Round 4 Team of the Week: Featuring Beale and Svendsen

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By Colleen Edwards (QRL content producer)

Round 4 of Hostplus Cup at the weekend was XXXX Rivalry Round and there were plenty of outstanding performances across all the games.

After helping his side to their fourth win of the season, this week’s Hostplus strong performer of the week is Radean Robinson from the Central Queensland Capras who has been given the title and captain honours for this round’s Team of the Week.

Wynnum Manly Seagulls’ Harrison Graham was in fine form as his side defeated Redcliffe Dolphins to earn himself the Hastings Deering player of the match for the feature game.

Each round, Queensland Rugby League recognises the 17 best performers and name the Hostplus Cup Team of the Week, presented by Hostplus. These team selections are based not only on statistical data, but also take on board live and broadcast viewings of the games, with the standout performer of the week named captain.

Round 4 XXXX Rivalry Round Team of the Week

1. Jack Ahearn – Norths Devils

The Devils skipper makes a habit of being a standout performer each week for his side and this week against Souths Logan Magpies, it was no different. Ahearn scored himself a try, had a hand in setting up two more, made 121 run metres,  had a line break and two line break assists. It was a hot field for fullback, with Brisbane Tigers custodian Tony Pellow also outstanding, while Matthew Jesse from the PNG Hunters also put in a strong showing.

2. Brandon Roberts – Central Queensland Capras

The Capras winger is back again in the Team of the Week, fresh from scoring a hat-trick in his side’s victory over the Mackay Cutters in Round 4. In the match, Roberts also ran for 107 metres and made two line breaks. Tweed winger Sosefo Fifita also had a big game, scoring a double with two line breaks and two tackle breaks.

3. Mathew Lyons – Wynnum Manly Seagulls

A key contributor to his side’s big win against Redcliffe Dolphins, the Wynnum Manly Seagulls centre was one to watch in Sunday’s Hostplus Cup feature game. As well as crossing for two impressive tries, he also setup a length of the field try. Add to that three line breaks, six tackle breaks and a try-saving play, it all adds up to an impressive performance.

4. Gerard Beale – Brisbane Tigers

The experienced Tigers centre stood up for his side, producing some inspiring defence and glittering attack. As well as scoring his own try, Beale also ran for 101 metres, produced a try assist, three line break assists, a line break and seven tackle breaks in the win over Ipswich Jets.

5. Will Warbrick – Sunshine Coast Falcons

Running for 218 metres in his side’s win against PNG Hunters, the Olympic Games rugby sevens silver medallist and Melbourne Storm signing also scored a try in the Round 4 match. Warbrick also made seven tackle breaks and two breaks in an impressive overall performance.

6. Radean Robinson – Central Queensland Capras (c)

Central Queensland Capras five-eighth Radean Robinson was highly involved in his side’s hard-fought win over Mackay Cutters, which helped maintain their place at the top of the Hostplus Cup ladder following four rounds of the competition. Robinson claimed the Hostplus Cup strong performer nod after producing three try assists, three line break assists and a tackle break in the victory.

7. Kyle Laybutt – Townsville Blackhawks

Back in the halves after a short stint being named in the centres, Laybutt made his presence felt with three try assists and a line break assist. The PNG Kumuls representative also booted 286 kick metres and worked hard in defence with 14 tackles.

8. Sam Lisone – Tweed Seagulls

In his first appearance for the Seagulls this season, Lisone got through some work in his 45 minute stint, making 87 metres (27 post-contact), making a line break and a tackle break as well to go with his offload and 23 tackles. A big presence on the field, he proved hard to stop. Tigers forward George Fai was also excellent in his 43 minutes on the field, with 147 metres made.

9. Harrison Graham – Wynnum Manly Seagulls (vc)

The rising star of the game was named the Hastings Deering player of the match after impressing judges with his ability to control the ruck in the big win over the Dolphins. Graham also had a hand in setting up two tries and also produced two line break assists and made two tackle breaks. The Falcons hooker Tyson Smoothy also had a big game, again putting in the hard work in defence, topping the count for the round with 45, alongside consistent performer, Townsville Blackhawks captain Josh Chudleigh.

10. – Epel Kapinias – Wynnum Manly Seagulls

In an eye-catching club debut for the Seagulls, Epel Kapinias impressed in his short stint on the field, crossing for two tries in 30 minutes. The former PNG Hunters player also made two line breaks and five tackle breaks while running for 67 metres and he also contributed with 16 tackles.

11. Jack Gibbons – Sunshine Coast Falcons

Part of a solid overall performance from the Falcons forward back, Gibbons did his work in the second row, making 78 metres in his 68 minutes on the field from eight runs. The former Capra also had one try assist, one line break assist and made 25 tackles.

12. Brendan Frei – Norths Devils

In good form overall, Frei was again impressive for his side as they downed Souths Logan Magpies in a seesawing affair, running for 73 metres in his 57 minutes on the field. Scoring a try and also producing a line break and three tackle breaks, Frei also chipped in with 15 tackles.

13. Jamie Hill – Central Queensland Capras

With a whopping 213 metres from his 14 runs, the Capras lock also made a line break and four tackle breaks along the way, as well as making 25 tackles. Magpies lock Rory Ferguson was also a big performer for his side, in a losing cause, with 173 metres and 35 tackles.

14. Sami Sauiluma – Burleigh Bears

It was a captain’s knock from Sami Sauiluma who was one of the best on the field in Burleigh’s loss against Tweed Seagulls. The powerful centre scored a double, made 177 metres, had three line breaks and a huge 11 tackle breaks as he fought to keep his side in the game.

15. Luke Bateman – Wynnum Manly Seagulls

One of the competition’s most consistent performers, Bateman again had a strong game for the Seagulls, this time scoring a try, running for 102 metres and producing a try assist. The lock also made a line break and three tackle breaks, while in defence he made 31 tackles.

16. Jack Svendsen – Brisbane Tigers

The Tigers lock only needed 63 minutes on the field to rack up some big numbers in his side’s Round 4 win, making 121 metres from 11 runs and producing a line break assist, two line breaks and eight tackle breaks. Add to that four offloads and 20 tackles to complete the performance.

17. Emmanuel Waine  – PNG Hunters

Coming off the bench of the Hunters, Waine still made his impact felt, making 150 metres, 48 of them post contact, from 16 runs, the most for his side alongside fullback Matthew Jesse. Waine also made two tackle breaks and did his work in defence with 21 tackles.

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