7th Tackle Awards: Put a cap on it

Winner: Mitchell Pearce

No one in rugby league is more maligned -- and that’s before you consider Mitchell Pearce had missed 17 straight field goals.


The pressure was immense when he lined one up from moderate range during golden point on Anzac Day.

What better way to break the drought? The Roosters celebrated hard, with Pearce’s teammates falling on him with such force that he tore his medial ligament.

Winner! Pic: Getty

Honourable Mention: Rugby League Players Association

Good luck to the RLPA for trying to get their members the best possible deal.

But there was something amiss about State of Origin players from both teams hijacking the team photos for game three with union-issued caps and then refusing to do interviews to promote the game they say they care so much about.