Set of six: Game of the week

By Michael Brown

Brent Tate. Photo / AP
Brent Tate. Photo / AP

For six players from both sides, this match at Allianz Stadium might be a little difficult to get up for after being involved in a New South Wales outfit that came agonisingly close to dethroning Queensland for the first time in eight years. But get up they must. The Roosters, who have James Maloney, Michael Jennings, Boyd Cordner and the much-maligned Mitchell Pearce, are on a three-game winning streak and will want to maintain the pressure on Souths at the top of the table. Cronulla, who welcome back Luke Lewis and Andrew Fifita from Origin duty, have won their last two and sit fifth on the table but will be without injured captain Paul Gallen.

2 The cheek of it

Streaker Wati Holmwood has grabbed as many headlines as Queensland, who won their eighth-straight Origin series on Wednesday night. Holmwood, who was well tanned and greased up in an effort to avoid security, just "wanted to see myself on TV" and "to make it interesting". He has certainly created interest. By lunchtime yesterday at least eight Facebook pages had been set up in his honour, including one with nearly 20,000 followers who were being asked to donate money to pay his fine, which is expected to be A$5500 ($6412).

Video clips had also been created showing Holmwood beating six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt in a sprint.

3 Benchi Marshall

It's hard to see Benji Marshall playing in the upcoming World Cup and it might save coach Stephen Kearney from making a difficult and controversial selection. With Kieran Foran assured one spot in the halves, Marshall and Shaun Johnson are competing for the other spot. Marshall might not like the idea of potentially being a squad player (players 18-24) to end his international league career.

4 Tate exhibition

Brent Tate has shed a few tears throughout his league career - mostly after terrible injuries kept him out of the game for long periods and even threatened his career - but he broke down for a different reason on Wednesday night. The former Warriors centre was named man of the match in Queensland's thrilling 12-10 win over NSW and then received the Peter Jackson Medal for his services to the Maroons. "I am the proudest Queenslander walking around, let me tell you," he said afterwards.

5 In the runs

Feleti Mateo will play his 69th consecutive game since joining the Warriors when he takes on the Wests Tigers tonight. It is some achievement, but still far short of a club record.

Stacey Jones played 101 consecutive games between 1995 and 1999. Simon Mannering also racked up 92-straight games from 2006-09 and Micheal Luck played 70 in a row between 2006 and 2008. Titans prop Luke Douglas is on an incredible run of 187 consecutive games since his NRL debut in 2006.

6 Try, try and try again

Warriors target Sam Tomkins just can't seem to stop scoring. The England fullback, who is expected to be confirmed as a Warriors player soon, has scored an incredible 32 tries in 19 games this season.

In one seven-game stint, he touched down a phenomenal 19 times and it has helped Wigan to the top of the UK Super League table.

- NZ Herald

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