Top 10 Week 39. Wainiqolo biggest mover

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Week 39 comes to a close with some big performances on the weekend. See who our rolling top 10 form Rugby Union players are right now.

Emoni Narawa remains in Top spot after coming off the bench in Wednesday’s heartbreaking loss to Northland. He was at it again setting up a beautiful try for Bay of Plenty. Whilst he didn’t play in Sunday’s 1 point loss to Waikato the Steamers matchwinner will be a major factor in their finals campaign. It’s his second week at #1 and 9th consecutive week inside the top 10.

Levi Aumua at number 2 for the second straight week. Despite Tasman’s loss which ultimately ended their season, he gained 76 metres off 8 runs, made 2 clean breaks and beat 10 defenders, 1 more than his 9 per game average over the past month.

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The biggest mover this week is Toulon winger Jiuta Wainiqolo at number 3 from 8 last weekend. Having played every match this season you could argue he is our most form representative winger. He scored a brilliant try running off a Waisea Nayacalevu pass, beating several defenders to score the try.

Sireli Maqala moves down a spot after Bayonne lost their match against Brive 25-22. It’s his 3rd consecutive week and 8th overall.

Isoa Nasilasila helped North Harbour put the cleaners through Southland 66-8. They now ready up for a finals showdown with Auckland on Friday. It’s his 8th consecutive week and 9th overall in 2022.

Despite a heavy loss Counties winger Peniasi Malimali moves up from 9th to 6th spot. He was one of the shining lights in an otherwise dire performance from the Steelers. It’s his 2nd week in the Top 10 after forcing his way in last week. 1 try and a match high 14 carries in their loss to Wellington.

Filipo Nakosi holds 7th spot in his 4th consecutive week. He has been consistent since the start of the Top 14 season playing every match.

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Alivereti Raka forces his way in after scoring a hat-trick for Clermont in their victory over Lyon. He now has 5 tries in 5 games this season and his first showing in our rolling top 10. Was unlucky to miss out on our player of the week.

Veteran lock Api Ratuniyarawa returns to the list and is the first Premiership player to feature since the start of the new season. It’s his 6th week overall in 2022. After starting on the bench for London Irish in the first 2 rounds he has started the past 2 games. Against Bath he made 23 tackles, equal with former teammate Sam Matavesi as the highest tackle count in a single match by any Fijian this year.

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Auckland hooker Soane Vikena has played in every match this NPC season and makes his 1st appearance on the list. The Rewa native threw for 93% on the weekend and has been accurate all season long. Auckland face North Harbour next Friday night to kick off the NPC Finals.

Special mention to the following players who are were close to making the list; Manasa Mataele, Kini Naholo, Sefa Naivalu, Adrea Cocagi & Eroni Mawi.

Emoni Narawa99
Levi Aumua911
Jiuta Wainiqolo35
Sireli Maqala38
Isoa Nasilasila89
Peniasi Malimali22
Filipo Nakosi48
Alivereti Raka11
Api Ratuniyarawa16
Soane Vikena11
Weeks = Consecutive | Total = Total weeks this year

Player of the week

Sunia Turuva gets our player of the week award for Week 39. The Panthers winger was outstanding in their State Championship victory over the Queensland Champions Norths Devils. 1 try, 277 run metres and 12 broken tackles. He was also denied a try earlier in the match.

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