Well, another Super League week is over and dusted off and what a weekend of rugby it has been.
Wigan Warriors started the weekend with a win over Castleford Tigers on Thursday night before the Salford Red Devils beat a stuttering Leeds Rhinos to claim their third win of the season.
Hull KR also fell narrowly against the Catalan Dragons on Friday night, before Wakefield Trinity came on as the surprise of the weekend, posting a big score over Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
It set the stage for a shock result in the south of France on Saturday night as St Helens became Toulouse Olympique’s first victim in an astounding 22-20 victory for the French side.
Hull FC and Huddersfield Giants finished this afternoon as the Black and White produced a stellar effort to win 14-6.
1. Champ Jai – Wigan Warriors
Jai Field probably saved Wigan several times on Thursday night, scoring a superb solo effort and providing an excellent assist for a try from Liam Farrell. The Warriors didn’t excel against Castleford by any stretch of the imagination, but Field was able to stamp his authority well and truly on the game.
2. Joe Burgess – Salford Red Devils
His head coach, Paul Rowley, said after the win over Leeds Rhinos that Joe Burgess was ready for an England call-up. Picked at number 2 due to Greg Eden’s performance in Castleford’s loss to Wigan, Burgess was in great form and put Salford up front with big points out of defence.
3. Chris Hankinson – Toulouse Olympique
As Toulouse secured a shock victory over St Helens, Chris Hankinson was at the forefront of that success, scoring a try and scoring three goals from ten points.
4. Tim Lafai – Salford Red Devils
Tim Lafai appears to have settled seamlessly into the Salford Red Devils squad and he produced another outstanding performance to help the Manchester club over the line against a demoralized Leeds. Time and time again he beat his counterpart Jack Broadbent and proved too strong to handle on numerous occasions.
5. Greg Eden – Castleford Tigers
His third appearance of the season and his third place in the Super League team of the week. Greg Eden scored a goal at a blistering pace and was a constant thorn in Wigan’s side all night, even after switching to his unorthodox position at full-back. The raps definitely have to go to Eden who is still putting on an electric beat after several hamstring issues.
6. Tony Gigot – Toulouse Olympique
What a game, what a result! Toulouse shocked the rugby league world with their victory over St Helens and that man, Tony Gigot, was in irrepressible form.
7. Mason Lino – Wakefield Trinity
What a performance! Mason Lino carved Warrington throughout Trinity’s emphatic 38-22 victory on Saturday lunchtime, scoring once and making a few breaks. In other words, Lino more than dominated his counterpart George Williams to help Wakefield to victory.
8. Chris Satae – Hull FC
He is truly Hull FC’s best striker by far and Chris Satae has underlined why he is so popular in East Yorkshire with a stunning performance. Huddersfield Giants couldn’t live with the towering Tongan as he tore them down the middle.
9. Liam Hood – Wakefield Trinity
When Wakefield was under fire against Warrington, they had to rely on Liam Hood to pull them out of a hole with a superb individual try. The hooker was a constant thorn in Warrington’s side and constantly got his Trinity side on the front foot.
10. Justin Sangare – Toulouse Olympique
Facing the huge St Helens field takes work, but Justin Sangare led from the front in a truly brilliant performance. It’s no wonder the great French prop caught the eye of other Super League teams ahead of the start of the 2022 season.
11. Matty Ashurst – Wakefield Trinity
What an opportunity to have our 150th appearance in Wakefield! Matty Ashurst led Saturday afternoon as Trinity shocked Warrington. The second rower scored once and was a tough presence to deal with both in defense and attack.
12. Liam Farrell – Warriors of Wigan
Another game, another brilliant performance from Liam Farrell. He must be the most underrated player in the Super League, but Wigan fans know how integral Farrell is to their setup. The flamboyant-haired enforcer scored twice and defended masterfully to help the Warriors claim victory over Castleford.
13. Joe Westerman – Castleford Tigers
It seems consistent that whenever Castleford looks threatening, it comes down to Joe Westerman’s playing and running ability. He parted Wigan twice on Thursday night and led from the front as the Tigers edged closer to victory.
14. Jordan Lane – Hull FC
In his first performance since returning from injury, Jordan Lane looked like he never missed for Hull FC in their narrow victory against Huddersfield this afternoon. With some big runs and big defensive reads, Lane was a big asset off the bench.
15. King Vuniyayawa – Salford Red Devils
Dropped by Leeds at the end of 2021, King Vuniyayawa has certainly made his presence felt for his new side Salford, racking up a mountain of yards and devastating the Rhinos down the middle.
16. Oliver Partington – Warriors of Wigan
The match changed when Oliver Partington came off the bench for Wigan against Castleford. He put the Tigers forward on the back several times and made big reports to put his Warriors team on the front foot. A big blow.
17. Brad Fash – Hull FC
Underrated by most except his head coach Brett Hodgson, Brad Fash proved just how important he is to the Hull FC side with some big minutes against Hudderfield.