1. Darnell McIntosh – Huddersfield Giants
The Giants played out a frantic draw away to current Super League Champions Wigan, which showed great improvement from their humiliating 30-0 defeat to Leigh last round. A big reason for that improvement was young McIntosh. In place of Gaskell, who moved to the halves, McIntosh was superb on debut for the Giants, deservedly scoring a crucial try and gaining his side much-needed confidence.
2. Mahe Fonua – Hull FC
Hull FC continued their great start and the in-form powerhouse winger Fonua played a brilliant part in another victory over a poor Widnes side. Not to be overshadowed too much by team-mates Albert Kelly and Marc Sneyd, Fonua added to the party with a try and assist.
3. Ben Crooks – Leigh Centurions
Yet another solid performance from Crooks, as he helped his Leigh team-mates to a famous win over a clearly abject Warrington outfit. He mustered up a try, assist and a clean-break to tellingly contribute to a fantastic win.
4. Anthony Gelling – Wigan Warriors
In a game that demanded Wigan’s senior players to step up because of more injuries, Gelling did just that – scoring a great try and making a try-saving tackle when Jermaine McGillvary raced 90 metres. He showed all the heart and determination, but sadly for the cherry and whites it wasn’t enough.
5. Tommy Makinson – St Helens
Makinson was superb for Saints as they went searching for their first win since round one. He made a solid contribution of 115 metres and a try assist, to just edge the Dragons in their own backyard.
6. Theo Fages – St Helens
Fages produced arguably the best try-assist you’re ever likely to see this season, as just as he hit the floor he sneaked out his arm to flick the ball to a free Jack Owens to score a beautiful try. His overall work in the game was also just as good; adding another assist and a clean-break to his night’s work.
7. Albert Kelly – Hull FC
Kelly again produced a brace of tries and a Man of the Match display as Hull FC overcame the Vikings. He pulled the strings with Marc Sneyd to make sure his side kept control and no complacence could creep into their performance.
8. Gareth Hock – Leigh Centurions
Hock battered the Warrington pack into submission with a brace of tries, calling for a recall into the international fold. He was uncompromising in his approach and comfortably bossed the Wolves despite their obvious quality. His discipline was also strong, and that was the only thing holding him back from a call from Wayne Bennett.
9. Matt Parcell – Leeds Rhinos
On the day Leeds settled the case of James Segeyaro, Parcell showed exactly what he’s about, with a great show of strength for his try and two very good assist, particularly for Kallum Watkins’ second try. He might not be the finished article, but he sure is giving everything for the club, which will be pleasing for the Rhinos fans to see.
10. Mitch Garbutt – Leeds Rhinos
A lot was made of Adam Cuthbertson’s performance, however the silent assassin Garbutt powered his way through Wakefield like a hot knife through butter with 26 tackles, 26 carries for a huge 228 metres. Although Cuthbertson was good, he wasn’t as good as Garbutt against Trinity.
11. Ben Murdoch-Masila – Salford Red Devils (Star Man)
Only one Red Devil in my team this week, but what a player he is! Murdoch-Masila was immense against the supposedly unbeatable Castleford Tigers. He smashed them to bits with powerful runs and crunching tackles; adding to that an all-important brace of tries, to give Gareth O’Brien a chance to work his magic to earn the victory.
12. Mark Minichiello – Hull FC
Minichiello was one of several great performers for the Black and Whites as he dissected the Vikings pack and disposed of them at will, earning two clean breaks, 156 metres and 25 tackles. He produced in both attack and defence to devastating effect.
13. Harrison Hansen – Leigh Centurions
Hansen produced a platform in which Gareth Hock could play. He grafted and scrapped for every metre to gain the advantage Leigh wouldn’t relinquish. The stats reflect this, showing 19 tackles and 101 metres for his hard work.
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