Austbrokers Canberra CRC TOTY: Bench
Having named our starting thirteen, we continue our Team of the Year series by naming our bench for the 2017 season.
Bench: Quinlyn Cannon (Tuggeranong Bushrangers), Connor Brebner (West Belconnen Warriors), Mike Uluakiola (Tuggeranong Bushrangers), Ron Leapai (Woden Valley Rams)
Although Cannon wasn’t in the running for a starting position, few players could claim to impact a game from the bench as well as the elusive dummy half.
The 19-year-old from North Queensland scored eight tries for the season despite being used as a utility for the majority of the season.
After struggles earlier in the season, Brebner gave the Warriors good field position with his damaging runs down field.
The giant prop also managed to find the try line with four tries throughout the season.
Capable of playing at prop but more at home in the second row, Uluakiola showed plenty of heart with his tenacious performances.
Not known as a try scorer, the former New Zealand Warriors NYC player managed two crucial tries this season against Woden and West Belconnen.
Like his Woden Valley teammates, Leapai came into his own during the second half of the season. The big prop impressed with his ball running ability but showed his match winning ability in Woden’s home game against Tuggeranong.
Staring at defeat, Leapai changed the momentum of the match with a barnstorming try as the Rams clinched a draw in dramatic circumstances.