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For the next 26 weeks of the NRL Dream Team Competition, I’ll be reviewing the rounds top performers.  To make it in this list each week a player must have a season average of 45 or more and score 50 points or more in the review round.  Mid season, I’ll review the top performers in all the key positions using a different criteria for each position.

There were mixed results across the board in round 1, a few players ventured into the 40’s but only eight broke into the 50’s.  Some high priced stars were disappointing – Corey Parker, Nathan Hindmarsh and Paul Gallen and on the other side of the coin Ashley Harrison (62) and Aiden Tolman (60) were exceptional – the only players in the round to break 60 and for Ashley Harrison, the only Titan to break 40. 

Johnathan Thurston returned to Dream Team form; scoring 55 points and no doubt will make the Cowboys faithful very happy.  It was a case of what could have been though – JT loosing 16 points from mistakes, the worst from the Top Performers.  Continue reading

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Bulldogs fresh faces line up

Rising Bulldogs prop Sam Kasiano caps his transformation from NYC teen to NRL star this weekend when he dons the Bulldogs’ No. 10 jersey against the Tigers at ANZ Stadium.Kasiano already has plenty of headlines this year for his outstanding form in the club’s pre-season trials – and it was made obvious why yesterday when he was named ahead of Bulldogs stars Michael Hodgson, Chris Armit and Mickey Paea. He will be joined in the Bulldogs forward pack by second-rower Jake Forster, who stunningly beat prized signing Frank Pritchard for a start. Pritchard, Kasiano, Aiden Tolman, Kris Keating and Trent Hodkinson will all make their debuts for the club.

Idris excited to return to backline

Jamal Idris wants for his time at second row to be over so he can make a permanent home for himself in the NRL at centre. The Canterbury star says he will play wherever needed, but admits he’s itching to move back to his original position out wide. Canterbury coach Kevin Moore shifted the 20-year-old monster to the backrow last year, to help the club cope with injury problems and add size in the forwards. He’s been named in the No.11 jersey for Friday’s trial against St George Illawarra, but when Frank Pritchard, Andrew Ryan and Greg Eastwood return to the side, the club’s personality player is excited about returning to the backline. Idris’ size and aggressiveness has seen him adapt well to the forwards, but he said Moore hasn’t given any indication he’ll be used there regularly this year. Continue reading

Storm forecast

Melbourne youngster Chase Stanley’s interrupted season is over after he suffered an elbow injury at the weekend. Stanley succumbed inside the opening 20 minutes of the AAMI Park clash with South Sydney, along with front-rower Aiden Tolman who suffered a rib cartilage injury, and coach Craig Bellamy has confirmed Stanley won’t play again in 2010 after having a slow start because of a shoulder injury. Fortunately for Bellamy though he has a ready-made replacement to step straight back in after overcoming ankle and thigh injuries of his own. “Certainly with Chase getting injured that gives us a chance to put Justin back in which is great, the more time he gets the better he’ll be,” Bellamy added of the 19-year-old who has excited Storm fans with his try-scoring feats in his handful of games so far. Bellamy is no better than hopeful that Tolman will get to play a farewell game in Round 26 against the Knights but he does welcome back Adam Blair from a rest and Jeff Lima following the birth of his first child leading up to the Rabbitohs game. Another rising star, forward Jesse Bromwich, has been named at 18th man as Bellamy keeps an eye on a couple of players carrying injuries, and the coach has been impressed by the under-20s graduate. “Yeah he’s been really good Jesse,” Bellamy said

More bad news for the Storm

Melbourne Storm’s shocking week has taken another hit with prop Brett White charged by the NRL match review committee – not once but twice. In an outcome that sums up the club’s week from hell, White was cited for two separate incidents during the Storm’s 40-6 thrashing of the Warriors at Etihad Stadium on Sunday night. White, who has only just returned to action following a shoulder reconstruction in the off-season, will miss one match if he pleads guilty to both charges. His best option may be to fight one charge and take an early guilty plea on the other, giving him the opportunity to avoid any suspension if successful. If White opts to fight both charges and is unsuccessful he risks a two-game ban which would deny him any chance of gaining a spot in the Australian side for next month’s Test against New Zealand in Melbourne. There was further bad news for the club on Monday with fellow prop Aiden Tolman ruled our for up to six weeks with a medial ligament tear in his knee.