Carrying on from yesterdays first part, we will look at the recent RLWC ‘team of the Tournament’ starting with one of its biggest starts England Flyer Jermaine McGillvary who was named on the wing.
8 weeks ago, not made outside of the English Super League know exactly who Jermaine McGillvary was! His exploits for Huddersfield Giants have been well documented in this country, while he had a reasonable introduction to the international stage at last season Four Nations, but he came out with all guns blazing in Australia. From the moment he scored the tournaments opening try against Australia, he carried on scoring another 7 tries, along with several assists as England marched to the final, but that wasn’t what impressed the most. The ‘tank on the flank’ notched up more meters than another player in the competition, continually getting the English attack on the front foot with his rampaging run’s, while he also saved more than a few tries with his excellent cover tackles. So good was his form he was short listed for the ‘Golden Boot award’ as best in the world and will be odds on to be named in the world xiii when that is announced.
At Stand off we have a young man that differently added credibility to his growing reputation in the NRL. Parramatta’s Mitchel Moses scored a fantastic individual match winner against the French in their opening game, while also caused problems to Australia and England defences during their other pool match’s before nearly causing the upset of the finals as Lebanon nearly knocked out the mighty Tonga in the quarter final show down.
Moses’s half back partner must be the former World player of the year Cooper Cronk from Australia who just doesn’t know how to have a bad game! Despite England’s attempts to stop him in both their meetings, the 33-year-old who recently signed for Sydney Roosters never makes a bad Pass or Kick. Following the loss of Johnathan Thurston, a lot of pressure was placed on the shoulders of Cronk and he didn’t let anyone down. After the final he announced his retirement from representative football.
The first of our pack spots goes to Tonga’s Prop forward Sio Siua Taukieaho. The goal kicking prop from the Roosters wasn’t as hi profile as the last-minute defectors Andrew Fifita or Jason Taumalolo but has the tournament grow so did his reputation for damaging runs and devastating tackles.