Saturday, contribution to Mcleenan’s best on ground performance for the mighty Boars.

4. Kieran Stringer – Cottesloe

The return of last year’s captain Kieran Stringer really lifted Cottesloe in their win over Wests. Despite handing the captaincy reins over for the 2020 season, Stringer’s presence on the field really spurred the Gulls onto lifting their performance in a tough hit-out.

5. Sese Malai Tuifagalele – Southern Lions

Now his second selection in a row for the TOTW, Sese Malai Tuifagalele find himself on the list again after man-handling Curtin Uni over the weekend. Bagging himself two tries it was hard not to notice Tuifagalele’s presence all over the field.

6. Issac Meo – Wests Scarborough

Wests flanker Issac Meo found his form again this weekend, putting on a classy display Meo was a pest against Cottesloe turning over the ball whenever he could. If Meo can get back into the form we saw at the back end of the 2019 season expect to see him back up on this list for many weeks to come.


7. Connor O’Sullivan – UWA

It’s safe to say Connor O’Sullivan has had more than just a breakout season for UWA this year emerging as one of the key players in Alex Stajka’s side. The young backrower was able to find the smallest of gaps in the defence on Saturday and he was able to link up with his brother Rory at nine well to find the line.

 

8. Aidan Laxton – Nedlands

Aidan Laxton has been one of the key players in the entire Fortescue Premier Grade this year, however this is his first selection in the TOTW for the 2020 season with the number eight position filled competitions top performers. Being one of the taller players in the Premier Grade Laxton brought another level of physicality against Wanneroo on the weekend.

9. Liam Wynne – Perth Bayswater

If Brendan Loag can take anything out of his side’s 17-point loss at the hands of UWA, it’s the controlled performance from his halfback Liam Wynne. Commanding his side around the field Wynne played well alongside fly-half debutant Jamie Kinninmont giving the rest of the backline ample time to create opportunities.


10. Fionn McCabe – Palmyra

In Palmyra’s massive 73-point drumming of the Coastal Cavaliers young fly-half Fionn Mccabe was bound to score some points. Dead on with the boot McCabe managed to secure himself a total of 18 points off the tee as well as bagging himself a nice try bringing his total to 23 points.

Not bad for an afternoon of rugby…

11. Jordan Gratton – Wanneroo

Many have said it was Jordan Gratton who lead the charge in Wanneroo’s attempt to upset Nedlands over the weekend. His elusiveness with ball in hand made it impossible for the defence to stop him plus he was able to grab some key points with the boot leading to the 24 all draw.



12. Ammon Matuauto – Nedlands

A veteran for Nedlands Rugby Club Ammon Matuauto stepped up on the weekend and saved his side from an upset against Wanneroo. Matuauto was extremely solid of the defensive end sticking his first up tackles well, combine that with a nice little try towards the backend of the game and you get a really well-rounded performance from the inside centre.


13. Marcus Arrindell – Palmyra

Scoring a hattrick on the weekend it was going to be hard to keep young centre Marcus Arrindell off this list. It seems Arrindell was able to find space with ease tearing up the cracking Cavs defence


14. Adam Turner – Palmyra

With such a large margin it was going to be a sure thing that Palmyra were going to dominate the TOTW backline and it is no surprised Adam Turner has made the list putting on a best on ground performance.

15. Manihera Eden – Palmyra


Finally, with two tries under his name for the weekend former Perth Spirit fullback Manihera Eden is back in the TOTW again playing some outstanding rugby to start this season. Don’t sleep on this guy as his recent performances could put him high on the list for the illusive P.G. Hampshire award.


 

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