Fortescue Premier Grade Team of the Week Round: 8

· WA Premier
by Rugby WA Media

Rain, hail or shine the Fortescue Premier Grade players provided plenty of action for Round 8 of the championship as they persevered through severe weather conditions on the weekend.

Take a look at who stood out during Round 8.

1. Faron McCoy - Nedlands
McCoy got his team onto the front foot early against a spirited ARKs on the weekend. Some dynamic carries and a 1st half try showed the veteran prop has still got what it takes in the big leagues.

2. Sioeli Vaituulala - Palmyra
The depth that Palymra is carrying this year was evident again when Vaituulala returned to the starting Prems side for the first time this year. He led the Palm’s scrum domination all day and was bruising in all the contact areas around the field.

3. Adam Fullgrabe - Cottesloe
Fullgrabe’s recent hot form continued on the weekend in a tight battle against the Roodogs. His scrummaging was devastating and his work rate around the park never faltered.

4. Jack Bromely - UWA
The tall rangy lock enjoyed a day out against the Curtin lineout. Further to this he had his fair share of gallops through the middle of the park as his team piled on the points.

5. Sitiveni Waqa - Associates
Waqa was instrumental in creating the broken play that kept Kalamunda on the back foot in Associates do or die performance on Saturday. His exciting footwork and deft passing at the line were just some of his highlights.

6. Alexander Masibaka - Associates
With performances like Saturday’s, its easy to see why the Junior Wallabies back-rower has all eyes on him. Masi showed his trade-mark tenacity in every contact element of the game and proved too much to handle.

7. Cohen Mason - Cottesloe
Mason just keeps on keeping on. He finds different ways every week to influence the game. This week he was a menace at the Wanneroo tackle while also happy to take the hard carries.

8. Otunuku Pauta - Perth Bayswater
Pauta’s consistency week in week out is proving to be a key aspect to keeping the Baysie season alive. His volume of carries and tackles per game is close to the highest in the competition.

9. Brendan Vorster - UWA
In conditions that suited the speedster, Vorster made Curtin pay for defensive lapses around the breakdown. His current form is pushing him high in the halfback pecking order for a Perth Gold spot.

10. Otumaka Mausia - Perth Bayswater
Back from injury, Mausia shifted from outside centre to flyhalf to help steer the Baysie ship to victory against Southern Lions. His own unique style of play keeps the defence honest one pass out from the ruck.

11. Thomas Fitatovo - Cottesloe
Fitatovo was again dynamic with his feet, but also very solid in many tricky one on one defensive positions. He provided the highlight of the match with a kick for touch chase that resulted in a match winning try.

12. Leighton Short - Palmyra
Short produced one of his trade-mark performances on the weekend that was too much to handle for the Brothers. His hard-line running and his chop tackles terrorized the opposition and kept Palmyra ahead of the game.

13. Justin Zietsman - Nedlands
The hard running centre had his best game so far for his new club. In what proved to be a battle out wide for both teams, Zietsman defended well and provided go forward in attack.

14. Kainoa Gudgeon - Wests Scarborough
Wests Scarborough have been lethal out wide this season and this man has been one of those big contributors. His speed in space and his footwork in traffic are putting him well ahead of his rivals in the race for a Gold jersey.

15. Jarome Leonard - Wests Scarborough
Leonard is relishing his time out wide this season in his role as the last link in the attacking puzzle. His passing game during the late phases is providing line breaks for his fast men to open up with.


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