Brooks named in 2018 NRL.com Team of the Year
After 25 weeks of NRL.com readers voting for their team of the week, Wests Tigers No.7 Luke Brooks has emerged as the consensus pick for halfback of the year.
Brooks was chosen as halfback of the week five times by readers, one ahead of Adam Reynolds (Rabbitohs) and Ben Hunt (Dragons).
A collation of the weekly winners revealed some tight - and in some cases surprising - finishes.
With seven selections at fullback, Ponga takes the No.1 jersey, while Holmes earns a bench spot after being picked four times at fullback and twice on the wing. Corey Oates earned the most selections on the wing (7), just ahead of Blake Ferguson (6), ahead of Josh Addo-Carr (5) and David Fusitu'a (4).
Roosters star Latrell Mitchell (7) was the standout selection at centre, with Dragons centre Euan Aitken (6) beating Esan Marsters (4) to the other centre spot.
Gareth Widdop was the five-eighth of the week six times – all before round 12 – to earn the No.6 spot while Luke Brooks (5) beat Adam Reynolds (4) and Ben Hunt (4) to get the nod at halfback.
Manly enforcer Marty Taupau was picked six times at prop with Andrew Fifita the next most popular front-rower ahead of Ryan James, George Burgess, Paul Vaughan and James Graham.
Breakout Panthers star Viliame Kikau and South Sydney's Blues forward Angus Crichton were both selected six times in the second row, while Jason Taumalolo was selected seven times at lock with Jake Trbojevic and Jack de Belin the next best.
Rabbitohs star Damien Cook starts at hooker after being picked nine times, with Issac Luke (7) earning a spot on the bench.
Here's the NRL.com Team of the Year, based on fans' team-of-the-week voting.