With six teams battling it out for the final two spots in the finals, here are six underrated players to keep an eye on.
Bodene Thompson (Warriors)
There is nothing flashy about Bodene Thompson’s game but in a team that is lacking genuine toughness, the hard-hitting backrower provides it. He runs courageous lines and hits harder than most in the NRL.
— Vodafone Warriors (@NZWarriors) June 11, 2016
Elijah Taylor (Wests Tigers)
A hardworking and versatile backrower was exactly what the Tigers needed when they picked up Elijah Taylor midseason and that is what they got. The Tigers have improved significantly since Taylor joined the club, now sitting on the verge of the top eight.
— Wests Tigers (@WestsTigers) June 26, 2016
Tyrone Roberts (Gold Coast)
A reflection on how poor the Titans are without Roberts was on the weekend when a side that included Jarryd Hayne looked to lack all kinds of direction. Roberts is a smart player with a fine dummy and solid kicking game.
Titans are really struggling without Tyrone Roberts. They haven’t won without him and Ash Taylor together this season. #NRLTitansWarriors
— Travis Meyn (@travismeyn) August 7, 2016
Peter Wallace (Penrith)
Peter Wallace was all but done and dusted as a first grader before coach Anthony Griffin shifted him to hooker. Since donning the No.9 he has been a gritty defender who makes good decisions in the middle of the ruck. It was a genius move from the Panthers coach.
— Penrith Panthers (@PenrithPanthers) July 25, 2016
Darcy Lussick (Manly)
Often derided as ‘Decoy Darcy’ for his lack of work ethic, Lussick has found another leg this year. He has eight straight games of 125-plus metres and has progressed into a leadership role at the Sea Eagles. The 27-year-old has really stepped up.
— Manly Sea Eagles (@SeaEagles) July 25, 2016
Euan Aitken (St George Illawarra)
The Dragons backline has almost no potency and it certainly isn’t helped by a clumsy halves pairing, but the one bright spot is rising star Aitken. He has pace and a nice step, while his tally of six tries is as good as the Dragons could hope for.