Brits Down Under: Oliver Gildart stars & Young, Farnworth scoring for fun
Former Wigan centre Oliver Gildart enjoyed his best game for Wests Tigers to date on Friday, but unfortunately, it ended in defeat.
It has been a tough first three weeks of the season for the Tigers as their loss to the Warriors see them still without a win this year.
However, they certainly had their chances in the 16-12 defeat to the Warriors with Oliver Gildart himself having what was undoubtedly his best game out of the three. The 25-year-old was brilliant with the ball in his hand, securing 15 carries for 201 metres, 37 post contact metres, two line breaks and four tackle busts.
After playing a starring role in Brisbane’s win over Canterbury last week, the 22-year-old was at it again over the weekend as he again impressed for the Broncos despite a heavy loss to North Queensland.
The Cowboys may have come out 38-12 winners, but Farnworth was certainly a shining light for Kevin Walters’ side as he grabbed another brace of tries whilst taking 14 carries for 135 metres, 66 post contact metres and 10 tackle busts in another exceptional showing. After the first three rounds of the season, there is no question the Lancashire-born centre has been Brisbane’s most consistent performer. He is currently the joint league leader in tries so far this season with four.
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The Bulldogs faced an agonising defeat over the weekend as a late Daly Cherry-Evans drop goal allowed Manly to walk away with a 13-12 win over the Doggies.
However, despite the loss Canterbury certainly showed some bright spots throughout the game with Thompson putting in plenty of work in 50 minutes of action. The former St Helens prop proved again how difficult he can be to contain with 10 carries, 92 metres, 26 post contact metres, a tackle break and 20 tackles.
The 20-year-old winger has been one of Newcastle’s standouts so far this season and in the 38-20 loss to Penrith he scored his third try in as many games.
The former Huddersfield man has certainly not disappointed and has taken the opportunity presented him with both hands, showcasing powerful ball carrying and a great eye of the try-line. In the defeat to the Panthers, Young recorded 14 carries, 123 metres, 56 kick return metres, 27 post contact metres, four tackle breaks and one line break.
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The Raiders produced an incredible comeback over the weekend as an exceptional second half display saw them overcome a 22-0 deficit to come away with a 24-22 win.
The 32-year-old Canberra skipper was his usual consistent self as he took 10 carries for 98 metres, 41 post contact metres and one tackle break whilst securing the joint most tackles by a member of the Raiders throughout the game with 33.
So far this year we have seen Burgess take more of a backseat role for the Rabbitohs as he continues to come off the interchange.
However, the 29-year-old still put in another solid effort in the win over the Roosters on Friday. In 27 minutes of action, Burgess had six carries, 55 metres, 19 post contact metres and 14 tackles.
The 26-year-old again featured for Canberra’s reserve side in the New South Wales Cup over the weekend. The former Wigan man was again one of the second-string side’s most efficient players in the win over the Western Sydney Magpies with another 100-metre plus performance. In 59 minutes, Sutton had 12 carries, 113 metres, 49 post contact metres, a try assist, a line break and a mammoth 34 tackles in the 47-24 win.
It was another great showing from the powerful forward as he looks to thrust himself back into the NRL side following transfer speculation at the start of the season.
The 20-year-old was one of the stars of the show in Canberra’s NSW Cup win over the Magpies and again made his case to receive that first NRL call-up. The former Wigan youngster was in exceptional form, grabbing two tries, 114 metres, 28 post contact metres, three tackle busts, two line breaks and 30 tackles all in just 41 minutes of game time.
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