Round 2 went off with a hit as we saw many battles take to the field across the state. Many teams set the pace of the game in hopes of carrying on the tone throughout the season as we had into round 3 this long weekend.
Take a look at who stood out during Round 2.
1. Gerard Faitotoa -Cottesloe
Cottesloe’s new prop found his feet in the FMG Premier Grade competition this week carrying hard and holding his opposite number at bay in the scrums. The dynamic ball runner provided plenty of go-forward in attack while being very physical at the breakdown.
2. Dante Tatafu - Perth Bayswater
For the 2nd week in a row the young Perth Bayswater junior finds himself in the team of the week. His flanker-like ball running in the outside channel and his jackaling at the breakdown kept his side in the game against Nedlands on Saturday until the dying minutes.
3. Tukiterangi Raimona - Nedlands
On his return to the foreshore in 2021, Tuks stood up for his team when it counted. Some powerful runs late in the game helped set up Nedland’s final assault to seal the wind against Baysie.
4. Jack Bromley - UWA
The mobile lock was everywhere in the broken play for Uni on the weekend. Not only did Jack show a clean pair of heals when in space, he demonstrated a high work rate in defence often covering holes out wide.
5. Luke Callan - Wanneroo
Round 2 v Coastal Cavaliers will be remembered as a break-out game for the young Junior Wallaby squad member. Not only was Callan dominant in the lineout, he set-up multiple tries with his late off-loads while also receiving one off his brother Ollie to cross himself. Huge things to come for this 18-year-old.
6. Auvae Auvae - Arks
In a match that provided plenty of broken play, Auvae was a menace for the Curtin Uni team to try and handle. He carried the ball frequently close to the ruck provided in-roads for the ARKS backs to capitalize.
7. Joshua Tinomana - Wests Scarborough
Josh’s performance on Saturday was full of open field running. Whether he was capitalising on West’s wide passing plays or running hard in a mid-field pod, Tinomana, was frequently in behind the Southern Lions defensive line.
8. Thomas Latu - Joondalup Brothers
Latu stood tall in Joondalup’s hard-fought win over last year’s runners-up. Another new player to the Perth club scene, Latu showed a deft touch with his short passing game close to the line, while also being happy to take the defence on himself. Good things to come in WA for the young 21-year-old man.
9. Brendan Vorster - UWA
The move back to his old club is paying off for the young Perth Gold halfback. Vorster used his speed to his advantage in UWA’s huge win over the reigning premiers. He managed several clean breaks close to the ruck while the Cott defence was relaxed.
10. Iziah Malcolm - Kalamunda
The big upset win over Palmyra was largely down to the calmness and control shown by the Kalamunda play maker. Showing a great kicking game combined with a nice mix of both short and wide passing, Malcolm kept his side in the hunt all game. He also helped keep the dynamic centre pairing of Palymra at bay with some solid assistance in defence.
11. Kainoa Gudgeon - Wests Scarborough
The young rugby league convert had a field day out at success on Saturday. Gudgeon was broke tackles at will with both strength in the contact and speed in open space. He is proving to be the complimentary player to the huge centre pairing inside him.
12. Ethan Rilley - Wanneroo
In a return to form, the Wanneroo side-stepping machine embraced his new position at inside centre. Reilly was extremely physical in defence while also punishing lazy tacklers with slicing runs.
13. Jacob Cowley - Arks
ARKs were the best team to capitalise on the boundless broken play on the weekend. Mostly because of the wide ball playing role that Cowley performed on Saturday. It was a master class on the old fashion draw and pass as the ARKs utility had the ball on a string.
14. Bradyn Campbell - Joondalup Brothers
The recent changing of the Joondalup Brothers landscape has provided a golden opportunity for the outside back. Campbell has embraced is starting role up at the arena with some dynamic involvements. A clean break by Campbell through the middle of the Associates defence set the tone for the attacking mindset of the Brethren on Saturday.
15. Aidan Shortall - UWA
Shortall’s three try performance last week against Joondalup was exceptional, however, this week was another level yet again. Shortall combines fast feet at the line with blinding top end speed in open space. His intercept try against Cottesloe was possibly the straw that broke the camel’s back. A big year ahead for the young speedster.