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Fergo shakes off axing to lead Roosters

By AAP Newswire

He's been dropped by Australia and NSW but Blake Ferguson has been hailed as an unsung hero by the Sydney Roosters.

After being axed by the Blues as part of Brad Fittler's clean slate, Ferguson has responded in the best way possible with two match-winning performances for the Roosters over the past fortnight.

His tries either side of halftime against Newcastle proved the difference in their 18-16 win last weekend.

And six days earlier against the Tigers he kicked a sideline conversion, set up Daniel Tupou with a skillful pass in traffic before putting his body on the line to deny Mahe Fonua with the last play of the game.

"Fergo's been playing that way all year, he's been carrying strong, he's been a physical specimen right from the word go," Robinson said.

"He's been very good since the selection. Either way, he's just carried on his job and he's done it with passion and it was really clear on the weekend as well."

Ferguson's chequered history, in particular his decision to go out drinking just days before NSW's Origin III loss last year cost him at the selection table.

However the statistics suggest he's been one of the league's most imposing players this year and deserves to be in the representative frame.

According to Fox Sports Stats, he leads the league for most metres (187m per game). Even excluding kick returns, he's still fifth (150m per game).

He's equal fourth for tries (8), equal fifth for linebreaks (11) and equal 12th for tackle busts (44).

"He's probably unsung outside of our walls and inside he's been heralded as one of the guys leading the way for us," Robinson said.

"He's been leading the way but there's other guys who have started to put their hand up and follow his lead. That comes from an individual game and it starts to blend into a team game."