7 Jack de Guingand (Queensland Country)
J’de G’ was always going to have to bide his time for Queensland Country behind their ‘Spirit Leader’ Beau Robinson. In the end it took a injury to Beau for de Guingand, a former University of Sydney player and now University of Queensland one, to get a start. It was a pretty handy start too as he scored a hat trick of tries in his team’s only real thrashing of the comp, at the hands of Perth. It wasn’t a one-off performance however as Jack’s uncompromising play became a real weapon for Country as their season continued. He put on a show of flanker play in his team’s demolition of Sydney in Townsville and is just another in a long line of damn handy open-sides available to the Queensland Reds.