Nelson Asofa-Solomona has run for the most metres of any New Zealand forward and that is despite coming off the bench in all three games for the Kiwis in the group stage. NAS has been one of the players of the tournament and his impact off the bench will be crucial if David Kidwell’s men are to be there at the end of the knockout rounds.
Justin Olam leads his native Papua New Guinea for run metres on the back of his 90m intercept last week against the USA. The Storm winger scored a hat-trick in that game to take his tournament tally to four, showcasing the explosive power he has provided for feeder club Sunshine Coast Falcons throughout the 2017 season.
As probably expected, Cameron Smith has made more tackles than any other Australian player in the tournament so far. That is despite not playing the second half against Lebanon last week. After successfully steering his side through the group stage, Smith is now primed to go to the next level now that the stakes are ‘win or go home’.
After conquering the NRL in the last two seasons, Suliasi Vunivalu has taken his try-scoring exploits to the international stage. He has scored eight tries, three more than any other player in the tournament. Vunivalu also leads Fiji in run metres (586) and line breaks (8), staking his claim for player of the tournament after the first three weeks.
Cameron Munster is the Kangaroos equal leading try scorer and sits equal third in the competition. His three try assists from his two games is also the most of any Australian player – not bad numbers at all for a 23-year-old experiencing his first taste of international football.
Storm players in the World Cup:
Cameron Smith – 26 runs, 132 metres, 84 tackles
Billy Slater – 328 metres, 2 line breaks, 1 try assist, 2 tries
Cameron Munster – 190 metres, 3 line breaks, 3 try assists, 4 tries
Will Chambers – 29 runs, 254 metres, 42 tackles
Felise Kaufusi – 16 runs, 145 metres, 42 tackles
Nelson Asofa-Solomona – 471 metres, 55 tackles, 2 line breaks, 1 try assist, 1 try
Kenny Bromwich – 97 metres, 16 tackles, 1 try
Suliasi Vunivalu – 586 metres, 8 line breaks, 8 tries
Tui Kamikamica – 413 metres, 61 tackles, 1 line break
Justin Olam – 458 metres, 3 line breaks, 4 tries
Young Tonumaipea – 55 runs, 388 metres, 1 try