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Super League Team of the Week: Round 6

Posted 27th March 2017 at 13:43 By Ben Carney

Rugby News | Updated: 27th March 2017 at 14:11

Mike Andrews picks the best 13 players from the latest round of Betfred Super League fixtures in his Team of the Week.

1. Scott Grix – Wakefield Trinity

Grix makes it into my team after a solid and reliable performance against a difficult opposition in Leigh Centurions. It took defensive solidarity at the last line of defence to stem the tide; it then set a platform for the likes of Liam Finn and Tom Johnstone to perform.

2. Tom Johnstone – Wakefield Trinity

Slick and formidable; Johnstone is every bit a top-quality winger that could and probably should be at a ‘big club’. The Leeds lad showed why he’s such a hot prospect with yet another great finish in the comeback win over Leigh, knocking Greg Eden out of contention despite his impressive stats.

3. Mark Percival – St Helens (Star Man)

Percival was the greatest attacking threat Saints possessed against the beleaguered Warrington outfit. He produced a fantastic assist for Adam Swift to inflict more pain on Wire, and in the process strengthened his claim as the best English centre in Super League.

4. Junior Sa’u – Salford Red Devils

Absolutely top class; particularly in the first half against an injury-ravaged Widnes side. He made massive metres and a huge three try-assists for his hard work. Much like Percival, he’s bang in form and deserves all the praise he gets, just edging out team-mate Kris Welham.

5. Adam Swift – St Helens

Swift proved it’s not just his name, with a brace of well-taken tries to condemn Warrington to their worst start since 2009. He took a knock in scoring one of the tries but it didn’t stop him from still playing his part in a well-deserved victory.

6. George Williams – Wigan Warriors

Williams almost helped pull off an almighty comeback and for that deserves his spot here. He scored a try and assisted two as his side went from 22-0 down to reduce the deficit to two points, losing by just a solitary conversion.

7. Matty Smith – St Helens

Smith was everything the Saints needed to kick-start their season. Keiron Cunningham looks absolutely spot on to have pinned all his hopes on the two-time Grand Final winner. He got a brilliant assist when he kicked to the corner on the bounce to aid his side’s command in the game.

8. Alex Walmsley – St Helens

Walmsley laid the platform for Matty Smith to produce his magic for team-mates Swift and Percival to showcase their skills. He even managed a try for himself, along with 191 metres from a mammoth 23 carries.

9. Matt Parcell – Leeds Rhinos

‘Magic’ Matt Parcell is arguably the buy of the season, in contention with Hull FC’s Albert Kelly. He was at it again for Leeds as they kept the Giants scoreless in the second half; in contribution to that he made 44 tackles, scored a try and made another assist.

10. Grant Millington – Castleford Tigers

Despite the slow start, Millington was superb for the table-topping Tigers. He battered the Catalans Dragons into submission to help set the platform for a great comeback from 14-0 down. He scored a try whilst maintaining that uncompromising approach that has seen him so highly praised by his coach Daryl Powell.

11. Junior Moors – Castleford Tigers

Moors tormented the Dragons once his team-mates found their feet in the game. He scored a brace of tries and made 128 metres in the afternoon heat of The Jungle. It was always going to be difficult away from home for the Dragons, but having Moors run at you with an abundance of confidence and power, really wouldn’t help matters.

12. Carl Ablett – Leeds Rhinos

Despite being sin-binned for taking a punch to the face from Danny Brough, Ablett made a telling contribution to the Rhinos cause as he scored and assisted a try. He also made good metres but his yellow card unfortunately blots his overall night’s work.

13. Mark Flanagan – Salford Red Devils

Flanagan made 40 tackles and contributed two try-assists for the Red Devils as they overcame Widnes very easily. He was strong in both attack and defence and the Vikings simply couldn’t handle him or Sa’u in particular.


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