Fortescue Premier Grade Team of the Week Round: 12

· WA Premier
by Rugby WA Media

As finals are in sight, teams are putting everything on the line to grab those extra points for the Fortescue Premier Grade Championship.

Take a look at who stood out during round 12.

1. Lee Soa - Palmyra
A good return to form for the former State U19s prop. He found his feet at scrum time and was busy around the park in all the contact areas.

2. Taine Yates - Joondalup Brothers
Yates is taking his shot at prems footy with both hands. He was eager in his support play in a wide-open game and was reward with two tries.

3. Matthew De Beer - Joondalup Brothers
The big enforcer did just that against the giant ARKs pack. He was hard all day in his carries and surprisingly good over the ball with some vital turn overs.

4. Brandon Olow - Perth Bayswater
The newfound fitness in Olow’s game is allowing him to double his involvements and get everywhere around the park. The upset win was played at a high tempo which allowed the agile lock plenty of opportunities to touch the ball.

5. Rick VAN DER HEYDEN - UWA
Rick brought his physical game to the top of the table clash. His front on tackling was hard and his carries were aggressive.

6. Ben Taylor - UWA
Taylor managed to win a few big moments in the tight clash which proved to be game winners. His support play of line breaks was vital to UWA’s field position while his penalties he won at the breakdown were converted into points.

7. Tyron Law - Palmyra
RugbyWA’s golden comeback story just keeps on giving. Law fractured his neck while playing for his state in 2018 and was forced to undergo surgery and stop all activity. 3 years later he has reinvented himself as a flanker and forced his way into the premier team. Last weekend he upped the ante again and dominated the game against the Cavs.

8. Otunuku Pauta - Perth Bayswater
The man never stops working. Whether he’s carrying into a wall of defenders or jamming his head deep into a ruck, he does it with intensity and physicality. He was a huge influence in the upset win.

9. Nathan Roberts - Nedlands
Roberts was at his all-round best in what proved to be the game of the year. His ball playing around the ruck provided numerous attacking options for Nedlands.

10. Jarome Leonard - Wests Scarborough
Leonard showed his versatility with a top shelf performance at flyhalf. His flat passing game let runners punch holes early on in which Kalamunda never recovered.

11. Byron Sharwood - UWA
Another standout performance from one of RugbyWA’s rising stars of 2021. He was dynamic with his feet in every opportunity when given the ball.

12. Tevita Sifa - Associates
Sifa was instrumental in moving the ball around the field and keeping the Southern Lions boys under pressure. His switch back to the mid-field has changed the face of the Soaks attack.

13. Joshua Tinomana - Wests Scarborough
Mister versatile handled his switch back from the forwards into his old shoes. JT was the starter and the finisher in so many of the Wests raids on the hapless Kalamunda defence.

14. Cody Coe-Baker - Wests Scarborough
The human pin-ball relished the wide open spaces and line breaks his team mates offered. He positioned himself in essential positions to help finish off some great ball work.

15. Joel Lamatoa - Southern Lions 
Lamatoa was Jonny-on-the-spot in both the Lions attacking plays and in their last line of defence. In the short battle at Allen Park, he managed to get involved in everything and keep the game at a high tempo.

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