Brits Down Under: Tom Burgess impressive & Dom Young sin-binned

Zach Holland
Tom Burgess South Sydney Rabbitohs PA

South Sydney Rabbitohs powerhouse prop Tom Burgess was the standout performer of the NRL’s British contingent in round four.

Herbie Farnworth

The Broncos have now won two and lost two after their defeat to the Warriors on Saturday. The Lancashire-born centre may not have had as big a game as what we have seen in previous ones this season, but it was still another solid showing. Altogether, Farnworth had 13 carries, 95 metres, 43 post contact metres, two tackle busts and 14 tackles. Despite an inconsistent start to the season for Brisbane, the 22-year-old has still been one of their stars so far as he continues to lead the side in tries.

Dom Young

Dom Young Newcastle Knights PA

The 20-year-old has certainly made a name for himself so far this season, scoring a try in each of Newcastle’s first three games of the year. However, his run would come to an end in the loss to Cronulla as the Knights had no answer for the Sharks as they failed to record a point in the 18-0 defeat. The former Huddersfield man still put together a decent display despite being sent to the sin-bin with 10 minutes to go after a dangerous tackle on Ronaldo Mulitalo. Overall, Young recorded 13 carries, 96 metres, 46 post contact metres, four tackle busts and a line break.

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Oliver Gildart

The Tigers remain winless after the first four rounds of the season after an 8-6 loss to the Titans on Thursday. The western Sydney side definitely had their chances though with Gildart again in steady form as he continues to cement his spot as a starting centre in the NRL. The 25-year-old has been one of Michael Maguire’s sides most largely consistent performers this year and in the loss to Gold Coast he secured 10 carries, 92 metres, 35 post contact metres and 16 tackles.

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Luke Thompson

The Bulldogs continue to struggle for some attacking consistency as a heavy 44-0 loss to Melbourne condemned them to a third defeat in four games. However, even with the tough start, Thompson continues to show his efficiency and productivity in the front-row and has been one of Canterbury’s most consistent players over the first four rounds. The 26-year-old had 16 carries, 100 metres, 37 post contact metres, three offloads and 25 tackles.

Elliott Whitehead

The Raiders suffered a second defeat inside the first four rounds after a loss to Manly over the weekend. Despite a strong first half, Canberra found themselves on the end of a Daly Cherry-Evans kicking masterclass. In the end, they would concede 15 unanswered points and lose 25-6. The Raiders captain unfortunately was not at his effective and influential best as in 31 minutes of game time he would secure five carries, 41 metres, 11 post contact metres and 17 tackles.

Tom Burgess

Tom Burgess South Sydney Rabbitohs PA

Despite suffering a disappointing defeat to reigning champions Penrith on Friday, Burgess undoubtedly had his best game of the season as he looked back to his barnstorming best. The 29-year-old again came off the interchange and in 51 minutes of action, the powerful prop forward had 12 carries, 145 metres, 75 post contact metres, three tackle breaks, a line break and a mammoth 42 tackles.

George Burgess

The 29-year-old again featured for St George Illawarra Dragons in the New South Wales Cup at the weekend. Like their NRL side, the club’s reserves suffered a heavy defeat to Parramatta with Burgess seeing 49 minutes of game time in the process. Throughout the match, the former Wigan and South Sydney forward racked up 80 metres, 37 post contact metres, a tackle bust and 11 hit ups from 11 carries whilst recording 16 tackles.

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Ryan Sutton

The former Wigan man was back featuring for Canberra in the New South Wales Cup yesterday. The Raiders’ second string side secured a 26-18 victory over the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles. The 26-year-old was again in top form as he racked up the most tackles (31) and the second most metres (145) by a Raiders player whilst recording 61 post contact metres and three tackle busts. Despite not featuring for Ricky Stuart’s side in the NRL this year, Sutton continues to make his presence felt and has starred in the reserves.

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